Well friends, two amazing things happened on the very first day of our trip out east — Lotte met my grandmother and she visited NYC.
Lots of love for those two things right there.
For starters, I have to give props to our little four-month old for being quite the flying champ. Sure she had her moments, but for the most part she was pretty great. She was totally fascinated in the airport and held her own all the way until the very end when she got a little sleepy, but once we boarded (a half hour late, mind you) and I could breastfeed her, she settled right down.
^^ Look at that face! Like, ” what in the heck is going on around me?!”
^^ Since we had a small delay we stopped at Root Down to grab some food. Lotte was just a little bit popular there, as you might have guessed 😉
^^ Lest you think my child is always happy, here’s a bit of a meltdown pic for ya, as well.
After landing around 11 p.m. and getting back to Newburgh around 1 a.m., we had a super early wake-up call to try to leave the house by 8 a.m. the next day to head into the city.
Our departure time ended up being closer to 8:30, which I still say is pretty awesome, all things considered.
We were only in the city for a couple of hours total, but we sure did make the most of it. Chris renewed his passport. Steph and Lotte and I met up with my friend Carla and her 9-month-old Fiona for brunch at The Wheeltapper Pub inside the Fitzpatrick Grand Central Hotel. We even took the babes through a bit of a Grand Central tour and on to Bryant Park so that Steph could take some potential Christmas card photos for us.
Here’s our time in the city in photos.
^^ Fiona was fascinated with Lotte’s hair for some reason, which made for some pretty funny photos. Love these two ladies, and I’m so thrilled Carla and I get to raise our babies together, even if we do live half-way across the country from each other.
^^ Some Aunt Stephie cuddles. (Aunt Stephie also dresses Lotte every single time she’s with her, in case you were wondering … )
^^ The Grand Central detour.
^^ Hubbub all around them, and yet these two babes remained as calm as ever. True city babies, if you ask me 😉
^^ Bryant Park at the holidays — my absolute favorite place on earth. I cannot believe I got to actually share it with my own daughter this year.
^^ Behind the scenes of our baby photo shoot 😉 Don’t worry – Chris was holding on very tight!
^^ My child has perfected her side eye.
^^ Ah the stroller and steps — thanks hubs, for always taking care of the transport!
^^ Back to the car, completely unfazed. Like I said – a little city lady.
And that, my dear friends, was our fast and furious introduction of Lotte to the city we love so dearly. Of course there are 10,001 other things I want to do in the city with her, but I have no doubt we’ll be back plenty. In fact, we’re planning another potential trip in January with Chris’s parents while they’re in the states for Christmas, so I’ll start dreaming of that for now.
I’ll be back tomorrow with more of the rest of our trip. For now … bis bald, friends.
So I’m back in upstate New York right now, and life has been hectic and totally laid back at the same time here … is that possible? I’m here for two weddings, to celebrate my mom’s 60th birthday and to get some stuff done for my sister’s upcoming bridal shower in August, so all of that is definitely hectic. But when I’m not busy running around, I’m pretty much hanging on the back porch as much as I possible can.
Here’s what I’ve been up to lately:
^^ A gorgeous Union Station the day before I left Denver.
^^ And an even more gorgeous Grand Central Station the day I arrived back in New York!
^^ Views from Mom’s porch.
^^ My mom and I had to make a pit stop into Newburgh Vintage Emporium for some stuff, and can I just tell you how much I’m loving this place? If you happen to be in the Hudson Valley, and you like vintage goods, this place is a must-see.
^^ More Vintage Emporium prettiness.
^^ Saturday’s wedding took place on a rooftop overlooking the Albany skyline. Not too shabby for a fireworks view, eh?
^^ Me and sissy.
^^ My sister and her fiancé — these two.
^^ With the gorgeous bride.
^^ Meeting my cousin’s baby for the first time was definitely a highlight of this trip, as well.
^^ Soon-to-be bro-in-law made me a delicious butternut squash risotto for dinner one night … yum!
Yesterday I caught an early train from upstate into the city for the day to do a little Christmas shopping, catch up with friends and — you know I had to — go ice skating at Bryant Park.
Oh New York, I’ll miss you most of all at this time of year.
^^ Love, love, love everything about the holidays in NYC — especially the ice skating 😉
^^ Pardon the horrible reflection in this photo, but I caught the Lord and Taylor holiday window displays on Park during my walk from Bryant Park to Union Square, and how cute are they?!
^^ I stopped into Club Monaco on my walk to check out their selection of Strand books, and this door to their mannequin closet was open, so I had to snap a pic. It’s all legs and arms, yo.
^^ If I’m being completely honest, it felt a little weird going into the city, knowing I couldn’t go home to my apartment whenever I wanted, and knowing I’d be catching a train back upstate later that night to go home. It truly is the end of an era, my friends, and it felt just like that.
^^ Until next time, Grand Central.
Bis bald, friends. I’ll be back tomorrow with our Galapagos adventures!
So … it’s June? How the heck did that happen?! We’ve been having a lot of fun at baseball games, with friends and family visiting, etc., etc. Here’s a bit of what we’ve been up to lately, courtesy of my iPhone.
^^ Some of the prettiest things in Grand Central are only visible when you look up.
^^ I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again — Bryant Park is my favorite.
^^ These adorable little kids were competing against each other in chess. Can you say smarties?
^^ Sections of Times Square are now closed off to traffic for the summer.
It’s only slightly more bearable this way.
^^ FIrst iced coffee of the season for Sheral.
[That’s not how you spell my name ;)]
^^ NYC: The only place in the world where you’ll see
a cab, a car and a horse-drawn buggy lined up like they’re about to race.
^^ Poor horses — you make my heart hurt.
^^ Ahh! It’s a Christmas lights murder!
^^ I simply love this brownstone-lined street right next to ours. Swoon.
Bis bald, friends! Here’s to summer right around the corner!
^^ Shrimp and grits for dinner, inspired by our brunch at East End Kitchen,
which serves shrimp and grits as well, but they’re pre-made
with bacon so I couldn’t have them. Our take was better 😉
Bis bald, friends! Hope everyone’s having an amazing year so far! I’ll be heading to Marathon Key with a friend for my birthday in a few weeks. With the winter we’ve been having, I could definitely go for a little bit of sun, that’s for sure.
^^ I’m cheating ever-so-slightly with this 52 Project pic, seeing as how it’s actually four pictures …
so sue me 😉 This past Friday, Chris and I ticked another little something off our
NYC bucket list when we hit up The Campbell Apartment in Grand Central for
Valentine’s Day drinks. This place is classic old-school New York, my friends.
It’s dark and the music was right out of multiple old-time soundtracks
(think “When Harry Met Sally” and “Sleepless in Seattle”). It was pretty expensive
(as in $120 for an olives and nuts appetizer and five drinks), but what
isn’t these days? This place is so fun. Get dressed up in your classiest gear
and head over to The Campbell Apartment, a place with a coat check,
waitresses and hostesses in beautiful little black dresses and
bar tenders who actually care about their jobs. (And have fabulous moustaches!)
I’m back tomorrow with our final Iceland installment. Bis bald!
Chris and I just arrived back from our Valentine’s Day trip to Tarrytown, a quaint little town about 45 minutes north of the city, and I have to say–I loved everything about it. Since it’s winter it was obviously a bit freezing outside, and some of the stores in the town and some of the historical sites were closed for the winter months, but still, we managed to have an awesome time just the same.