Life / New York

Coney Island

07.08.15

coneyisland1Last Sunday we hopped on the F train and spent the day at Coney Island. Now, going to Coney Island during 4th of July weekend is not for the faint of heart, but we made it work and ended up having a really great time! I’d love to go back with the girls during the week and watch Edie ride on every kiddie ride a million times in a row.

The first ride we went on was the famous “Wonder Wheel”. I can tell I’m getting old because the ferris wheel freaks me out. I was holding on to Edie for dear life; she even told me to let go of her. Sorry Mom is a big scaredy cat honey!

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coneyisland3The view from the top was pretty amazing.

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coneyisland5You have to get a Nathan’s hot dog. Coney Island is home to Nathan’s Famous 4th of July Hot Dog Eating Contest. The winner ate 62 this year!! I settled for half because I knew Smorgasburg was just up the street.

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coneyisland9There were several great mural walls up in between the food stands. We grabbed some french fries and snacks and headed out towards the rides.

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coneyisland12Thats right. Edie made me squeeze into the tiniest possible seat on the whole ride, but anything for that sweet girl!

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coneyisland14This was Edith’s first time eating cotton candy. I’m not sure how we managed to go an entire 3 years without it but it was a huge hit. Personally, I’m not a fan. I was picking blue sticky sugar out of my hair for days : )

Aaron went home with Lilah to put her to bed early while Edith and I stayed behind to meet up with friends to catch a Brooklyn Cyclones game. The girls had so much fun and it was the perfect end to our long holiday weekend.

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Life

Fourth of July

07.07.15

july1I hope everyone had a fun and festive 4th of July! I woke up Friday a bit nauseous, which I thought was due to the fact it was 5am and Lilah loves to wake up super early lately, but it turned into a horrible 24 hour virus where I couldn’t eat or drink anything without throwing up. Luckily, I woke up Saturday feeling weak but ready to go.

We spent the day with our next door neighbors and their family eating some of the best food I’ve ever had. That steak?! Insane.

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july3These two are the best of friends. We have been so lucky to have such great neighbors. Edie and her friend, Basia, were pretending these A/C remotes were their cell phones and they were using them for super powers. They have the craziest imaginations and it is always entertaining to see what they come up with.

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july5And a few Lilah pictures because for once she wasn’t asleep or in the Ergo! (Edie also wore this onesie for her 2nd fourth of july. I love seeing some of my favorite outfits get reused with Lilah – it brings back such great memories!)

 

 

 

Life

One Year

07.01.15

Forgive me, I might get a little sappy on this one…

dayoneThis was taken the morning we left San Francisco to come live in Brooklyn. Lilah was only 3 months old, Aaron was starting a new job, and we had no clue what this city was going to have in store for us. With tears in our eyes we said good-bye to our family on the west coast, got on our flight, and I think its safe to say we have never looked back.

I really feel like New York is home. We have made some amazing friends, taken the girls to incredible places, and eaten our way through the city. There were days when it was -8 outside and I had to pick up Edie in TriBeCa with Lilah and the wind seemed unbearable and I cursed the day we ever moved here or when I got lost with both the girls and we were all three crying waiting for Aaron to leave work and come find us, but more often than not, I wake up everyday in love with this city.

Here are a few of my favorite pictures from the past year:

nyc1Eating Ladurée macaroons our first time in Central Park. Those toes kill me.

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nyc3I love the girls room here. It may be small but it is by far my favorite.

nyc4 nyc5It is has been so fun to watch Lilah grow up in this house and to see her and Edith’s relationship grow. There are so many “firsts” and memories in this house.

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Like our first snow! And our first time sledding!

nyc10 nyc nyc9I’m head over heels in love with our neighborhood. I was really torn between choosing to live in Manhattan or Brooklyn and I’m so glad we ended up in BK. We really get the best of both worlds.

I still can’t believe it has been a whole year. There is still so much to see and do. I have an entire list of ways we are going to play tourist in our own city this summer that I can’t wait to share with you.

 

 

 

 

 

Travel

Charleston: Part Two

06.30.15

I love Charleston because there are so many things to do with the girls. I am disappointed at the lack of playgrounds Downtown, but unless you go in the fall or winter, it really is too hot to play outside most of the day. Luckily, there are several great alternatives.

Charleston has a great aquarium in central Downtown. They have an albino alligator, 4-D theater, interactive petting stations throughout, and lemurs! It is also right next to Fort Sumter, which we did not go to this trip but it could make for a great full-day outing.

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The Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry was the girl’s favorite activity. There are five or so rooms with a different theme that kept the girls entertained the entire day. This room above was filled with golf balls to experiment with gravity and inertia.

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The museum even had it’s own Publix inside – fully equipped with shopping carts, a freezer section, and a working cash register (seriously, the scanner worked with real prices)! This was Edith’s favorite room. We racked up a $325 grocery bill!

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On Saturdays, during the months of April-November, Charleston has a great farmer’s market. There is live music, several food trucks, and lots of yummy food to buy and bring back to the house to cook. If you go in the summer, go first thing in the morning (they open at 8:00) to avoid the heat. This is the only picture I have because we were literally melting at 11:00 and could only stay for 20 minutes.

farmersmarketLastly, my mom lives next to the horse stables that offer carriage rides. Every morning, the first thing we do is walk down to see the horses. Edith has become quite fond of this particular horse, Big John. He is the nicest horse we have ever met and the staff are so sweet to let us in all the time. There are also two chickens, Monica and Chandler, that live at one of the barns. It is always fun to go looking for them. We did end up taking a 1 hour basic tour with Big John, per Edith’s request, and I would say to hold off until they are maybe 5 years old. Edith was mostly entertained by the snacks I brought and her love for Big John but she started to get pretty antsy 40 minutes in. Also, if you do take a tour, go first thing in the morning so it is not so hot.

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Travel

Charleston: Part One

06.29.15

charleston1We are finally home and done traveling, for now! We spent a full two weeks in Downtown Charleston with my Mom and we had the best time. It is easily one of my favorite cities in America and I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a fun family vacation or a romantic getaway for just the grown-ups.

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charleston3I love waking up and walking down to Black Tap coffee for one of their lavender lattes or an iced coffee. It’s right off King Street so you can walk back down and do a little shopping at some really great local boutiques (Hampden Clothing, Luna, and Sapphire Boutique are some of my favorites) or big name stores like Forever 21, Madewell, and Urban Outfitters.

charleston4Taco Boy is my favorite place to grab some great Mexican food. They have a beautiful outdoor patio and are super kid-friendly.

charleston5Shepard Fairey grew up in Charleston so you can catch a few of his murals around the city, like this one outisde of Butcher & Bee.

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charleston7I recommend staying downtown. There are so many great hotel options but I would suggest getting an Airbnb. It is my favorite way to travel with children because of the convenience (more rooms, a kitchen, etc..) but there are so many beautiful homes here with great charm that you really get to feel like a local.

Tomorrow, I’ll be posting some of my favorite things to do with kids. The city has a surprising amount of kid-friendly activities that are a lot of fun for the whole family.