Before I write about our weekend I want to back up a little to News Year’s Day when my sister and I spent the day together in Manhattan. She’s moving to Alaska next month and since we probably won’t see each other again until August, she decided to come back to New York with us for a few days after our Christmas in Ohio. We made plans to have lunch and to go to the Met but since it was a holiday all of the museums were closed. If you know my sister then you know that her back up plan is always to go shopping so we made our way to SoHo, had lunch at a great little restaurant and spent the next five hours walking the neighborhood and stopping in stores. Because I’m old, and it was freezing, and I actually kind of hate shopping, I got to a point where I was just ready to go home but it was a really fun day and I’m so glad we got to spend it together just the two of us.
The next day she left and headed back to Florida just before “Hercules” hit the east coast. Thursday afternoon the storm started dumping snow onto New York and left us Friday with about eight inches total. The kids were called off of school and Josh was called off of work but with the wind chill making it 10 degrees below zero there was no way we were going to leave the house. We hung out inside, still playing with all of our new Christmas stuff and then busted out the sleds on Saturday when it was a little warmer.
The snow actually kind of sucked for playing because it was so light and the boys didn’t make it too long before they were ready for hot showers and hot tea but they had fun while it lasted. Miss Ruby skipped out on the snow and opted for a nap instead. She likes to look at the snow but being cold, or “freezing” as she says, just isn’t her thing.
Sunday afternoon was the real main event of our weekend. We got tickets for the Professional Bull Riding event at Madison Square Garden and couldn’t wait to go. We left the house early and got to MSG in time for the boys to meet one of the riders and get his autograph. We ate and enjoyed over two hours of cowboys, rodeo clowns (Theo’s favorite), loud music and excitement. I still can’t believe that we can last this long with a 21 month old but Ruby is a complete champ and loved seeing the “cows”. I think this is definitely a difference between boys and girls. We have always done a lot with our kids but the boys would have never sat and stayed entertained the way Ruby does.
Strollers aren’t allowed in Madison Square Garden so today was our first trip into the city, or anywhere for that matter, without one. Rubes asserted her independence early on and let us know that she got this. She sat in her own seat on the subway and walked without holding our hand as much as possible. It was the most adorable thing seeing her hang with the boys and it made me realize that we’re right on the cusp of a sweet spot. These trips are just going to get easier and easier and more and more fun.
Going to a baseball game is the perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon with the family. Especially when it’s 70 degrees and sunny. We took the kids to what will probably be our last game of this season and were able to enjoy all nine innings (the game actually went into extra innings but those were beyond our patience threshold) for the first time with Ruby in attendance.
I love the picture above. Josh was explaining how the player on first got picked off when the pitcher caught him leading off too far. The boys continue to be more and more interested in sports and they left this game inspired to go hit some balls. Adorable.
As usual the weekend flew by way too quickly as we moved from one thing to the next.
A few weeks ago Parker said, “We haven’t done any family things this summer.” (yeah. I laughed too) and when I asked him what “family things” were, since apparently family things don’t include baseball games, the beach, museums, weekend trips, etc., and his response was bowling or swimming at a pool. So Friday we took the kids to the pool at Fort Hamilton in Brooklyn but not before driving into DUMBO to grab some food from the Korilla BBQ truck. Josh and I love The Great Food Truck Race on Food Network and Korilla was our favorite a couple seasons ago. As to be expected, it was fantastic. We headed to the pool then and had a blast for a few hours as the kids swam and played in the water. Parker talked me into allowing him to go off of the dive, into 12 ft deep water, completely by himself without anyone waiting for him for the first time. Of course he swam great and as soon as he reached the side where I was standing, he blurted out “I told you I could do it!” before he even took a breath.
Saturday we woke up and left the island before 8 am for Cape May. Our dear friend was having a birthday party to celebrate her daughter’s 5th birthday and we were thrilled to be able to be there this year. The party was a “Teen Beach Movie” theme so there were water games, leis, and gorgeous hibiscus cupcakes made by our amazing baker friend, Becky. It felt so nice (and weird – it still feels weird to be there but not be home) to be back in our old neighborhood hanging out with all of the old people. Constantly having to leave your friends is so hard but getting back together and watching the kids pick up exactly where they left off like they just played together yesterday is so awesome. Even though our babies don’t always get to live by each other they have made lifelong friends and so have we.
Sunday was the beginning of the end of summer – school shopping. We headed upstate to some outlets and spent the day picking out boring school uniform pieces and making up for it with lots of cute baby girl clothes. On our way home my sweet husband, who plays along with all of my shenanigans, took a detour into Franklin Lakes so I could check out the neighborhood of my very favorite Jersey Housewives :). The town is just completely beautiful and I have to assume that Teresa Guidice is an outcast with in the community. We headed home after picking up some groceries and with that the weekend was over faster than it began. Next weekend we have a little surprise planned for the kids so we’re already looking forward to it!
What a great weekend! Friday started off with the arrival of our friends Gerard and Chelsea from back home. They came to spend the weekend and celebrate with us the big day – Josh’s 30th birthday! We took the kids and headed into Manhattan for a late lunch and then came back to the house to get ready for a night out sans children! We put the kids to bed, gave the sitter the rundown and were on our way to the Brooklyn Brewery.
The beer was excellent and the atmosphere was cool but we were definitely out of place amongst all of the hipsters. A friend of mine had joked that we needed to wear our flannel and skinny jeans to fit in and she was right – so after a couple of beers we decided to leave and grab a late dinner back in Manhattan. Earlier at lunch, we had eaten outside at a pizza bar on Stone Street and were all drooling over these fries we saw from another restaurant. Seven hours later and we were still thinking about those fries so we headed back to Stone Street and made our way to The Growler.This place was fantastic! We got a table, ordered a few more beers and had a great meal. The atmosphere was much more our style and though it was a low key restaurant/bar, there was a dj for the night which made it a little more upbeat. After dinner and some laughs over our inability to take a good picture we bought Josh a birthday cupcake from the ferry terminal and called it a night.
Saturday was a beach day. We headed to our usual spot on the Jersey Shore and spent hours playing in the water, sand and surf.We asked a man to take our picture and this is as good as we got. Not a good picture but a great day! Our friends were leaving Sunday but before they headed back to Ohio we wanted to squeeze in one more day of fun so we left the house before noon and made our way to the famous Grimaldi’s in Brooklyn. Josh, the kids and I have been to the original before (now called Juliana’s) but never to the one that’s rated the best pizza in NYC (and one of the top five in the US!) so we waited in the 30 minute line outside until it was our turn for lunch. The pizza was delicious but I have to say, definitely not the best in NYC.After lunch we walked the Brooklyn bridge, took the the train to Times Square and made our routine visit to the M&M store.We didn’t have much time to spend since Gerard and Chelsea had to get on the road so we called it a day and said our goodbyes. Though it’s really no fun when we have to say goodbye to our friends and family, I’m so glad we had this weekend together and I can’t wait to do it again. And one last happy birthday wish for my studly husband. I hope you enjoyed the weekend as much as the kids and I did. After all, “you only turn 30 once!”
*The lighting all weekend was completely sub par due to the crappy weather so these pictures are kind of awful. Fair warning.
We have family coming to visit this week so Josh took all week off so we can have a free schedule. Since he doesn’t have to go to work for a while, I decided to put him to work around here.
First thing was the balcony. We’ve talked about buying furniture for our little outdoor space since we moved here but I finally bit the bullet when I was in Target and noticed all of the summer stuff on sale. I picked up the table, two chairs and some accessories and saved $130. Josh was a champ and helped me carry everything in, put it together and set it all up. After he started putting the table together I realized that I had been so excited about the sale that I overlooked the fact that I had bought a cafe table which meant the chairs wouldn’t work. But I loved them so much I decided to keep it all and set up two separate spaces. We packed everyone into the van again and headed to Home Depot to see if we could find another small table and some bar chairs. We left with another great deal on the little table but had no luck finding chairs that weren’t $100 a piece. After checking out several other places (including a Craigslist listing that I had my fingers crossed for) we made do with these inexpensive Ikea chairs.
We all love it and have already spent a few nights and mornings out there.
Another little project Josh worked on was cleaning up this plant stand. I’ve had it for a few years now so it needed a little love. Spray paint is my best friend so it went from this –
We also had a few small projects that we worked on, like adding another shelf to Ruby’s reading corner.
And rearranging Theo’s wall to accommodate some new art.
Josh also began a major project. I picked this table up from the curb where our neighbor had put it out for trash. It needs some work but it is solid wood and gorgeous. The first step was to sand the top and stain it but this has been a bit trickier than we had hoped.
We can’t seem to find the right stain. At this point Josh is probably just going to sand the entire thing and re stain it all.
If anyone has any suggestions for ways to make this easier let me know. We’re new DIYers and our knowledge kind of ends at spray paint. 😉
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.