our inaugural first week of summer in the city!

last week was mike's first week at his new job (two thumbs up)! it was also my first week with both kids minus mike in over a year, leaving me to be a new new yorker, main laundry person (the laundry situation here... ugggghh), and main kindergarten drop-er-off-er/pick-er-up-er. i'm also working-from-home-full-time mom, oh, and i took the kids with me to dc while i worked for 2 days of the week! it was a little bit insane. i broke down in tears one night as i laid in bed feeling exhausted, inadequate, hot, and overwhelmed, and then mike reminded me that we were finally here and i wept even harder in joy that he was right- we were here, and this is what we wanted! it's good. it's so good. i'm just so tired:) 

it was also 90 degrees and humid outside everyday last week, which seemed a bit much for may? (it's been so much cooler and raining in the weeks prior.) there was no dipping one's toe into the heat of summer- we went full throttle. SUMMERISHERE. the week was great and there were no issues, other than concerns with pacing ones-self (me). we spent most everyday we were in the city at the parks and cooling ourselves in splash pads. we even went to the beach once!! (except it was so far i had to come back before we actually GOT to the beach... that was an adventure:) the girls i've met at our church have been insanely kind and welcoming, and both kids (oh, and me) are surrounded by good little buddies and playmates most everyday. it's really fantastic.
 straight-from-school splash pad fun.

this was the day we tried to get to the beach... but really, we spent 4 hours on the subway (2 hours each way; only 30 minutes actually near the beach with friends), then i RAN from the subway to elle's school and managed to pick her up a mere 1 minute late. GO ME! either way, jude was heartbroken that we never swam, so we went to the splash pad all together.
  i've said it before and i'm sure i'll say it a million times more, but this place doesn't mess around with parks, splash pads, and green space! it's amazing. i'm still getting used to the crazy moms and plethora of nannies who are super grouchy and overprotective, but, hey. whatevs.

summer is upon us!!!


nyc firsts...

 since moving to the city (all together) a few weeks ago, i've managed to collect a random sprinkling of "we live here now!" firsts.

like our first sunset over the brooklyn bridge:
the first morning in our new apartment:
first rides on the hammock and enjoying a picnic on the folding table (mike's only furniture for a month):
first time introducing ourselves as "new move-ins" instead of visitors at church: 
  first box houses in our new house, which is only moderately smaller than our real house;)
(please take note of the dresser, tv/computer, and wall art [the right is elle's, the left is jude's, respectfully]):
 oh, and then there's this! elle's second, first day of kindergarten:
jude's first preschool interview (aka: tour):
jude is certain he's going to that school in the fall.  he's so excited. unfortunately, preschool is out of the picture- we chose not being homeless over paying for preschool.

there was also the first time we "hosted" guests! (note: our apartment isn't really fit for overnight company, but we can play inside for short periods of time;) our first weekend here a coworker and her husband were visiting, so we hung out, played frisbee by city hall, ate pizza & ice cream in brooklyn, walked the bridge, meandered around central park, and enjoyed banana pudding in our apartment.
and now that the city has been 90 degrees three days in a row, it's officially our first summer in the city!!!



friday after we picked elle up from school, we went to brooklyn (dumbo to be specific) for pizza- we went a couple weeks ago with friends, and since then i've been seriously craving more. juliana's is one of the very best, and it's totally worth the trip to brooklyn. (it becomes questionable when you stand outside waiting in line for over an hour to get a table...) 

we spent time on the promenade and playing at the park. the weather was 70 and breezy- basically perfect- so we just sat around for a couple hours and took it all in...
^^ i spy lady liberty and a hot guy with a stroller! ;)

then there's these two... always a peace sign, thumbs up, or a "five" which I think jude does because he thinks elle is saying "two" instead of peace?
so worth the wait. so worth the wait.
waving to the police boat- he waves to everyone- mostly in crosswalks and to doormen. cutest thing!!
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