This summer was different than those that came before it. When expecting a baby in August, summer sort of feels like your doing it with your hands tied behind your back. I can’t believe how quickly it came and went.
We try to take the kids on adventures every weekend. I like to think of these years as formative, and I’d like for them to form the thought that their childhood was equal parts the greatest city in the world and the greatest beach that’s closest to that great city. And then sometimes we try out a new place, like a watering hole in the middle of a hiking trail in the northern most point of New Jersey.
My most favorite photo of a two week old Leighton. Power to the Mamas and Papas who take their 14 day old babies to a watering hole.
There were frogs in that water. And tadpoles and it had a mud bottom. They were so happy!
Lady and I sat on a nearby bench where giant ants marched around us. I’m not the outdoors type- but I have to say it was pretty incredible.
And here is a series of my littlest Lady looking utterly unimpressed.
It’s not easy achieving that dream while nursing a two week old, but we did our best to make their summer beautiful.
Next up was the city. Central Park provides an amazing backdrop for a family of five. Lots of room to run and scream and play.
Best cookies ever! Thank you upper west side.
My kids walked 20 blocks and 3 avenues that day. They didn’t complain and they didn’t meltdown. It’s neat when you enter a new era of parenting. You think you’ll never get there- and then bam you do…and then you have another baby…
Let’s not talk about that part though okay? Let’s just enjoy what the big kids can do and assume Lady will never meltdown, ok? Ok!
Important to note: Jude never wears clothes. Like ever. He is going to move to a nudist colony!
They say if you end it on a high note, you’ll forever think of it as wonderful. Your thoughts will automatically revert back to your last summer adventure and all the fuzzy feelings of it will soon follow. I like that. I need that- especially in the dead of winter.
These guys make life more beautiful.