4.24.2017

the rest of spring break, 2017!

if seen on instagram, mid-spring-break-week we also spent days in the west village eating pizza at joe's, grabbing our favorite donuts (the doughnut project!!!), and eating acai bowls from my favorite shop i never seem to get to in midtown. we made bunny bait with friends, and moved soccer practice to a perfect spot in central park. the days continued to roll forward with late/missed naps, mild weather, and tons of energy starting at 6:00am on the dot. most every day we spent out for 5-8 hours straight, walking the streets and playing in parks. 

spring break spilled onto the following monday and tuesday, and these days were spent in washington square park, going to our favorite consignment shop, crashing the nyu chick-fil-a (MY GOSH WE STAND OUT), getting ice cream cones that were much too large at big gay, and finally, heading to see the coastline in larchmont, ny via train...
chick-fil-a's diet lemonade is just the beesssst drink!
33 weeks!!!!
each night concluded with a massive bathtub scrub (THE DIRT!!!), and usually involved me passed out in the middle of the rug by 5pm groaning in pain, "MY BAAAACKKK!!!" 
our last morning of break, we took a train from grand central to larchmont, then walked a couple miles to the shoreline to play and picnic...

good news, no children fell off the steep cliffs.
it was SUCH a treat to play with friends every.single.day. we literally saw becca & her boys for 9 straight days. we missed our manhattan-to-brooklyn buddies, so having the "big kids" together again was a total treat! i can't believe how different life is with a kid in school- and to think i may lose jude soon, too, if we decide to put him in pre-k (it's all-day here). nyc is the best place to raise kids, but sometimes i feel like jude and i hold back exploring because i hate experiencing so much without elle! my heart is nearly exploding in anticipation for summer, but i'm trying to put my expectations in-check since we'll also have a new baby in-tow the next time elle has time off of school. this break was elle's time to choose her adventures, and we had a blast together playing in/around the city.

4.21.2017

spring break, part 2: central park, a SPLASH PAD & the prospect park zoo!

tuesday i woke up feeling like i was hit by a truck- we were SO busy monday, it was like running a half-marathon with no training! the forecast predicted 82 degrees, so although we were beat, there was no chance we were staying at home on day 2. the kids were READY, so we headed out early again for some playtime in central park...
the walk from the west side to the east side of central park is breathtaking. add in the early morning hours- it's somewhat quiet, most of the traffic being runners and bikers. the kids ran on the paths through the blooming trees. it was seriously gorgeous.
we met some friends at the sailboat pond and played around the water until the kids were getting too close to the water for comfort. then we decided to head to the carousel (it was super dark as we rode, and i only managed to capture a few video clips instead of photos).
i called the museum to see if their fountains were open, they said no, so we took a taxi home (it was 80 by this point, and i had a moment when i realized i could actually go into labor if i didn't take a break;) i put jude down for a nap, just as friends texted, "the fountains are open! and empty!" 

clearly they were empty because the people on the phone were telling everyone the water was off!!!

i woke jude up after an hour and we headed back out...
the best was watching the people inside the museum look at the kids as they made faces through the glass. awesome.

this whole spraying water thing got me SO EXCITED FOR SUMMMMMMEERRRRRR!!!
wednesday we headed to brooklyn to explore the prospect park zoo. our herd of kids and young moms always gets serious stares (and usually questions) from strangers on the subway. we look crazy. and we're super loud, let's be honest. it rained on and off, and the kids were mostly interested in playing in dirt than looking at the animals. 

we went to wendy's for a late lunch before heading back into manhattan. wendy's! nostalgia!! (i've only ever seen 1 in the city.) when we walked in we got another batch of stares, and even a comment of the arrival of "rich manhattan housewives" or something like that. which made me laugh hysterically because that is clearly something for which i have never been associated. good times. the strollers do it, i'm telling you.


anyway, eating at wendy's was moderately regrettable. fast food usually is, yes? ;)
(thanks to becca for a few of these snaps!)
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