eating our way through the garment district…

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we always love the little food markets that pop up periodically around the city. there are few things in this world i love more than a ridiculously good meal, especially if that meal has the words “lobster roll” in it. we stopped by the new urban space food market in the garment district for dinner the other night after being invited down to check it out and sampled ourselves silly with all the good vendors they’ve brought in. (things like japanese curry, lobster rolls, meatball sandwiches, tacos, burgers, wood-fired pizza…) i’m still stuffed a few days later. having such good food around really makes us love being here in new york. a few photos from dinner below…

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^^^a meatball slider from mighty balls…^^^

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^^^and a kiss from E! what could possibly make dinner sweeter? ;) ^^^

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^^^red hook lobster pound has always been one of my favorites since the DC days, so i was stoked to see them there at the market.^^^
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^^^the pizza from roberta’s was top notch, too. josh and samson didn’t get any, but i managed to steal a few bites from E before she polished off that entire thing.^^^

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^^^while i watched the stroller and sat at a nearby table, i caught a glimpse between the crowds walking by of josh swinging and playing with the kids while they waited for our food. i have many many fears going into having a third baby this winter, but if anything helps calm them, it’s this man of mine who is such a patient and invested father. it’s like, ok. i have him on my team. i can do this. ^^^

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^^^samson and his empanada. he sat so still and quietly eating that entire thing. it was the cutest.^^^

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^^^i’m not a big cheesy bread person, but josh liked the maple bacon queijo from cafe patoro.^^^

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^^^and this pistachio and stracciatella gelato was fiiiiiiiiiine. ^^^

baby bump #3 / 26 weeks

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well, we’re getting closer and closer and as a result, i’m getting more and more excited! i’m also getting more and more tired and doing crazy things putting chocolate milk into my kids’ raisin bran in the morning because that seems exactly right. but that’s another story for another day. this mama is struggling with insomnia like it’s nobody’s business. i guess it’s just good practice for all the middle of the night milk parties that are gonna take place after everyone else is asleep at our home once baby arrives.  (but ps- if anyone else out there is struggling with insomnia and terrible terrible leg cramps at night, i asked for advice on my instagram the other day and there were so many good recommendations and tips shared i thought i’d pass that along. thank you to everyone who shared what has worked for them!)

while i might be more of a negative nancy this round (although i’m trying not to be really. i really am!), josh and eleanor and samson are nothing short of ecstatic.  it’s nice too because they always know how to boost my mood and help me get excited again. josh has been pushing for the name gideon if it’s a boy, and one day i said, “but that sounds like giddy-up! to me” to which eleanor chimed in, “oh i love that name, mama! let’s name the baby giddy-up gideon!” she hasn’t dropped it, either. whenever she introduces my baby bump to friends or strangers, she points to my belly and says, “and this giddy-up gideon, our baby!”  lol.

besides my routine check-ups at my regular doctor’s office, i’ve been getting some extra attention and love and care each day at home thanks to my in-house doctor eleanor, and her assistant mister samson (who loves giving me and the baby like 10 shots each day.)  as of now, according to doctors E and S, the baby is looking great, although he or she has no reflexes and is always crying inside my belly – which i have yet to hear but you know, doctors are trained in this sort of thing. ;)

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ps. i’m wearing maternity jeans found HERE (i caved and bought this pair too. why did no one tell me to do this sooner? these things are saving my life this round.) also, my white maternity t-shirt is from HERE. and the doctor kit can be found HERE. that doctor kit man, it has made my littles happier than any other toy could since last christmas. we’ve miraculously not lost any pieces yet, either. i mean, really! it’s a big deal.

other past bump posts HERE.

in new york…

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we made it back to new york city yesterday at six something in the morning. while the kids slept soundly on the over-night flight, it was one of the more brutal flights for josh and me, and i worry it may take a solid week to recover! i’ve often preferred the red-eye for our family when traveling, but somewhere between being seated on the last row of the plane (where the seats don’t recline) and body cramps that felt more like labor cramps, i was done. i walked out of JFK airport while craddling a sleeping child with arms that felt like they were about to fall off and saw that there was no line for a taxi (which has never happened to me). all i could think was, thank you new york!

the rest of the day is a big old blur to me, but somewhere in there my kids decided to be kind for a few hours and took a nap at the same time with me sandwiched between them in my bed. that rarely happens anymore and i was so so thankful.

since all of our sleep schedules are looking to be a bit off for the next few days, we ventured down to the west village around seven in the evening for a family pizza at joe’s. i really can’t think of a better way to say hello again to this great city than with a slice from there. the september weather was just right, slightly warm but breezy too.  we were able to sit on a park bench together and finish off the entire pie (minus a lot of crust.) and it just felt really nice to be sitting there on the bench as the sun set eating my favorite pizza in my favorite city with my favorite people. it’s good to be back.

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after pizza, we grabbed some gelato on the corner before heading home because…why not? it’s our first day back and if you’re going to celebrate you gotta do it correctly.  eleanor impressed us with some very interesting new dance moves to some hip hop music they were playing inside the shop while we waited for our gelato and i will never forget it. it was one of those moments where she was so out of her shell and comfortable while showing off moves i’ve never seen her do that were adorable but also like, where did you see or pick that up?!  never a dull moment with these kiddos. it was a good night.

it’s great to be back, new york! we’ve missed you! in light of today being the anniversary of 9/11, i’m feeling especially proud and grateful to call this beautiful city home.

kiwi crate!

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i’m not the craftiest mama on the block, and since my new york city apartment is on the smaller side, i only have one small desk drawer dedicated to craft supplies. not a lot of drawer space to begin with (sorry to my stuffed and crammed craft supplies!) those supplies also unfortunately share the drawer space with my wrapping paper, stationery, and desk odds and ends, too.  so yeah, it’s a small cozy drawer, and i tend to use it as my excuse as to why i’m not one to pull out a ton of crafty projects at the drop of a hat during the day for my kiddos.  maybe in my next life, but for now, i just really appreciate the crafty people who have come before me and thought up genius ideas like kiwi crate. have you heard of them yet?

we were recently introduced to them. it is basically a fun monthly subscription service that sends all the materials in one box needed for 2 or 3 hands-on creative and educational projects for kids. everything from science to art to imaginative play, and always with free shipping. best part is they have a sibling add-on program, so we’re able to get two of everything meaning there’s no fighting or pouting when the box is opened. and i’m not left with excessive amounts of weird craft supplies from one single project that won’t fit into my tiny desk drawer dedicated to crafts. it’s a win win at our home. doesn’t hurt that my kids think i’m really cool after i help them execute one of these kiwi crate projects.

we have partnered with kiwi crate this month and they are offering 25% off your first month subscription with the code LT25 HERE! you can browse a few of their past crates HERE to get an idea of all the fun things they think up. but it’s everything from gardening to dinosaurs to space. we recently worked on a few adventure themed activities together, where we had fun taking a pretend camping trip in my parents backyard in utah to make a pretend campfire and roast s’mores and paint a tiny backpack to carry our new adventure supplies and coloring books in! a few photos below…

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^^^my kids act like it’s christmas morning when we open anything, even the wrapper on a small piece of candy! ha. but i think their reaction to this kiwi crate box was extra animated because there were scissors in the top of the box and my kids are obsessed with scissors. ^^^

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^^^the beginnings of the biggest and most beautiful roaring campfire you ever did see. after all they had help from mama, and once upon a time i was a girl scout. ;) ^^^

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^^^hard to tell here, but the kit came with a tiny tea light candle so the whole campfire glowed once it was dark outside in the dark!^^^

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^^^and here we are about to paint and decorate our new adventure backpack!^^^

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^^^you’re supposed to leave them to dry in the sun with these little green cut out creatures on top so they leave impressions on the backpacks.  E and S decided they could put anything on top! so we decorated the backpacks with lots of rocks and flowers, too. which is even better, if you ask me!^^^

this post is in partnership with kiwi crate. don’t forget you can get 25% off your first month subscription with the code LT25 HERE!




an afternoon at the fair!

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we spent an afternoon at the utah state fair with the kiddos while in utah and since there was an abundance of awesome kiddie rides, our kids were in heaven. (which means we had an extra good time too!)  so the one and only thing i figured i’d be able to ride going in to the fair was the ferris wheel, but i guess pregnant ladies aren’t even allowed to ride that. they told us it’s not because the ferris wheel is unsafe for a pregnant woman, but it was because i could fall on the 4 steps of stairs or small ramp heading up to the passenger car and that would be bad. sometimes i feel like pregnant women are treated like the most strange creatures. i might not be able to touch my toes right now, but surely i can walk up 4 or 5 stairs to the ferris wheel. i don’t know, it was just one of those really humorous moments where i had to be like, ok. i’ll just go hang out by the cotton candy stand. which, let’s face it, is a pretty rad spot to hang out. i wasn’t mad about it.

anyway, a few photos from our time at the fair below if you’d like to see!

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^^^watching these three together always makes me feel good. i love how josh gives 110% to his kids when he’s with them.^^^

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^^^she was SO excited that she got to be the conductor and “drive” the train for all of us! (sorry samson. you’ll be tall enough next year.)^^^8000918765

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^^^after getting her arm band and wrist stamped, eleanor came beside me and asked, “mama, take a picture of my bracelet!” haha!^^^

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^^^a view of the fair from the top of the ferris wheel!^^^

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^^^if you can believe it, this big thing of cotton candy was their smallest bag for sale! ha!^^^

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^^^please notice that both the helicopter and monster truck were blue. not a coincidence. ;)^^^
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^^^since we have these in new york, we just kept walking. also, strawberry lemonade!!!!^^^8975639807398 8983725468902 898765389084478

^^^we still have a long ways to go before we figure out how to take a good selfie with the real camera. but this one was in focus so that is huge progress for us!^^^

hey ferris wheel, you better look out next year. i’m comin’ for you!

ps. an old blog post from years ago when we lived in DC and didn’t have littles yet and took our polaroid camera to the montgomery county fair. THAT fair was unreal. so was that blessed polaroid camera. rip.