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To the City We Go!

Today, I am writing part 2 of our NY Trip.  If you missed part 1, be sure to catch up on our amazing trip to upstate New York.

Woohoo – after our 3 hour train ride back to the City on Sunday, we caught a cab and went straight to our hotel. We patiently waited while MDub checked us in! Our view from our room was perfect for PB since his new favorite word is “Taxi,” and every morning we saw approximately 400 go by! 

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We couldn’t actually check into our hotel until 3:00, so we left our luggage and set out to explore. First up, Top of the Rock and the NBC studios. An early dinner and bed time were needed after a long morning of traveling and a busy weekend. 

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Monday morning, we were up bright and early to walk to breakfast with the rest of the 5 million people headed to work. I guarantee they were so annoyed with three tourists and two strollers taking up their sidewalk. A quick pic with a NYC Firetruck was in order every time we saw one. This was the only morning we ate at an actual restaurant for breakfast. We quickly learned these NYC waiters mean biz and were oh, so happy to be given a table with two toddlers! Starbucks and street vendor breakfast the rest of the trip!
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Subway time down to Chinatown. We walked around, saw the markets and then were outta there.  I honestly have no clue how my cousin has lived in Hong Kong for the last four years. Those smells though!

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On to the 9-11 Memorial and to Battery Park. This was as close as we got to Lady Liberty as we were trying to cram too many things in. MDub and I have been before, and my mom kept saying all she cared about was seeing it. I wish we would have taken the ferry over — next time! 

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Everyone kept saying it was going to be hot in the summer, and they were 100% correct. It was oh, so HOT, and we big time melted on this day.  MDUB had a conference call so we stopped for a while and let the kids run around in Battery Park. DeeDee and I are hiding somewhere under a tree. IMG_4613

Next stop – the Brooklyn Bridge and lunch at the first Grimaldi’s ever. We were all so exhausted and couldn’t wait to sit down and enjoy lunch – um, why don’t these places have AC?? I mean, it gets so hot in the summer you would think it would be worth the investment. Hot pizza in a tiny restaurant only meant we were headed for ice cream next. 

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A ferry ride, bus ride and a few blocks later, we were back at our hotel. Mdub and I made a reservation for dinner while DeeDee stayed back with the kids. Of course I took zero pictures of us at dinner. Again – next time!

Tuesday was Central Park Day. When Mdub and I visited eight years ago, we didn’t even go to Central Park.  What were we thinking?  This day was the highlight of the city probably. Lots of walking, carousel rides and the famous, over-rated Serendipity. It was fun to check it off the list, and we may or may not be making frozen hot chocolate in the near future, but it was tiny!! We found a firetruck museum and the candy store!!

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We finished off the day with Wicked and then a stroll through Times Square. It was the first time either of us had seen it. #GirlsNightOut while Mdub put the babies to sleep!

Wednesday morning we got up and packed, checked out of our hotel and then made a few last stops through Little Italy for one last meal of pizza. On to the airport to make our way back home. PB made a friend, and AB made some enemies while she decided to freak out for a good 20 minutes.

We had SO MUCH FUN. Despite the heat, we had a blast. We definitely want to go back in the winter with the kids……and DeeDee. Traveling with toddlers is not exactly a laid back vacation. But, we decided, it’s either chaos at home or chaos in a hotel room, and it’s nothing we can’t handle. All in all, the kids did fantastic. Took naps in their strollers and just like their mama, if you don’t let them get tired, hungry or hot, then they are A -ok!

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Our Weekend – Birthday Party Style!

We had the best weekend celebrating a couple of friends’ birthdays. At this point in our life, we have A LOT of birthday parties – and I don’t see it slowing down any time soon. Which is just fine. We have so much fun, and it’s a good excuse for the parents to hang out, too. I’m gonna be real sad when we reach the point of just sending our kids to the birthday, and we don’t get to tag along.

On Saturday morning, we celebrated Wyatt turning four at the cutest children’s museum. Cows, horses, a farmer’s market and a tractor……my kids were in heaven! AB really was amazed that she could actually milk the cow! Oh, and we may or may not have been an hour and a half early and in the wrong town. I swear I must have just read the invitation when we got it in the mail and then never looked at it again. I had everyone up and out the door only to realize we had a good hour to waste and 10 miles to drive to get to the actual party. Whoops!

Our Sundays usually consist of church, kids falling asleep on the way home, and then eating lunch after they wake up. Sunday was an extra long nap (hallelujah), so we had two happy kids eating lunch at 2:30 p.m.!

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Sunday night we celebrated sweet Blake and Kylee at the water party. Both kids had a blast, and we had to pull them out to leave. We’ve come light years with PB just in these few short weeks of summer. He’s so much more outgoing and not near as shy as he was just six weeks ago. Mdub and I both looked at each other at one point during the party and said “Who is that kid?” He’s just so fun to watch now.

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We’re having the best summer!! 

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Framily Vacation…..Round 2

It’s no secret we love going on vacation trips with our friends and their kids. This past weekend was round two for the summer. Some of the same friends as the Padre Trip, but this was Marcus’ high school friends that he still talks to every day. Twelve adults and 10 kids this time, and we all had a blast. The kids range in ages from eight years to nine months old, and even though that’s a big gap, they all love playing with each other. The older kids take care of the younger, and the younger love trying to keep up with the oldest. Swimming, naps, food, and then repeat for the entire weekend. It was hot, hot unless we were in the water – hence AB sweating to death in real clothes headed to dinner Saturday night. Both kids love the water, and as expected, AB has zero fear. 

Picture overload as I document our summer! Oh, and why do life jackets have to be so miserable for kids? I so remember that feeling of being uncomfortable like it was yesterday. I remember not being able to wait until the age I didn’t have to wear one in the boat. #safetyfirst
S.M. (my granddad) would be proud that we still enjoy the lake, yet a little concerned that puddle jumpers are coast guard approved!

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These three pictures crack me up. Boys not doing what they’re supposed to be doing, PB running cuz he’s scared, and then both doing the walk of shame back to the house. I see this happening a lot in the next several years! #PartnersInCrime #TheyGetItFromTheirDads

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Such a fun weekend that we look forward to every year. Thanks Fitz’s!

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Phone Dump- What we’ve been up to!

Summer has barely started, and we’ve already been so busy. Weddings, the beach, baby showers, and more. Thankfully, this past weekend we stayed home for a laid back, simple weekend. As I was going through the pictures on my phone, I realized I had tons that needed to be uploaded. Just our every day lives that need to be documented. 

A couple of weekends ago we headed to Salado for my  cousin’s wedding. I didn’t get a single picture of her, but she was beautiful. Our kids had a blast and actually did very well for a sit-down dinner. PB and I enjoyed the cake while AB and MDub danced. She wanted to be on the dance floor the entire time…..with her “Miss Chickie.” Despite the loud band, PB feel asleep on MDub’s shoulder – definitely his father’s child.

On Saturday, I had two baby showers. We can’t wait for Baby Brooks and Baby Charlotte to arrive!! After Courtney’s shower, AB and I saw the most amazing hydrangeas. Every time I see them, I wish I had them in my own yard. They matched her outfit perfectly, so we snapped a few pics. She also is big time into waving right now, so she’s waving to Aunt Terrie with her balloon. I wish she could wear a bubble for the next 10 years!!

We then hit up The Lot Saturday night. Such a great place to take  kids when the weather is nice. Every time we eat out, we swear we won’t do it again until the kids are much older. This place though is great because they can play in the giant sand box while waiting on our food. It might be our go to all summer long! And, um – look at them holding hands. The second I say this, it will probably jinx us, but we are in such a good place right now. These two are quickly becoming best friends, and they are really sweet with each other. If only AB could completely skip the terrible twos!  #wishfulthinking. 

PB is off to Camp 3D, so it’s just AB and me all week. Golf Tournaments, VBS,  meetings and then finishing the week heading to LBK! Happy Monday. 

 

 

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Lazy Summer

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After what seemed like months and months of constant rain we are now enjoying being outside – a lot. PB LOVES to be outside and begs to go out all day long. It is so hot during the day so I try and put him off until Mdub gets home.

We’ve played in the fountains during dinner, watered the plants over and over and made pizza on the grill all while getting eaten up by the mosquitos!

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