iPhone photos from a really great day in Central Park.

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Bring on Spring and Summer! With 60 degree weather today, we had to get out of the house and decided to go to Central Park since we won’t get too many more opportunities to just go whenever we want. The boys love Heckscher playground and have dubbed it “the best playground” they’ve ever been to “besides Firestone Park!” ha! Firestone Park is the little park in our hometown, which obviously pales in comparison to Central Park but does go down in history as one of the best back home.

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One of the best things about Heckscher is the giant boulder that the playground is built into. The kids are encouraged to climb the rock and the views up top are gorgeous.

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After playing for a good long while, we stopped at an ice cream truck and then walked down the mall and into Bethesda Terrace where a woman was singing opera. This is what I love and will miss about New York. It was beautiful.

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Walking through Central Park on one of the first nice days of the year is electric. Everyone is out and everyone is happy. We saw wedding parties, performers, musicians and no less than 1,000 dogs. Ruby seemed to enjoy the city more today than she ever has and even ended up walking completely by herself (since she refused to be carried) nearly 40 blocks throughout the day. We went into Manhattan today with the idea that it may be our last visit before we move. We were not disappointed.




Parker’s Pictures.

We had an eventful Saturday and Sunday last weekend but I wasn’t going to blog about it because it was just a repeat of things we’ve done before. Saturday we went to the Brooklyn Flea Market in Williamsburg and Sunday Parker and I spent the day in Manhattan having lunch, browsing the Museum of Natural History, walking the shops on 5th Ave and stopping for a cupcake (or dozen) at Magnolia Bakery. I didn’t even bother snapping any pictures but Parker took along his camera and I was pretty impressed as I looked through his photos.

This is what he found beautiful enough to photograph at the flea market before he was told that he wasn’t allowed to take pictures.  

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Our table at a Mexican restaurant in lower Manhattan. 

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The gift shop at the Museum of Natural History.

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The Godiva Store on 5th Ave. 

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The cupcake shop. 

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Of course the lighting isn’t great and a couple are a little blurry but he’s got an eye for a cool photo and his angles are pretty awesome. I just think it’s adorable that he likes to take pictures. Love my big kid!



2013 in Review

2013 was seriously the fastest year of my life. It wasn’t the best year but it was certainly better than last which is really all you can hope for. I know I’m a few days late but I thought it would be fun to go through my ten gazillion photos from this year and write a recap of all of the exciting things we experienced throughout 2013. We had lots of ups and downs, laughs and cries and some once in a lifetime adventures that I hope we never forget. Like,

Brazos Bend National Park with aunt Lisa and Cindy and lots of wild alligators… 

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We took the ferry to Galveston Island…

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Parker had his first experience in batting cages which led him to fall in love with baseball…

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We surprised the boys with a basketball hoop and then played basketball everyday for the whole month of February…

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I hosted a Valentine’s Day party as the room mom of Parker’s 2nd grade class…

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Theo celebrated Rodeo Day (the first day of the Houston Rodeo) at Preschool and rocked his pants Texas style (always)…

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and then we went to the Houston Rodeo which is definitely one of my favorite times from 2013 (writing this makes me miss Texas!)…

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We went strawberry picking in March…

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The boys and I went to the Houston Museum of Natural Sciences…

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I registered for the San Antonio half marathon but found out we’d be moving to NY before the race so I ran the 13.1 miles on my own anyway…


Ruby turned one…

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and then a few days later we packed up and moved to New York…

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and while we were on the road we stopped at my aunt’s house in South Carolina and celebrated Theo’s 5th Birthday…

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and then celebrated Easter with more family in Ohio…

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The boys played their first season of little league…

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Josh surprised me with a Mother’s Day weekend trip to Cape May…

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We walked across the Brooklyn Bridge with my sister…


And Josh and I snuck away for a date at Citi Field…



Josh had a little too much fun at a Coast Guard celebration in Cape May…

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We spent lots of days at the Jersey Shore…






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We went to Coney Island and watched Joey Chestnut win the Nathan’s hot dog eating contest on the 4th of July…

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One of my blog posts was read by thousands of people and cross posted on The Huffington Post…

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We took the boys back to Westhampton Beach to see our first home away from Ohio…


We all went to the All Star Fan Fest in Manhattan…




And met up with some friends at Liberty Science Center…


We painted. and painted. and painted…

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Josh was selected to help carry the flag at the MLB All Star Game…

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Where he got to meet and chat with Bryce Harper, Erin Andrews and Jason Grilli…



We took a weekend trip to the Blue Ridge Mountains and visited Charlottesville and Monticello…






Josh turned 30 and we celebrated with friends in NYC…

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We took the kids to our first Yankees game and boo’d ARod (silently)…

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We went to Cape May to celebrate a sweet friend’s 5th birthday…

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My blog was featured in Exit Zero magazine in Cape May…

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Josh made a cameo on the Today Show…

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Parker completed his first food challenge when he ate an entire quarter pound burger and fries…

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We spent Labor Day weekend in Ohio and took the kids to the Canfield Fair…

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We spent a day at Sesame Place…

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Theo started Kindergarten and Parker started 3rd grade…

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Josh and Parker saw the lights to Heaven on September 11th…

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We ended baseball season with one last Mets game…

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We took a day trip to Mystic, CT and Westerly, RI…

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Parker turned 8 and we celebrated very low key with pizza and ice cream cake…

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Theo lost his first tooth…

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And his second…

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We went apple picking in Princeton with some friends…

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The Pirates made it to the playoffs…

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We went trick or treating with old friends on the Washington Street Mall in Cape May…

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We celebrated Halloween at home with fun treats, crafts, movies, school parades and trick or treating around the neighborhood…

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I put up my Christmas tree WAY too early…

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The boys took a dare and streaked in the snow at uncle Craig’s house…

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Ruby’s hair grew long enough for a pony tail…

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We went to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and then made Thanksgiving dinner together for just the 5 of us…

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We kicked off December with a day in the city with some friends…

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Parker had his first school newspaper contribution published…

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and learned how to schmooze…

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We skipped school and went to Macy’s to visit Santa…

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We spent Christmas in Ohio where Parker and I landed ourselves in the ER on Christmas morning…

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We celebrated my 28th birthday with my little sister…

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I walked passed Ruby’s room and finally really realized that we’re living with a little lady now…

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And we rang in the new year with some sushi, ice cream, games and movies.

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This way too long post with a gajillion photos still only shows parts of our year. We had lots of visits with family, made new friends and got caught up with old, went through phases and tantrums and moody days, hit milestones and entered new stages but the year is over and it’s time to begin a new! Bring on 2014 – Happy New Year!

Our week in photos

This post has a lot of pictures but I still feel like I didn’t take enough. We had family here all week and though I should have, I didn’t even take my camera out (besides my iPhone) until yesterday.

This week included:

Lots of breakfasts enjoyed on the balcony.


The end of baseball season.












A bathing beauty.




Family time.


The Jersey Shore.










A daddy’s girl.


Swimming in the ocean with uncle Joe.



Trying to get Josh into the 71 degree water.


A sweet sleepy baby.


My babes and me.






The Coast Guard!


A stinker little brother.



New Jersey.


Ahhh. Summer.


A fabulously boring weekend in photos


husband’s homemade pancakes on saturday morning.


sunday afternoon homemade pizzas.


i want to be a big kid too. wait a minute. it’s way too hard.


homemade (healthy) Chinesish takeout.


shovel worthy spinach and cheese quinoa casserole. we agree it’s the best way we’ve ever eaten quinoa.


one pineapple juiced and turned into popsicles. pulp and all.


she desperately wanted to fit into her baby doll’s robe.


morning run view.


sleepy boy after a long day of baseball. after this picture was taken, we had to bribe him with doritos to keep him awake.


baseball friday, saturday and sunday.


cgc vigorous pulling into the new york harbor. i was extremely excited to randomly see the only boat josh has ever been on pulling into our new home.


my favorite summertime breakfast. vanilla yogurt, peaches and pepitas.