the statue of liberty and amanda and dave!!

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Amanda, Dave and Sam came and visited from the 17th to the 19th of April. We hadn't seen them since our last day in Provo way back in 2011. That seems like a lifetime away! Gratefully, Amanda and I have kept in contact through Instagram and through texting and phone conversations and when they arrived it was like we had just seen eachother weeks before, instead of years. Yay for technology!

We started Friday evening off with a trip to Central Park and the Upper West Side (my home away from home :) and then got up suuper early on Saturday to head to the Statue of Liberty. // Oh hey, goal #74. Done! // Ryan couldn't be there due to a previously committed service project, but met up with us later that day. It was a long ride down and Sam was super chill the whole way, while my boys were kept at bay with Trader Joe's snacks and stickers and crayons. But we finally made it to the boat, on the boat, across the bay and BAM, the Statue of Liberty. Ryan and I saw it when we visited in 2010 (I feel so old typing all these forever ago years!) but the boys had never been so it was fun to have them experience a deeper part of New York's history other than every.single.playground. We (Henry) listened to the tour, took many bathroom breaks, and made it up to the platform and finally got back to Manhatan for a late, but amazing lunch at Joe's pizza. With dessert at People's Pops. And dinner to go at Murray's and dessert to go at Molly's Cupcakes. I'm telling you, that area by West 4th is one of my favorite parts of the city. And also, I really like to focus my travel on food. So much goodness!

After a crazy day, we headed back home to rest and get the kids down for bed and then chatted and went to bed ourselves not much later. Sunday came and we headed to church and then had a quick lunch before saying goodbye to our friends and resolving to see eachother way sooner than 3 1/2 years from now.

(one parent and two kids: I never had a chance)

I've got many pictures of the four of us from DC and it was so fun to see what a difference a few years have made--we've almost doubled our group!


101 in 1001 update!

A whole month without blogging? Well, thanks to instagram you still know what we all look like :) But since I've been lax about blogging I've also been lax about sharing some pictures from my big camera, so even though they don't really go at all, here are a few of my favorite pictures of the boys from the last few months.

We've been semi busy this winter trying out the City a little more and crossing off our list. And I am SO ready for more consistent warm weather to explore, explore without freezing.

16. Visit the Cloisters
Ryan and I went on a day date to the Cloisters and a local coffee shop on a rainy day in March. It's no MET, but fun that it's a part of the MET and since I go running around it all the time (well, all the time except for Dec-Feb) it was fun to see the inside. I have a feeling it may be an annual rainy day neighborhood date.

29. Eat at Chelsea Market
We met up with some friends from Boston in January and I had the most delicious meal from Num Pang. I was even gluten/dairy free that month and it was so, so good. I can't wait to go back and get more, try more food, and check out the antique store there as well.

45. Gluten/Dairy free for one month
I tackled this goal in January and it was a fun challenge. I'm not one for fad diets and although I'm not certain we all need to be gluten/dairy free I do think Americans eat much more processed food than necessary and this goal was a nice challenge to eat more real food and see if my body felt better eliminating these ingredients for a month. It felt good! And I really didn't crave cheese or dairy through the month. It was also a great way to challenge me to find new favorite recipes, fast, budget friendly recipes to add to our rotation.

52. Join a gym
The goal when moving to the city was to finally get a gym membership, to motivate me to work out more consistently. I also really wanted to take group fitness classes more. I loved the classes I took at BYU, especially when Ryan was a student and I had just graduated. But alas, the Y is forever away here so Brittany (our next door neighbor, running buddy and all-around amazing mom) and I joined the Planet Fitness just a few blocks away and it's just what I needed to help me consistently work out through the winter.

81. Buy a couch
We did it! We first were looking at couches, but a little sectional caught our eye and there was no looking back. It's actually the same as my brother/sister in law, and we didn't even plan it. We've got the darker color and they've got the lighter. President's day sales for the win!


How old are you? "Free!"

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Henry turned "free" on Saturday and although the week started out with a stomach bug that involved each one of us, it ended with a low key bang on his birthday. We started the day with birthday doughnuts, he opened presents and played to his heart's content, and then played at a friends house while Ryan and I went to NJ for a quick trip to buy a grown up couch (hurray!). He had chocolate cake, pasta for dinner, and got a little wild around bed time, which meant he had played nice and hard all day.

We love this vivacious three year old. He's getting pretty talkative, loves to play with Walter, loves to make noises, sing, play, move and throw. I'm excited to sign him up for his first formal sport/team this year, I have a feeling he's going to LOVE it. He recently said that his best friend was Walter and he loves our neighbors and friends from nursery as well. It's so fun to see friendships really emerging and playing together happily moments lasting longer and longer.

I present to you, the many looks of "Henry, please can we take a picture together?"