Wednesday, November 30, 2011

In case you didn't know.

This... exactly how much Jude loves me. Yes, that much!

Monday, November 28, 2011

We had some crazy gorgeous weather this weekend. On Saturday afternoon we headed to the park and discovered an enormous pile of leaves the parks crew had piled together. The pile was huge!
Jude had a blast throwing leaves, hiding in the leaves, and searching for his little football in all the leaves.

You can guess what we'll be doing again after nap time today...

And so I won't forget...
Jude is in this little phase where he likes to mimic everything Brett does. Not Momma, only Daddy.
Brett had sat down on the perimeter of the huge leaf pile and Jude crawled out of the leaves to go sit next to Daddy, and sit just like his Daddy. Melt my heart now.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

We spent Thanksgiving morning at the Macy's Parade.
We have so very much to be thankful for, and most of all our family. We're already missing everybody, and so grateful for the opportunity to spend this Holiday with family in our little neighborhood and home.

Mickey Mouse, we love you.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

We have family in town this week for Thanksgiving.
We spent today all over the city exploring the sites!

We began the day at the 9/11 Memorial and the Freedom Tower. The Freedom Tower has become a beautiful, and towering, figure in the skyline. We've been seeing it grow taller and taller from our neighborhood and it was humbling to stand at it's base. It was an odd feeling to leave with a heavy heart, but at the very same time leave with such enormous pride in our country.

Then we headed on the ferry to see the Statue of Liberty...

The men looking up at Lady Liberty...

all our visitors...

We ended the day at Grand Central, and lots of time in the miniature Transit Museum...

The rest of the week we'll be walking ourselves silly all over this island. See ya at the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade on Thursday!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

We captured some video footage of Jude and his new word...and another video of some of his animal noises. It seemed as if in a matter of a few days Jude had a "word explosion." Within 3 days, he seemed to be saying 6 new words.

Let the cuteness begin...

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

We're really beginning to settle into our new home, new neighborhood, new commute, and new routine. It felt like our lives were so chaotic, uncertain, and stressful just a few months ago. Now we're in the midst of finding a church, making new friends, and enjoying our little home and some stability.

One part of our routine is our early morning walk with Brett to the bus stop, taking a run around the park, and then playing for an hour or so before the playground gets swamped with 40+ kiddoes. We're also enjoying the unseasonably warm weather and the late changing leaves.

Finding the leaf and the letter A in the manhole cover...

I didn't think he'd really do it, but I may have encouraged him to kiss the frog...

I know what you're thinking in the next picture. Germs. I know. What can you do?...

The only fun way to go down a slide...

Leaves are fun for sticking in the holes in the playground equipment and keeping little hands busy...

Blurry picture, but good representation of his giggles and enjoyment on the playground...

We're so grateful for this warm weather. Let's just keep it up through June. Pretty please!

Monday, November 14, 2011

October 30th marked our 1 year anniversary living in New York. So we've made a little list of lessons learned after 365 days in a city with 8.3 million people.

1. It seems that 99% of NYC moms have careers outside of the home.
2. There are no traffic laws in NYC, except that pedestrians do not have the right of way.
3. People in cars love to remind you that pedestrians do not have the right of way. Horns will be honked, expletives will be shouted out car windows, and you will just be thankful that you’re alive one more day.
4. All grocery lines, everywhere, every time of the day are long. Did I mention we are crammed in here?
5. Speaking of being crammed, we have discovered the joys of living with less things, and less space. 
6. A stroller in the Subway when you’re by yourself equals misery.
7. Crooks really do exist. They exist in the form of landlords. At the age of 29 we faced head on, and looked a crook in the eye, with no regard for decency. 
8. Parks and playgrounds are pseudo backyards and save our sanity.
9. NYC really does have the best bagels in the world. They do not exist anywhere outside of these boroughs.
10. Every ethnicity lives in this city. Therefore we are able to taste and savor the very best of every culture in the world. This makes for delicious and cheap take-outs.
11. We will forever be traumatized by bug bites, bumps, or small itches of any kind.
12. New York City apartments do not have closets.
13. Organization is a creative art-form that is to be learned and mastered. We are starting to master it.
14. Police chases, assaults on the sidewalk, and the sound of gunshots do tend to happen regularly around here.  Such is the urban life I guess.
15. Late buses can ruin lives.
16. The skyline never gets old.
17. Stoops are great spots for early morning coffee.
18. Mice breed fast, with big litters.
19. Using the Laundromat’s Drop-off service is the greatest luxury ever.
20. Normal is hearing your neighbor’s conversation through the bathroom wall.

And here's the cutie-pa-tootie having his snack outside today...

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Because Jude needed some proof that there's more animals in this world than pigeons and rats, we spent the afternoon at the Bronx Zoo. And if you didn't know already, you can get into museums all over the country for free on the first weekend of the month, if you show your Bank of America card. The Bronx Zoo just so happens to be included!

This was Jude's first visit to a zoo, and it did not disappoint.

This next picture isn't great, but the tiger exhibit was our favorite, and it has sweet memories attached to it. Jude roared the whole time at the big tiger, claws included.

Snack time to prevent trantruming...

Peacocks on the trail!...

Animal  noises...all afternoon. Pure delight!

Towards the end of the visit, we were pretty frigid, and Jude was refusing to stay in the stroller snuggled up in his blankets. So we put on his new gloves. Brett commented on how big the gloves were on his tiny hands. I explained to Brett that the gloves came with his winter hat. And since I had to buy such a big hat to fit his enormo head, his gloves are also enormo. And cute! 
And of course I don't have to explain what Jude's doing in this picture. Airplanes.

And because we're keeping it real on this blog, this is how we ended our visit. This was just before the exit. He did not want to leave despite the fact that we couldn't feel our fingers or toes.

So he crawled like a baby out of the park, until Brett picked him up and screamed till we got to the parking lot. We were those people.