Monday, February 29, 2016

Girls Weekend In NYC

The first weekend in February my fellow mama friend Anna and headed to NYC without husbands or kids for a weekend in the city. Anna has family in Brooklyn so we had a great place to stay while we were there. We didn't accomplish much more than eating and window shopping but eating was one of the main reasons for going. After fighting through a snow storm in New Hampshire things cleared up in Massachusetts and we made pretty good time getting to Brooklyn Friday night.

We headed to the city first thing Saturday morning but it took a while to get there since the main train was shut down for construction.

Our first stop was Black Seed Bagels were a friend of mine works. There was a bit of a line but that's to be expected when the bagels are amazing. I chose a salt bagel with roasted winter veggies and cheese. It did not disappoint! I'm pretty sure I could have eaten two after how long it took to get there. 

After eating we walked over to Purl Soho a sewing and yarn shop that I use a lot online. I had to take a picture of this fun bike for Nathan and George on our walk over.

It was a fun little shop but there were so many people packed into it that it made it a little hard to look. The fabrics were amazing and all the yarns were beautiful.

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Our next stop was the best doughnut in NYC and we had to walk through Washington Park to get there.

There was a little grand piano concerting going on outside. 

Dough makes amazing doughnuts. This was lemon poppy seed and it was about the size of my head. After all our walking I felt like I needed the whole thing. I bought 3 extras to take home to Nathan and the kids. 

After all of our walking and eating we went to hear some chamber music at a local church. Sadly I can't remember the name of it right now. Anna's sister is a pianist and has a connection with Julliard students. A friend of hers was putting on this benefit concert and we were more than happy to listen and rest our legs. The music was incredible and the setting made it sound even better. Now I have even more motivation to practice my violin. 

After the concert we headed back to Brooklyn for some amazing sushi and then tea at Anna's parents. It was such a fun day and I forgot how easy it is to plan and execute weekends away without kids. Major thanks to Nathan for keeping the children so I could go refuel with friends, fun, and yummy food. 

Friday, February 26, 2016

Winter Walk In The Woods

We've had quite a few unusually warm days this winter. The kind that make you start thinking "hey, spring is almost here"! Even though it really isn't it's been a nice break here and there from snowsuits and freezing temperatures. We have about 8 walking trail about a mile from our house and we try to get out and walk as often as we can. We headed down one a few weeks ago as the sun was starting to go down.

This is Edith's "I see a dog" face. The dog from the old farm house across the street join in our walk and the kids were very excited.

Monday, February 15, 2016

Winter Days

I am so very thankful that this year both kids are big enough to play together outside in the snow. George especially loves it and Edith does pretty well as long as she doesn't get stuck. Edith is really into eating snow and George is happy to turn any snow bank into a construction site. Right now it's working out pretty well. I think that they are getting a little tired of being inside more than normal but we're halfway through February so we're in the final push through the worst of it. Yay! 

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Christmas 2015

Christmas was a fun, busy, and long day. It started early (as usually) with the kids waking us up wearing their super cute Christmas jammies. My mom makes the best flannel pj's and the kids love them.

We all stumbled down the stairs to start the day with stockings and coffee.

We're sticking with our Christmas wreath breakfast bread that we starting last year. We also had local sausage, grapefruit and orange juice. 
Grapefruit theif

Edith was super cute opening her first gift. She was very excited about new you can tell.

A tool set from Nathans parents along with safety goggles. Those goggles are a hot commodity around here.

Edith received a wooden scooter to ride around inside. They were both super excited about putting it together. George even got to use some of his new tools.
More building with the new tools.

Christmas and the few days surrounding it were unusually warm for NH. We took full advantage of the warmth and Nathans Saturday off to do a lot of walking around Portsmouth. It was a nice ending to all the Christmas craziness.