a day at the ice cream shop!

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one of josh’s friends, catherine, quit her day job in the corporate world about a year ago to pursue her dream of opening an ice cream shop here in the city! we have been meaning to check it out for ages and finally had time to go last week!

catherine was so sweet to open up her shop, luca and bosco, for us on a day it’s usually closed so the kids could play ‘ice cream shop!’ it is their favorite game to play at the playground, in the bathtub, anywhere really… they are always scooping up pretend ice cream cones for me and saying things like “three scoops? one dollar!  two scoops? that’s twenty five dollars!” sometimes i walk away with a pretend scoop of the most inexpensive ice cream cone ever, and sometimes i am definitely taken advantage of. but still, it’s a lot of fun. so playing this game at a real ice cream stand was a dream come true for them! i won’t ever forget eleanor’s face when she realized she was being invited to stand behind the ice cream counter and handed an apron to be a real ice cream scooper.


^^^we started by tasting a sample of each ice cream flavor. how fun would that be to create ice cream flavors? i’d probably be really bad at it, but catherine is thankfully really good at it, because every flavor was amazing (the honey lavender was my favorite!)^^^


^^^sometimes you need a lift down to scoop up some of the good stuff. samson was so proud each time he got a little ice cream into the scooper. “i did it!” he kept saying.^^^


^^^this was an ice cream sandwich made with pumpkin spice ice cream and brownie for the cookie part.  i definitely ate one and then stole that one from samson after he licked it a few times because it was just too good for him to appreciate and i needed it more. ;) ^^^

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 ^^^i mean, do you see that face? i have a feeling i know what E and S are going to want their first summer jobs to be!^^^

thanks so much for letting us stop by, catherine! and congrats on your new exciting venture!

ps. luca and bosco discarded all of the pans of ice cream E & S had the pleasure of scooping from. :)

  1. Your kids are adorable! It looks like they had a blast and Eleanor is great in the first picture! I am going to try your friends ice cream shop when i’m in the city!


  2. AGATA

    hi Davis Family!

    looks like you all have a lot of fun! i love ice creame and this places will be a paradise for me! your kids looks like they are really happy so that’s the most important thing but look at josh’ face, he’s happy, too!

    take care my dear, xoxo.


  3. Chelsea

    It loos like a grand adventure for your little bits! They are too cute. I am always so impressed with how nice your kids are dressed, you must be a master at laundry:) I seem to get little to no say in my kids choice of wardrobe, and two minutes into an ice-cream trip like this, and whatever craziness they did have on would be ruined!


  4. Giselle

    The cuteness is too much!!! They must have been in heaven!

    Could you please maybe consider doing a home decor post? I looooove the way you use colour in your home and everything is so beautiful.

  5. sara

    How fun! I’d love to leave the corporate world an open a little shop. Not ice cream though… I’d eat all the product! But maybe a little thrift shop or something. :)

    506 Miles: from Detroit to Nashville

  6. Cristina

    This is so cute! My dad had an ice cream shop for a few years when I was growing up and I have some nice memories of working there and creating masterful sundaes and banana splits.

  7. Mary Katherine

    They truly are the cutest! Can’t wait to stop by Luca and Bosco next time I am in NYC. That pumpkin brownie ice cream sandwich looks like my idea of heaven…

  8. Laura

    Oh the cuteness!!! Your kids are adorable. Beautiful photos as always!


  9. Megan

    Your children are so precious!! I can’t help but to smile when I see their smiling faces. Can’t wait to see the new addition!

  10. Emily

    Your little fam is perfect! Definitely adding that brownie ice cream sandwich to my list of things to try in NYC!


  11. Amy

    How funny Cupcakes and Cashmere is about ice cream today, too! It’s definitely a sign that I HAVE to eat ice cream today. ;)


  12. vicky

    wow! congrats to catherine. that must be so amazing! i would love to own an ice cream shop but fear i may not be creative enough to come up with awesome flavors to keep people comin ;) exciting journey for her!

    those little ones of yours look like they’re in heaven. and i’m kind of already dreaming of that ice cream sandwich, though the wind is frigid cold here in Texas.

    looks like a fun time, Davis fam!

  13. I love this post! You have such a beautiful family and I love reading about your little ventures.

    Hope you and the little one are doing okay!

    Beth xo.


  14. So so sweet! There is so much joy in those faces – and you captured awesome photos for them to love forever xo

    Warm Regards,

  15. Janis

    How fun! I bet the ice cream was extra good! :)

  16. AnnMarie

    I just found your blog, and I’m so glad I did! I just can’t get over how adorable your children are. The picture at the top of the post just slays me, and the glee on her face in the last picture? Ack.

    I have to admit, I’m not exactly three anymore and I would LOVE to play “ice cream stand”, too!

  17. How adorable!! Looks like a lot of fun. Ice cream is the best :)

    Happy Veterans Day Everyone :)

  18. Tammy

    That top picture is the cutest! :D

    Honey Lavender sounds superb. I eat ice cream all year round…I don’t even care if it’s 40 degrees outside.

    Lovely post, Taza.


  19. So cute. If I ever end up in NYC I’m definitely stopping by that cute place. It looks delicious too.



  20. Jesselyn

    You have such a beautiful family :)

  21. Kristina

    I just love these pictures of Josh and your beautifull babies! :-)

  22. Lauren

    Too cute! My first job was at an ice cream shop, and it was delicious! I didn’t get sick of it even though everyone thought I would. Congratulations to your friend on her endeavor!


  23. julia

    these kids are so cute it kills me! following your blog regularly, but i can’t post “these kids are so cute it kills me” every time. ;) thanks for sharing some of your life with us. seeing your photos makes me happy.

  24. Erin

    This is the inspiration I need to get me to make my own ice cream. :)
    I actually just put the drum of my ice cream maker in the freezer on Saturday afternoon, but have not been able to think of what flavor to make yet. Pumpkin spice sure sounds delicious at this time of the year though!

    -E @ amie-eo.blogspot.com

  25. kiely

    this is so cute! what a yummy ice cream sandwich! i will have to try it next time i am in new york!

    xoxo, kiely

  26. Shira

    Looks so good! Can’t wait to try that ice cream! I recently started an ice cream blog reviewing all the ice cream I taste in NYC and around the world. Check it out!! Lots more posts will be coming soon :)


  27. cheyenne

    that first picture is adorable! and that’s so so cool haha, i’d totally love that as well!
    xo, cheyenne

  28. Layla

    this is adorable! you don’t have to be a kid to enjoy an entire ice cream shop to yourselves that’s for sure!

  29. Rachel

    How charming. These photos are beautiful and the ice cream looks delicious. Might have to make a stop off at our local ice cream shop sometime this week.

  30. Lauren

    When I was little, I too played a lot of make-believe ice cream shop – my favorite pretend food were these three scoops of ice cream that you had to balance really carefully on fake cones. It was awesome! Fortunately for me, in high school I got a job at a local ice cream shop and had the pleasure of working there for nearly six years. It was so amazing. My ice cream/gelato obsession is still in full force today.

    Happy scooping, kids!

  31. karen

    Eleanor looks like she is in a “Statue of Liberty” pose in the first pic! Brilliant

  32. Kim

    What a dream come true for your children! I’m sure they will never forget the fun experience. Melissa & Doug make a super cute ice cream set that my son just loves, I feel as though your little’s would love it too :-)

  33. Carolina

    Playing Ice Cream Shop was my favourite game when I was little! Whenever at the beach, me and my little brother would create all different flavours by adding more or less water to the sand scoop! And then selling them to the parents of course. Lovely post :) So refreshing and fun! xx

  34. Anne

    too cute! the sheer joy on their faces is priceless!

  35. marie

    My son loves to play-pretend ice cream shop too!! Haha I guess all kids love to serve expensive ice-creams to their parents ;)


  36. Bea

    So funny Samson inside the scooper!!
    You really have a great time with your kids!

  37. Naomi those kids of yours are so adorable, I love the way you dress them and I love how fun and energetic they seem. You and your husband can & should be proud :) I love reading you guys’ posts and to be honest they make me want to be an amazing mamma myself one day. I really look up to you in that way. Thanks for sharing with us!


  38. Pumla

    I love me some good ice-cream even better if its from little E!

    On a separate matter entirely, Marci is featured on A Cup of Jo.

  39. Morgane

    Lucky you!!^^

  40. Melanie

    Looks like a really fun place!!! I can’t wait to try it next time i’m in NYC!
    Melanie @ meandmr.com

  41. Jessica

    Aww – the kids are looking so grown up! Love that pic of Samson with the ice cream sandwich.

    Those are definitely interesting ice-cream flavours! I’ve always wanted to try a lavender flavour…well..anything! It sounds so intriguing to me! Glad you liked it :).

    When I make it to New York (hopefully next year) I’ll have to scout out the place and give it a try!


  42. Love me some Luca & Bosco & not just because they are my clients (I actually got to design that lovely ice cream cart!) Hands down best ice cream in the city!!!

  43. Lexie

    What lucky kiddos you have! And when did Samson decide to stop being a baby and start being such a little boy?? He looks like he’s grown a foot!