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Last Hurrah

Happy Friday!!  As we transition and say good-bye to summer fun and the New Yorkers start to check back into the city (some might remember Checking Out of the City post), we feel refreshed and ready for the next phase.  I’ll be taking a little time off from writing to spend this weekend with visiting family, and then Dean and I will be headed out of town for a much needed couples vacation.  How great for Maddie and the grandparents to be able to spend the next two weeks together, to bond and to get to know each other a little better, and for mommy and daddy to be able to hit the road.  Enjoy your last hurrah of summer and I will see you in the Fall – looking forward to what the fall will bring.


Here are a few great discoveries I want to share with you before I go:

Here’s a photography blog All Day I Dream About Photography with beautiful unique photos and they incorporate a lot of guest photographers too.

Gary in Everything Everywhere took 5 years off and traveled the world and he shares his pictures and experiences.  He’s been to over 150 UNESCO sites!  He writes with a little bit of an edge and I find him always pulling me in for more.

This blog How to be a Dad has a dad talking about the ups and down of parenting from a father’s perspective.  He has a funny way of expressing himself.

Enjoy and have a great weekend!

Until next ride,


As Summer Fades


When children head back to school and the weather becomes less humid the feeling of summer begins to fade.  As we absorbed our last city summer weekend together, as a little family of three, I could not help but reminisce on what made this summer special.  There were milestones for all, many playdates and birthday parties, family and friend visits, fumbled and learned as a parent, which I’m sure will be a lifetime of growth, learned not to sweat the small stuff, and learned how to squeeze a stroller onto a subway during rush hour.  I took countless pictures and went through them all!  Tear.  Here are some of my summer favorites…

Exploring the city through the eyes of a child…a new experience for us all and how fun it was…covered half of the city parks…

Maddie’s summer milestones…first birthday and walking on her own…

Our many new ways to get around the city with a stroller…taking the ferry through the East River is one…

Family trips we took over the summer.  Learned to adjust travel schedules to nap schedules…no trip is a small trip or as simple as it was before…

Numerous fun playdates and birthday parties.  I’ve never been to so many parties in one summer, actually make that a year!

My husband’s 40th surprise birthday party…two big birthday milestones this summer…phew, have to hand it to those party planners!

and, of course, all the crazy places and situations Maddie got herself into.

May the last few weeks of your summer be fun, memorable and shared with those you love.  This week we’re planning for guests and getting ready for our final summer trip.

What are some memorable moments from your summer?  I would love to hear about them.

Until next ride,



Old Friends & New Beginnings

It’s been 7 years since I moved from California to New York.  It’s tough to maintain friendships when you’re 3000 miles away, but through the test of time, miles and bonds there’s the friendships that fade and those that last.

This weekend a dear friend came back to the city for a visit, Fran.  It was so great to see her!  She was one of my first friends in NY.  When I moved here I was totally a California girl.  Yep, totally!  Everyone would say, ‘you’re not from around here, are you?’ or ‘you look like you’re from CA.’  I don’t hear those comments too much anymore and I have to admit, I do miss it.  As a NYC newbie, Fran showed me how to experience the city and we absorbed it as single ladies.  Fun nights out, dinners, boutique browsing, cafes and enjoying early weekend shopping at the Young Designers Market (up and coming designers) in Soho, craving fashion on a budget!!  We were two spontaneous girls and up for anything.  Fun times to remember, for sure.

Now…I’m still living on the East Coast, married and a mom – Fran in a relationship living by the beach in So Cal.  Time has passed, a few miles were added, lives have become busy, yet here we are 7 years later having a girls’ lunch at Gina La Fornarina on the Upper West Side reminiscing and catching up – just like the old days.  And we could not have picked a more girlie spot to do it – decorated in pink and white, fresh flowers and tables filled with chatting ladies.    Only difference today – table for THREE ladies and make it snappy, we’re on a nap schedule!  We now have one New York little lady in the making.  Oh how I loved seeing my friend and daughter getting to know each other, bonding, and smiling together.  A new era with new memories to cherish.  Here’s a friendship in the making…

Getting to know each other on the streets of New York City…

Table for three ladies, please…and two cocktails and a milk, sir…


Frannie will you sit by me, please? :)   Friends indeed.  Special day!  Tugs at my heart…

Do you have friendships that have lasted or know will last through the winding, distant, sometimes bumpy, long roads of life?  Would love to hear about them.

Until next ride,


Wordless Wednesday: Appreciation

Last night my husband and I painted the town!  Not in the old way we use to, but in our new era of life, post baby.  It was my birthday.  We had a simple dinner out at an Italian restaurant in our neighborhood, Osteria Il Paiolo.  We shared the restaurant with only one other couple and their daughter about Maddie’s age.  I ordered my favorite pasta dish, a glass of Barbera and listened to old Italian classics playing in the background.  I couldn’t help but think about how lucky I was to be enjoying a simple dinner out, alone time with my husband, and blessed with a sweet-little-high-energy daughter, who I was missing already.  I could have sat there all night enjoying the moment.  After we finished our dinner, two waiters came over with a small chocolate cake, a candle, and quietly sang happy birthday.  I’m sure it was not the norm there, but the place was practically empty, so I’m sure, they were open to anything, even singing!  We took our time finishing the cake and just absorbed the rare time out together.  As we headed home, we walked along the waterfront overlooking the Manhattan skyline.  It had been scorching hot and humid for weeks, but to our surprise, last night the weather could not have been more perfect…just like the evening felt…

As I stood there looking out at the Manhattan skyline, absorbing the night, I thought about how much I appreciate what I have: a daughter who pulls at my heart daily, a loving and supportive husband and living in a dynamic city that I am able to share with my family everyday.  I couldn’t help but want to remember that moment, and snapped this picture.  Wordless Wednesday has now become quite wordy…

Do you take time to stop, in your busy everyday life, to think about the things you appreciate?  What are they?  I would love to hear about them.

Until next ride,


Time To Recharge


This weekend I finally got a little me-time, with my bike, the road, and a few thousand New Yorkers.  I did the 30 mile (with hills!!) Hudson Valley Bike Tour with Bike NY.  I had been looking forward to this for weeks.  Excited to have a little me-time, and that does not mean a trip to the grocery store alone or running errands after my husband gets home to babysit or reading a book in another room.  This was something I really wanted to do.  Something I planned for and set a date.  Something I waited for with anticipation.  Something I knew would give me the 3 things I needed the most to recharge: exercise, being outside, and getting out of the city.  Woohoo!

Don’t think I just stopped there…I ‘ordered’ a few more things for my much needed me-time.  Let me show you how a bike tour recharges and helps me become a better mother, wife and woman… It might just help you find your recharger!

First, the amazing views from the different locations on the bike trail.  Here, I am cycling over a wide footbridge…you can see it at the top of this page.  An area of solitude, just what I ordered, and reminds me of the beauty outside my small world.

Here I am looking north over the Hudson River. It was so very hot and all I could think about, at that moment, was how much I wanted to leap over the rail and go for a swim, right up the Hudson!  Especially, after cycling over all those hills!!!  Wow, I ordered some exercise and boy, did I get it.

Is this God’s country or what? We rode through areas of tree covered paths and rode under small arched bridges. Third order, relaxation!

I know you don’t see very many bikers, but trust me, I really was on a bike tour!!  At times, I rode into areas where there were none or very few bikers, and I felt like I had the whole tour to myself.  Peacefulness, something else I ordered!

One of my favorite parts of the ride, through the back roads of upstate NY, was watching the sun peak through the foliage. Oh, the beauty of nature.  Which leads me to my last orders, to be surrounded by nature, only hearing the rubber from my tires move along the pavement, and to have a goal just for myself, and to complete it.  Sunday’s ride might not have been an Olympian ride, but I sure felt like I had won the gold after crossing the finish line!  And my Closing Ceremony on Sunday, you ask? Celebrating with my hubby and daughter over dinner, I inhaled :-)   That me-time is more powerful than we think.  We all need it, whether we realize it or not, and it makes us a better and happier person in our everyday lives.

What is something you do special for yourself and it helps you recharge? Please share! I would love to hear about it.

Until next ride,


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