the other night we took an evening bike ride to dinner and ended up taking the longer route and spending a good while biking through central park and the upper west side beforehand. (if you’re ever in the city it’s so worth renting a bike and doing the central park loop a few times. we love that loop.) samson kept saying “faster mama! go faster!” the entire ride, and every time i did manage to pass josh and eleanor (it was rare) he’d throw his hands up in the air with this loud part fake, part real chuckle like we were plotting some sort of crazy world take over and it was working. that, or his competitive streak is coming out.
we biked to dinner, and then to the candy store so the kids could pick out a new pez candy dispenser for a full day of travel and airplanes and layovers we had coming up (we flew out of the city yesterday to see family out west for a bit.) we also attempted to stop into west elm for a hot second to look at a piece of furniture josh and i are debating getting but we were quickly reminded what idiots we were to think we’d be able to be in any sort of furniture store with our kids running free outside the stroller on a sugar high. (no, no one broke anything, but there was a close call when samson picked up two champagne glasses displayed on a coffee table and banged them together to make music.)
^^^E and her tiny teddy bear, who she has named rudolph, joined us on our bikes! after the ride, eleanor announced that rudolph didn’t like the bumps! i think she was projecting. ;) so he might not come again, she said. we’ll have to see…^^^
^^^my little bike buddy. ps- i know his helmet is pushed back on his head here which is incorrect. we work to keep samson in a helmet whenever we bike or scoot, since he always pulls it back on his head or wants it off. we ordered him a new helmet over the weekend actually in hopes that a different brand will be harder for him to pull back or off. any tips?^^^
^^^this weather has been just so so good lately. i’m not sure where the humidity went, and i surely don’t want to jinx it, but life without it in the summer has been kind of wonderful this past week. we ate dinner at an outside table and really enjoyed it. ^^^
^^^and S devoured pretty much this entire bowl of guacamole. can’t wait to see what we spend on food bills for this kiddo come the teenage years. i don’t know where he puts it!^^^
^^^and then we struggle a bit here with this one when it comes to food. we’re in a bit of a picky stage, which i’m not sure is entirely eleanor or just her age and showing her independence. we try not to cater to it, but we also try not to force it. kids eating food, it’s what a lot of josh and my conversations revolve around these days. hi to parenthood.^^^
^^^the churros for dessert however, we all agreed those were mighty fine.^^^
^^^getting to sample some pez outside the candy store! my kids love pez! and i love how much work it takes for them to eat it. we stocked up for the airplane. also, please notice samson’s poor battle wounds on the side of his face (he fell down at the park.) how we haven’t ended up in a emergency room with either of these kiddos yet is beyond me. they sure do have an adventurous streak!
^^^and ps. this picture has nothing to do with our biking night or this post really, but i loved this shot from saturday of S longingly looking out at the ice cream truck parked so conveniently outside the playground fence. couldn’t pull him away to play, his eyes were glued to that truck. it was kind of the sweetest thing. oh to be a little kid! i sure do those these babes.^^^
hope your weekend was wonderful, friends! happy monday!