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JUST A PERFECT DAY / CENTRAL PARK

Posted on: Wednesday














After the MOMA, on we went.. over to 6th Avenue and northbound, past the ballooning crowds of tourists and the sizzling falafel stands on the corners with their clouds of oddly appetizing shawarma smoke, past the old cigar shop where fancily suited men hold court in the street-side windows and stare out at you creepily with cigars in their mouths and newspapers in their hands, past the overworked sign-holders standing in the sun on the side streets, beckoning you to rent a bike for the day (if they rented kids' seats for said bikes I would be all over that), past the white-gloved doormen of 59th Street and the decorated horses and carriages of Central Drive, and on to that great manmade kingdom of kingdoms in the city, Central Park.

Onward we went, through the manicured pathways and wild brush, through the trees heavy with green and the arching footbridges and the brightly colored fauna.  A little further in and a little further in, until the wilderness surrounded us on all sides and the city felt far away.  Then all was calm.

Deep within Central Park lies another world; a world where the woes and the stress of city life cease to exist, where one can sit alone and remember, or forget, or listen to the music of nature, or listen to silence.  You enter the park for a pretty afternoon stroll and you wander along, and one moment you're watching taxis and Clydesdales clamor for road space, and the next, you're away. Far away. You see the building rising above the trees in the distance, but the sounds and smells of the city are nowhere to be found.  It is there that lies this other world, the magical respite where one can find peace.

Just as the exhaustion began to creep in to our bones from our lengthy adventures through the museum, the park, and the carousel, we came to this place.  We spotted a cool stone island in the grass and made it our own personal bench.  Away from the city and the commotion of the everyday, we rested.  We ate.  We laughed.  Lucien nursed while Biet put on a show for passerby's.  Stealthily stealing the hat off my head and dancing around with a smirk, she brought many a smile to our faces.  Then the wind began to blow as the afternoon sun sank lower, so I zipped up my dress and buckled up the babies, and with hats our heads and dirt on our feet, we made our way home, thinking all the while, what a perfect day.

17 COMMENTS:

  1. Such sweet photos! Do you guys love the stokke baby carrier? Thinking about getting one and would love to know what you think. Thanks!

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    1. Thanks Hayley! Yes we got the MyCarrier from Stokke. It is a really amazing carrier with a lot of versatility, and, for me, a back-saver
      (especially compared to the baby bjorn which tortured me). That being said, it has A LOT of bells and whistles, straps, buckles, etc. You get used to them, and they do keep your baby super secure, which is a great feeling when your racing up and down subway stairs, but it will never be as simple to put on/off as other carriers. Also, while it is suitable for newborns, I highly recommend a wrap carrier for the first few months over this (like the moby or happy wrap). All in all, I LOVE this carrier and am so happy to have it, and to be able to use it for both of my kids. I like it better than most others, but it is not 100% perfect. I have yet to find one that is :)

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  2. gorgeous photos! Beautiful post :)

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  3. Your stories fill me with much joy, keeping me reminiscent of the city I once lived, and longing to return. With beautiful photographs and endearing honest words, I always leave your whimsical space, more inspired than before. Thank you!

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    1. Why thank you so very much! I adore this city and am so happy that you can feel that from my stories :)

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  4. Oh my gosh, I love you so much for just nursing that sweet babe out in the open and sharing pictures. I nursed my daughter for 27 months, but never out in the open and I regret being ashamed to do it in public. I think it's so wonderful when women are comfortable nursing wherever, it just looks so natural, and it makes nursing appear as less of a taboo thing. Beautiful mama, beautiful family!

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    1. thank you Molly!
      I have grown so much as a nursing mother, and have developed more confidence and comfort nursing in public than I ever thought i would have. I'm so happy to show the world that nursing, and extended nursing through the toddler years, is natural and beautiful!

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  5. Your family is so beautiful, Belle.
    Parks in the centre of the city seem the most magic - you can never quite believe that it exists and that you are allowed to soak it all in. There's a park near in the city that I live in, very near to my house - we walk there every single at the day at the moment just to escape from the tower blocks and pavements. It's beautiful!

    Also, Biet looks so grown up here. A big girl, not a baby girl.

    Flora

    www.twowithseven.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Thank you Flora!
      Parks in the city really do hold a certain magic and peace. And Biet is looking more like a teenager every day, it amazes me to no end!

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  6. The pictures of her peeking in while you were nursing are seriously precious.

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    1. Thank you Jess! She was waiting fir her turn :)

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