before baby conrad arrived last sunday morning, josh and i tried to fit in as many holiday activities as we could around the city with eleanor and samson since once the baby would arrive, we knew we’d have to take things a bit slower. it was also a nice excuse for me to force myself to get out everyday, even past my due date, and tire out my body to try to bring on labor!
a few photos from the past week or two below…
^^^the windows at bergdorf goodman are always impeccable. the architecture window is my favorite this year!^^^
^^^i mentioned this performance in my NYC holiday guide, but peter and the wolf at the guggenheim is one of our favorite new family traditions! eleanor and samson and i spent the entire day last friday out and about the city together… we got donuts with friends in the morning, then read books together at one of our favorite children’s book stores, had lunch and then made our way over to the upper east side for this performance. it was our third year attending, and probably the best one yet. i love watching E and S’s faces more than watching the stage. i’m so glad this city offers so many wonderful cultural opportunities for little ones! anyway, this show is really wonderful (as are E and S’s “cheese!” smiles beside the poster, right? haha!)^^^
^^^there is no longer a baby in my tummy which means, i’m going ice skating somewhere in the city this year!!!!!!!!^^^
^^^i want to share more on this later, but we’ve been working on ways to teach eleanor and samson about giving at christmas time, and not focusing so much on “getting.” we had them pick out gifts at the toy store last week for a little boy their age and participated in a sub-for-santa. it was a bit harder for samson when he wasn’t able to get something for himself too, but i think he understood as we reminded him that we were just getting something for the little boy. i am so proud of the two of them!^^^
^^^family dinner at shake shack! their hot cocoa is one of my favorites in the city (it’s salted caramel this year, too!) you gotta try it if you’re around. also, a million hip hip hoorays for the crinkle cut french fries being back!!!^^^
^^^we stopped by our church’s christmas party last saturday where samson was more than happy to climb up on santa’s lap. (reminded me of his first year meeting santa!) eleanor wasn’t as into this santa. she didn’t want to go up to him. afterwards she told me it was because he was being really silly. (we had just visited santa at the plaza the day before and i think it confused her a bit to see another santa so soon after with such a different demeanor.)^^^
^^^the origami christmas tree at the natural history museum! (my favorite.)^^^
^^^crepes for lunch!^^^
^^^santa at the plaza! he is the nicest. samson blew him several kisses as we were leaving, and eleanor was ecstatic to show him her blue tongue (we’d just been at the bank where she got a blue sucker from one of the employees.) neither E or S were willing to sit with santa without us, but it all worked out ok because somehow everyone looks pretty decent in this photo, our last family photo as a family of four!^^^
^^^a standing piggy back ride! i don’t think they have any idea just how cute they are together.^^^
have a great weekend, everyone! merry christmas!