Birthday Getaway

I have been having a few computer internet connectivity issues.. hence the absence.

We had the most marvelous birthday weekend.. as most of you may have read M and I celebrate birthday's back to back which makes celebrating all the more fun. We are not big on gift giving and usually try to go on a little getaway.. whether it is local like a few years ago or last years trip to Vegas. This year was another year to keep it local. 

I caught a bus to New York City and met my husband for dinner. It was a crazy rainy day of course and the bus was 15 mins late but thankfully the restaurant was very understanding. We had a steak dinner at Del Frisco's and were both surprised when it ended with a dessert platter with two candles :) wherever I make a reservation and they ask if we're celebrating something special and we are I make a point of mentioning it no point in hiding it right? Sometimes it results in nothing and sometimes you get free dessert :) and no we did not take any pictures :(

Our bellies full and with time to spare we slowly strolled down to the Brook Atkins theater to watch Waitress the Musical. We had spectacular seats.. never have we sat this close to the stage.. and wow.. the show was wonderful. The entire cast had brilliant voices and though the lead was originally supposed to be performed by Sara Bareilles the understudy was just as amazing.

After the show we walked to the hotel.. we usually always end up going back home with me falling asleep on the way there and the magic of the night long gone.. staying in the city really made a difference. 

The next morning we were sadly up before 7 am, no matter what we do we just can't sleep in anymore.. no matter how much we want to.. we went down to the Flatiron District for breakfast at Sarabeth's.. oh my was it good.. M had the Almond Crusted French Toast and I the Lemon Ricotta Pancakes.

After breakfast we strolled around, took a picture in front of the Flatiron pretending to be all touristy, window shopped, ducked into a few shop until we made it to Washington Square Park.. 

then back up towards Union Square and stopped at a pizza place called Marta where we met up with some friends we hadn't seen in a long time. We were so busy talking and catching up we spent over three hours eating a pizza and once again forgot to take pictures.. :(

After lunch we were ready to head back home we caught a taxi to the bus station and we were back home before dinner.. 

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Starlight Starbright - An abstraction of a small but lovely crystal chandelier.

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The year has just begun and I feel like it's already passing by in a blur. Early in the month H had his birthday party.. we had requested no boxed gifts, thankfully most people complied and with those gift cards we got H a gift we thought he'd love.. and he did love it.. for about a week!

and then one Saturday morning he asked me to sell it. They have understood the fact that mommy likes to sell the things no one is using and or things we do not need.. and so now he quite often asks me to sell his broken toys, used crayons and so on so forth. After double and triple checking with him M packed it up and off it went to another child's house who will hopefully love and play with it for longer than a few days.

What H does love are his Lego's and Magformers. 

What we have here is a Booger Cleaner.. it's for the kids who like to eat their boogers.. when the stomach becomes full of boogers you put this in your mouth and it'll suck out all the boogers! Ew. 

We also just recently discovered these brick tapes.. you can stick them anywhere and build on them. And they remove easily without peeling paint or leaving behind residue. I even find myself playing with them.

Towards the middle of January my in laws arrived and the boys were ecstatic.. by the end of this month they will be gone again.. off to visit their daughter and her kiddo's. While they are here we hosted two events at our home.. both of a religious nature.. so while not exactly fun but they did require a lot of preparation, cooking, cleaning and the god awful job of getting people to RSVP. I used Paperless Post to send out the invites and it made tracking RSVP's so very easy but I still had to remind most people more than two times via email and then once via text and some even got a phone call asking them to please for the love of God RSVP!!! aRGH. I am so over hosting for the next few months.. 

D has been complaining about not being able to see things from afar so we scheduled an eye appointment. Thankfully everything checked out. But the doctor did warn that if he is not careful he will most likely end up with glasses sooner rather than later, especially considering the fact that both M and I have had glasses. Thank God for Lasik!

February is a big month for us.. M and I both celebrate our birthday.. back to back, only a day apart. Our birthdays came and went by in a blur last week. M was working from home but he was so busy. I bought myself a cake, ate at home and by the end of the day almost forgot it was our birthday. Don't worry.. it's not all depressing.. we have some plans of a belated celebration.. :D The last two years we have been going away.. even if it's somewhere local.. even if it's just a day.. but we go somewhere. Last year we went to Vegas.. part 1 and part 2. The year before we stayed local. This year we'll be staying local again but we are excited and counting down the days! 

We did manage to sneak out with some friends on Friday night.. it wasn't supposed to be a birthday dinner.. just a catch up but someone tipped them off that it had been my birthday a few days earlier.. though conveniently forgot to mention that he had one too.. so I got all the attention!

Sometimes the gray winter days and the craziness of life make me feel a little blue. What do you do when you find yourself feeling blue.. me? I like to plan a vacation. Looking at wanderlust pictures isn't enough.. I need to actually plan it.. it gives me something to look forward too

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Stairway to Heaven - Inside the opulent Vatican Museum on the majestic and ornate spiral staircase. The photograph is black and white, the people a beautiful blur.

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4th Ninja Birthday Party

We threw D his first birthday party excluding his actual first birthday party when he turned 4 and so when H's fourth birthday came around it was time to throw him one too.

My first time dealing with a winter birthday party we decided to play it safe and host it at a party venue and this martial arts center turned out to be the perfect find! 

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