So excited to be sharing our family photos from when we were in Central Park a few weeks ago! The lovely and talented Kylie Whiting took all of these gorgeous images and we are so happy we have memories documented from when we first moved to the city. I’m glad we have these smiles on file because 2017 hasn’t been all rainbows and sunshine. It’s been a hard year for all of us (and it’s only August!) This is proof that there are good days amidst the bad/hard/tiring/frustrating/lonely ones. Seasons change as we grow and we’re mostly excited to see what this big city has in store for us.
Whenever we end up leaving New York City, we are going to take more photos to compare and to see how much we’ve grown and inevitably gotten older.
Eddie of course stole the show and we had sweat dripping off of us by the end of this session, but by golly these photos were worth it!
Nothing like a doozie of a week to feel the need to bake. Actually, I don’t need it to be a bad week for me to want to bake or eat chocolate or 17 1/2 cookies. Every day is appropriate for cookies. Especially super soft extra chocolatey cookies. I think crispy cookies should be illegal, and these ones are the complete and total opposite of crunchy. They bake up soft and STAY soft for days. Basically, the epitome of everything that is right with the world.
This past week was Brooke and Blake’s first week of camp! Those two have a love-hate relationship with this day camp I signed them up for. Some days they love it, some days they hate it! I make them go regardless because its good for them. Plus I’M THE MOM.
They get to swim, play sports, work on arts and crafts and do other things that I can’t think of. And I get to stay home with Eddie and work! Except the nanny still comes and has one kid to watch instead of 3! It’s pretty great 🙂
Eddie realized that he fits through the ladder on the bunk bed and gets stuck there every once in a while. We know he is stuck because he just screams and screams.
Eddie can also run!! Well, sort of. He tries really hard, but it mostly looks like a shuffle.
Well, we are gaining ground this summer. I am taking the reins and finding my way around the city juuuuust fine thanks to google and google maps. Every week, we try to explore one or two parts of NYC that we haven’t visited yet or think would be really fun. (Our bucket list is right here if you’d like to see!) It’s turned out to be a great method for us. Laundry and house cleaning is at the beginning of the week. The nanny comes mid-week and our trips fall closer to the end of the week when we need a little pick me up, just before Daddy comes home for the weekend.
Traveling to new places is really fun, but it wreaks havoc on our dinner routine. Being out and about has its perks but trying to nourish 3 kids and myself and my husband who is here and then not here and then here again while we’re doing it is slightly tricky. So, I’ve had to think of dinner recipes that will store well, travel well and please every palate regardless of when we’re eating. Usually when we’re home (and even when we’re not) my kids are never eating at the same time. I know I’m usually the one eating LAST because my kids need drinks, napkins, seconds, food not touching other food on their plates, more drinks, their shirt put back on (??) and more. Plus, my husband currently works crazy hours in a city three hours away so when he’s home, we know he wants everything homemade….hence the storing well part of these new dinner recipes.
Finally getting around to sharing our photos from our trip to DC! It was a bit of a whirlwind, but we were so happy to have a change of scenery, get out of the city for a time and feel like we had a bit more space. Plus we got to see a lot more Gordon, which is never a bad thing 😉 I drove my kids down Thursday morning and we hung around until Monday. In that time, we saw a few sites downtown, checked out Georgetown, ate some very good food, swam nearly everyday at the hotel pool and visited the spot where Gordon and I got married, nearly 10 years ago!! Holy.moly.
Here are the photos we took! As usual, you can find my banter and commentary throughout these photos and our links, recommendations and details of where we visited at the bottom of this post.