Thursday, February 17, 2011

{Yays + Boos}

YAY:Introduced Jonas to glow sticks. We've been having a dark party in the bath and in place of reading before bed every night this week.
BOO:Tears are shed every night when the stick is taken away before he goes to bed. Tears running down those chubby little cheeks just break my heart.YAY:For cute humidifiers. When you use them as much as we do they become a part of the room decor (frog, penguin and pig are what we have).
BOO:I'm so over being sick. We pass it around to each other and then my walking petrie dish aka first grader brings home all the nasty bugs that are out there. I think we've only had one week this whole Winter where all Grover's were healthy!YAY:This time next week I will be in New York with my best friend celebrating my 30th birthday! What are some things that I must do and places that I must see/go while there?
I keep telling Bret how lucky he is. When he wants to go on a trip all he has to do is pack his things and go. Me, on the other hand, when going on a trip I have to write out schedules, make a list of things Jonas can eat, pump a whole lot of milk (you should see my freezer...this little guy refuses to take any sort of formula), get clothes out for kids and then worry about what I'm going to pack, etc. Sometimes I think it would just be easier if I just stayed home!

Don't get me wrong...Bret is wonderful and can handle the kids just fine. He has admitted however, that I do in fact do a lot of things during the day that go unappreciated at times. He's well aware of the "awakening" he will have while I am gone.YAY:I love that my girls have such good friends who live three doors down. Play dates, carpooling and fun times!
BOO:Not sure what we would do if we ever had to move away. Ella and her little friend Grace are attached to the hip all day at school. They are lost when the other isn't there.

My apologies for the lack of blogging lately. With all of us being sick and my lack of desire to do anything but continuously change my booger encrusted top or just cuddle with my sick Littles, I'm thinking posting will be sparse for the next little bit.


Rochelle said...

I hope you all start feeling better! That's no fun at all.

Have fun in New York! and Happy Birthday!

karen and cameron said...

Ooh...I keep wanting to go to New York and we're less than 2 hours away!

Go to Katz's deli. I hear they are AMAZING and make a mean reuben (if you're into that kind of thing)

also-don't know if you're still doing Bachelor commentary, but wanted to throw in that I grew up with Michelle and about died when I tuned in and saw her.

She started dating my ex in highschool 2 days after we broke up. 'Nuff said.

Enjoy your trip!

Emily Kate said...

I have tons of suggestions for NYC (we used to live there). I just recently typed it up for a friend so here ya go:

In the Heights or Mary Poppins (not sure what new shows are playing,) Crumbs, Central Park, the Highline (LOVE!), Chelsea Market, Brooklyn Bridge (eat at Bubby's or Grimaldi's on the Brooklyn side.) Ellis Island may be one of my favorite places in the entire city but it takes fooooorever to get there and back so if you're pressed for time it might not be great.

I also recommend the Union Square Market, Max Brenner, Levain Bakery (get a cookie), walk around the village (amazing restaurants, try Pomme Frites, Butter Lane, Caracas Arepas in the East Village for starters...), Madison Square Park and Shake Shack, Trinity Church/Ground Zero, The Tenement Museum (seriously incredible and a lot of awesome history like Ellis Island), chicken and waffles in Harlem, Washington Square...

Shall I go on? ;)

Stephanie said...

Aww I hope you're all well soon. My daughter is in kindergarten this year, and is constantly bringing stuff home too. It's no fun.

Enjoy your trip to NY! I think my hubby could handle our kids for a few days, but I'm afraid to think what the house would look like when i returned. :-D

Kalli Ko said...

Be glad you have the milk supply to be able to pump enough while you're gone. Paul and I are going to lake tahoe next week for a few days, and i've only got a few oz in the freezer. Oh well, there are worse fates in life then to be a non dairy loaded milk cow. Have a great time, I hear levain bakery is where it's at.

Pattersons said...

your family & mine! so over being sick...but, here's to NYC!!! i keep thinking how exciting and fun it's going to be for you:) can't wait to hear all about it and see the pics!

The Pyper Fam said...

I am so jealous you get to go to NY with your best friend! You will have so much fun! :) I love your blog, btw! :)

Sarah said...

We have been using our cute humidifiers way more than I would like these days too. I guess it's that time of year, everyone I know is sick too. I hope you're all feeling better soon!

I am so excited for you and your trip to New York! I will definitely be living vicariously through you! :)

Morgan said...

Hey Erica! You don't know me, but I found your blog a while back and I visit from time to time. I hope that you don't mind. You seem like such a great person and your children are so adorable.

I'm actually going to New York at the end of this week, too. I went to school in the city for a couple of years, so I do have a few suggestions of things for you to do while you're there:

-Go to Max Brenner's in Union Square. If you love chocolate, it's a must. Think Willy Wonka's chocolate factory.

-Go to Crumbs cupcakes, my favorite in the city.

-Go to Serendipity. The desserts are yummy, but my favorite part is the setting. It's so whimsical and fun.

-Go to The American Museum of Natural History and go to the Met.

-Of course take a walk through Central Park. That is a must.

-Go to Fort Tryon Park. It's definitely one of my favorite spots in the city, and so few people even know about it, which is kind of sad.

-Go to Brooklyn Heights. That's where I used to live. It is, in my opinion, one of the cutest neighborhoods in the city. From the promenade, you can get the most gorgeous views of Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty. And the neighborhood is literally steps away from the popular Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory and Grimaldi's pizzeria.

Okay, by now you must be so tired of hearing what I have to say. Sorry for the super long comment. Of course you don't have to follow any of my suggestions. Just enjoy the city and have lots and lots of fun! That shouldn't be too hard:)

Lesley said...

Hi there, I've been a follower for a while and I love your blog. Huge fan :)

I live in NYC on the UWS, so if you get lost or need any suggestions while you're here, I am more than happy to help.

Amen to Union Square (Fish's Eddy seems like a store you'd love- it's one-of-a-kind and its on 17th and Broadway just uptown from Union Square). Be sure to go on a M,W,F or Sat when the market is open.

If you are going to go to Serendipity, my suggestion is to go put your name on the list, then go Patsy's and split a small pizza (trust me on this one- Serendipity desserts are HUGE), or if you're planning on eating at Serendipity check out Dylan's Candy Bar and Bloomingdales while you wait. I recommend the Forbidden Broadway Sundae or the Mint Chocolate Chip Sundae with hot fudge and homemade whipped cream. Yum.

Also, Junior's cheesecake in Times Square or at the concourse at Grand Central Station is the best. I'd recommend the Devil's Food Cheesecake.

For a guaranteed fabulous NYC afternoon, take the 1/2/3 to 72nd and grab a recession special at Gray's Papaya at 72nd and Broadway across from Trader Joes (2 hot dogs and a drink), walk to Levain Bakery on 74th between Amsterdam and Columbus for a cookie (the chocolate chocolate chip is life-changing), then head to Central Park through Strawberry Fields, Bethesda Fountain, the boathouse, and then over to the MET. It's "by donation," so if you're on a strict budget, just give what you wish and check out your favorite wing.

Since you are childless, take an opportunity to visit the Frick Collection (no kids under 10 allowed). It's on the UES on 70th between 5th and Madison. It's a private mansion from the early 1900s and its completely in-tact. It's incredible. Think turn-of-the-century "Gossip Girl" grandeur :) It's absolutely incredible. The Cooper Hewitt Design Museum is fabulous too.

If you happen to be at the Shake Shack on a Saturday, the thin mint sundae with hot fudge is exquisite. Let's face it, everything at the Shack Shack is.

I can offer good dining suggestions if you're willing to venture to the Upper West side for brunch or dinner. Nobody does brunch better than NYC.

I'm sure you have it all figured out by now, but let me know if I can help!

(and I would not recommend trekking it up to Fort Tryon park unless you are going to the Cloisters. If you looking something more quaint, try the Central Park Conservatory at 110 on the East side. It's free and it's beautiful, even this time of the year. And most New Yorkers don't even know about it)

Lesley said...

and just to clarify, Fishs Eddy is open every day, but the Union Square Greenmarket is only open on M,W,F,Sat.

And if you end up going to the MET, I'd say check out the Temple of Dendur, the Frank Lloyd Wright Room in the American Wing, and the Asian collection is outstanding. There's currently an exhibition about artifacts from Forbidden City that is fascinating. The meditation garden there is one of my favorite places. The European Paintings section upstairs contains one of the "greatest hits" of impressionists and modernists I've ever seen.

Sorry for my long-winded comments!

You can email me at lesley {at} kensingtonblue {dot} com if you have any questions. Or to tell me to stop talking :)