happy friday, everyone! today i wanted to share a small guide and video we made covering a few of our favorite activities to do together right underneath the brooklyn bridge! that bridge (and the manhattan bridge too, let’s be honest) is so iconic and fun to walk (or bike!!!) across that i tell all of our family and friends who ask for nyc recommendations that it is a must. it just doesn’t get old. it’s one of my favorite things to do in this city.
here’s a short video highlighting some favorite things to eat and do around dumbo and the north end of brooklyn heights after you cross the bridge….
last spring, i shared a few of our family’s favorite interactive books, one of which was – and still is – press here by herve tullet (which has been on the NYT best seller list for the past 3 years!). well, we heard the best news a few weeks ago that herve tullet just finished his follow-up book titled mix it up!we were kindly sent a copy a few weeks ago to check out. it’s of course as darling and creative and fun as press here, and it’s officially out this week!
a look at it below if you’d like to see…
what i love about this book is the way we are invited as the reader to interact with each page. you touch, mix, shake, close and open the book to find all these bright and beautiful colors mixing together to make new colors, and new shapes and designs. the “splat!” page is my personal favorite (closing the book down hard between a blob of yellow paint and a blob of red paint to discover a splattered new color of orange on the following page.)
since we’re asked on each page to touch or mix the colors with our fingers, eleanor, being the proper little lady she is who doesn’t like getting her hands dirty (even pretend dirty), requested we read the book with our paint brushes. haha! so we’ve been having fun rereading the book and doing all the imaginative interactive stuff with paint brushes instead of our fingers. we usually head to the kitchen table afterwards to mix some paint colors of our own, because hello! making new colors out of other colors suddenly makes a lot of sense and BLUE AND RED MAKE PURPLE? WHAT!!! we’ve been making a lot of purple paint as of late.
thank you again to chronicle books, who this post is in partnership with, for sending along the new mix it up! book! now let’s get painting!
ps. my post on a few of our favorite interactive children’s books HERE.
we always love the little food markets that pop up periodically around the city. there are few things in this world i love more than a ridiculously good meal, especially if that meal has the words “lobster roll” in it. we stopped by the new urban space food market in the garment district for dinner the other night after being invited down to check it out and sampled ourselves silly with all the good vendors they’ve brought in. (things like japanese curry, lobster rolls, meatball sandwiches, tacos, burgers, wood-fired pizza…) i’m still stuffed a few days later. having such good food around really makes us love being here in new york. a few photos from dinner below…
^^^and a kiss from E! what could possibly make dinner sweeter? ;) ^^^
^^^red hook lobster pound has always been one of my favorites since the DC days, so i was stoked to see them there at the market.^^^
^^^the pizza from roberta’s was top notch, too. josh and samson didn’t get any, but i managed to steal a few bites from E before she polished off that entire thing.^^^
^^^while i watched the stroller and sat at a nearby table, i caught a glimpse between the crowds walking by of josh swinging and playing with the kids while they waited for our food. i have many many fears going into having a third baby this winter, but if anything helps calm them, it’s this man of mine who is such a patient and invested father. it’s like, ok. i have him on my team. i can do this. ^^^
^^^samson and his empanada. he sat so still and quietly eating that entire thing. it was the cutest.^^^
^^^i’m not a big cheesy bread person, but josh liked the maple bacon queijo from cafe patoro.^^^
^^^and this pistachio and stracciatella gelato was fiiiiiiiiiine. ^^^
well, we’re getting closer and closer and as a result, i’m getting more and more excited! i’m also getting more and more tired and doing crazy things putting chocolate milk into my kids’ raisin bran in the morning because that seems exactly right. but that’s another story for another day. this mama is struggling with insomnia like it’s nobody’s business. i guess it’s just good practice for all the middle of the night milk parties that are gonna take place after everyone else is asleep at our home once baby arrives. (but ps- if anyone else out there is struggling with insomnia and terrible terrible leg cramps at night, i asked for advice on my instagram the other day and there were so many good recommendations and tips shared i thought i’d pass that along. thank you to everyone who shared what has worked for them!)
while i might be more of a negative nancy this round (although i’m trying not to be really. i really am!), josh and eleanor and samson are nothing short of ecstatic. it’s nice too because they always know how to boost my mood and help me get excited again. josh has been pushing for the name gideon if it’s a boy, and one day i said, “but that sounds like giddy-up! to me” to which eleanor chimed in, “oh i love that name, mama! let’s name the baby giddy-up gideon!” she hasn’t dropped it, either. whenever she introduces my baby bump to friends or strangers, she points to my belly and says, “and this giddy-up gideon, our baby!” lol.
besides my routine check-ups at my regular doctor’s office, i’ve been getting some extra attention and love and care each day at home thanks to my in-house doctor eleanor, and her assistant mister samson (who loves giving me and the baby like 10 shots each day.) as of now, according to doctors E and S, the baby is looking great, although he or she has no reflexes and is always crying inside my belly – which i have yet to hear but you know, doctors are trained in this sort of thing. ;)
ps. i’m wearing maternity jeans found HERE (i caved and bought this pair too. why did no one tell me to do this sooner? these things are saving my life this round.) also, my white maternity t-shirt is from HERE. and the doctor kit can be found HERE. that doctor kit man, it has made my littles happier than any other toy could since last christmas. we’ve miraculously not lost any pieces yet, either. i mean, really! it’s a big deal.
we made it back to new york city yesterday at six something in the morning. while the kids slept soundly on the over-night flight, it was one of the more brutal flights for josh and me, and i worry it may take a solid week to recover! i’ve often preferred the red-eye for our family when traveling, but somewhere between being seated on the last row of the plane (where the seats don’t recline) and body cramps that felt more like labor cramps, i was done. i walked out of JFK airport while craddling a sleeping child with arms that felt like they were about to fall off and saw that there was no line for a taxi (which has never happened to me). all i could think was, thank you new york!
the rest of the day is a big old blur to me, but somewhere in there my kids decided to be kind for a few hours and took a nap at the same time with me sandwiched between them in my bed. that rarely happens anymore and i was so so thankful.
since all of our sleep schedules are looking to be a bit off for the next few days, we ventured down to the west village around seven in the evening for a family pizza at joe’s. i really can’t think of a better way to say hello again to this great city than with a slice from there. the september weather was just right, slightly warm but breezy too. we were able to sit on a park bench together and finish off the entire pie (minus a lot of crust.) and it just felt really nice to be sitting there on the bench as the sun set eating my favorite pizza in my favorite city with my favorite people. it’s good to be back.
after pizza, we grabbed some gelato on the corner before heading home because…why not? it’s our first day back and if you’re going to celebrate you gotta do it correctly. eleanor impressed us with some very interesting new dance moves to some hip hop music they were playing inside the shop while we waited for our gelato and i will never forget it. it was one of those moments where she was so out of her shell and comfortable while showing off moves i’ve never seen her do that were adorable but also like, where did you see or pick that up?! never a dull moment with these kiddos. it was a good night.
it’s great to be back, new york! we’ve missed you! in light of today being the anniversary of 9/11, i’m feeling especially proud and grateful to call this beautiful city home.
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