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My Little City Girl

I did really good in gymnastics and mommy promised me my favorite chocolate milk in Union Square.  Come join me on my subway ride!

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The L Train!  Here we go.  My favorite way to get around the city.

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Which subway stop is it again?

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Just missed my train.  Oh well, I’ll rest my feet a little.

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Better hold tight.  This train ride can be a bit bumpy.

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Looks like it’s morning rush hour.  Hope they see me down here!

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More stairs!!  One of my favorite reasons to ride the subway.

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Uh oh, I’m a slow walker and it looks like the next subway is here.  Those NY subway-goers walk fast!  I better pick up the pace.

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Getting excited.  Almost there.

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I forgot how many steps there are at this subway stop…whew, almost at street level.

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I found it!  I found it!

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aaaahhhh…..nothing like my favorite NY chocolate milk in USQ Park and watching the squirrels.

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Better head home…I’m missing Cade…

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Being short has its advantages.

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Another great day on the subway.

What is your favorite way to get around your town…bike, skates, scooter, ect?  Would love to hear about it.

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Wordless Wed: Heaven’s Sake, Sit!

It’s that time.  Time to leave the park.  I think to myself, ‘How am I going to get her in the stroller seat again today?’  There’s tears, there’s struggles, there’s frustration from both of us.  I quickly look around, no one’s looking, I grab Maddie before she knows what’s happening, hold her legs and grab the buckles fast, before she turns to a noodle and slides out from under the stroller bar.  The timing needs to be on point and quick!  One out of five times we have success the first time around!  Here’s to my mommy friends….A little “fun” at what it’s like when putting a child into a restrained seat.

Love these illustrations from the book The World According to Toddlers!  Maddie does a combo, Rod Twist.  What’s your child’s strategy?  Ha!

Picture Perfect Westport, CT

 

Yesterday we wanted to take advantage of the extended weekend, so we jumped in our car and headed north.  We needed to get out of the apartment and into the crisp air.  After driving an hour north we landed in Westport, CT.  I had heard a little about the town and thought it would be a fun area to explore.  Explore we did!  Such a beautiful colonial town that sits along the Long Island Sound with the Saugatuck River running straight through it.  We walked and shopped along Main Street’s chic stores, took a drive through the historic part of town, ate at Bobby Q’s Bodacious BBQ - fun place, yet nowhere near healthy - and stopped off at a few pumpkin nurseries that gave a whole new meaning to the ordinary pumpkin.  I’m sure the stores living amongst Martha Stewart had to up-the-bar!  And a couple fun facts, the town was made famous by the show I Love Lucy.  It’s where Ricky and Lucy bought their new home after moving from the city, and the cost of living in Westport is 167% higher than the rest of the US.  I guess Ricky was doing pretty good!

Here’s our Columbus Day outing and what came home with us…

We drove through the historic area of downtown…

Took a turn down the residential area of traditional colonial style homes of the historic area…

Walked along the chic stores on Main Street

Randomly came across Turkey Hill Road, yet no sighting of Martha Stewart :)

Stopped at Terrain Garden Cafe.  How can anyone pass by these mums and not make a u-turn!   What a find – the unique home decor, unusual plants, a cafe and restaurant made for foodies and the vast array of special finds that not even a screaming toddler can pull a person away from!

Loved their variety of pumpkins, berries and Fall plants…

Now which pumpkin, which gourd…can we finally choose?

Looks like this is the keeper!  Found our Charlie Brown pumpkin, now bound for home!

What a day in picture perfect colonial Westport, CT!  Wish we could have checked out Compo Beach and Park, but time starts ticking in the late afternoon when your toddler hasn’t napped. See you in the Springtime Westport!

Do you have a special place where you get your pumpkins and Fall decor?  Please share.  I love to get new ideas.

Vacationing: Kids or No Kids?

Illustration by Adrienne Hedger

In the past, I would point my finger anywhere on the globe and just take off.  It didn’t matter how long the flight was, or the number of days I was gone (well to an extent), or how long I stayed out in the evenings, or the activities I did during the day or the minor bumps that came along with traveling.  There were no restrictions.  And, a beach vacation was exactly what it was meant to be; no recollection of time, sprawled out on a beach blanket, nursing several nearby pina coladas, shades on, eyes closed, toes buried in the sand and waves crashing inches away.  So simple, so easy, so carefree.  A real vacation.

This year things aren’t so simple and there is a tough lingering question.  That question it not how many bathing suits should I bring, or which restaurants and lounges are in the area, or what activities can we do, or what drinks will be offered poolside.  The difficult mother question is, should we take Madison or not?  Am I ready to leave our 14 month old for almost two weeks?  Will she be traumatized?  Will I?

My 10 thoughts on not bringing children, or Madison, on vacation…

1)  Will Madison be distraught if we leave her behind?  She breaks down the moment the babysitter enters the apartment and doesn’t stop until bedtime!

2)  The poor grandparents!  Will they be able to handle a 14 month old, who is teething, for almost two weeks?  Will they ever want to come back?

3)  Vacation = Relaxation.  Will I truly be able to relax wondering about Maddie a 14 hour flight away?

4)  No checking out this year!  Need to get international service.  I will definitely need daily check-ins and maybe a messaged picture or two.

5)  Reservations about a 14 hour flight.  The last time I flew I was 6 months pregnant, having back pain, Maddie was hanging-out on my sciatic nerve and I was dealing with those other unmentionables, that all women can relate to, during pregnancy!

6)  However!  We will have freedom to stay out as late as we want!  I know there’s life past 7pm.  Lets find it!

7)  All the pina coladas, margaritas and sangria I want!  Reliving carefree days.

8)  Lets kick start that spark!!  Gets a little dim when everything revolves around kids.  We know it’s there!  Just needs a little Santorini fuel.

9)  No diapers, no clean up, no laundry, no temper tantrums.  Looking better and better!

10) I think we both need some adult time!

I vote, No Kids!  Will Madison need child therapy in the end, no, and will mommy need to turn to countless sangrias, no, well maybe just a couple.  Even though traveling used to be easier, the things that made it easy before don’t seem to be as important now.   So what, if I have to check my luggage rather than have easy breezy carry on.  So what, if our transportation is running late to pick us up.  So what, if we don’t get the check-in time we wanted.  What matters is time together, either as a family or as that so-needed couples time.  Things for us have definitely changed, our worries have changed and our needs have changed, but changed for the better.

Are you taking a self-needed vacation this year and leaving someone or something behind?  My girlfriend is taking a vacation and leaving her cell phone and technology behind.  Now that’s tough!  How about you?

Until next ride,

Amy

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