Saturday, November 21, 2009

New York City

Our trip to New York was amazing and better than I could have hoped for. My wonderful inlaws were awesome in planning out the weekend and taking me to all the "must see" places. I don't think we could have fit in one more thing into the weekend. It was so much fun. We left Dallas late Thursday night and got to our hotel, Intercontinental Barclay around 2am.

Friday morning we took a cab over to Little Italy and we walked around to all the shops in Little Italy, Chinatown and Soho. We grabbed a mid-day starbucks, as we were all struggling to stay awake after such little amount of sleep. Then we headed over to Radio city music hall to see the matinee Rockettes Christmas show.
It definitely lived up to its reputation
We knew it would be a late night since we were planning on seeing the 8:00pm showing of Jersey boys so after the Rockettes we went back to the hotel for a much needed nap... well for me at least, I had a hard time keeping up all weekend, apparently I am not quite over the exhaustion phase of this pregancy yet :-)

Before the show we went to Tavern on the green for our pre show meal. It was a very neat atmosphere and the food was delicious.

Jersey Boys was REALLY good Dwayne and Vivian had already seen it but they thought it was just as good the second time around
After the show we went to the Startdust diner for some dessert. The place was PACKED. The waiters and waitresses are all aspiring Broadway actors/singers so they perform all day long, it's open 24/7. Many past waiters/waitresses have since made it to Broadway and they are all very talented, they are just waiting to be discovered. It was a lot of fun.
The next morning we headed over to ground zero. I was amazed at the size of the empty space the WTC buildings left behind it was kind of eary to be there but it was something I was really glad we got to see. Its all under construction still so it may be hard to tell what is what from my picture.
Afterward we went back to Little Italy for lunch at a great little place. We had a hard time choosing which place to eat because they all smelled so good from the street and there are SO many to choose from. We decided to go to a place Dwayne and Viv had been to before. It hit the SPOT! It's always a good sign when the bread is good at an Italian restaurant. That should be a pre-requisite. If your at an Italian place and the bread isn't good...there's your sign. I think I ate a whole loaf by myself it was so good.

We did some more shopping and went over to Grand Central Station before heading back for an afternoon nap... to get us rested up for our evening of fun!

Our pre dinner meal was at AJ Maxwell's were Dwayne got the biggest steak I have ever seen in my life. It had to be at least 28 ounces. The picture doesn't do it justice so I am not posting it.

After dinner we went to see Phanotom of the Opera...oh it was so good! It's difficult to compare Jersey boys and Phantom because they are very different but they were each so good!
After dinner we went to the famous "serendipity" for dessert. We had to wait an hour (at midnight mind you). But once they brought our desserts it was so worth the wait.

I got the hot fudge Sundae (no need to tell you how good it was I think the picture says it all)
The next morning, Sunday, we slept in and went to the Jets/Jags game to see Jordan play. It was a GREAT game that went down-to-the-last-second literally, but we pulled out with the win!

Jordan made his debut at tight end this game (they decided to try something new)


Family pic after the game
It was such a fun weekend and I had a blast hanging with Dwayne and Viv!

Friday, November 20, 2009

21 months

This has been a VERY busy month which has made the time literally FLY by. The month started off with a trip to Houston for the Bye week, followed by a quick turn around trip to Nashville for Jordan's game and to see friends on Halloween. Then a weekend in here Jacksonville with our Kansas City friends and their kiddos and finally Hunter's week/weekend in Dallas with Nana while momma went to NYC for Jordan's game. WHEW! I am tired just thinking about all of the packing and unpacking and it's not over yet :-)

Hunter has had a fun month, needless to say, filled with visits from all of his favorite people. He is at the age where he remembers everyone regardless of how long its been since he last saw them. It had been about 4 months since he had seen Pop (my dad) and when Pop opened the door last week to let us in the house Hunter held up his arms and yelled "hi pop"...melted Pop's heart.

He gets pretty attached to "those who love him" as he talks about them nonstop when we are home in Florida. Particularly he recently took a liking to Noah "Woawah". I have yet to post about my trip to NYC, because I am still attempting to unpack and do 14 loads of laundry from all of our recent travels, but while I was in NY Hunter stayed at Nana's (where Noah also lives). It's like a light bulb came on during that visit and Hunter suddenly realized how super cool Noah is. Noah was really sweet with him and would try to include him on everything. Hunter acted like the typical younger child most of the weekend following his older 4 year old cousin all over the house wanting to be just like him. Every sentence Hunter starts, since last weekend, begins or ends with "Woawah" as if he is either talking about him or to him 24/7.

Giving mom a fresh picked rose out of Vivi's garden
This is such a sweet phase, and pretty easy too, although occassionally I get a glimpse of what 2 year old Hunter will be like, especially after naptime. I love that he is pretty much up for anything and gets so excited about all of the little things. He is still such a great traveler, which is a blessing since he has spent the majority of his weekends on an airplane the last 21 months.

He's got a little cold right now that he picked up 2 weeks ago but it hasn't really slowed him down...it's that time of year hooray! He is still into all things that move, planes, trains, cars, trucks, and ELMO and most recently Curious George. He is still very snuggly and he understands just about anything I tell him or ask him to do, which is fun.

He loves to touch my belly and say "baby" with lots of enthusiasm but I doubt that he really understands the full concept that a baby is really in there. He loves to look at ultrasound pictures and and point out body parts on the baby. It's fun to imagine what kind of a big brother he will be.

Snuggling with Aunt Beekah
It's been a very full and exciting month and we have many more fun things in store so stay tuned!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Surprise...


There's another bun in the oven!

Due to arrive sometime in May :-)

Monday, November 9, 2009

Jags-Chiefs weekend with friends

This weekend Robbie, Amber, Kaitlyn, Patricia and Emory all came to Jacksonville for the Jags-Chiefs weekend. It has been 4 months since we were all under the same roof together and the kids have changed so much! They are all walking and talking little toddlers!

Hunter and Emory chillin on the couch watching Curious George

and playing in the rocks

we attempted to get a picture with all the kids standing... Hunter was being very cooperative :-)

We had a mini birthday party for Kaitlyn. She turns 1 on the 17th and is walking all over the place and just trying to keep up with Hunter and Emory who are pretty much in a dead sprint at all times.

She didn't even wait until after the photo op to dive into the "camicake" cupcake





Of course the weekend had to include playing at the beach with the kiddos
The surf washed up quite a bit of seaweed (eew!)


The weather was beautiful but the water was CHILLY!

Hunter loves the water

After the game Rudy, Robbie and Jordan

Whole group Jordan, me, Amber, Robbie, Patricia (pregnant with twins by the way!) and Rudy
It was such a fun weekend and always good to catch up and see our kids interact with each other. Tomorrow we fly to Dallas together where I will be dropping off Hunter with Nana before leaving for my New York trip with Jordan's parents for the Jags-Jets game... and also my first ever "trip" to New York. We have lots of fun things and shows planned so check back for pictures soon!

Halloween in Nashville

Last weekend Hunter and I made a trip to Nashville to visit friends and see the Jags-Titans game. It was great to catch up with friends again and see Hunter and Jax all dressed up for Halloween.


Hunter and Jax got all dressed up for pumpkin fest in downtown Franklin.
Jax was a lion and Hunter was a monkey.

Apparently he is quite a bit taller than your average 20 month old...

All the girls (and kiddos) at the pumpkin fest on Halloween
Hunter (20 mo) and Jax (5 mo) in matching pj's

Family pic after the game

Group pic after the game


Matt and Hunter

Chilin at the game

Hunter got a pretty good little sugar high going and was running around like crazy when we got home from the pumpkin fest. Check it out :-)
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