#BEAstrong & weekend tid bits.

Hope you all had a nice weekend. The best thing by far from the weekend was getting updates from my cousin Hillary on her beautiful baby girl, Bea. Hillary was a living donor for Bea last week, giving Bea a piece of her liver to save her life. Absolutely incredible.

Over the past few months I’ve been in awe of my cousin and her husband as their bravery and strength has shined through in this difficult journey. The good news is Bea’s surgery went well & she’s recovering and making strides faster than the doctors even thought. Strong little cookie. She is truly darling & I am thinking of them again today as Bea’s undergoes one more surgery to close her muscle layer. Read the updates on Hillary’s blog Make-Statements.

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I also stumbled upon this article this morning about deciding to become a mother. It brought me to tears and is a great read.

Overall it really was a wonderful weekend finally being able to spend time with Richard without the stress of his medical boards looming over his head.

Friday we went to this really cool place called the North River Lobster Company. They do a 45 minute sail around the Hudson a few times every day with food & drink available on board. It was a stunning start to the weekend & a gorgeous way to see the city. My Rebecca Minkoff bag came in handy as I went straight here from work {Friday outfit as seen in my Instagram photo}. So nice not to lug around a big bag on days like Friday.

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Afterwards we went to a really fun Mexican place called Tortilla Flats. We saw a C list celeb who I didn’t even know until my friend filled me in, haha – Jesse from the Bachelor in 2004? I was hoping for Bethenny Frankel as I hear she makes frequent visits 🙂 I would definitely go back, a very fun vibe & atmosphere.

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Saturday we had a birthday celebration for Richard’s friend from med school at the Boat Basin Cafe, went to an impromptu celebratory dinner at Palma {forever a favorite} & met up with Richard’s best friend from college.

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^the cake was carrot cake from Momofuku similar to the funfetti one I got Rich for his birthday this year. So good.

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Sadly on Sunday we attended a wake of a dear family friend who lost her husband in an ATV accident at the age of 31 {she is 24}. They were married 3 months ago, we attended their reception and my heart truly breaks for her. Her husband was involved in the Special Olympics & you can donate to her page raising money for Special Olympics here. Sending prayers & strength to her a million times over.

So — this past year has been a roller coaster of highs and lows. It’s really made me really realize that you need to cherish and treasure the time you are able to spend with those you love. Never take it for granted. xx

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