I wish time would stand still, just for a second!!
Here’s what happened this week:
Monday we had good intentions of taking our kids to Jane’s Carousel in Brooklyn and then going out to eat. Well, they were closed!! Parents of the year we are. So, we just played under the Brooklyn Bridge in the frigid cold, and went to Juliana’s Pizza which is right around the corner from where we were. It was the most glorious evening! No one on their phones or tablets; just us spending time together as a family. It was so fun! Gordon’s schedule doesn’t always allow for things like this to happen, but we definitely are good about taking advantage of when they do. The last time we were at Juliana’s was in the summer when we first had moved to the city and after we had walked the bridge. It brought back some other happy memories and it made me realize just how far our family has learned, stretched and adapted to our surroundings. I was pretty proud of us! AND! The two older children did not complain about all the walking. In the summer, they most definitely did, but now, they’re used to it. Heck! Brooke wears a pedometer and gets on average 14,000 steps in. City kids!!
More pictures of our evening will be on the blog hopefully soon 🙂
My nanny came back this past week and it was so nice to have a few days to just sit at my desk and work! Incase you haven’t figured this out about me, I need at least 2+ hours in front of my computer screen before I feel like my mind is ‘in the groove’ and I really start knocking things off my to-do list. I get this time twice a week because she’s only here two days, but normally its only one of those days spent in front of my computer because LIFE. But I actually really enjoy getting a bunch of stuff crossed off my to do list. It’s one of the things that keeps me sane and my mind clear.
Tuesday, I was filming recipe videos in my kitchen all day, so I was happy to get that over with 🙂 It was a long long day, but we got 5 recipes shot and done. You’ll be seeing those in the upcoming weeks.
Wednesday, I took Eddie back to speech therapy and he’s making little baby steps towards becoming more verbal every time we go! He can now say iPad (i-paaaa) and car (caw). It’s also really helpful to get notes from the therapist saying “this week, try working on this”. The nanny was able to take him to speech for his Friday appointment so I could get some posts up! That’s the day I posted this pressure cooker baked ziti and this post all about menu planning. It’s amazing what quiet time will do for my concentration levels! Haha!
I’m having the funnest time getting to know you all a little better in my Facebook group!! A lot of recipes are getting shared there (not just mine!) and if there is one that is shared that I think sounds amazing, I will try it myself and take pictures to share on the blog! Fun, right? Ask to join here.
On Saturday, I met up with my one of my blogging friends. She happened to be in town with her daughter and just started snapping pictures of me!! Kind of really good at it too. Here are a few she took:
We ate at The Melt Shop for lunch and HOLY MOLY it was freaking amazing. My favorite thing I ate were the loaded tots. They were ridiculously ridiculously good. (And not far from Times Square in the least, so a good stop for all you visitors! We went to the one on 50th street. How many of you are coming to visit NYC this year?)
After that quick visit, I picked up Eddie’s birthday cake from Magnolia Bakery and headed home.
Yesterday, January 28th, we celebrated Edward’s second birthday! I sort of can’t believe he’s two already, but at the same time, I feel like he should be three already. Time with our children goes slow yet so fast. Every birthday we celebrate is so trippy to me. Regardless, we had a fun little party (I made this for dinner) and we ate that chocolate cake. It was certainly delightful, though my chocolate cake is much more moist. (I think it was a few days old, hence the dryness. The frosting was insanely good though.)
You can check out Ed’s first birthday party here.
Since Eddie turned TWO, we took away all the pacifiers! We explained it to him before bed and said “bye bye binkies” and hoped for the best. Though it wasn’t the smoothest bedtime routine to date, he did quite well considering the circumstances. Much better than Blake did at that age. He loves his stuffed dog named “Rosco” and is attached to his baby blanket, so he’s got plenty of comfort in that cozy bottom bunk of his.
Coming up this week:
We forge ahead and start getting ready for Brooke’s 9th birthday! (How does this keep happening?)
It’s restaurant week in NYC so I’m hopefully going to hit up at the very least one restaurant to try! There are so many amazing restaurants in New York, but I’m determined to try as many as possible!
More gym time. I’m hoping to tone up a little more for Gordon and my trip to Aruba in March. I have a countdown on my phone and I just recently ordered a few swimsuits. I’m not excited at all. Ha! Hopefully Eddie gets used to the child watch at the gym I go to. He’s two now, ya know. Maybe that will help?
And, Gordon and I are looking into extra curriculars for the kids to try after school one day a week. We found Ninja classes for Blake!! How fun does that sound? He would DIE of delight if we registered him. Brooke likes swimming, but has shown some interest in rock climbing, so maybe we could find something like that?! She’s hesitant to try because she’s uncomfortable and shy in new social situations. Regardless, I love the options available to us here. It’s a big pro as to why we love living here.
Have a great week, friends!