planting a garden!

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a few weeks ago, we received the sweetest crate from our friends at annie’s full of everything we needed to plant a spring garden on our kitchen windowsill!  along with the garden kits, the crate was full of some of our favorite snacks, and several vegetables and fruits with tiny notes attached to them so eleanor and samson could learn what kinds of things are inside their favorite snacks and treats.  we enjoyed a fun morning of learning where some of our favorite food comes from and also planting our own tiny garden!


^^^since one of annie’s biggest missions is to connect kids to real food, it was a lot of fun to see which vegetables are inside some of our favorite snacks and treats. like potatoes in fruit snacks, or beets and carrots in their cookies!^^^


^^^perhaps a highlight for all of us was watching the dirt “grow” as we added water to those tiny soil pellets before transferring the dirt to the planters. ^^^


^^^as josh and i think more about what goes into our bodies and into our little ones, one of the things we love about annie’s is how their food and snacks are made with real fruit and vegetable extracts as opposed to synthetic food dyes. so no artificial flavors, synthetic colors or preservatives, too.^^^


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^^^we also enjoyed coloring some of the learning sheets from the crate! the kids kept talking about grandma and grandpa’s chickens while we did so and now they are anxious to meet and milk a cow one of these days.^^^

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^^^i put eleanor in charge of watering our tiny garden! she is taking it pretty seriously so far, which makes me proud. i hope the little plants get enough sunshine from the window until it’s warm enough to transfer them to our fire escape outside. always a little tricky in an urban setting, but we’re determined to keep this little garden going as best we can this spring! wish us luck!^^^

thank you to annie’s, who this post is in partnership with, for thinking of us with this sweet care package!

a happy list.

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this time of year always seems the trickiest for me to get through, and with the unbearable cold temperatures right now in the city that force us to stay inside most days, i feel it extra. by 3 or 4 in the afternoon each day, i feel like all three of my little ones can feel it, too.

i tried to compile a short list of things that are making me happy as i fell asleep last night (like in years past), and decided to keep adding to it today.  there’s a lot of good around here. even in brutal february.

10 things that make me terribly happy:

  1.  conrad’s coos and yawns and squinty eyed smiles
  2. the unexpected compliment
  3. looking at hair photos on pinterest (why are they so good!)
  4. feeling the sun on my face or back or body after walking several city blocks shaded by buildings in the cold wind
  5. when my little ones get along
  6. scrubbing my bathroom clean until it sparkles (weird, i know. but i love a good cleaning session)
  7. planning beach days and summer outings
  8. riding the subway alone and getting the chance to put my headphones on and listen to all my favorite old music, as loud as i want
  9. kind emails
  10. when my man wears that one cologne


more happy lists HERE from way back in the day….

what makes you terribly happy?

photos from life lately…

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i got to spend my saturday morning with this dear old friend, miss marci. love her so much and always so thankful for her friendship. we saw ballet 422 together, which was incredible! i love the way it was filmed, the story it told and the way it told it.  the dancing and music was so good it was enough to force myself to sign up for a dance class this week.  3 kids later, zero abs or muscle left, i’ma-gonna-doit! maybe with a brown bag over my head in the very back of the class room limping about, but doing it nonetheless.  will report back here next week how it goes.

and that cute picture of samson and the popsicle sticks? he placed every single one of those onto the paper on his own…. it’s his version of what he decided was a zebra, which i just died over.  i love that boy and his imagination so much.


these are pictures from russ and daughters appetizer shop, but marci and i grabbed breakfast at their cafe location around the corner saturday and it was delicious! we talked to the owner for a bit too, who is a fourth generation family member managing russ and daughters, and she was the sweetest. i love hearing stories of how restaurants or shops came to be. i’m looking forward to taking my parents there next time they are in town. they are all about their smoked fish and fixings!


february keeps on producing crazy blizzards! heard from a friend last night that it’s in the running to be the coldest february in the city since the 1930’s! during the epic snow falls, i adore it. but then when the temperature sits in the negative digits a few days after and everything is iced over, i kind of hate it.

also, why are my two oldest kids so fascinated with poking their baby brother? we talk so often about touching just his hands and feet, or tummy, or anywhere but the face honestly. and yet, the face! conrad has been a good sport putting up with it. we have hand sanitizer stations literally all over the apartment too. and somehow, even with all the face touching, he’s staying healthy and happy.


sometimes we walk to a subway station a bit out of our way because that station has an elevator, and elevators are kind of like heaven with strollers in this city.  and sometimes, we walk all the way over there in the snow to find the elevator is out of service. especially fun during an icy snow storm! ps- i  feel cold looking at these photos so wanted to note that the kiddos weren’t out in the snowstorm for too long, it had just started snowing a block or two before we made it to the station.  conrad stayed very warm and cozy tucked inside his down suit while josh carried him.  i shiver looking at these photos, but promise they are bundled and warm!


we visited the dr. seuss pop up art exhibit in one of the spaces of the atrium at the citicorp building last week.  it’s a really tiny exhibit/gallery, but they have a lot of sketches and art i hadn’t seen before.  eleanor liked the grinch drawings the most! this one i shared on my instagram was my favorite.

also, pulled out samson’s old baby jeans for conrad! a baby in jeans! i can’t get enough of this sort of thing. these, and old grandpa cardigans on babies.  the best!


after conrad’s 2 month check up the other day, both he and samson fell asleep in the stroller. so eleanor and i decided to park the stroller up against a restaurant table and treat ourselves to a little ladies lunch.  at four years old, eleanor makes for such a fun lunch date. i love hanging and chatting with her.  i hope we always stay close friends.

and we drove out to brooklyn the other week since we had a car rental from our trip to try out difara’s pizza! it had been on josh’s list of pizza to try for a very long time and it was really really good.  josh chatted with the owner domenico demarco for a little while in italian and learned a bit about his life and love for what he does.


josh and the littles made an epic fort on saturday afternoon during the blizzard. i barely fit, but climbed in to hang out with them a little and had such a good time.  it’s fun to listen in on their stories as they hang out with their papa.  the three of them together usually starts some sort of giggle fest. usually because he’s doing something dangerous with them, like throwing them in the air or something of that nature.

and airplanes before bed. they don’t ever tire of them and my legs appreciate the work out.

happy wednesday, folks!

chinese new year!

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we went to chinatown over the weekend to celebrate the new year! it’s something that has been on our new york bucket list for years so we finally made it happen.  we pretty much froze our butts off in the process (or our toes really. it’s what i get for wearing these old black boots of mine that i need to get resoled but keep putting off. the stitching on the sole of one of the shoes is pretty much undone, so anytime i stepped in a puddle of water or in snow this weekend, i’d feel it! it sounds silly, but in negative degree weather, i thought i surely had frostbite by the time we got home with my wet toes!) braving the cold was well worth it though, because we got to eat some of the best dumplings in chinatown (in our opinion) from prosperity dumpling, and witness the parade which was full of festive dragons, things the kids couldn’t get enough of!

a few photos below…


happy chinese new year!

a weekend in the catskills!

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the weekend before last, our family spent a fun few days with friends upstate in the beautiful catskill mountains!  we had never been before, and always hear such great things about the area year round (can’t imagine how gorgeous it must be in the summer!)

homeaway, a vacation rental marketplace, had reached out to us to help celebrate their 10 year anniversary this month, and as we began going through their property listings around the country, we became really excited to try our their service!

after a bit of searching, we decided on a weekend in woodstock, new york, and found this vacation property. the home is on 8 acres of land (space! freedom!) and was big enough to fit our family of five plus friends.  there was also the most darling little treehouse in the back of the property. josh made sure to shovel our way out back so we could access it, because we have two toddler-explorers on our hands. how could we pass that up just because of snow!?

this way of vacationing, choosing a home over a hotel, is new for us.  it depends on what your trip is like and where you’re going, but we really enjoyed changing things up and having more space to cook and eat big meals together and mingle, with enough space for the kids to play and feel at home, and being right in the little town of woodstock.

we spent a day out on the ski slopes with the little ones and had one of the best diner meals ever at phoenicia diner together afterwards. we also ventured into woodstock to explore a bit (this toy store was so charming!), but it was also nice to be tucked inside cooking and eating and hanging out for the majority of our time since it snowed pretty much nonstop all weekend.

one of my favorite parts of our time was gathering around the wood burning fire place in the living room in the evenings with our friends. after the littles would go down for the night, it was relaxing to gather as just the adults to chat and eat (and maybe catch up on the bachelor!) together.  it was a welcomed break from our city living pace.

a few photos from our weekend below, as well as a quick video i made of the weekend, too!


^^^the only way to cut onions. ^^^


^^^LOL if we ever think we’re going to get a morning to sleep in ever again.^^^


^^^half the group during a lunch stop for pizza in woodstock!^^^


^^^that gorgeous treehouse in the back of the home we rented! can you even believe it? it had french doors on the back side and everything. like, i wouldn’t mind moving in.^^^


^^^our little skiers! we spent a day on the slopes at belleayre and eleanor and samson did fantastic! it was just their second time skiing, but i think i’m going to need to get out there one of these days and learn how to stand up on my own pair of skis or something, because i have a feeling this might become a major “davis family thing,” this skiing thing, and i certainly don’t want to be left out.^^^


^^^the diner i mentioned above! i’m really not kidding when i say it was just so good. i had stuffed french toast with a cream cheese filling and a homemade orange zest syrup with fresh berries and whipped cream.  i’m not sure any other french toast will ever compare.^^^


^^^lots of “red light, green light,” “simon says” and “duck duck goose!” games in the evenings before bed. ^^^


^^^on sunday, we had breakfast burritos before church and came home to make tacos after!^^^


^^^these friends of ours are such good people.  both families that came up for the weekend live outside the city (calling connecticut and philly home) so it’s always special when we get a lot of time together.^^^


^^^we needed a picture with this festive cute front door. obviously.^^^


^^^and this. gathering around a fireplace inside or out, can’t be beat.^^^

this post is in partnership with homeaway.  thank you so much for having us!