museum of christmas!!

 it was so fast... it's already gone. 
5 days. FIVE DAYS! it was only open for 5 days- that was the worst part. the best part? it was FREE! 
the medium part is that we visited friday afternoon- i think it got progressively busier- dead the first couple days because the buzz hadn't started, and packed by the time it closed. 

it was just across the street from where the museum of ice cream was last summer (see here)- hold your hand over your heart for that masterful masterpiece of sugary delight.
 candy cane swings, 
hugging bears, 
and a (snow)ball pit that makes me feel like i need some purell, stat.
there was also 45 seconds in the infinity light room!!! (sounds like 7 minutes in heaven if you ask me. minus the fact that i was with my kids.) GET THIS! 2.5 seconds into the room my phone flashed, "NOT ENOUGH STORAGE." 


so i have, like 1 photo & 1 video causecausecause i started deleting crap quick.

harvey's first swing ride was on a candy cane tire. odd, but entertaining. he was a fan. my butt wasn't. ouchie!

to ease the missing of the ice cream museum, we went with our same friends- the smiths & davises. we also saw about 30 other friends there. 
ho ho ho, yo!


THE MOST BEAUTIFUL SUNLIGHT! (and mari's birthday in brooklyn...)

mari is my best girlfriend in the city. i ADORE her. for her birthday, we wanted to re-create this walk across the brooklyn bridge from last fall. actually, you may remember mari's epic birthday bus last year (THIS!!); well, we combined the two memories;) 

the forecast was about as ominous as it gets: 100% change of thunderstorms. nonstop. all day. and night. we almost cancelled, but instead, i invested in some KILLER neon pink ponchos, and we headed out just before dinnertime. ready to be soaked. 

as is often the case, weather is as dependable as the lottery, and we emerged from the subway with the craziest orange glow- no rain. NONE. no people either. we walked toward the promenade, and had this part of brooklyn (which is usually packed), all to ourselves...
oh, first! the ride. we were too busy gabbing and totally got on the wrong train. #ametures
we did get the car to ourselves, with the exception of the poor businessman who we begged to take our photos. he hated us. we're not quiet.
look at manahttan! that skyline in the clouds!!!!

julie met us at juliana's (WHERE THERE WAS NOOO WAAAAIT!!!!), as did jenn p. a little while later. 

oh, wait, first, we played on the dock and took about 1,000 pictures.

oh, and mari lost her b-day balloons. 
bye, balloons!!

then we jumped a lot...
this. light. tho.
we ate 2 pizzas and salads, then wanted more. so we ordered a third pizza. naturally.
when we were stuffed beyond measure, we headed across the bridge. it was virtually empty. it started to drizzle, but just a little.

we walked & talked. 
talked a lot about goodbyes. two of these incredible girls are leaving the city all too soon, and my heart can't stand it. last year when i did this walk with girlfriends it was the day my grandpa passed away, and i remember it being such a surreal walk as i processed our journey in life.

this night felt strangely similar.
the cars and the glow and the fog- this city is something that is purely magical. if you haven't heard me say that about a million times already. 

so thankful for every moment i get under these sparkley lights.
the only downside of the night? no need for pink ponchos. 
womp womp.


harvey's confirmation blessing & family in town!

 i already mentioned this, but we had family in town for elle's baptism & harvey's confirmation blessing, and it was SO fun to spend time together, and show them some of our favorite parts of nyc!

in church sunday morning, mike stood with a handful of the most important men in harvey's life and gave him a blessing. the sweetest blessing. in it, the words i remember most were about harvey's special, calming spirit, and how he should never be afraid to be himself- and to be different. what a special gift. i hope we're able to raise him to be himself. i can't wait to watch him as he grows. such a stud, that kid is. 

it was 85 degrees and 90% humidity that sunday (+ torrential rain for a bit). poor boy sweated to death in his little knit suit in mid-october:) 

a few other highlights while family was here were elle & jude having sleepovers in my parents' rental apartment (we attempted to sleep train-ish harvey, which was really just us moving him into the kids' cramped room!); we also made it to brooklyn to eat pizza & walk the bridge with mike's family. mike & i also snuck out saturday afternoon to rent citi bikes and bike the loop around central park! it was amazing! until the last 1/3 when we rode entirely uphill. so hot. and humid. and our legs were NOOOOOODLES for 48 hours after. also, mike took the week off work, which was amazing!!! 
jami, elle, bernie & brikelle in brooklyn.
getting a taxi as the rain started to pour sunday morning.
we are so thankful for the support of our family and friends. and patience with everyone we know at church who tolerated a weekend-o-petersens;) 

harvey penn, we love you, little man!
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