Big week for the birthday boy!
Here’s what happened this past week:
We pulled the trigger and got a gym membership! I told you I would 😉 I went in inquiring about one and walked out like I owned the joint. I’ve worked out exactly one time because trying to get a spot for all three kids in the child watch program is cutthroat. You have to call two days ahead of time for very limited spots. I think it’ll get better once all the kids go back to school. But, for a girl who likes to drop in at last minutes’ notice, this is kind of annoying. But, hey! It’s one of the cheapest gyms I’ve found in the city, so cheers to that.
I also signed up for a few sessions with a personal trainer. I really wanted Gordon to try it too, because he’s talked about it for years but has never been able to pull the trigger because of money, schedule, school, kids, etc.. There are always reasons to not do it. But after a little convincing and a freebie session with a legit amazing trainer, he was sold! I was so happy he scheduled a few more sessions. Both him and I are results driven, and working with a trainer simply accelerates us for reaching our physical goals. Yes!
Took my kids to the Children’s Museum here on the Upper West Side a few days ago. My boys loved it, Brooke: notsomuch. It was definitely meant for the younger kiddos, and unfortunately she was bored out of her mind. Trying to stay positive and upbeat while parenting a tween who complains every other sentence is my personal hell, incase you were wondering. And it’s only going to get better wheeeeeeeeee!
Gordon’s birthday was on Saturday, so Friday I took the kids out and about, picking up some last minute items for the big day. Things like balloons, cards, wrapping paper, etc.. I took a chance and brought all three into Chipotle during lunch, hoping they (mainly Edward) would be ok and behave. They were ANGELS! Insert my shock and awe here. It really helped that they all can order things they love (boys: quesadillas, Brooke: salad) but sometimes, you never know how things are going to go. But luckily, things were aok. And, the best part was it wasn’t even that busy! Since when is Chipotle not busy during lunch? It was my little miracle for the week.
Do you ever get those comments where people say “wow, you’ve got your hands full!“? I never can tell if people are saying it positively or negatively. Like, what’s the purpose of going out of your way, tapping me on the shoulder as I’m about to cross the street and tell me that? I’m not the first woman in the world to birth three children and go out in public with them, right? (As you can tell, this happened to me this week.) Even though I wanted to punch the guy in the throat, I responded happily “yup, I guess so!” and crossed the street. Maybe next time I should act confused. “My hands full? What do you mean? That’s weird. Why would I have my hands full?” 😉 What do you do in those weird situations?
We celebrated Gordon’s birthday after he got home from work at 3pm on Saturday! What a wonderful man he is. We are so so lucky to have him.
I made him a chocolate cake with chocolate frosting and a peanut butter glaze (recipe coming soon) and later that evening, him and I snuck away for a date to the restaurant Asiate, on the 35th floor of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. Holy moly! It was such a spectacular meal with an even more spectacular view! We could eat at a leisurely pace, watch the sun start to set and most importantly, not have a child on our laps while we ate. If you have money you need to spend, go here for dinner and never look back. It was phenomenal. They open at 6, so I made our reservations about a week in advance for 6pm, requesting a table with a view because we were celebrating my husband’s birthday. Man, did they deliver! AND, mayyyyybe the best part was having the voice doppelgänger of Rachel Green’s Dad (from FRIENDS) seated next to us. It was so entertaining and he spoke so loudly! His wife/dinner companion used to be Vegan but now is only Vegetarian because she could never find enough Vegan options at restaurants. I’VE GOT MORE if you’re interested. We seriously got their whole life story.
The dessert I had from Asiate was a chocolate lava cake (except called something else) and it was suuuuuper dreamy. Actually, everything we ate was dreamy. So, eat here and thank me later.
My husband wanted photos of the kids that he could put on his desk at work because he didn’t have any, so I snapped the photo above, framed it and now he has something cute to display for all his colleagues to see. Yes, our kids are cuter than your kids. The first two definitely look like their Dad, but Eddie for sure looks like me in this photo 🙂 I love them all so so much!
Brooke spent some of her own money and bought her Dad a pack of Reese’s Pieces, one of his favorites, and even wrapped it all up for him herself too! We have talked to Brooke about becoming more mature and what it means to be physically, mentally, spiritually and emotionally mature. I think some things we are saying are getting through to her brain! Also, mentioning that in a few short years she could be a mature babysitting and earning a big chunk of change really perked her right up.
Today at dinner, I was asking our children what they were grateful for and Blake said he was grateful for Eddie because “I love him and I like to play with him.” He is such a sweet boy. We love you Blake!!
Coming up this week:
I’m hoping to meet with my trainer to discuss my fitness goals (not be squishy anymore). We’ll see how things go down.
We also implemented a no technology rule this week at our house because the contention and bad attitudes have been more prevalent than we’d like. A side effect of summer and nonstop rain. So, we are really hopeful that this will help our kids use their minds and get along a little better. We’re only committing to a week, so we’ll see how this goes. I’ll probably vent to you on my instastories every night after they’re in bed. HAHA! I’m kind of excited about it! We did a test run today and it went really well 🙂
Gordon is in the office this week, so hooray for 9-5 office time!
I’m also testing a few more recipes this week, which I’m really excited about! I just need to track down some decent heirloom tomatoes and I’ll have everything I need. Stay tuned!!