24 Hours in NYC

Sunday, September 7, 2014

A few weeks ago Tony and I went to NYC for a little over 24 hours (which I’m sure you got from the title…). A while back Tony had heard about a radio contest to win a trip to NYC for two to see Chris Martin (Coldplay front-man) in a private concert. He told me to enter (which is something either of us ever do). And well, WE WON! I received a call from the radio station that Tony and I had won an all-expense paid trip to NYC, but we were leaving in THREE days. Cue me running around like a chicken with my head cut off to re-schedule a couple shoots and get someone (ended up being 3 someones) to watch E and the dog. I was lucky enough to get everything squared away and Tony was having a light week at work, so that Wednesday we were off!

I’ve never been to New York City before, so Tony & I wanted to fit as much in our short time as possible. (I chose not to bring my nice camera with us, so you’ll have to settle for iPhone pictures for this post, sorry!) We started off heading to Times Square where Elmo & the cookie monster ran up to us and took our picture with them. And then made us pay $15 for it. Welcome to New York, rookie. After we were robbed, we headed to Shake Shack. I seriously cannot wait for this to open in Atlanta. It will be 10 extra pounds that will be worth every bite.

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After lunch we headed to Top of the Rock to get killer views of the city . We originally were going to do the Empire State Building, but Tony heard that this was a better view and I didn’t really care. It was so neat to see the city from this vantage point. NYC is amazing. I feel like such a dork, but until you’ve seen it (which I’m sure most of you have), you can’t really picture what the concrete jungle (where dreams are made of  - sing it Alicia!) looks like.

After staring at the city for a while we headed to Central Park South for all of  2 seconds before we caught a cab to SOHO (where our hotel was). It was 4:30 and we were supposed to be meeting the record label rep at 6:45 to head to the “secret” location of the concert. The pregnant lady who was up at 5 am and walked for 5 hours around the city was ready for a snooze.

 

We met up with the record label rep & some of the other people who won tickets from their local radio stations a 6:45. The concert was supposed to start at 8pm, but we waited in line until 9 and finally got in the venue (The Box in SOHO) at 9:15. I tried really hard to not be a brat since we had WON this concert (Tony & I are seriously the biggest Coldplay fans!), but after waiting for 2.5 hours for no apparent reason (and I couldn’t even drink wine when we got into the club!), I was a bit on the cranky side. It was also a standing-only venue which did not help my mood. Once Chris Martin came on I lightened up a bit and enjoyed the experience. It was a tiny venue with about 200 people (it felt like less), and the stage was right there. It was such an amazing experience, especially since we are such big fans.

 

He only played 9 songs, so it was kind of a bummer that it was so short (we waited in line literally twice as long as the concert was), but really, it was amazing. I am so thankful that we were able to go. Worth all the blisters on my toes. After the concert we headed off in search of NYC pizza. Duh.

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We ended up at Lombardi’s. It was good, but not ohmygodiamobsessed good. For some reason that’s what I thought NYC pizza would be like.

After pizza we headed back to our hotel and promptly passed out.

The next day we were up early to see the financial district and to grab brunch before heading home. I really wanted to see the 9/11 memorial and the new building and Tony wanted to see the Wall St. Bull. As an investment banker, he should have rubbed the bulls goods’ for good luck (apparently that’s a thing), but we both decide we will take our chances and not do it.

It was really neat to see the memorial fountains they made at the ground zero sight. Walking around the city really brought back all of those emotions that I felt from that day. I can’t imagine being in the city on that day. Just terrifying.

 

After walking around there for a bit we caught a cab back to Central Park south and had brunch at Norma’s. A few people said it was a must-do, so we made sure to stop in.

It was as delicious as expected. From there we headed to the airport and back home to see our girls. It was quite the whirl-wind trip, but so much fun! We fit in so many things that it felt like we were there for longer. Tony and I arrived back at the Atlanta airport and couldn’t believe we were there just the day before!

And that, my friends, is the tale of our 24 hour trip to New York!

Baby Y’s Nursery Inspiration

Monday, August 18, 2014

I’ve been thinking about the nursery since I found out I was pregnant. I wanted to go pretty gender neutral this time around. When we find out if it’s a girl or a boy I will add some pink or blue accents in. For the most part, this is what I am thinking. We only have 3 bedrooms, and the third serves as our guest room right now. I toyed with the idea of having the kiddos share a room, but that seemed silly since we do have a guest room and the majority of the time it is unused. I compromised and decided that we can throw a day bed in there that pulls out to a full size bed. That way when friends & family visit they can bunk with the baby (or the baby can go in our room in a pack n play. We are only planning to be in this house for about a year after the baby is born, so I think that this will work out perfectly.

Animal prints \\ Changing Table – just planning on taking this out of E’s room \\ Natural fiber baskets \\ Throw (similar) \\ Sheep skin rug \\ Bedding – just bought these on sale along with a crib skirt \\ Painted baskets \\ Reclaimed wood letters (write the baby’s name out or just the initials?) \\ Striped pillows \\ Animal pillows \\ Crib – I think that we’ll just get E a ‘big girl bed’ and give the baby her crib \\ Bla Bla mobile – just bought this! \\ Chest – Amish made, gift from my parents when I turned 16 \\ Daybed \\ Natural wood stump side table – somebody find me a cheaper option! \\

What do y’all think? I think I LOVE it!

We’re Growing!

Monday, August 18, 2014

(I was totally pushing it out in that picture. There is nothing there yet!)

We are so excited that our little family is growing by one. We found out on Father’s Day that #2 was coming along. Without going into too much detail, I had a little bleeding in the beginning, so I was quite nervous, but 2 ultrasounds later everything is looking good!

All of the fun stats:

How far along: 12 weeks
Due Date: February 27th.
Gender: Maybe a guess at our ultrasound on Wednesday?
Weight gain: 2lbs (this time last pregnancy I was down 5lbs. I’ve definitely been indulging more. Gotta get on top of that STAT!).
Maternity clothes: No… but I’m ready for them. They are just so comfortable.
Stretch marks: No
Belly button in or out: In (never popped out with E!)
Sleep: Pretty normal. 
Best moment this week: Starting to get my energy back.
Miss anything: Wine… always wine.
Movement: Nope.
Cravings: Burgers + pizza. ALL. THE. TIME.
Looking forward to: Our ultrasound on Wednesday!

So far I have been feeling pretty good. No morning sickness, just fatigue. But the fatigue is no joke. I swear I could fall asleep standing up. E’s 6am wake up times (sometimes 5!) aren’t doing me any good, that’s for sure. However, I know that it could always be worse, so I’m thankful that is all I’ve had to deal with.

I’m slightly terrified to have 2 under 2, but I certainly won’t be the first one to do it,  so I know it can be done. I’m just so excited to have my babies close together. My siblings and I were so far apart that my mom joked that she had 3 only children. I really want to have total chaos in my house full of children. And by children I mean 3, maybe four, but probably 3. I also would LOVE for #2 to be a girl. I think having sisters close together in age is just about the most special thing ever. With that being said, I really want one of each, so a little boy running around would be amazing. We really can’t go wrong with this little one. Healthy baby is all really want (do I really even need to say that?).

The big bummer of the moment is that I am not a good candidate for a VBAC (you can read E’s birth story here), so I will likely have to have another c-section. I won’t make the decision until my 36 week appointment where we will measure the size of the baby, but my gut tells me that it will be another c-section. A total bummer, but healthy baby and mom are really the only goal, right?

I guess I’ll be back to blogging at least once a week, I plan on tracking this one the same way I did with my pregnancy with E.

I’ll be back on Friday with my 13 week details!

I can’t believe my baby is going to be a big sis!

(first two pictures taken by my sweet friend Allison).

Going to the Zoo

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

We had a rare low-temp, non-humid, July day here in Atlanta not too long ago. My girlfriend and I decided to pack up the girls and take advantage. We headed to Zoo Atlanta and took the girls on their first zoo trip!

I’ve never been to Zoo Atlanta before, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. I haven’t been to a zoo in probably 5 years, so as soon as I stepped in and spotted the first animals (flamingos), I felt like a little kid. I was seriously giddy with excitement. I’m pretty sure my friend, Allison, thought I had lost my marbles.

We stopped by the tiger exhibit and the tiger was right next to the window. The lady that worked there said this had never happened (that she knew of), so it was quite the treat. The tiger just paced back and fourth right in front of us. It was pretty cool.

Next stop was the pandas. Early this year they had twins, and they were pretty cute little guys. E kept pointing at them saying “dog, dog, dog”. She did that for the tiger too.. and the monkey’s. I guess we need to work on our animals.

 

After walking around for a little bit we went on the merry-go-round. We weren’t sure if the girls would be in to it or not, but we gave it a try and they LOVED it.

After the merry-go-round we headed over to the petting zoo. I am a little scared of the petting zoo after my friend told me about a bunch of kids who got ecoli (I think that’s what it was) after touching the animals. I decided to let E out of the stroller, just did not let her touch the goats. #helicopterparent

 

Then the goats started peeing and pooping everywhere (I know, I know, they’re animals, that’s what they do), so we grabbed the girls and hightailed it outta there before they got peed on.

We walked around a bit more and looked at the rest of the animals before heading out.

Love the lions. They are just so beautiful.

We had planned on eating lunch at the zoo, but decided that it was easier to head back closer to home to eat. That way we could put them down for their naps on time… can’t miss nap time.

As Emerson gets older it is so much fun doing things like this with her. She is turning more and more in to a little girl, and is less and less a baby these days. Though I miss my little baby, this little girl is just SO much fun. She is also “talking” (she has a lot of words, but obviously isn’t forming sentences) a ton and it’s so fun to watch. I know I’ve fallen off the blogging train lately, but I really want to be better at keeping up. I don’t want to forget all of these little moments that are happening, the beauty of blogging about them, I can literally come back and look at it.

Catch ya soon!

Ohio Wedding

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Last weekend Tony, E, and I headed up to Ohio to celebrate the wedding of Tony’s cousin, Emily.

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E was a total rockstar and hung out happily on the plane before passing out HARD on me. Be still my heart. This never happens anymore!

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We were invited to the rehearsal dinner which was so fun. The grooms family is from Texas, so they had a Texas-style barbeque catered. It was delicious! It was also so fun to see Tony’s family again. We hadn’t seen most of them since our wedding over 5 years ago.

Saturday E and I missed the ceremony since it was an hour mass right at nap time (aka ticket for the hot mess express had we of gone). We were able to sneak up in to the choir seating and catch the tail end.

 

After taking a big family photo we headed to the reception to party!

 

  ^^^E was tearing up the dance floor all night.. well, until about 8p when I brought her to the babysitter at our hotel.

The reception was in a country club on a beautiful golf course. The perfect place for photo ops, obviously!

We were supposed to get family pictures taken in May, but our date got rained out. The next closest date both mine and the photographers schedules matched up is not until July 20th (wah, I was reallllly trying to avoid the heat!). I guess these will have to hold me over until then.

 

Here is E and Tony’s parents.

And the grandparents with all of the grandkids. E has 6 cousins that I can’t wait for her to be able to play with!

Trying to get a picture of 7 kids is like herding cats. This was the best one… by far. Oh well, they are all in the same picture, and that’s all that matters, right? Hoping to see them all in August at the beach (not too sure if that’s actually going to happen thanks to Tony’s work schedule), if we make it we can try again then.

Emily looked absolutely gorgeous and I didn’t see a smile leave her or her husbands face the entire day. Their wedding day was just perfect!

We had such a fun little trip, and it’s always so nice to see family since we live so far away.

Until next time!

Emerson’s First Birthday

Sunday, May 18, 2014

 

 

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

We had such an amazing time celebrating our girl’s first birthday with family and friends. We are so lucky to have such wonderful people in our lives, and I am so thankful to them for the love they give to our little family of three (four if you count Masey, which we do!).  I had so much fun putting this party together for E, and though I know she won’t remember it, I hope she could feel the love from this day. It’s kind of amazing how fast this time has flown by, but I am so grateful for every day that I have with her. Even the super whiny days :).

When Emerson was born Bruno Mars’ song “Treasure” was on the radio, and I used to sing it to her all the time. The line “you’re my golden star” was the inspiration for the party, hence all the gold and stars, and the pink is just a given. I think it all came together perfectly and I loved the was so happy with the way everything looked.

Thank you to everyone who came near and far to celebrate E, we love you!

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