Thursday, April 17, 2014

From Manhattan to Buffalo

I couldn't leave New York without visiting M&M World!

The very sad part of visiting this three story display of yumminess is that I left without buying one single M&M for myself.

The interesting part of the visit was how enamored Addie was with this M&M.
Several times, Addie was stepped on by the M&M because she kept walking right in front of the M&M trying to get her attention as she walked throughout the store.

I must have said, "I'm so sorry!" about 100 times before we left.
I wasn't really sorry, I was enjoying myself, but it was the right thing to do.




Shame.
I had none.

Bad lighting and all.


Our time in the city was quickly coming to an end



and as we prepared for our departure, 


I was happy that we had the opportunity to share with Julien just a little piece of what my parents did for us when we were kids, but I was also so happy to be leaving the city behind.

After we packed up, we decided to head over to Brooklyn for lunch.
We couldn't leave New York without stopping for pizza in Brooklyn.

I had asked Julien to find us a restaurant or two from Man vs. Food that were along our driving route.
One quick search of the web and Julien had us routed to L&B Spumoni Gardens!
Much to our delight, the dining room had a great atmosphere - if I don't count the customers yelling at the wait staff - and it was a lot of fun, and the food was pretty awesome.

This sweet Little Monkey was all smiles and had the best time!
I'm absolutely sure it was the quieter atmosphere that had her so full of giggles.


Yes.
I did.


From Brooklyn, we began heading back West for our next adventures.


Due to the weather, we ended up staying the night in downtown Buffalo.
How any of us were functioning at this point, I just don't know.
I needed a nice long nap.

These two thought they were going to have a blast in the hallway until I caught them and ruined their fun.
It's what I do.


This is more like it.
Safety first and all hands on deck.



Wednesday, April 16, 2014

From Boat's to yet another...Taxi

After leaving Central Park, we hopped on over to Liberty Island 


and an attention grabbing boat ride for Addie.




Our day was filled with lots of activities, way too many taxi rides and we wrapped up our day at the 
9/11 Memorial.

It was overwhelming - and heartbreaking - and I'm thankful that we had the opportunity to see it.












Monday, April 14, 2014

Just a Walk in the Park

We spent a while browsing through the rest of the store and at one point, Addie decided she needed a rest.

We were definitely on the go and wearing Addie out!


However, she agreed to pictures at any given time.


I wouldn't say Julien agreed to have his picture taken, but he didn't stop me either.


After leaving the store, we headed over to Central Park.
E.R. Baby stayed with us through each stop on the trip and what better place for a photo op than in Central Park?

The photographer was supposed to zoom in on the baby and just get her and the buildings - but I will take what I can get.


Thankfully, it was quiet and the pace was much slower.






Still all smiles - such a relief!
They enjoyed climbing the rocks to get a better view of the city.


Sure, we climbed the rock - stairs.


The view was remarkable.



Three of the eight of us wanted to go ice skating.
Majority vote won.
It was frigidly cold and my Mom and Addie were both pretty miserable.
The weather certainly didn't stop us from enjoying ourselves, and it didn't stop us from being out and about - all day long.


Sunday, April 13, 2014

Post Adoption

Chris and I were so happy to be able to provide this experience for Addie.
In reality, it wasn't really any different than walking into any store in our hometown and choosing a baby off the shelf.
In fact, I can order these dolls online all day long - AND, Addie already has two of them from birthday's past.

Yet, it was different.

AND, I will do it a thousand times over just to watch her sweet little face full of love and joy.


She was all about sitting in the big chair for pictures and wanted to make sure that baby was sitting just right.


After I got them settled, Addie happily smiled for all the pictures. 




Addie was showing us her baby's bracelet.


Sweet, sweet girl!


Our day was just getting started...

Friday, April 11, 2014

FAO - Addie's BIG Surprise!

After I found out we were going to New York, it took me all of a nanosecond to decide we needed to go to FAO Schwartz.


Not because of this, 


but because of this - The Middleton Doll Nursery!
Both of my niece's had this opportunity when they were younger and Addie needed the opportunity as well..
After all, Addie and her love of baby dolls is precious and her desire to be a Mommy to every baby doll in the world is so sweet.


We were watching over her like hawks.
The store was three floors of enormousness and lots of people.


When Addie saw the nursery full of babies, it was understandably overwhelming.


There were two employees who were trying to help her decide.


I think she pointed to every single one of them.


(geez...the flash of the camera sure can be distracting)


I finally asked the employee to get a couple of the babies out and let Addie hold them in hopes that would help her with her decision making process.


We started with the one everyone wanted Addie to get.
It was adorable!
...but weighed five pounds and was an armful of baby!




Addie then held the three pound baby and it was a much better fit for her.


Her sweet face makes me smile.


We had a winner.
Addie was immediately in love.


We had to go through a lengthy adoption process and Addie was grilled incessantly on her Mothering skills.




It wasn't long until the process was complete and it was time to take pictures in the big chair with Addie's new baby.