New York…Part 2

So, besides having a blast in NYC, we did a LOT more over the 10 days we spent with Brett’s family on Long Island. Some of which included…

1. Attending my sister-in-law’s baby shower. Katie is due almost exactly one month before me and she is also having a girl!

Leah joined the girls at the shower as well…

2. We walked around Brett’s pretty home town and spent a lot of time on his parent’s gorgeous front porch!

3. Ate a LOT of Cheerios…(Leah’s current favorite food)

4. Spent some time swimming at Brett’s grandparent’s beautiful back yard pool.

5. Went on a LOT of walks (I’ll tell you what, after living in flat Florida for over 3 years, suddenly having hills made pushing a stroller VERY difficult!!) and stopped to play at a few neighborhood playgrounds.

6. Spent lots of time with family and a certain someone got VERY spoiled with attention and gifts!

^^Leah’s second cousin, Emma, who introduced Leah to the fabulous new world of Barbies. These two became quick friends and it wasn’t long before Leah was asking to play with Emma every night!!

7. Attended the wedding rehearsal dinner at the Becker’s friend’s AMAZING beach house.

^^The wonderful bride-to-be spoiled Leah with a special flower girl present which included Leah’s current top favorite Disney princess doll, Tiana!! (Side note, Leah has yet to watch any of the Disney princess movies, but she does have all the “Little People” princesses and from day one, Tiana has been her all time favorite.

8. Got our wedding hair done!

Okay, so Leah’s might have been a little less fancy. 😉

9. And then it was wedding time!!!

^^Photo by Ryan & Heidi Studio

^^^^Photo by Ryan & Heidi Studio

^^Photo by Ryan & Heidi Studio

The wedding was BEAUTIFUL. It was held at the Vanderbilt Museum in Centerport, NY and the weather could not have been more perfect. The bride was a little concerned with rain in the week leading up to the big day (the ceremony was held outside), but Saturday was gorgeous and sunny, without a cloud in the sky. I was a little apprehensive as to how Leah would do as the flower girl, but she did well! When her big moment came she got a little shy, but with the help of Brett’s aunt, she proudly walked down the aisle (throwing a petal or two) and then spent the rest of the ceremony sitting with her nana and papa in the front row. So, overall, I would say Leah’s first flower girl gig was a success!

This kid turned into a little dancing MACHINE at the wedding!! Which honestly surprised me, considering the fact that she hasn’t shown much interest in dancing in the past. We happened to be sitting right by a corner of the dance floor, which I think helped her confidence since mommy and daddy were never too far. It was hilarious because as soon as the music started, she took control of that little corner of the floor and started hopping and spinning (her current dance move involves a sort of side shuffle where she hops primarily on one foot around in a circle over and over again. I think it won’t be long before this dance becomes a national craze…) along to the music. Multiple times people attempted to come over and dance with her, but every time someone tried she would stop in her tracks and shyly stare them down until they finally admitted defeat and moved on. And then she would go right back to dancing away in her little corner. Dancing with daddy was Leah’s only exception, besides that, she was strictly a solo act. I’m not kidding when I say that this kid danced it up until the wedding ended at 10:30 pm, ONLY leaving the dance floor when the music finally shut down. Of course she was passed out in the car by the time we even left the parking lot and the next morning she slept until 9 am, got up for an hour to eat breakfast, and then went back down until 2 pm. The girl was worn out!!! It was such a fun wedding though and we were SO happy to be there to celebrate with Lauren and Jessup, who were such a gorgeous couple!

And on our last day….

10. We worked on our camera poses…

And celebrated a certain someone’s early second birthday!!

And with that it was back to hot and sunny Florida! We had such a blast with so many of Brett’s family members and Leah is STILL asking where everyone is. We are so glad we got to spend such a good amount of time with everyone! 🙂

New York City

We are back home after 10 fabulous family-filled days in New York! I have SO many pictures and stories to share, so, to spare you from a 100 picture post, I’ll be splitting them up among a few different posts. The first thing I wanted to share was our time spent in New York City. I know I have mentioned it before (and have written about our love story in the past), but NYC is a very special place for me and Brett because it’s the city where our relationship began. I lived in Manhattan for 2 years while I completed my master’s program at Bank Street College on the Upper West Side and Brett and I spent MANY, MANY weekends exploring the city and falling deeper and deeper in love. At the time he was living in Boston (and then later in D.C) and to this day I wonder how much money we spent on the Bolt and Mega Bus, traveling back and forth. One things for sure, NYC is a fun and romantic place to fall in love so when we were planning our trip back to NY I knew that we would HAVE to spend some time there.

Tuesday night my in-laws generously agreed to watch Leah so Brett and I could take the train into the city for a romantic date night (they live on Long Island-about a 45 minute ride from the city). When Brett and I were planning our city date we knew exactly where we wanted to go for dinner-Fred’s-a restaurant on the Upper West Side where we had our first date 6 years ago! The restaurant is one of our favorites; delicious and quaint with a fun dog theme (restaurant patrons bring in their own pictures of their dog to hang on the walls).

I ordered exactly what I ordered on our first date: the veggie burger with avocado and a side of fries. Luckily, Fred’s seriously has one of the BEST veggie burgers (and fries) in Manhattan (and trust me, I have eaten a LOT of veggie burgers around the city..) so it wasn’t tough to order it again! I seriously ate soo much because who knows the next time we will be back!

After dinner we spent some time walking through Central Park and around my old neighborhood. I couldn’t help pointing out all the places that brought back memories, “Hey, remember when we ate at that Italian restaurant and I lost my credit card??” and “That’s the grocery store I would hike all the way home from because it always had the cheapest cereal!” Brett, to his credit, listened intently and laughed at all my stories as I reminisced. Although he did think I was crazy when I kept saying “Can you believe we are back here?? I think I’m going to cry…” over and over again. I can’t help it; pregnant emotions or not, this place means a LOT to me. And to us as a couple. It’s where I sat in my apartment and wrote epic 30 page emails back and forth, it’s where I would smile while shlepping the kids I nannied for around the Children’s Museum and a text message from Brett would suddenly appear on my phone, it’s where I realized that I had found the man I wanted to spend the rest of my life with.

Standing on the corner of my old street: 90th and Central Park West.

We finished the perfect date night with a trip to the Shake Shack for custard (my all time favorite NYC destination). The flavor of the day was toasted marshmallow with Swiss chocolate pieces and it was AMAZING. Sadly, we were both so full from our huge dinner that we could only split this small cup, but it was worth the belly ache to eat even a little bit.

Wednesday morning we headed into the city with Brett’s family to visit the 9/11 Memorial Museum. I wasn’t sure what to expect with this museum, and I have to say, it is amazing (in a very emotional and sad way). Walking through the museum; seeing pictures, hearing original voice mails from the day of, truly feeling as if we were experiencing the day all over again, was very overwhelming, but I’m so glad I got to experience it.

After spending some time at the museum we broke away from his family to head back up to the UWS to visit one of my favorite grad school friends and her darling two kids. Sadly, I didn’t get a picture with Marika, or of her precious one year old Stephen, but I did manage to remember to take a picture of Leah and Lucy together! They are almost exactly 2 years apart and Leah had a blast playing with Lucy and all of her amazing toys. I am so glad we got a visit in, as brief as it may have been!

Next, we hightailed it up Broadway to our favorite pizza place. It’s no secret that both Brett and I LOVE pizza and NYC sure does have a LOT of good pizza places. While I was living there we would try multiple places every time Brett came to visit and we quickly came to the conclusion that Broadway Pizza definitely made the best pies on the UWS. So we just HAD to go while we were in the neighborhood!

Leah, who was so exhausted from her play date and our full city day, fell asleep on the way so she missed out on the pizza eating. But, being the nice parents that we are, we made sure to save her a piece of her to enjoy when she woke up.

After enjoying some delicious pizza we headed back down to lower Manhattan and did one last stop on the High Line before making our way out of the city.

And with that our time in NYC was sadly brought to an end. I was so thrilled that I got to spend some alone time in the city with Brett as well as a fun family day showing Leah around one of our favorite places in the world. Up next, pictures from the wedding and a story of our dancing flower girl!

 

 

 

Home.

We are back in Florida. After a very, very wonderful NY trip. Thanksgiving was amazing. Full of love, family, laughter and the most gorgeous fall weather hubs and I could have asked for.

And now I am exhausted and ready to climb into bed and sleep for as many hours as possible before I have to wake up for work in the morning.

Be back tomorrow for a Thanksgiving vacation recap.

Oh New York, we miss you…

So our time in New York flew by. Of course. Although we had a great, fun-filled weekend it was not what I would call relaxing. There was no lounging around, catching up with family members while drinking hot chocolate merrily around a fire (what, you don’t do that with your family??)

The wedding was beautiful. The bride looked radiant, the groom looked happy and the ice cream cake was as delicious as I imagined. All in all, it was a great event.

The most handsome groomsman in the world.

My gorgeous sista-in-law!

First kiss as Mr. and Mrs. Becker!

Oh is that a model? Why yes, yes it is.

Me and my handsome husband!

Delicious noodle I got to cuddle at the reception.

My excitement is a little scary, but seriously I couldn't help it...

The Becker family!

More to come!