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The kids in the street
We walked past a huge market on Amsterdam Saturday morning. All the streets were closed, so we took advantage ๐Ÿ™‚

This weather app on my phone has been playing tricks on me this week, making me crazy!

Here’s what happened this past week:

The thunder, lightening and flood warnings have been crazy this week in the city. A little ridiculous trying to plan out our days because my darn weather app is always wrong! I like to plan my days ahead, but with a week of thunder scheduled, I knew I was going to have to wing it.

SO, this week I kept us busy between the rain and the thunderstorms….

We found a new (super awesome!) park with attached open space to scooter around. Our attempts to teach Eddie how to use the brakes on his scooter are proving futile. I got some good sweat time in, chasing and playing with my kids though. So, that’s good!

We went to the Museum of Natural History! The humidity has been killing me slowly, so it was great to go indoors. Since we have a family membership, it’s free for us to go. I don’t know why I don’t take advantage of this more often. It’s so fun and my kids love it. We spent a lot of time in the discovery room before heading to the 4th floor where the dinos are.ย 

We headed to the library twice this week because my kids don’t get tech time anymore. They will take their screen time in any way, shape or form I will allow, so the 40 allotted minutes of computer time at the library is one of their new favorite things with their ‘educational games’ and all. Haha!

After I was done a workout at the gym this week around noon, I took my kids to a new restaurant referred to my by a friend. It was just me and the kids and it was the bomb! Of course they got pizza and I got a tuna salad sandwich, minus the bread. So basically just tuna. (Trying to lose the jiggle!)

Friday, we took a subway ride AND a ferry ride with friends and headed to Rockaway Beach for the day! We were gone 9 1/2 hours and I got a splotchy sunburn on the lower half of my legs, but the kids had so much fun! It was so nice to relax on the beach and get out of the city. Sometimes I love living in the city and other times, I can’t wait to get the heck outta here. It was a welcome trip for sure.

Gordon left for the Hamptons this week for work. We were supposed to go with him, but after checking last minute rental car prices and checking the weather AGAIN, we thought it wouldn’t be worth it just for a few days. So, it’s just me and the kiddos this week. He allegedly is coming home next Sunday, but I’ll believe it when I see it. His assignment keeps getting pushed out a few days here, a few days there (probably because he is so awesome at his job) so that’s too bad for us, but maybe just maybe he’ll make it home before we are going to leave for Canada to visit my parents next week.

A group of people sitting posing for the camera
happy family

Saturday, I took the kids out in the rain because we were going stir crazy in our apartment and we walked down to a Farmer’s Market to get some peaches, corn, apples and basil. I did also want heirloom tomatoes, but they didn’t look very good so I passed. Too bad. Those things are like candy to me. Did I ever tell you that I went on a caprese kick when I was pregnant with Eddie? As I was barely getting over the exhaustion and morning sickness, I started craving fresh tomatoes and mozzarella…and homemade bagels. (All of that still sounds amazing together, doesn’t it?)

Anyways, summer produce is where its at and I made an amazing recipe with the corn, peaches and basil that will be posted this week. SO SO good! I’m excited for you all to try it.

After that, we went over to Lincoln Center to run around and burn some energy since it stopped raining briefly. We had some apples and peaches for a snack, watched the little water show and then walked home again in the rain.

Eddie continues to amaze me at the pace he’s learning his words. Still not super clear, but he knows all his colors, most farm animals and recently has been able to recognize all the numbers from 1 to 10, thanks to my older two playing UNO so frequently. He does get the 6 and 9 mixed up, but besides that, he’s flying through, learning all sorts of things! My favorite is him pointing to his “gamm-aw” and “gamm-pah” in a photo I have on my nightstand. (Gordon and I at our wedding reception with our parents on either side of us.)

He has also started asking “why” and no answer we give him is good enough. I sort of want to hit my head against a wall while simultaneously never wanting this stage to end. Motherhood is weird.

I got an apple watch this past week and have been loving it! I set my activity goals and find great joy in seeing how many calories I actually burned in a day. Since I’m seeing a trainer weekly, I need to track my activity to make sure I’m working towards my health and fitness goals. It’s awesome and am still feeling pumped about it. It’ll probably take me several months to get where I want to go, but if I take it one day at a time, I can totally get there. ๐Ÿ™‚

The kids
Waiting for the ferry
Coming up this next week:

No Gordon means no fun for mama! Just kidding (sort of). I’m trying to find activities to do outside of our apartment, but we have another week of ominous thunder clouds in the forecast which are making me swear just a little. We need to burn off energy outside somehow!

I have a few meetings to finalize some of the changes we want to make in our apartment. I’m hopeful it will all come together in the near future. Crossing my fingers everyone agrees with my ideas so we can make this home a little more spacious.

I have more training sessions scheduled with my trainer. Bring it on.

Hope you all have a great week!

On the ferry
Brooke and Eddie at the beach
Rockaway Beach!
Kids sitting at a bar
Just a little light reading…

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15 Responses
  1. Kristy B

    Re: Eddie and his scooter. Iโ€™m sure either youโ€™ve thought of this (or someone may have already mentioned it) but can a game be made out of drawing squares in chalk on the sidewalk (or tape indoors) and challenge him to stop with his wheels inside the box? Iโ€™ve seen it done on the ice with jr hockey players – maybe it could work for you.

    Was the stoplight game (red light/green light) a thing when you were a kid? I remember playing on roller skates (lol)

  2. Shelli

    Red light, green light!! For Kristy b. Lol I played it on my skates too!! ๐Ÿ˜‚ Totally love all that you do with your children! They will forever have these awesome memories of their childhood.

  3. Kelly Tharp

    The kiddos look so happy in these pictures. They are settling in and learning the city. They are really enjoying the outings by the smiles. Love the pictures of NYC in the background.

  4. Maria

    You and your family seem very sweet and down to earth- I am a fan of your blog and Instagram! I have lived in the city for 10+ years now, but did not grow up here and I am thankful that I didn’t. NYC is a different world, and I just think it’s very difficult to grow up in the city and become a grounded individual, especially these days. I’m sure you have experienced your fair share of entitled children since moving here and quickly realized that most people have a nanny and the means to do whatever they want. I hope you don’t take this the wrong way, but although your husband (and you) don’t want him to commute far to get to his job, it might be worth it to commute just a little so that your children can have more space and freedom and less stress. Just living in the city causes stress without even knowing it. There are many wonderful communities and neighborhoods within a very reasonable distance of Manhattan, and a small sacrifice by your husband could mean a whole lot for your children in the long run. I wish you and your family the best.

    1. Lauren

      We tried to move to Westchester and put offers on two homes, but they both fell through. Then we found the apartment we are in and everything fell into place. We took it as a sign ๐Ÿ™‚ We’ll move out of the city when we are ready.

  5. Jules (Aus)

    I just love reading about your adventures in New York City. I was lucky enough to go there about ten years ago (from Aus) and barely scratched the surface. Maybe it’s time for another visit. I might even bump into you and your gorgeous family, but in a city of 8 mill what are the chances?

    (Thanks for moving the apostrophe ๐Ÿ™‚ )

  6. Mary

    I am glad you you took your kids out in the rain. A lot of parents would not. The kids are very disappointed and the parents wonder why their kids are acting up. I am not saying to take them out when the weather is bad. In this picture the weather look ok and the kids are enjoying it by their smiles on their faces.

  7. Leslie H

    Love reading your posts about city life! I especially like the ones about the kids with links to different toys/clothes/equipment that you have found fun and useful for them!

  8. Carolyn Cheeseman

    I would love to go visit all the museums in NYC. We obviously have a ton of great museums in Chicago, but they are spread out and just not super accessible. And parking is so dang expensive. So are the museums actually lol! But they’re still so worth it.

  9. Melissa Kramer

    I think it is amazing how well you have embraced the city life! That’s got to be really hard with your husband’s work schedule and 3 energetic children ๐Ÿ™‚