No activity in this city beats those that are free. Thank you, Lu Lu Lemon, for providing this joy. Great class too with spectators lining the side.
Saturday, July 21, 2012
Andrew's mom sent a motivational quote to the fam the other day which read, "The number of Saturdays between the day your child is born and the time he/she turns 18 is 940. 940 Saturdays should serve as a reminder to cherish the time you have with your child and use it wisely." - Dr. Harley Rotbart
Here's to making sure every Saturday counts.
Norma's Brunch at Le Parker Meridien
Can't say I had the $1000 omelet full of caviar. I'd pay a small fee to not eat that actually. Loved the free shot glass of pineapple smoothie as well as freshly squeezed orange juice.
They were great about accommodating the boys. They let us pull the stroller right up to the table in fact. A lot of places get really overwhelmed by stollers. I get it. It's NYC packing people in to small spaces. But Andrew and I have decided that by the time you tuck the stroller into the table, 1/2 of the stroller, including front wheels, is out of the way under the table (we'll deal with the leg room issue on our own) and the rest of the stroller is less than an extra large man equivalent. I laughed so hard when Andrew said to me, "You wouldn't turn someone away for being really big would you?"
The menu is catchy with cutsey names of the different dishes. This is their most popular dish, the Wa-Za. Fruit inside and out with a Creme Brulee finish on the banana. Bam!
When we walked out of the hotel lobby, we noticed a street market going down 6th Avenue. All the weekend markets that we stumble upon are starting to look the exact same. So the neatest part was walking down the center line of 6th Avenue. Usually bombarded with traffic and taxis, it just felt good to be a pedestrian in the middle.
The boys passed out in their stroller after brunch. Andrew likes to man the stroller any chance he gets.
Cheap sheets with a high thread count. The first time I saw these I actually thought about it. lol
Edible magnets for days, anyone?
You've seen it. Now you don't have to go.
Friday, July 20, 2012
The boys are growing so quickly. We recently had more shots and the boys weighed in at 17.5 and 16.11. Almost 4x's their birthweight. I used to think the talk of baby's weight was a little ridiculous. But I get it now--hard earned milk with a day-schedule that revolves around the babes eating. It's important. And it's nice to see the numbers show for it.
I love taking pics of the boys--especially on their month-day!
Charles (left) Clyde (right)
Thursday, July 19, 2012
We recently hit the 1 year mark from when Andrew & I found out we were expecting. A very happy day to celebrate I'd say. & 1 year later, two 5-month olds. We celebrated at Radio City's Zarkana, Cirque Du Soleil. It was incredible. It's amazing what humans and freaks of nature can do.
Groupon was just doing 50% off tickets. Not sure if that deal is still going on.
Despite all the terrible food trucks lingering in this city, there are some treasures. The Halal Guys is one of them on 6th & 53rd. The Cafe Rio aluminum tray they dish up in along with surrounding customers caught my eye. There are just a couple options but the chicken/rice platter was the greatest $6 of goodness I've tasted in a very long time. The perfectly cooked shredded chicken is incredible. My recommendation is to douse the white sauce, whatever it is. The line is usually 20+ people deep. But they are opened until 4 am--genius as they are located next to some of the banks. We went around 11 PM though and had a little wait.
Here's to the Halal Guys!
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
The Jensens drove us to Long Island the other day and we had our first beach experience with the twins. This was my first time on a New York beach.
The Allemans came from New Haven to join us too. Becca and I met at a Christmas party almost 5 years ago and hadn't seen each other since. Reconnected through the Jensens. Small world.
As you can see, we weren't the only ones with Jones Beach in mind. I've never been on such a crowded and diverse beach in my life.
See our 1/2 sun/beach tent for the boys above? It was a lifesaver for sure.
One of my favorite children's stories is an A-Z book of various NYC sites. The only letter that I wasn't familiar with prior to reading is "J" for "Jones Beach." Although a pain to get to by rail, it was on the list of places to go while living here. So we were super pleased when Lizzie invited us.
The illustrations to this book are amazing as seen below. The Jones Beach boat with the baby blue inside is authentic. 2 lifeguards on the stand is too. I love the plane flying overhead cause JFK is so close.
Monday, July 16, 2012
What I love most about this park is that there is something for everyone--bikes paths, running trails, tennis courts, swimming pool, horse riding, touring, performing, playgrounds, sun bathing, ice skating, and this list never ends. Most of the main walking paths are lined with the neatest benches to take a breather, people watch, and feed your twins.
According to the park's official website about 2,000 of the 9,000 benches in the park have been adopted to help fund its maintenance. I've enjoyed stoping and reading the plaques. Some are super interesting making me curious to know more. Numerous tributes have been made to 9-11 victims, or family members remembering a grandparent who lived/died with this park. I thought it would be nice for Andrew and I to have our own bench... a destination spot on our Sunday strolls. I grossly underestimated how much that would cost though. $7,500?!? We'll just have to pick out a bench to call our own minus the plaque.
I took a pic of a few of my favorites.
I think this one is in Arabic. Not exactly sure but curious what it says.