late on saturday afternoon, we took the crew down to soho since conrad was refusing a nap at home and we thought maybe the stroller would do the trick (IT ALWAYS DOES THE TRICK!) by the time we got off the train downtown, we managed to have not one but TWO sleeping boys with us (thank you, stroller)! so we pushed a very quiet stroller around the neighborhood and enjoyed the weather and being just josh and me with our E.
we’re in a new stage of parenthood now where there are so very many questions. such a sweet curious mind soaking in the world around her, and with that comes a new phase of conversation. so it’s nice to be able to chat sometimes just us and eleanor, where we can really focus on her questions about life or the world, the questions she brings home from school (oh bless this whole new school chapter, because sometimes those learned phrases or statements from her classmates often feel like the hardest to tackle and answer). but even so, it’s an exciting chapter. because she is such a smart little girl who is determined to learn and understand. and i know that with all the junk or crazy or even plain stupid stuff out there she’ll be exposed to, that she’ll figure it out. even if her mama ages 10 years in the next school calendar year just trying to stay calm as i help her navigate. but yeah, this new stage. THIS NEW STAGE! this is the part where i basically beg all my seasoned mama friends to leave your wisdom with me in the comments. because it’s no joke that it takes a village, and the internet village i’m a part of is one of the very best and i’m so thankful for your tidbits of knowledge and kind words as we attempt each new stage for the first time. (thank you.)
anyway, on a lighter note, PICTURES FROM SATURDAY!
a favorite cobblestone street. the next time it snows in new york, you’ll find me here. i wanna see it all covered in sparkly white.
it’s not often this happens these days, but when it does, it’s kind of the most beautiful sight in my eyes and i just wanna kiss those sweet cheeks a million times.
when the occasional NYC curb isn’t exactly stroller friendly but you gotta keep going. HA. this curb was a particularly difficult moment of struggle for me and that last wheel just wouldn’t budge. eleanor even got out and helped pushed! but i still love you, new york. even when the curb isn’t being friendly and i hear suburbia in my head calling out, “HEY! OVER HERE! we have friendly curbs!” ;)
i was standing outside the pizza shop with the boys in the stroller when E and josh went in to get a slice. when she walked out like this holding her pizza, it’s like i saw a 16 year old version of her just casually out and about enjoying a slice. and it was wild. she’s the sweetest. (also, so many shades of purple! haha. her second favorite color after blue.)
juggling a moving double stroller with a third child on the back WHILE holding and eating a slice of pizza. thoroughly impressed, josh davis. sometimes i feel like you are new york to me.
gonna get so mushy for a minute and say, who would have thought all those years ago when we fell in love in this city that we’d still be here, even ten years later, with three beautiful babies, some grey patches poking through your beard and a new non-existent-rather flat chest for me (thanks to that 5+ years breast-feeding stint we just wrapped up over here)…. but that we’d still have all the heart eyes for new york and no plans to leave her. who would have thought. life is crazy.
a collection of acorns from the week that has been hanging out in our stroller! my kids and their collections! eleanor keeps talking about doing an (art) project with them.
we walked by this place called jars by dani and eleanor was so excited when she saw they had a cookie dough jar. kind of a brilliant idea! all the jars are beyond beautiful, we met dani herself who was a sweetheart, and since the boys were snoozing, it was fun to sit outside and chitchat with E while she tried a few bites of her cookie dough jar. (we saved the rest for later.)
eleanor pointed out to us the men up on the side of the building painting a sign. they were seriously dancing as they painted and it was fun to take a minute and watch. i love how she can always find these fun things around the city as we walk. she is so observant and i’d have totally missed them if she hadn’t shared.
strawberries in your hair, sweet girl.
when conrad eventually woke up from his late nap, it was 5:30PM! also, he woke up mad and angry at the world and the only thing that seemed to calm him were some french fries. i think he was just hungry, since we normally eat dinner earlier but he was snoozing through it. these kids and their ketchup though! i can’t stand it.
thankful for this best friend of mine because little adventures around the city are always more fun with him around. even if we maybe argued on the corner about our transportation method home and if the subway or a taxi would be faster. (we went with his theory….subway. and yes, it was rather fast and ok fine! i get it.)