Majestic views of the city! We went around 11pm & had the best views/no lines to wait in (Joyce is the ultimate tour guide!!)….plus the lights of the city are absolutely amazing. Lola LOVES King Kong so I had to oblige her with a ‘mom was here’ photo. Thanks for not judging.
Where do I begin?!? I refuse to start with the first day of our trip because that’s just sooooo not my style. I’m a spontaneous gal….for instance Monday night at 12:30 (okay so technically it was Tuesday morning) we were sitting in our hotel room at the Westin Hotel at Times Square and a thought came to mind….’how does one go about getting tickets to see Live with Kelly & Michael?’ Quickly I used the iNtErWeB & had tickets waiting for me inside my inbox. WHAT?!? Now it wasn’t a guarantee that we would get IN, but still I was a wee-bit excited. I casually asked the ladies (Joyce & Dawn), “Would anyone like to see Live with Kelly & Michael?” Dawn jumped up & down like a mad woman saying, “YES, YES, YES!!” I was thrilled she shared my love of spontaneous adventures…we had to be there, in line at 7am….yikes! We made it, we were assured we would get in (even though we sat there worrying the ENTIRE time!). We met a delightful young couple in line with us that we causally suggested ‘marriage’ ASAP….they were like Bert & Ernie, chocolate chips cookies & milk (a perfect match!). Guess what?! We got in & no sooner did Dawn have to pee….seriously?!?! What was she thinking? We HAD to get inside ASAP to see the set, to see what was next….nope, she had to pee. Guess what else?!? Because she had to pee we ended up getting the LAST 2 seats on the FRONT ROW RIGHT by the band AND by the door that Kelly & Michael came out of….wow if the sweet Lord wasn’t looking out for us I don’t know who was!! Did I mention I USED to watch Live with Regis & KL…I can’t even type her name…seriously I was not a fan. BUT I did love Regis. Who couldn’t love that guy? Anyway, I remember when Kelly was announced as the new co-host. I watched them religiously until my 2nd baby was born….life got crazy with a toddler & newborn. NOTHING was predictable in my house! When my husband suggested naming our daughter Lola I actually paused & thought ‘we can’t do that because that’s Kelly’s daughter’s name.’ Yep, I know what you’re thinking….seriously!?!?! Like you’ll ever meet Kelly Ripa!!! Guess what?! I did!!! I actually spewed ‘I have a LOLA TOOOO’ as my seat neighbor took our photo together. I’m 100% certain that she thinks I’m a total stalker. I am most certainly not a stalker. We had the time of our lives….I made the older gentleman next to me a wee-bit nervous when I started nudging him/dancing when American Authors came on…Sometimes I do think I should implement a filter, but seriously there’s just too much to contain! Here are a few pics….did I forget to mention we saw/Dawn touched HUGE Jackman? Yep, totally drooled all over the place. Slightly embarrassed by it all, but it’s not like I’ve ever seen an amazing actor before so I feel like there’s some wiggle room, forgiveness there right?!? ALMOST forgot we ate at the Tavern on the Green–which I have to mention *here* because I used to love hearing Regis talk about it….it was everything I needed to experience and then some! Our waiter was from Katy, TX—-where my baby girl was born! Our food was to die for & I snapped a photo or two with my phone…I’m THAT girl…sorry/not sorry AT ALL! XOXO *FYI my photo of me/Dawn/Kelly Ripa was horrible of everyone except Kelly….
This sweet baby girl is beyond adorable. She reached out for me to hold her!! I melted….is there anything more sincerely sweet than a little one reaching out to you? Her cheeks were like butta (not to be confused with butter)…butta.
I wanted to play & cuddle the entire time of our shoot. Mom brought a smash cake that made Julianna’s eyes light up. At one point I thought she was going in head first….I was giddy with anticipation! She, being the little lady that she is, refrained & took to the scoop technique instead. Thank you for inviting me to share in these memories with your family Annalisa. I had a wonderful time meeting your beautiful family & can’t wait to see how adorable ‘toddler Julianna’ will be!! XOXO
There’s nothing like becoming a mom. It’s absolutely eXhAuStInG trying to raise children to be independent, driven by a good moral compass, confident, caring, sharing, appreciative…and the endless worry….wanting them to learn, succeed, treat others with love….at the end of the day I want them to know how much they are loved & wanted. I hope & pray I never have to know a day without them in my world. Their smiles warm my heart & make me so proud of the title they have given me, ‘mom.’ Thank you God for my sweet blessings!
We went out to play in the beautiful hills of Austin, TX…ended up at St. Edwards Park & came home with some cute photos! I will not post the photos they took of me, but I will always treasure them wanting to learn about my love of photography & LOVE the shots of us together.
I’ve known this family for 6 years….sIXyEaRs. WOW. Time flies….when children are involved.
We met when our kids started Kindergarten. Seeing the photos of Ripley was a bit of a ‘slap in the face-slash-reality check’ for me. I can’t believe how grown up she looks. What happened to little Kinder Ripley?!?! I hope my son still sees the ‘kinder version’ of Ripley…what are the chances of that?!? I LOVE the
photos of her…her eyes say so much! We had so much fun playing downtown….here are my favorites from our time together.