Sunday, November 28, 2010


happy thanksgiving week!  here at chez z, we have so much to be thankful for - we hope you all had a safe and delicious thanksgiving.  we sure did!
penny started getting a cold at our thanksgiving celebration, and we think it's on its way out now, but she's been sniffling and coughing and not sleeping a whole heck of a lot the past couple of nights.  we're lucky that she has such an even temperament, though - she's not letting it get her down!  we started off our thanksgiving day watching the parade on tv - penny was enraptured by both it, and a bagel the size of her head. 
what i'm thankful for.
we know five people in the parade this year (hi, mark, barry, kevin, mary & jen!)!  we celebrated with tons of cousins in brooklyn.  on friday, we went to visit grandparents and great grandmas.  penny is lucky enough to have three great grandmothers to celebrate with, and we are so excited that she got to see all of them this week! at grandma and grandpa zalben's house, penny opened early birthday and chanukah presents, and enjoyed an impromptu concert by uncle jonathan!

on saturday we had dinner in the city with a gr-aunt, a gr-uncle, grandparents, an uncle and a cousin!  fun!  more deliciousness!  then, today, we had an early chanukah celebration!  more family!  more food!  MORE COUSINS!
everyone in this photo is somebody's cousin.

is has been a very packed four days - penny has been quite a trooper through all of the travelling, and hopefully she's on the mend.  

Friday, November 19, 2010

oh no!

mary burke, stop reading now.  go to, and just pretend that you didn't even notice i posted something tonight.

penny likes tomatoes.  you guys, this might be the first time that i'm a little sad about something she likes!  what am i supposed to do with this?

Monday, November 15, 2010


penny has now started pointing!  she will point to where she wants to go when she's being held, or what she wants - it's great that she has a whole new way to communicate!
at dinner last night, she was pointing at a photo of her that we keep on the dining room table.  she patted it for a while, then gave it a hug, THEN tried to share some of her dinner with it by putting food on its mouth.  alex and i almost died.  it was SO sweet.
she makes an "o" shape with her mouth when she points to the box of cheerios, she has started sharing her leaves with other babies in the park, and she knows that when she hands us the book with the chicken face on the cover, she should say "bok bok bok bok".

this is getting good.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

how is it november, exactly?

so i was just wrapping my head around the fact that it's september already when, blammo!  it's november!  daylight savings starts tomorrow!  apparently baseball is over for the season?  i can't keep up.  all i know is, i broke out the knitwear because it's cold!  penny wore the one hat she can't rip off her head at the park today, and she's looking more and more like a kid and less and less like a baby all the time.

there's been a whole lot of screaming and not a lot of sleeping this week at chez z.  as usual, we're pretty sure she's teething.  last night, she ate pretty much a whole piece of chicken, and tonight she ate a major amount of chinese food.  she's started eating off of our forks, and she is so delicate about it, it makes me giggle.
after the jump, i need your help...

Monday, November 1, 2010

halloween twitter nerdy madness!

@neilhimself (that would be Neil Gaiman, HIMSELF) retweeted my tweet about alex giving out comics for halloween!  eeeeeeeep!