Tuesday, May 7, 2013

LI, NY

Last weekend, Hattie and I made our first mother-daughter solo trip to NY.  Two of my dearest college friends, Megan and Danny were blessed with two of the most adorable twin girls 10 months ago.  When Griff and I went out to DC to visit them last August, Brooklyn asked me (via puff painted onesie) to be her godmother.  I was honored, and am honored to hold this special title even though I am many miles away. 
 
I actually have a godmother that lives many miles away and she really took her position to heart.  Throughout my life she has sent me spiritual reading materials, books, videos and most of all love.  I too will not take this honor lightly, and will in any way I can, encourage Brooklyn (and Hailey) in their own faith.
We headed out to NY early Friday morning, landed at JFK and took the LIRR directly to Port Washington to meet my college roommate Casey and see her amazing boutique.  Casey opened Petra about a year and a half ago, and it is amazing.  First of all because if there is something that Casey looks completely natural, comfortable and perfect doing, it's buying and selling gorgeous designer gowns and special occasion dresses.  This is soooo her calling.  Her store is fabulous, the gowns are insane and she is exactly the person you want giving you advice on what to add to your wardrobe.  I'm so glad I got to see her store and even buy something to wear that weekend!
 
Friday night was spent at Casey's parents' house and it was so much fun catching up.  Because Casey's mom watches her adorable granddaughter a few days a week, she had all of the baby gear I needed and therefore did not need to bring anything....which eased the traveling with a 2-month-old situation.
 
Saturday morning we met up with Megan and did a swap to move Hattie and me over to Megan's for Saturday's activities.  Again, baby gear all set and ready made for a smooth transition.
 
I always love visiting Megan's parents' house.   Her mom is an amazing self-taught gourmet chef, and she never disappoints on creating an amazing spread for any occasion.  They also live on the south shore of Long Island, right on the Bay and it is beautiful, even with the devastation Sandy caused.
 
We celebrated Brooklyn and Hailey's Baptism with an awesome party at Meg's parents' on Saturday and the actual service on Sunday.  Because so many of Megan and Danny's relatives went to Georgetown or visited while we attended Georgetown, I feel like I know them all pretty well.  What a fun and supportive family they have.  Of Meg and Danny's brothers and sisters, 7 out of 9 of them were there.  We had a great time catching up, enjoying the refreshing breeze and eating fabulous food.  In case you don't believe me, Casey warned her boyfriend Josh that if he didn't eat before noon, he was no longer allowed to eat until getting to the party because the food would be that good.  And it was.
 
The weekend was perfect.  Even though it was only a weekend, I felt like I was on vacation.  Time with just Hattie, and some of my best college friends was a great way to spend a few days.  Hattie was perfect.  The. Whole. Weekend.  She did great on both plane rides, she ate, pooped, smiled and slept.  Her favorite spot was sitting in the breezing family dining room looking at Meg's dad's hunting 'trophies.' It was like her first trip to the zoo.  It was the longest stretch of time I've spent with just Hattie, and I soaked in every minute of it.  I fell deeper in love with her sweet little self.  Not to mention she has started smiling more and more.  In fact when I'm feeding her now, I can barely lock eyes with her because she just starts smiling.  Not that it's a bad thing, but it distracts her from eating and it makes me well up.

 

I feel so refreshed having gotten to see my dear friends, show off my baby:) and breathe the fresh ocean air.  Though I miss all of them dearly (hopefully there will be some weddings in the next year so we can catch up again soon!), at least I know I will get to see Meg, Danny and their beautiful girls in June because they are coming to Minnesota!!! 

The first of hopefully many mother-daughter trips was a roaring success.

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