^^^watching a helicopter up in the sky! i gotta tell ya, having a toddler in tow really helps you take note of things you’d probably miss otherwise. it’s been fun to slow down and take the time to notice things like cracks in the sidewalk and clouds in the sky! we also tend to fill our pockets with every rock we come across these days. that part we are trying to work on a little bit, because heavy rocks in their pockets? it’s hard enough carrying just the child. ;)^^^
^^^we met up with friends who were visiting nyc on saturday for some shake shack in madison square park. shake shack has teamed up with no kid hungry for the month of may… so for every $2 you donate this month towards the cause when you order your food, you receive a card for a free shake of your choice on your next visit! totally awesome. learn more about the cause HERE.^^^
^^^the new art installation in madison square park has over 1.4 million feet of painted nautical rope from artist orly genger! it’s so colorful and fun, you kind of feel like you’re in candy land, or a dr. seuss book! the installation will be up through september so go check it out!^^^
other exciting things not photographed here:
samson has started standing on his own for a few seconds at a time! the look on his face when he realizes he’s actually standing and not holding onto anything, oh goodness! it’s pure magic. i cannot get enough of that baby of mine.
speaking of babies, the other night as i was sitting down all comfortable and relaxed on our sofa, when eleanor came up, poked my belly and said, baby in tummy? nope. there’s no baby in there right now, but shoot! my toddler has picked up on how mama’s tummy is kind of not ready for swimsuit season. that was embarrassing. truly, so embarrassing.
i tried all weekend to put together a mother’s day gift guide for this blog of mine, but to be honest, at two and a half years into being a mom around this holiday, when i really think about what i’d want come mother’s day gifts, i think of things like sleeping in. or a loooong afternoon nap in a very quiet and still apartment. perhaps that is just me (and a kind nudge to myself to give sleep training another proper go), but i don’t think i’m too off base when i think gifts like these are kind of the best gifts for any mama. if you’re trying to find a gift for a mother in your life, maybe give her a second set of hands for an afternoon so she can go do something *anything* she’d like– from grocery shopping on her own (oh it’s such a luxury!) to going to a matinee movie to taking a nap…. i think she’d appreciate it. and if you live close to your own mama, maybe give her some face time. what i wouldn’t do to be able to take my own sweet mama and mother-in-law out to lunch this weekend. living far away is such a bother sometimes. and don’t forget about all of the women in your life who aren’t mamas just yet but are mothers in so many other ways. so very thankful to be surrounded by inspiring women on a daily basis here in the city, mothers or not. i love them so much. anyway, just a few thoughts.