one of our favorite activities to do together usually includes some sort of bike ride. our kids have been obsessed since they were babies and ask to go out on the bikes at least once a day. i know sometimes it seems scary to take a bike out in a city, but there are so many bike lanes now on the upper west side and also lots of biking in central park, that we always feel safe and pretty much always have a great time.
these photos are from a few saturdays ago when it was over 90 degrees outside but everyone still wanted to be outdoors. i felt like the only way to survive the heat was to make our own breeze on our bikes and bike through it. we were dripping in sweat and kept stopping for water breaks and popsicles, but had a great time. the best part was on our bike ride home, josh and i did a “race” and the entire time our kids kept cheering him on (since they were in the bucket on his bike) saying “go papa! go papa!” in unison while looking back at me laughing so hard. haha! it was fun to pass them a few times but in the end, they definitely won and their faces said everything. they couldn’t contain the excitement.
the other day something really horrible happened (not worth going into here, but i was devastated). but after about 5 minutes of feeling super horrible, i saw a photo of my family and i basically wanted to smack myself. at the end of the day, i have three smiling babies that are happy and healthy, along with a loving and healthy husband. their love and encouragement is so much more than i deserve sometimes, and having them is everything. things happen and sometimes you feel like nothing is going right and everything is against you, but i have them, and i’m so thankful.
also, having this as my backyard isn’t so bad either. even in 90 degree heat and humidity that feels like 110 degrees, i still love you so much, new york.
biking through the lower loop of central park is one of my favorite things. (the upper loop is so much harder because of the HILLS. i just can’t. especially since i’ve been slacking on the gym this month since we’ve been out of town a lot. i feel it extra.)
once we got into the park, we went down a hill straight away and i was behind josh and the kids in the bucket bike. i watched as conrad all on his own lifted his arms high in the air as they cruised down the hill and i smiled so big. i love how he lives for this sort of thing, always signing “more” and constantly bringing us his helmet in the apartment and pointing to the front door.
biking straight up to the popsicle stand in central park to get the kids something cold and sweet.
i totally made conrad have a coconut popsicle over a strawberry because the clean up mess of a white popsicle all over him and his clothes didn’t seem as terrible as the mess of a red colored popsicle. he does an excellent job of getting at least half of his treat on his shirt and in his hair and even sometimes in the bottom of his shoe. that’s talent, i say! bless his heart.
love this sweet photo of eleanor and her popsicle. especially love her cute blue nails! i’ve been trying to sneak in as many mommy-daughter dates with her this summer before school begins for her in a few weeks. we snuck out to get manicures together last week which was fun. she never strays far from her dark blue shades and i just adore that about her.
sometimes i walk or ride along specific streets on the upper west side and i feel like i’m on a movie set. all these years later and i’m still smitten. it’s going to have to take a lot at this point to ever have us consider living in a different neighborhood in new york. upper best side forever and ever.
love my green helmet and red bike that totally reminds me of christmas every time i go for a ride. i promise i didn’t even intentionally plan that, it just happened.
we are hoping to keep with tradition and bike across the brooklyn bridge like we’ve done the past few years soon. with this heat, we are thinking probably not until october. haha! but it has to happen, it’s one of my all time favorite things to do (i was actually going through old blog posts a few weeks back and stumbled upon this old gem from our bike ride across the bridge on my 27th birthday when E and S were such tiny babies and i almost died! such a throw back.) people often ask me for recommendations of what to do or see or eat in new york, and you guys i’m not kidding when i say you must rent a bike for at least an hour and go somewhere in the city on it (even just around the park). i don’t think you’ll regret it.
ps. wearing this dress (the color is sold out, but here it is in white and in red and in dark blue.), with these pink adidas sneakers. wearing these sunglasses and this shade of lipstick in color fiery. my red bike is by public bikes and the orange one is a madsen cycles. my green helmet is a bern helmet (josh’s too!) and the kids are wearing nutcase helmets.