Monday, November 30, 2015

The Zoo

We made a fun trip to the Zoo during the Holiday with the cousins. It was such a pretty day, nice and warm and the sun was bright. It was the day after I got home from New York, so the brightness was especially welcome!


We saw lots of Monkeys, leopards, bears,




elephants, hippos, birds, tapirs, naked mole-rats and all sorts of other animals with funky names.




These guys ran around, the girlies singing songs and the boys always involved in their zombie star wars banter.


Pretty greenery everywhere.


These two otters were so cute, they were swimming together and swimming all around each other, playing and sun bathing.


These two girlies didn't always get along, but now are becoming best buddies.


Scary.


Winnie likes anything pink.



The skyfari was super fun until I realized that Archie and Joey were riding in box #13 right behind us. 


Win loves skyfari.


These two goofballs getting stepped on by the elephant.


Pretty flowers.


MUST-SHOVE-COTTON CANDY-IN-MOUTH!!!


It was a good day!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

NYC Trip

Dallas had to go to NYC for work and so we decided to tag along for a few days. We've been to New York a few times before but I was so busy working that I never got to take the time to enjoy the city.

The first day, we took the ferry to see the Statue of Liberty. Archie was very excited about it!


(These are just some flowers while we waited for the ferry).


On the ferry, we got hot chocolate, because it was chilly! Winnie doesn't have one in this pic because by this point she had already spilled it :(


We wandered around the island for a while. It was beautiful with big old trees and ducks and geese running wild. 




Piggyback rides from Daddy.


Here's Lady Liberty.


Then we took the ferry to Ellis Island.



We walked around for a bit, got a bite to eat and it was also beautiful. They had the most gorgeous old bathrooms in the museum there! I know that is a random thing to say, but they really were awesome, but I thought it might be weird to take a pic :)


We took the ferry back and we got a hard selling by a street artist. Archie sat for a portrait. Unfortunately in the end, the portrait looked more like Chucky than Archie :)


The kids chased the squirrels that would come up super close.


We met up with Dallas's dance teacher (from when he was a kid) and went to dinner. We went to a place called Ellen's Stardust Diner. All of the waiters are aspiring broadway performers and so are singing the entire time. It was like a show and there were some extremely talented singers.

Its nice to have friends in NYC who could tell us all about the city and show us the little things that we wouldn't see otherwise. I particularly love Jen because last time we were in NYC on my book tour, Winnie was sick with a fever. She went to the pharmacy for us, in the middle of a blizzard and got medicine and a thermometer. When one didn't work, she then went back out in the blizzard and got a new one!! This makes her an awesome person in my book who I feel so lucky to know and have as a friend!

The next day was a rainy day, so we spent time eating in local cafes and visiting the toy stores, going on the Toys R'Us Ferris wheel and Winnie having the crap scared out of her by a giant realistic T-rex. The result is that we now have thousand more tiny lego pieces that we can step on in the middle of the night, suck up with the vacuum cleaner and have spread all over our house! Yay!

Our rain boots came in handy that night when we had dinner at another friends house that evening. We got to try some delicious chickpea pasta, meet some really nice and inspiring people and to play with an adorable Cocker spaniel named Carter!

By this time I'd gotten sick of trudging my giant camera around so I decided to use my phono to take pics. Thanks to the "live photo" setting on my new phone, I wound up with a bunch of 1.5 second videos instead of actual photos of our awesome trip.

The next day my Dad came up and visited us. After meeting a nice lady from Poland in the breakfast joint we stopped at, we went to the New York City Public Library.


These two crazies are impossible to convince to act normal for a photo.




These frame captures of the "live photos" from my evil new phone, don't do the place justice. It was gorgeous. Marble stairs, carved wood ceilings, floor to ceiling windows! It was just amazing. Not to mention the part about housing a ton of books!!!



We went to the kids library which was fun.


We ran around outside for a bit before heading to Central Park.



These two and their cab shenanigans.


Central Park was so beautiful and the kids had so much fun throwing the fall leaves in the air,


rolling around in the grass, splashing in the puddles and yelling things so they could hear their echos under bridges.



Now I really regret not bringing my camera because these phone captures just don't do justice to the beautiful colors and lighting.


They loved this bubble guy.


We headed back to the Hotel which involved a lot of carrying of sleepy children. BTW did I mention that our Hotel was literally right next to the Scientology building? Lol. Archie kept thinking it was hilarious to go running in toward the door and for us to shout "No!" and have to "save" him.


That evening we had drinks with another friend while my Dad watched the kiddos. We had a great time hanging out with and getting to know yet another New York friend:)

On our last day, after checking out the awesome window displays at Bergdorfs, we spent the day in Soho, where Dallas was working. My entire goal of going to Soho was to visit my favorite yarn store, who's blog I have been following for more than five years now, Purl Soho.

 
It was everything I dreamed it would be!


Yarn heaven!




Yet another photo of yarn.



Last one!



I got some fun yarn to make hats for the kiddos and this nice lady wound it for us.


All in all we had a great time. I like that we have friends in NY, which really make the visit special.

While its fun to visit the big city, see the tall buildings and live the fast paced life for a few days, we were also really glad to get home where we could smell the fresh air, see the sun and enjoy the space without being pushed out of someone's way!