october in new york is just incredible. the colors in central park, with the sky scrapers behind the red, orange and yellow leaves often leave me speechless. sometimes i have a wandering eye when it comes to more space out west or warmer winters down south, a case of the “grass is greener” if you will that leaves me struggling on occasion with trying to figure out what is best for me and my family. but october in new york always sets that wandering eye straight! new york will always have my heart, and i love how that love for her is rekindled in autumn. (i wish autumn happened once more at the end of january when i really need her. lol. also the end of march when it’s still freezing with no signs of spring. GAHH! can you tell i’m already really dreading winter??!?!?!)
we spent time before dinner on a walk in the park yesterday where we happened upon so many fallen leaves on a certain grassy patch, that we decided to sweep them together and make a pile for play! i can’t even count how many times the kids jumped into those leaves. we took turns burying them in the pile awaiting them to pop up and scare us, made snow angels (or leaf angels i suppose!) and took turns throwing them at one another. we had to tear everyone away when it was time to go, they didn’t want to leave. it was a fun afternoon for sure and one i’ll remember for a good while.
some of my favorite photos!
after almost a week of being knocked out by sickness, so happy to report that mister conrad is feeling almost back to his happy and cheerful self! he was so chatty yesterday, it made me realize how much he didn’t talk this past week as he couldn’t muster up the strength much of the time. i am SO glad he’s getting back at it though, because i realized how much i missed him trying to tell me so many things and how much i love trying to nod and understand and chat back.
i think he makes an extra effort to keep up with his older siblings, so i find a lot of his behavior and words to be more advanced than when his siblings were his age. bless his heart for being the third and always anxious to be included. he does such a good job keeping up and i often forget he’s just so small still. he was so cuddly this past week and i felt like i had a baby again. yesterday he was back to racing around and always being “go go go” and it was a little bittersweet. so glad he’s pretty much healthy again but gosh it was nice to have those moments of just holding and hugging and cuddling the past several days.
i can’t with these two and their faces jumping into the leaves!
probably my favorite photo of eleanor right now. in her element, so happy and carefree!
gave everyone a proper scrub down before we came back inside our apartment, but the amount of leaves inside my pockets, inside my coat! it was crazy. you’d think they were sticky or something.
major props to papa for reassembling the big leaf pile every 30 seconds! ;)
new boots for winter. (i tell myself it’s one of the things that helps make living in the cold not feel so terrible, new boots. probably not true whatsoever but i’m gonna keep telling myself anyway.)
thanks for this one, eleanor.
perks of buying winter coats one size up and having them fit the following year!
josh took this and i freaking love it.
also love these boys of mine. and this family of mine in general. also, october. i love you, october. thanks for putting my favorite color on all the leaves and for reminding me of my love for crock pots of slow cooked chili and smart wool socks and also for showing how beautiful my new york is. she’s just the best. i love her so.