Wednesday, January 29, 2014

NYC with the whole fam!

My family and I took a fun trip to NYC this past weekend to visit my cousin Christie and her family. Christie is 2 days younger than me and we have always been very close. Our grandmother used to call us Snow White and Rose Red. I love love love her. She is my long lost sister. It doesn't matter how much time elapses between our visits....we pick right back up where we left off and fill in the blanks as we go. Since our grandmother has died and we now have families of our own we decided last year to make a pact that we have to get our kiddos together at least twice a year so that they can have the wonderful experience of having cousins as best buddies as we did.

We flew out early early early Saturday morning. My little travelers were ready to roll!

Walker is totally obsessed with Toy Story and Calliou (side note, why is Calliou bald?). He just recently started sitting still to watch movies (praise Jesus!) so this flight was a breeze! It was not a full flight and since this is Walker's last flight as a "lap child" (he turns 2 in one month!) we were very thankful to have a seat for Walker! Oh and this sucker took him an hour to eat. Another score!

Our hotel was in Battery Park and our window looked out upon the Freedom Tower. Very cool to see the progress since we last saw it when we were in New York in May.

Christie's oldest kiddo is Julian. He is almost 6 and is a LOT taller than Jackson! Christie is 5'11 and her husband Yomi is 6'4.

Julian had a basketball game on Sunday afternoon so we were so pumped to get to watch him play. They even asked Jackson to play on the team as well! Jackson scored 14 points for the Ninja Fireballs that day. So fun to see Julian and Jackson playing basketball together since Christie and I used to do the same thing!

Walker and I sat with Naomi, Christie's middle kiddo. Naomi just turned three and is this gorgeous, spunky, hilarious, smart, amazing little girl. I just adore her.

Best buds during the game!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Julian plays at the 14th street Y and after the games they have all of the kids huddle up in the middle of the court to talk about the games and talk about good sportsmanship, teamwork, etc. Walker just HAD to be in huddle with his big brother!

After the game we grabbed some amazing pizza and then hit up some of Christie's favorite boutiques. We did some serious damage and I am so in love with everything I bought! This guy was wiped out. Oh and yes, that's a girls coat....It's Naomi's! It was absolutely freezing in NYC with snow everywhere so Christie said not to bring anything...that they had everything we would need to brave the cold. And she was right! The kiddos were outfitted in winter coats, gloves, hats, pants, boots and we even had a stroller with a screen on it that kept the cold out. Amazeballs. It's crazy to think that it gets just as cold here but we have our cars to get in and out of....In NYC you have to walk everywhere so you better be prepared!

And....Jackson fell asleep at the restaurant as well.....Tired babies!

Monday morning Christie took me to Soul Cycle. OMG. Best work out ever. I'm hooked and can't wait to go back!

Renzi's birthday was yesterday and Monday night we had a birthday dinner for him at Christie and Yomi's house. Here are all of the kiddos and R, Y and C! Nylah is 7 weeks old and is just beautiful. Maybe one of the most beautiful babies I have ever seen. I'm obsessed with her.

Walker LOVED Yomi. He couldn't get enough of him!

Monday afternoon I was putting Walker down for a nap at our hotel and Jackson said he was going to wait in the bathroom and watch a movie till I got Walker down. I walked in to find him passed out in the bathtub.

And Walker bear woke up from his nap and wanted to snuggle more. I loved it. I felt like we had major success on this trip because we all shared a hotel room with Walker in a crib and a rollaway bed for Jackson and everyone slept great! Makes me happy to know that these kiddos are continuing to be adjustable to travel!

Beautiful baby Nylah.

Happy Birthday Renzi!

The boys got to go to the Natural History Museum. Lots of "Roars." That is what Walker calls Dinosaurs.

Jackson has been able to hail a taxi from most cities for a while now. Loved watching Walker try to do it too! In fact, he actually hailed this taxi!

Times Square!

Walker and all of his buddies at the Disney Store in Times Square.

Yomi, Renzi, Julian and Jackson got to go to the Knicks vs. Lakers game.

They all had the BEST time.

Jackson had never been to Madison Square Garden so this was a huge treat for him!

After the game we all met up at Fatty Que. Some of the best Asian/BBQ ever. Here are the BFF's.

We traveled home yesterday evening. Renzi had to head on to Montreal for meetings so I flew home with the boys by myself. We scheduled our flight for 8:30 p.m. because I figured the boys would sleep the whole way home. (and for the most part they did!). On our way to our gate we ran into a live band (yes, at the airport!) so the boys had a dance party to get some wiggles out before we got on the plane home.

Again, the plane was not full so Walker had two seats to himself.......

And so did Jackson!

We landed at 12:45 a.m. and got home about 1:30 a.m. Both boys woke up when we landed and actually helped with bags and stayed awake until we got home and took showers and got into bed and fell asleep with no issues. I let everyone sleep in today and then took them both to school so I could head to work.....early bedtimes tonight for sure!!!

It was a wonderful trip filled with great memories. Love!

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