Sunday, October 31, 2010

Sunday... the long trip home and some blurry cell phone pics

The last day of our trip. We started the day by going to our old church and introducing Egan to a bunch of our old friends. It was a sweet time to get to see everyone.
After church, we stopped to pick up some quick lunch before a nap for Egan. Lunch was burgers from a "secret" burger place. It is in a fancy hotel behind this curtain.
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Please excuse the blurry cell phone pics. I didn't have my real camera. Hopefully you can still get the idea.
Once you round the curtain and walk down a dark hall, you see this little neon burger sign.
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Then, you walk into this little burger place. All they have are burgers, fries, and shakes, and you better have cash because they don't take credit. Oh, and you need to know what you want to order before reaching the front of the line. They aren't keen on waiting. There's a sign saying they will send you to the back.
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There's a single grill right behind the cashier where all the food is cooked and a few tables around the perimeter of the place. Really, it is nothing fancy, but a fun place to eat.
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Thankfully Egan took a great nap and we got him up just in time to catch our car to the airport. Both of our flights home were completely full, so Egan just had to sit in our lap, but he really did great.
We had books, puzzles, and his favorite... the iPad. He even wore his headphones without complaint.
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We didn't make it home till super late and only at the end he got fussy.
It felt so good to be home after such a long time away. It was great to be back in a city we dearly love, but also great to be back home with my sweet family.
And so ends Egan's first big vacation!

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Saturday... one week ago. Still playing catch up.

Trying to wrap up these NYC photos so that I can move on to some of our fun Fall activities!
I was done working on Friday, so we got to hang out Friday evening for dinner with friends and also some other fun things. Saturday morning we went to Central park to see some other friends (Hi, Steve, Becky and Maelee!) and let Egan play. Before we could meet them, Egan heard the music coming from the carousel (that he had ridden with Blake a few days earlier). I'm not sure what kind of subliminal message plays in that music, but he was pulling Blake toward it, and it wasn't even in sight yet! We figured we had time to let him go for a quick ride, so on we went.
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Although Egan wanted to ride, he was still scared of the horses. I picked one that didn't go up and down thinking that might help. It did a little bit, but he was still very clingy, and as you can see in the pictures, he wasn't really on the horse at all.
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That's ok. We enjoyed it.
Here's Egan after the ride.
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And here are a few more that didn't make the Christmas card. How cool is this bench?!?
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It is the same playground that Egan and Blake went to earlier in the week, but Egan didn't care. He had a blast "Sliiiiiding!" (That is one of his favorite words these days.)
I think he is saying "Woah!" in this picture.
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Waving to mom. "Look at me!"
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Becky and Maelee at the park.
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Egan explored every inch of the park.
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The swings.
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and a really cool stone slide!
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When those things get old, there is always dad to provide some fun.
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Phew! Such a fun morning with friends in Central Park. I don't think there is a place I'd rather be on a cool Fall morning!
After a nap for Egan (and maybe a quick one for me as well,) we went out for some more fun. Our first stop was Toys R Us in Times Square.
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What kind of tourists would we be if we didn't take a picture here?
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Next stop... Chinatown. Here's Egan on the subway. He took his game very seriously.
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We went to our favorite little Malaysian place. I'd already gone once before Blake and Egan came and got my standard dish, so I was planning to branch out this time. I failed, but the food did not disappoint. It was SO good.
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Such a fun end to an even more fun day!

Oh, and I forgot this... we picked up this bag for Egan as we were leaving Central Park. It is his new library book bag. We handed it to him after we paid for it and I've never seen such a happy kid. He pointed to each owl and said "Owl! Hoo!" over and over. Seeing his face made the purchase worth it. I think it is pretty cute, my self.
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Thursday, October 28, 2010

You are NOT going to believe this.

I just ordered our Christmas Cards. Really, I did. We took some pictures in NYC last week and the card company was having a great sale, so I got busy and ordered!
I won't be sharing the picture(s) that are on the card, but here are a few funny ones that didn't make the cut.
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Egan is on the move 130% of the time. It's a wonder I ever get him to look at me when I try to take pictures!
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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

into the wild

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Friday morning, Blake and Egan had another adventure where they saw very large deer, elk, and lots of other wild animals.
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They went to the American Museum of Natural history.
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Egan loves animals, and really enjoyed seeing them all close up. He just ran from exhibit to exhibit checking them all out.
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It should come as no surprise that owls are one of Egan's favorite animals. He really liked this one.
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I think this is my favorite picture Blake took.
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Is it me, or does Egan have the same expression as the lions?
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And here's Egan with several other animals in the museum.
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They also visited the dinosaurs.
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I'm not sure that Egan fully understands what they are, but I think he had fun.
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This is Egan with a window. Blake said he loved it. I don't know why.
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I'm so glad they got to have so much fun together while in the city!