Monday, December 2, 2013

Trip to NYC

Finally!  A trip to NYC.  I had been to NYC once before on business which left hardly any time at all to do anything but work.  Bummer.  Patrick surprised me the week before Thanksgiving with a trip...without kids!!  This was the first time we've ever left our kids overnight so I was a bit nervous but two of my sisters were able to fly out and care for them--the ideal babysitters.  I cannot say enough thanks to them for that!!! 
A little walk through Times Square upon arrival:
The reason we did this little trip was that Patrick was going out for work anyway and we just extended through the weekend.  That meant the first day and a half I was on my own.  I was a tad nervous about getting around but the night we arrived Patrick bought me a metro pass, took me on my first subway ride, then downloaded the subway map onto my phone.  I was set.  And amazingly (mostly to me) I was able to get about with no problem.  I was super proud of my small town self!  First stop was the Met.  I actually really enjoyed doing this alone because I had no one to worry about.  I could wander around and stare or just breeze through any section I wanted. 
My favorite painting.  A Matisse.  Love: 
The girls have studied Pollack so I took a pic specifically to text to them.  My phone snapped the pic just a bit before I was actually ready.  Downfall of going to museum alone?  Bad selfies are your only option: 
I spent my lunch on the stairs in front of the Met eating street food and enjoying the fall sun.  Then I headed right into Central Park with no real plan other than to meander down to the bottom...whenever, however. 

We spent some time in the financial district and were surprised to find a line just to get your picture taken with the bull.  We opted for his behind: 
We picked the coldest day to do the Statue of Liberty.  It was amazing and freezing all at once.  I'm hoping our next visit will be during warmer weather so we can loiter and stare a bit more. 
George Washington statue.  The site where he was sworn into his office as president. 
911 Memorial.  Quiet and beautiful.  Again, I wish the weather had been a few degrees warmer so we could have wandered around the grounds longer. 
Top of the Rock.  The plan was to hit Rockefeller Center at sunset for best viewing of the skyline/Empire State building.  We missed it by a few short minutes but it was still really beautiful. 
Patrick told me we would be going to Wicked.  He didn't tell me he bought second row seats!  It was crazy amazing! 
The day after arriving home.  Apparently having babysitters full of fun takes its toll and when boring mommy gets back in town it's time to catch up on the z's.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

November

November was a pretty quiet month.  I took very few photos.  In fact, I took absolutely zero pictures of our Thanksgiving.  Probably because we just hung out at home, had a quiet dinner, and basically did what people who stay in pajamas ALL DAY would do.  It was great.  The two noteworthy events of November were our trip to NYC and Black Friday decorating.  Both will have their own posts.
The rest of November went something like this.
Morning runs.  Gorgeous:
Random "please take a picture of me" moments. Darling: 
The kids playing random games.  This one had something to do with hiding or trying to freak mom out with a head sticking out from the bed: 
The girls cuddling up.  And sharing: 

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Halloween 2013

Our church Trunk-or-Treat:
Maggie was invited to a classmate's Halloween party: 
Caroline's preschool parade: 

Favorite part of trick-or-treating Daddy's office? The blow up decorations: 
Carving pumpkins: 
Halloween night.  I think their poses are hilarious: 



Friday, November 1, 2013

Anderson Farms 2013

Our annual fall trip to Anderson Farms.  Perfect weather, perfect day.


Getting Caroline on a pony this year was a big deal.  She was so proud of herself!



October

October is all about Halloween.  Even if it's October 1st.  The girls begged me to buy this little decal.  We put it up and by the next morning it had fallen off the wall and ended up in a sticky mess on the floor. 
Our washing machine went out.  I learned that putting all of your laundry loads in at once moves things along pretty quickly.  I also learned that folding your private items out in public or draping your line dry bras out can be a bit uncomfortable.  But mostly I realized that the local laundry coin-op is a stinking fascinating place to people watch! 
We love our sugar! 

Caroline's preschool had a field trip to the pumpkin patch.  It snowed that morning which made for a cold, and very muddy, experience.  Maggie didn't have school that day so she joined the younger kids and we all made the most of it:
After a few weeks we finally admitted our washer was dead and headed out to buy a new one.  The girls immediately found something to play on (annoy the sales people with). 
A visit to the dentist.  My kids love all of the sunglasses options they get to wear while in the chair with the big light in their face: 



 I know she's WAY too old for this but Maggie just learned to tie her own shoes.  She learned this late for two reasons.  One, I'm lazy.  Two, these are her first shoes that actually have laces.  Better late than never, right?

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Firehouse Visit

Caroline's preschool had a field trip to the local firehouse.
Caroline and sweet friend Emma touring the inside of a fire truck: 
Inside the firehouse listening to the firefighter talk about life at the station: 
Very tiny lady, one big truck: 
Lucky enough to get a demo of the ladder going way, way up: 
Afterward we warmed up with a little mac n cheese at Panera: 

Timberwolf Trot

Maggie's school fundraiser includes a little "race".