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Weekend at the Lake House: Day 2






Hello Kitty!

Gavin’s parents went back upstate on Sunday morning. Since it was Ian and Karin’s last day in NYC (until next time!), we made the most of it by going all around the city.


We started at Columbus Circle on 59th Street, walked through the western side of Central Park up to 72nd where the lake is and those beautiful steps with the fountain.


By that time, the kids were ready for the next thing. They had climbed on every single rock along the way.


So we walked out by Strawberry Fields and went for lunch at Shake Shack. We got it to go and ate on the southern side of the Museum of Natural History which was nearby.


Next stop was Sanrio, also known as “the Hello Kitty store.” Jessica was with us by that time. She was nearby and had met up after lunch. After Hello Kitty, we went to Toys R Us in Times Square, then walked up Fifth Avenue to NikeTown. And then we walked back along the southern border of Central Park to Columbus Circle. I’m pretty sure we walked about 4-5 miles that day, all tolled. When we got back to the apartment, my parents came over- with Momma! By then I was also done. Again, we all ate barbecue together. I wasn’t feeling too well and I had work on Monday and Tuesday so I went to bed at a decent time.

My one and only goal for July will be to get myself back into sleeping eight hours a night. I’ve been in “thesis mode” for the past few weeks and it’s breaking me down. On a positive note, I am SO EXCITED to finally be married to Gavin! (I do need sleep though.)


On a completely unrelated note, I discovered that Branden actually enjoys feeding the cats. Hm, maybe we can keep him.

A Flower Girl, A Ring Bearer and “The Bad Guy” (True Story)

Awhile back, Karin (Gavin’s sister-in-law) was talking to her kids about the wedding; explaining to Mikalya that she would be a flower girl and to Andrew that he would be a ring bearer. (That’s before Gavin and I realized that we could have two ring bearers.)

Andrew might have misunderstood the statement because he was immediately concerned that he would be required to wear an actual BEAR costume. Branden announced that he would be “the bad guy.” (Still unclear as to what that means.)

I found out that Mikalya was into the color hot pink/magenta. So, instead of asking her to wear a white dress to match the bride, Karin and I picked out a color that was closer to the color of the bridesmaid dresses (same color family.)


And lastly, after a few conversations with my mom on baskets (and a lot of me vetoing all things white and frilly), my mom found a brown wicker basket that was about the right size. She and Gavin’s mom picked out the lace last time Gavin’s family was in town and voilĂ - we now have a beautiful flower girl basket!