last week, we went downtown to finally check out the seaglass carousel and hit up a favorite playground and dinner spot together. one of the biggest blessings of having the chance to currently work for ourselves means we’re often able to go out altogether for a morning or afternoon activity (although it usually means working far past midnight once the kiddos are asleep on those days — but i’m not complaining because i’m crazy productive at night and actually prefer it.) the days we’re able to swing all of us going out on an adventure (usually we tag team it during the day switching off time with the kids while the other one gets a few hours of work done) are my absolute favorite. i love and am so thankful for all the time we’re able to spend together.
it was crazy hot outside, and we made the mistake of taking a taxi down when there was some horrible traffic and no air conditioning in the taxi, but we walked for about a 20 block stretch at one point and i kept thinking, “can it get any better?!” i mean, sure it can. hello! grass is sometimes invitingly greener on the other side, and in other places, and i am human like anyone else with an incredible eye to spot beautiful green grass that is just so darn pretty. but if i know anything about myself and what makes me happiest, it’s being with this little family of mine. as long as i have them, i’ll be forever happy. i’m the biggest believer in finding joy in the simple things around you, as cliche as it is, it’s the truth. i’ve also learned you do that best when you have good people by your side, friends or family, doesn’t matter. just surround yourself with good people you love, who lift you and love you and make you want to be the best version of you. walking those twenty blocks with my people, where the littles were calm and content, as we observed the incredible city around us and all the insane smells, sounds and movement surrounding us, while josh and i talked about our family and our dreams, it was a really good twenty blocks. i’ll remember that little walk forever, because it brought me back to this spot of peace. of being with my loved ones in my favorite place and feeling thankful. very very thankful.
that dark sliver out there in the distance is our statue of liberty! and those two cuties to the left are MINE.
i’ve been trying to find ways to keep hats on my kids with all this heat and sun. they usually don’t last more than a few minutes, but i’m hoping they’ll get used to it at some point and not even feel it on their head! (any tips or tricks?!) eleanor is so cute how she often tends to flip her baseball cap around when i stick it on her head! i don’t know where she picked that up, but i find it pretty endearing.
a little bit sad that eleanor is about to outgrow mini melissa’s shoes. she’s in their biggest size right now and i’m bummed we’ve arrived at this point. these melting popsicle jellies might be my favorite pair she’s owned yet, although for sentimental purposes, i’ll never get over the kitty cat and fox shoes she wore when she was little!
he’s so good at teaching them all about the world! we found lots of countries on the globes and talked about places we have visited together and places we hope to go! they mostly just get so excited to find their home, new york, on the map!
they are so good on these things! i have rock climbing on our list of things we’d like to do together once they are a little bit older!
whenever we go to bubby’s (one of my all time favorite restaurants in new york!) eleanor reminds us of other times we have been there. “remember when we rode bikes here with sullivan and his family?!” (that was over two years ago, ps!) and “remember when we came here with aunt hannah after art class?!” i love that she remembers!
so, there was a moment the other week where i heard samson quietly singing to himself in the nursery as he was playing. he was singing the chorus to regina specktor’s “all the rowboats” and i have to tell you, it was a very proud moment of motherhood for me. :) never mind those abc’s, you sing your heart out to regina anytime you want, samson!
seaglass carousel time!
but seriously, how beautiful is this thing?! we rode it twice! the kids kept asking again, again!
working on his new fishy face as he was going around!
all of us in the picture!!! you can read more about the carousel here, if you’re interested. it was built where new york’s first aquarium once was, and kind of takes on this more mystical underwater experience that is pretty cool. the fish seats move in all sorts of patterns, so you’re twisting and turning and moving all over the place and not just going in circles. we’ve certainly never been on a carousel quite like it.
ME: lace blouse (sold out, but very similar HERE), bobo choses skirt, jcrew flats, karen walker sunglasses, striped utility tote bag and lipstick (color underage red!) ELEANOR: melting popsicle shoes, and denim culottes (sold out, but similar HERE.) the kiddos baseball caps from the US Open collected over the past few years.