Hello! It’s almost May!!! I can’t wait to get warmer weather as we creep into May. This is our busiest month of the year. We have Mother’s Day, Jud’s birthday on the 11th, Harper’s birthday on the 14th, and Elly’s birthday on the 15th. Then my sister and two of my brothers are also in May, yeah it’s crazy! It’s starting to warm up (50’s-60’s) here in Maine already and you better believe we’re getting outside and enjoying it!So to close out the month of April here are some of my favorite things lately.
First up this this Silk Vanilla Almond Creamer. We’ve been really eating clean lately and I’ve been trying out different healthier creamers for a while but just hadn’t found one that I liked, but finally I found one! I put this creamer and one truvia packet in my coffee and it’s delicious. If you are looking for a creamer that’s better for your body then try this stuff out! Next up is a new eyeliner I just discovered. It’s the L’OREAL Lineur Intense® Felt Tip Liquid Eyeliner. It was recommended on a blog that I read, I don’t usually try out new beauty products unless it’s been recommended by someone. So I thought I would give it a try since the person was raving about it and I’m glad I did, I really like. I’m not a fan of liquid eye liner because honestly it’s such a pain in the butt! This is a felt tip and it goes on nice and smooth, I haven’t messed it up yet so that’s a major bonus.
Some of the things on this list of, 24 Things We Unexpectedly Become Obsessed With In Our Late 20s are oh to true for me these days. I don’t feel like I’m in my late 20’s but reading this makes me second guess myself.
A favorite moment for me this week was looking out the window and seeing my two older girls visiting with my grandmother. It’s so special that they get to spend so much time with her. Her apartment is connected to our house, so the girls pop in to visit and chat with her almost daily, it’s great for getting the girls out of the house and also giving Mammie something to look forward to. I made these delicious Turkey Meatballs from a recipe on Bodybuilding.com. They were very yummy, obviously you can see a little of the spinach so the girls were like “ugh what’s that?”. Once I forced them to take a bite they liked them!
Last but not least is our first VLOG we made yesterday. It’s just a video of our day, it was fun and came out pretty good. I can’t wait to make another one and to someday be able to look back on the videos. Check it out and let me know what you think.
I hope you all had a great week. Here’s to hoping the kids sleep in this weekend and the coffee doesn’t run out!
Sunday we woke up to another beautiful, sunny NY morning. We have attempted to go to church with Jud’s sister in the past but it always ends up being to stressful. The girls don’t go into the kids classes and we’re stuck trying to keep them calm and quite, which ends up with us in the foyer for most of the service. So we decided to skip it this time and head into midtown. There was a book store I found online that I wanted to take the girls to, so that’s where we headed first. We took the train almost all the way there but ended up getting off a few stops early due to Harper not wanting to be on the subway anymore. We walked a few block and it was chilly! We ended up popping into TJ Maxx to warm up. Once we found some goodies (sunglasses, snacks, headphones) we were on our way again. Books of Wonder was a super cute little place, they have tables to eat at and shelves and shelves of kids books. The bookstore was in the Chelsea area so we stuck around there for a while. I think the Chelsea area is my favorite place to be in the city. It has lots of big old buildings, shops and it’s right by the water. I can’t even imagine how much it cost to live in that area, must be nice. We grabbed coffee and then hit the walking path along the river, we didn’t have to walk far before we found a playground for the girls to get some pent up energy out. I loved this playground, the view was gorgeous, the river was right next to us and the city is in the background. I wish my kids could play there everyday! We grabbed lunch at a sandwich shop and walked over to Washington Square Park. We sat next to a crowd of people gathered around a man who was sitting in the middle of the walkway playing a baby grand piano. Yep a full baby grand piano in the middle of the park. The things you see in NY are amazing. Sorry about Jud’s face in this pic, it’s the only one I took in the park, you can see the piano in the top left. After lunch we met up with Danielle and Blake for some ice cream. We saw The Big Gay Ice Cream Shop on one of the food network shows and have been anxious to try it. Let me tell you, it was everything we hoped for, the only thing that was disappointing was that it was gone way to fast! I got the Salty Pimp and Jud got the Bea Arthur, yum!! After we ate our sweet treats we walked all the way to the the business district, where the One Trade Center is. It was about a 30 minute walk, but the sun was out and the day had warmed up as the afternoon went on. We tried to explain a little bit about 9/11 to the girls. We gave them the main points without overloading them with scary information. It was a good experience for them, I love being able to teach them about things and them being able to see it. After we walked around the Trade Center we went to the river walkway to blow bubbles and watch the boats pass by.By the time we were done all that it was close to 5 so we jumped on the subway and settled in for the 40 minute ride back to Queens. We grabbed Boston Market on the way home for dinner and spent some more family time at the house with our family.
Monday was our heading home day. We basically got up, got ready and packed up the van. We said our goodbyes and drove to the Upper West Side of Central Park. The weather had been bad on Saturday so we hadn’t been able to spend much time in the park. We drove around for about 20 minutes looking for a parking spot (normal for NY), we ended up near a Whole Foods which was perfect because we needed to grab a few snacks for the trip home. I don’t know why but I have a fascination with going into stores that we have in Maine that are in NY. The spaces are so different and small in the city I’m always amazed that they can fit a huge store in them. The Whole Foods was split between two floors and had a huge elevator so you could fit people with grocery shopping carts in them, it was pretty cool. We also grabbed some coffee there, then walked a couple blocks over to the park.We left the city around noon and headed to Ikea in New Haven, CT. We love just walking through and imagining our dream house. It’s such a fun store, we always make it a stop on our way home from NY because there aren’t any near Maine. After we made our purchases we were enticed by the frozen yogurt for $1 sign, it was delish and just what we needed before piling back into the van for the 4 hour drive home. We got home at about bedtime for the girls, everyone was pretty tired from the travels and went to bed nicely.
Wrapping this post up, we had an awesome trip! There’s nothing like making family memories, the girls are old enough now that they will remember these trips when they get older. I love being able to show the girls all this world has to offer. There’s so much out there to see and do! I can’t wait to plan our next family vacation (maybe somewhere warmer next time?).
There’s one thing to say about a vacation in New York City with kids, it’s not a vacation for mom and dad. Not to say we didn’t have a great time, because we certainly did, but we were wiped when we got home on Monday evening. Let me back up a bit to last Thursday night.
Jud left work a little early, came home to help me finish up packing, and we hit the road to NY a little after 4. We like driving in the evening/night so the girls can fall asleep and it doesn’t feel like we’re driving all day long. We hit no traffic on the way down, which is almost unheard of! We got to Jud’s sisters house in Queens around 10. Friday morning we woke up ready to hit the city, the sun was shining but when we stepped outside it was a little chilly. The temps were in the 50’s pretty much the whole time we were there. It’s not to bad when you’re in and out of the subways and stores, you get a chance to warm up every few minutes. We stopped at our favorite bagel shop and picked up some breakfast to eat on the subway ride into Manhattan. Harper was super excited when the train started moving, it was so cute! We stopped into the H&M near Rockefeller Center and were blown away at how big it was inside, 5 floor with glass windows so you could see the hustle and bustle outside and even a floor of home decor (I didn’t even know H&M had home stuff). I may have been getting on everyones nerves because I was in awe and wanted to look at everything, the girls got antsy and ended up trying on heels and jewelry. Then of course we popped into the American Girl Store.Harper fell in love with the bitty babies, we decided to get one for her as an early birthday gift (her birthday is next month). We spent quite a while walking around and checking the entire store out thoroughly, lol. The girls were each allowed to pick out an outfit for their dolls, which took way longer then I thought it would. Elly goes into panic mode when she has to make a decision (a little bit like her mom), she wants to make 100% sure she’s getting the RIGHT thing! Our original plan was to walk the Brooklyn Bridge on Friday but since it was chilly and windy we decided to just stay in the Times Square area for the day. We did a little shopping and ended up at the girls favorite spot in the city, M&M World. Honestly it’s not one of my favorite places to go, it’s always so crowded and loud because it’s such a touristy thing to do in NY, but the girls LOVE it so we try and stop in every time we’re near there. They had some new flavors in the tubes this time which made it a little more exciting, we tried, mint, strawberry shortcake, honey nut, and easter sunday. After filling bag with M&M’s we walked up to Central Park. The girls were tired of being in the strollers and needed a playground ASAP. I love how there’s so many playgrounds in Central Park, you don’t have to walk long before you find one, which is perfect when you have cranky, energetic kids. Harper took a little snooze in the carrier when she couldn’t handle life anymore. We headed back to Queens for dinner at the house with Jud’s sister and her family.
Saturday was rainy and yucky so we spent the morning at the house so the girls could play with cousin Blake and chill a little. Then we drove to Brooklyn to visit the New York Transit Museum. It was pretty interesting for the adults and open so the kids could run around and explore. We grabbed Shake Shackfor lunch, then headed to a huge mall in Long Island. Obviously because it was a rainy day in NY the mall was packed. We mosied around for a few hours and ate dinner in the food court (plenty of options for everyone). Once we were peopled out, we drove back to Queens for the night.
Here’s a pic of Harper downing a salted caramel shake from shake shack, she was a tad obsessed.Our first two days in the city were a blast. Stay tuned for my next post with the second half of our trip!