New York City!

A few days after getting back from Idaho we all set out to a weekend in New York City.

Aaron had an actuary conference in Times Square on Monday, so we decided to make a weekend of it. 
We drove to NYC on Friday evening (it's about 2 1/2 hours away from Simsbury, CT). We stayed at a place we found on Airbnb.com. It was in the Bronx, and it was... Decent. The family is Dominican and SUPER hospitable, but it was a sketchy part of town, so both Aaron and I were extra vigilant, maybe a little too much. The first night we got there the family introduced themselves and then left or went to their rooms. Aaron and I were sitting in the living area reading when all of sudden we hear someone trying to break in through the window with the air conditioning unit. I heard the person moving the cardboard aside and then start pushing away the curtains. I panicked and looked at Aaron, he looked just as panicked as I did. We kind of just sat there like deer in in the headlights until I saw a little hand reach through the curtains, and a little voice (in Spanish) ask "Is anyone in there?"

We soon found out that she is the niece of the person we were staying with, and she is only 7 years old. We laughed about it for quite some time.

The next day we took the subway into the Financial District and bought bagels for breakfast. Sawyer had a grand time chasing the pigeons while eating his bagel.

Look at that face- so determined, it worries me

Later that day we walked around Manhattan, Soho, and Midtown. We really fell in love with the city! So many cool things to do, places to eat, and lots of parks and playgrounds. For a moment we talked about how fun it would be to live in the city, but the city-life (especially the New York City life) just isn't for us :)  I'm just glad we live a couple hours away so we can visit just about whenever we want.

During our walk in Central Park we saw a turkey and raccoon! The raccoon was coming out of a hole in a tree and was obviously taking a breather from her nursing babies. It was so cute!

This is probably my favorite picture from the whole trip

On of our favorite parks was Highline Park in Midtown. The seating and landscaping in this park are very modern and aesthetically pleasing.

Even though it was modern, there was still plenty for Sawyer to do. I loved that the whole park was baby-friendly.

Every so often you would find stadium seating overlooking the street. You could sit down and enjoy watching NYC traffic. Ironically, it's relaxing to watch it, just not drive in it.

We bought some artistic popsicles along the way. Aaron had the plum sour cherry and I had yellow watermelon cucumber. The flavors were very refreshing on a hot day.

On Sunday we went to church at the LDS temple. There happens to be a chapel in the same building and it was really neat to be walking on the streets of NYC and then walk into the chapel and experience complete silence. It was very peaceful and rejuvenating.

Later that day we went to Grand Central Station and Central Park.
Sawyer was amazed at the ceiling of GCS. In case you haven't seen it, it is a beautiful mint green color with stars and constellations mapped over it. Some of the stars are actual lights.

Sawyer's favorite part about Central Park was the sand and water. He could have stayed there for days just playing in the sand and then cooling off in the sprinklers.

We didn't get to do all we had planned, but before we left we had already started planning our next trip to NYC. It was so much fun, and we fell in love with the city. Even though you would have to live in a small apartment, I don't think you'd mind because you wouldn't spend much time there. The city always has something to do and somewhere to go.


We Are Raising a Monkey

Sawyer turned 14 months this past week and since he has developed a lot since he turned one, I thought an update was due :)

The two biggest developments are gross motor and language.

Sawyer loves to climb.

At home, and at the park. He has climbed into the dishwasher, attempted to use oven handle to climb onto the counter, climbed onto our bar stool/chairs, and climbed up the shelves at Wal-Mart (he climbed up 2 shelves before I caught him).

He pushed the stroller to the front door, climbed up, and I caught him trying to escape

Sawyer, like all little boys, is obsessed with cars and trucks. The only 2 books he currently wants us to read is a book about construction trucks going to bed, and another one with pictures of various modes of transportation.

Today during church he wanted to leave Sacrament meeting, so he and I went out in the hall. He then ran away with a fierce determination. I followed him to see where he was going. He ran all the way to the other end of the church, ran right up to the nursery door (I'm not sure how he knew which one was the nursery door since all the doors look the same) and started doing a dance and chanting "Cars! CARS! CARS!!!" I'm not sure how he knew how to get to the room, and which door was the right one, but he did, and he knew exactly what was behind that door.

We've been taking him to nursery since he gets along with the other kids, and although he technically isn't old enough until he's 18 months, he's been doing great! We could even leave him if we wanted to, but we decided one of us will stay with him until he's 18 months.

He has been learning quite a few words, including poop/pee, shoes, hot, cold, cracker, binky, diaper, tomato, outside, and a few others.

Sign language has really taken off as well! He regularly signs "outside," "bath," and "water," "eat," and "potty." He has been on a potty strike, he used to pee on  his little potty a few times a day, but recently he refuses to sit on it. At least he tells me when he's going, which is still a step in the right direction.

When we read Where the Wild Things Are at the very last page it says "and it was still hot." Every time I read this phrase he carefully and quickly touches the page and says "hot?" He gets the concept of hot, but can't figure out why I keep telling him the page is hot :)

We have so much fun with him, and I keep saying the most recent stage is my favorite, but I promise, this is my favorite stage so far!