Monday, May 30, 2016

~Week+ End Recap: Home and Away~

Just when we feel like life is getting back to normal after vacation and work craziness, something has to come up! The excitement is never ending around here!

Last Tuesday, Leo came down with Hand, Foot and Mouth disease. Thankfully it was a super mild case, no fever and other than red bumps on his one arm and palm, he was barelybothered. Since it is a contagious virus, we kept him home from the dayhome on Wednesday after the walk-in Doctor confirmed what it was.

I felt bad since I had just come back from vacation, my boss has been on vacation when I first got back, plus it was a short week with Victoria Day on Monday!

I went into work for a few hours on Wednesday but the rest of my day was spent like this. Rough! After a long weekend of rain and snow, I was not complaining about doing some R+F work outside in the afternoon.


Seriously, this kid did not act or look sick! As inconvenient as it was to have to take time off work, I am glad the rash didn't affect him since I've heard it can be awful for some children.


On Thursday, we broke our quarantine to go to our Family Doctor's office to find out if we could attend a family wedding in Medicine Hat on the weekend. There is all sorts of conflicting info about how long you should quarantine kids for, when they are contagious, etc. The doctor said as long as his rash didn't get worse and he was feeling fine then he was fine to go to the wedding. Yay!

This kid and his cars! Wearing a Cars shirt, with additional cars stickers and holding cars. He was also car shopping in the parking lot- he wants a red mustang!


Since we weren't sure we would even be going, I didn't start packing for the weekend away until Friday. Packing for 4 people is no joke! Didn't I just do this??? Oh right- I did. I hate to complain but I hate packing!

It pretty much took the entire day for me to pack. Doesn't help when my little ones either un-pack as fast as I can pack OR get into my lipstick while I am preoccupied.


We hoped to get out of town by 5pm but hubby had some things come up at work last minute. We didn't leave until 5:45pm so we stopped for dinner right by our house before hitting the road. We finally hit the road by 7pm, after returning home once to pick up a forgotten bag!


Audrey slept for a couple hours but Leo kept himself away by babbling away. Needless to say he was a sleep deprived insane child by the time we rolled into Medicine Hat at 10pm!

Saturday morning, after meeting up with most of the family for breakfast (we were all staying in the same hotel), my sister-in-law and I went for a run. I was so glad to have good company and to not be pushing the kids in the Chariot! It was a beautiful morning that started sunny with a cool breeze and turned hot by the end of 9+km.

We ran along some residential areas and then onto a pathway through a ravine. It was a tad hilly. I didn't bring water so I was quite parched and had to walk a couple extra times to slow down my heart rate. It was such a good run though! L and I don't get to run together much but hopefully once we eventually move (closer to them) we will get more runs in.


The kids had a busy morning playing with the various Aunties, Uncles, cousins and Grandma & Grandpa.

Colouring while waiting for lunch makes it bearable for all!


Leo napped in the afternoon while I got ready in the hotel room. It was a bit of a rush to get everyone else ready since we had to wake Leo up from his nap early and he was not impressed. AKA screaming, refusing to change his clothes, wanting Mommy only, making us late...

After GPS sent us the wrong way a couple times, we made it to the wedding venue just in time!

It was a beautiful, intimate ceremony on a roof top terrace. There was a thundershower 2 hours before the ceremony which had everyone worried but the sun came out just in time!

Hubby's cousin is the bride.


The girls love their Uncle C!


Grandma and Grandpa with their grandchildren!


Uncle C and Auntie L are the favourites!


I brought a bag of tricks for the kids- colouring, puzzles, and a million cars for Leo. Once we were in the reception hall, they had a blast! At one point, all the children at the wedding were sitting at our table colouring or playing cars!


Leo wanted to match Mommy. Absolutely refused to wear his button down shirt and bow tie. At least he changed out of his fleece hoodie that he was melting in!


The gorgeous couple!


They had balloons to decide which table goes up first for food. Someone had to pop the balloon and inside was a task. The bride's parent's table (and my in-laws) had to play volleyball! The bride grew up playing volleyball competitively and coached so it was quite fitting.

It was hilarious!!



Audrey volunteered to pop a balloon for our table! It's hard! She ended up having to give the bride and groom some marriage advice- which was "kiss".


They had cookies and cupcakes tables. Leo helped himself to two at once and double fisted them! It was the funniest thing and fuelled him for the night!


The lovely Maid of Honour giving her speech to the bride, her sister.


The couple giving their speech. The Groom kept choking up and it was so sweet!


Audrey dancing with Uncle C


Bride and Groom dancing


Better late than never- we snuck in a family photo at the end of the night!


We ended up staying till about 9:30 which was way past everyone's bed time but so worth it. The kids had so much fun and it was so good to visit with all the family. It was the first wedding that Audrey and Leo have been to, except the ones Audrey went to when she was a baby.

Sunday we slept in a bit, and after checking out of the hotel, headed to the bride's parents' house for lunch. It was good to see everyone again and have a bit more time to visit.

The drive home went smoothly with both kids falling asleep before we left town. 

Such a fun weekend and I'm so glad we were able to go. We would have been pretty disappointed if we hadn't been able to go. 

Looking forward to an uneventful week now!!

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

~New York City Recap Days 5 & 6~

On to our final 2 days in New York City!

You can read my other recaps here and here.

Day 5

We took the subway down to the south end of Manhattan to catch the ferry over to Staten Island.
The subway system in New York reminded us of the one in Paris. It was pretty easy to follow (well I just followed my navigator/husband) and a very quick way to get around the boroughs.


The ferry over to Staten Island is free which is great if you just want to see the Statue of Liberty. There are tours that you can do that I am sure are well worth the money to Ellis Island and closer to the Statue of Liberty but we opted not to do them.



Finally a gorgeous day with the sun shining!





Manhattan


The ferry round trip was about an hour, which included loading, unloading and loading back again onto the same ferry! Not sure why they made us all get off!

Once back in Manhattan, we wandered through the Financial District. I had to have my picture taken with the Bull!


We got back on the Hop On Hop Off bus to do Brooklyn.


Going up over the Manhattan Bridge. I was a bit nervous to go over the bridge given that I was on the top of a double decker bus but it was fine.



View of the Brooklyn Bridge from the Manhattan Bridge



Our bus tour guide recommended that we try Juliana's for good brooklyn-style pizza.


Apparently the oven makes all the difference in how good the pizza is.


I am not kidding when I say this was probably the BEST pizza of my life! I have tried a lot of pizza and this one was truly delicious! Good thing it isn't too close to me or else I'd be going weekly!


Standing under the Brooklyn Bridge


We walked back over the Brooklyn Bridge to burn off all the pizza


I thought it would be scary but it wasn't at all. I'm normally afraid of heights but oddly this felt very secure. Although the cyclists were scary.


Pretending to be scared! I have a similar picture of me atop the Eiffel Tower- except I really was terrified!


It was a little bit windy up there!



After we made it back to Manhattan, we headed to Chinatown to find some souvenirs. It's like a whole other world down there! People trying to bargain with you, and sell you knock off purses and sunglasses!

We also went to Century 21 which is a discount designer department store. Kind of like Winners but very high end. We didn't have much time so I power-shopped while hubby had a coffee in the cafe. I did end up finding a Diane Von Furstenberg lace dress so I took her home.

We quickly got ready back at the hotel and headed to Nobu for dinner. It was our one fancy dinner that we made reservations and dressed up for. Our "anniversary dinner" for our anniversary trip!


We ordered the Chef's tasting menu which is a great way to try several different items. I think it was 7 courses. We also did the wine pairing which was good but also bad :/

The food was pretty amazing! It's Japanese fusion so a lot of raw fish-sushi type dishes which we like. So fresh and uniquely served.



Dessert!!


When the restaurant called to confirm the reservations the night before, they told us we could only be there for 2 hours since they had another reservation after us. We weren't worried about that because that seemed like plenty of time to eat dinner.

When our server was asking us if we were on a time line- had theatre tickets, or something we said no, but we were told we could only be two hours. She said to not worry about that- I guess we were spending enough money we could stay as long as we wanted!

After dinner (maybe 9:30pm?), we headed towards Rockefeller Centre since we had tickets for "Top of the Rock".

While walking there I noticed some art...


St. Patrick's Cathedral




Gorgeous chandelier inside Rockefeller Centre


The ride up the elevator 70 stories was fast and uneventful. Again, normally heights are an issue for me but I felt very courageous that night!

It was quite a spectacular sight to view the whole city lit up.



This room was confusing with it's changing lights.



Day 6- our last day

We woke up and had breakfast at a diner close by. I loved that you could find food or coffee so conveniently! One thing that I wish we had at home, in the suburbs!

I had to go to Tiffany's while in New York so we walked over there.


I almost got this necklace but yellow isn't quite my colour! The centre diamond was over 300 carats!!


These earrings reminded me of my wedding earrings- although a lot more money!


I knew I wanted to buy something small to commemorate the occasion but I wasn't finding anything that I liked (that was affordable!). Then one of the sales people informed me there are 5 more floors!!

I found a few pairs of earrings that were contenders.


I ended up getting the tear drop earrings and hubby got the matching cuff links.



After we were done at Tiffany's, we came across the Plaza Hotel. We stopped in the courtyard to research a place to eat lunch.


We went to a French restaurant, Rue 57. It was delicious! I felt like I was in Paris again!


After a satisfying lunch, we went through one last stroll in Central Park before heading back to our hotel. I seriously LOVE this park!! Of course our last day had the best weather! So sunny and comfortably warm.




Then it was time to head to the airport and fly home. 

It was the trip of a life-time! It was an adventure and so good to be free of responsibilities (children) for a week! I would love to go back in a few years but hubby wants to go to Paris again first! Next time I'd like to see more museums, do another bike tour and spend some time in a few districts that we just passed through on the bus, like Greenwich Village, Chelsea, Soho...

People keep asking me what my favourite part of the trip was. That is really hard to pinpoint! I loved so much of it- the shows, the restaurants, the history, Central Park, the pace of the city. 

Most of all I loved that I was able to experience it with my love! He promised me many adventures in our marriage- some exotic, some not so much but most importantly, they are our adventures together!