i hope you all had a very happy 4th of july! we started ours off with festively decorated bikes and scooters for a little children’s parade that went down in central park! by the way, if you were ever wondering, i’m totally that mom who runs over to michael’s right before they close the night before the 4th to load up on supplies for said decorating. while to some that might make me sound like the biggest procrastinator ever who doesn’t have her anything together, i’m happy to report that this meant everything was 50% off! so you know, jokes on anyone who bought it all at full price weeks ago. JUST KIDDING! but you know, it did help me feel better considering i really am a procrastinator and really don’t have my anything together! ;)
our little family spent 10 consecutive hours outside yesterday (with just one little stop to drop off the bikes and pick up the stroller) and honestly, it was exactly what we needed. seeing friends, hitting up splash pads and playgrounds all over the city with a little pizza and ice cream in there, too. and it’s never as fun to blog about, but there were some healthy salads and snacking on peppers and grapes in there as well, so the day was a rather well balanced one if i do say so myself. :)
some of my favorites from the day!
that serious conrad face! he did not want to take that sucker out of his mouth!
all lined up and ready to go!
that tiny spec up in the tree would be my son, samson. the years he’s taken off my life aren’t a joke! but his adventurous spirit is one of the things i love most about him.
grabbing a slice for lunch at pomodoro’s in nolita!
still one of my favorite corners in all of manhattan.
tip toes all day every day. you don’t have to try to poke fun of it in the comments, it’s been a long time running joke already over here because i just don’t ever realize i’m doing it.
seeing this beautiful friend and her sweet babies is something i always look forward to, even if it’s not as often as i’d like because we both seriously struggle syncing up our schedules and making it happen regularly. if you could see the amount of times we tried over the past year! haha. finally, though, we made it happen again. and vowed to make it happen more. love you, latonya.
never met a splash pad he didn’t like!
and i’ve never met an ice cream cone i didn’t like. these ones from taiyaki in chinatown were delicious!
subway robots! making blast off flying sounds. and a papa that is so playful all the time with his kids, it really is something i so admire about him.
had to include this photo of samson’s empty lemonade cup because we ran into two of the cutest little sisters ages 8 and 10 who had a little cookie and lemonade stand on the corner. we bought some of their cookies and lemonade and asked them about what they were going to do with all the money they earned. they were like, “well, we’re wanting to spruce up our room with a few new touches.” haha! then they went on to tell us about a hanging chair for reading they were saving up for! their parents told them they would pay for the installation and labor if the girls paid for the chair. the chair is around $200 and they said according to their calculations, they should meet their goal after 5 days selling this week! i was so impressed with them. josh asked them if they had done lemonade stands before and the older one replied that the last time they did it, they earned money to donate it to a charity in colombia when they had the flooding there (their mom is from there). we were really really impressed!
anyway, here’s a fun throwback to when samson and eleanor did a hot chocolate stand to help save the bats because i had totally forgotten about that until we passed these cute girls on the street and eleanor told them about her hot chocolate stand from last year! i just watched the bat video for the first time since i posted it last fall and gosh i love those kids of mine and their passion for all things bats!
when we’re walking somewhere and i’m holding the camera and i call out, “josh!” this is what he does! hahahahaha! like, within .5 seconds of me saying his name!
sparklers! one of our favorite parts of any fourth of july!
happy 4th of july! it’s an exciting month for us, with our move coming up, and plans to stay put in nyc for the entire month to really take advantage of summer in the city. it really is the most wonderful time of the year. happy summer, friends!