i’m currently feeling all sorts of feelings with summer winding down and this cooler weather sneaking in (although i know it’s not permanent yet). the emotions are also possibly high due to my baby girl starting her first day of kindergarten today. HOW we have arrived at this point in life already is a lot for me to handle. it’s good and sad and scary and exciting at the same time and this was probably a terrible week to choose to wean my littlest baby.
the good news is it’s been a really great summer. and since we’ve been trying to stay busy this week chipping away at the last few things on our summer bucket list before summer slips away forever, the littles and i found ourselves in brooklyn earlier this week with friends for some pizza “picnic style” under the brooklyn bridge. the wind was full blast (but any excuse to start pulling out the sweaters and booties, yeah?) and the sky was feeling very moody. we somehow had the pier to ourselves for a good while there (it’s usually so crowded at every hour) and i just love my friends’ company so much.
also, i shared this photo on my instagram the other day and a lot of you asked about my suede booties. they are from nordstrom a while ago and i don’t see them listed anymore, but i found some very similar ones for you here and here.
when these two ran off together i had to laugh. it looked like they were up to something. it’s been fun to see conrad really start to socialize with little ones around his age. he gets so excited when he sees his friends and he often spontaneously will hug them. he’s going to be a lot of fun these next couple of years as he navigates the social scene of toddlerhood.
so this is conrad signing the word “please!” and his little friend denying him her pretzels. marlowe is a girl after my own heart, she keeps her friends close but her snacks closer. lol. (they made up though because she did end up sharing her pretzels!)
give my girl eleanor the camera and she’ll get you a couple of really great pictures! she’ll also take a ton of photos of your legs and feet to be silly. she’s the best. as are these mama friends of mine. hey amanda, you sure you don’t wanna move back?!
i love this photo of conrad looking across the water at the city’s sky line. he’s my little new yorker who has a birth certificate to prove it. who knows if he’ll grow up to love this place as much as his mother does, but i have a suspicion it’s in the cards. also, his little brown sweatshirt once belonged to eleanor and then samson and it’s up there in my five favorite hand-me-downs my kiddos have all worn. not sure how it’s stayed in the “decent condition” category all these years later (my kids are SO hard on their clothing) but it’s such a sentimental piece for me at this point and i know i’ve talked about it before… i just love seeing it on him.
E’s panda (her very first panda she got when she was just ten months old that started her entire panda obsession) inside her panda purse because, obviously that makes total sense! also, i found this video from 2012 of a day when eleanor and i (and her same panda!) went to the national zoo in DC. holy cow, how time has flown and also can we just have my hair be that long again?! why does growing it out have to take 12,586 years.
that moment when his older brother is running around with his friends and you get to play with his remote control car because he isn’t looking!!!!!!!
her little bobby pins in her hair are my fave.
seriously, when i step back from a moment like this, with good friends and good food and a view that i guess is alright (i’m kidding! it’s a great view!), i just can’t believe life. yes, city life has so many cons and i get that it’s not for everyone, but it’s been really really good to me and it’ll always feel like home.
also, juliana’s for the win. forever and ever.
i could seriously just sit and watch conrad eat food all day long. it is so entertaining! he ate like 4 different holes into his pizza slice (i do offer to help him and i even try to cut it into pieces for him, but he doesn’t want any of that! he wants to do it on his own, like the big kids! and i love that about him.)
i had to include this one because i laughed so hard when i went through my photos after coming home. he’s like, MOM! THERE’S BASIL ON MY PIZZA! lol. jk.
oh man. be still my heart. summer you have been so very good to us. and i thank you for it. also, thanks to all of you for following along! i see comments sometimes from some of you who have been following along for so many years now i feel like we’re good friends! thanks for being so good to me. i love having you here.