our trip to new york city was nothing short of magical and for many reasons. first, we were in the most amazing, diverse and festive city during the holidays! second, the kids won gold stars for the week with how well they transitioned, adjusted to be in a different time zone, were on the go, etc…big win! bean is short of russian roulette sometimes and there was only one 10 minute breakdown over not having the same fork as carter. a complete win. third, this was our first trip just the four of us. we kept saying how “weird” it was to be with each other so much uninterrupted. and lastly, i didn’t work. for the first time really i can remember, minus a few emails here and there, i didn’t bring my laptop or do anything. a true vacation. it was the most freeing experience and i learned that it’s possible and we need to be doing more. the entire combination of the perfect positive storm (oxymoron?) is making me want to already plan our next adventure!
in a period of five nights we packed more into our calendar than i thought possible with littles. when we went over the itinerary prior, ryan kept saying he was already tired and needed a vacation. from dinning at some of my favorite spots, like serendipity and sarabeth’s, to walking the entire city one day (4 miles!), to seeing the rockettes and taking carter to a knicks game, to even jetting over to brooklyn for an afternoon, and to managing seeing two santas, we were on a roll! oh and how can i forget a full day in central park which included the zoo and ice skating….errr, an ice lap complete with an epic fall (see above!). not to be forgotten, in true ‘home alone in nyc’ fashion, the kiddos wore matching flannel pjs, ate pizza and ice cream, and of course over-flowed themselves on hot coco. i expected nothing less.
the best part of traveling with the littles was arranging a sitter for a few nights so we would go out. we had one of the best dinners at il mulino, and thanks to brazilian martinis before hand, we were going for some “artsy” photos. oh vey. the highlight was seeing billy joel in his city, well i feel our favorite city, and having him place literally every single one of my favorite songs. he opened with “miami 2017″ which i told ryan i wished he did. (look up the history, kind cool) i’ll spare you the unhealthy amount of videos i have that we both took throughout the concert, but if you’re lucky enough you may have caught the show on my snapchat. coffee the next morning was needed.
the magic, the allure, the vibe, the smells, the sounds, the romance, the novelty, the buzz, the diversity, the joy, the wonder, the lights, the food, the spirit….it all made the perfect week possible, and i’ll say it again, MAGICAL.
Sometimes you just need to take a break and head out of town. This past weekend unexpectedly opened up for us and we bolted at the chance of being able to escape up to the beautiful mountains of Lake Arrowhead. Only two hours away, the quaint town was the perfect recipes for my holiday season cravings. The weather was chilly and rainy, though we got a couple hours of golden sunlight to enjoy a brisk morning walk. Our time was spent taking naps (well me), sitting by the lodge’s fireplace and getting some much needed work done.
The last time we were in Lake Arrowhead was a couple years ago celebrating a cousin’s wedding. Fun fact? Our room looked out right where they got married so we thought of them all weekend! The town couldn’t be more picture perfect with garland, lights, Christmas trees and holiday music playing throughout the village. I sipped on hot chocolate every moment I could and definitely indulged in some treats. Why not?
I think we’ve found a yearly tradition but I’ll ask Santa maybe for some snow next year! Any little getaways on your agenda for the holidays?
This past weekend I got the most wonderful surprise! A dear friend from when I lived in NY booked a flight out for the weekend to just hang out. It was so wonderful to see her and I enjoyed a little down time as for whatever reason the past two months have been insane on the social calendar. I think we’ve had something every single weekend…which I’m not complaining about at all, it’s just been busy.
In true tradition by my in-laws, this was the weekend to go to the pumpkin patch. We go every year to gather pumpkins, hay, cornstalks and gourds to decorate our houses for the fall season. My friend, who I must interject now is British, had never been to a pumpkin patch and was quite confused with what you’re supposed to do. Even as we tried to explain it kind of sounded silly, but something about this annual event mixed FINALLY with some cooler temperatures (scarfs and tights people!!) makes it feel like we have a true fall season. Of course being at Underwood Farms, we also stocked up on some gorgeous heirloom tomatoes for the week and other delicious produce.
The whole time while we were there all I could think about it next year. We, err well I, will be one of those parents dressing their little one up and placing besides a pumpkin to snap that Hallmark photo. Oh, poor chid. I am so sorry already! The fact we will be adding another little member into the mix makes me so excited and it’s moments like these where I really cannot believe we are having a baby. I start to think of all the “firsts” we’re going to have and this one will be an absolute blast.In the meantime, I’ll be the big kid and ride around in a wheel barrow.