5.14.2013

LITTLE BOYS IN NYC + THE BUSINESS OF MAKING DREAMS COME TRUE


this is my theory in the making: it's gotta be pretty dang rad to be a two-year-old boy. talk about a decent way to live. 

you get to wake up when you feel like it, watch any mickey mouse cartoon your fingers can find on the ipad while you eat your morning yogurt, you receive excessive praise for using the potty effectively, and once you're dressed and strapped into your stroller (carrying whatever assortment of toy cars and planes and space rangers you deem acceptable for the day), you get to go outside where the world is positively filled with all of your favorite things. trucks, airplanes, helicopters, taxi cabs, subway trains, all the street pretzels and hotdogs you could ever eat at two dollars a pop, playgrounds everywhere . . . paradise! this world is a little boy's paradise!  

we took the kids to one of the local fire departments this morning for a play school field trip and huck's little boy mind was blown. wide. open. his eyes nearly bugged out of his face. he kept saying "wow, cool!" as he ran from one end of the engine to the other, touching every shiny red inch of the thing and only stopping to peer intently into the deep black of all the firefighter's boots. "cool, mom! wow!!" 

tangential aside: whoever thought to teach huck to say "wow, cool!" was clearly thinking straight. the level of cuteness in there today was straight up fatal.

the firemen up in our neck of the upper west side are great. they always smile and wave at huck as they ride past us on the street. the other day we were walking home from the grocery store when a fire truck pulled up onto the curb in front of us. five firemen hopped out with axes and raced into the building next to us, but first, one stopped dead in his tracks and gave huck a little salute. huck must have grown three inches right there on the spot of little boy pride. 

new york city is a theme park for little boys. just ask my husband. there's this new building under construction in the area, and every time we walk past it he likes to tell me just how many floors they've gotten up to that day, and the excitement in his face, he is such a nerd. 

"fifty one floors today! do you think they'll make it to fifty-two?!"

oh, boys.

a few fuzzy photos from our morning below, and a giant thank you to FDNY engine 40 for being so full of rad. it's my job as the general of this army of silly boys to make as many of these little boy dreams come true while i'm in charge of them, so thanks for helping me check off "sit in a fire truck" today. (and especially thank you to my friend marisa for making it happen!)

▲▲▲ "get a bra" and "do nothing." 

p.s. 
my trench coat was a gift from eddie bauer.

42 comments :

  1. Huck is such a lucky boy to get to explore the city with his mom! I almost felt like I was at the fire station with you...what a wonderful experience!

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  2. Totally agree.. life is freaking awesome for a two year old! But a fire station field trip? Yep - sure Huck mind was blown! xx

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  3. Oh my goodness, I just want to have little boys one day so badly!

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  5. I'm dying over your raincoat and shoes. Saw you got the rain coast from Eddie Bauer but where are those shoes from?
    xo

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    1. I as well am wondering about the coat and shoes.

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    2. The SHOES? We must know about THE SHOES!

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  6. oh boy (see what i did there?) is this cute!! :)

    xo

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  7. This is the best thing ever for a two year old great experience to have. -Hanna

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  8. This is so precious! You have a beautiful little boy.

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  9. I've always wanted to have a house full of little boys, and this post makes me so excited to hopefully have that happen some day! You capture little moments so beautifully.

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  10. Oh my! He must have had a blast!!

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  11. I totally agree. When we were in NYC, while my daughter was in the hospital for 4 months, my son was in heaven! He loved it!

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  12. Such a fun experience! Thanks for sharing!

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  13. such sweet photos! i am cherishing every moment of my little girl being obsessed with "choo-choos", trucks, and tons of dirt and puddles wherever we go. i secretly love that she isn't yet into girly stuff, because these things really are so much fun. i think fire engines may be at the top of the fun meter.

    plus, fire-fighters are really sexy (i am married to one - i can say that!)

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  14. SO much cuteness!

    xx
    http://thepocketbookblogg.blogspot.com/

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  15. What does 'Rad' mean?

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  16. Who doesn't like a fire engine?? Great post!

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  17. Love this.
    && I don't know what that board is for, but "Uzbekistan Gigilo" had me in stitches!

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  18. that is stinking CUTE!

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  19. So adorable! & my heart just melted that they stop & wave at you guys!

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  20. So ridiculously cute! Love seeing NYC through the eyes of a two year-old!

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  21. I also want to thank those Firefighters too! Huck's face!!!! Huck's FACE!!! HUCKS FACE!! Lit up like a glow-worm :)

    My Uncle Steve is the Chief Firefighter in charge of those goofball guys down in Houston, Tx precinct and let me tell you those guys adore when the kiddos visit!! It's one of the few perks of the job. I remember my little brothers face lighting up just like that at the sight of a firetruck, or bulldozer, or airplane, or heaven forbid we see an eighteen wheeler (it might honk for us!!). Boys are the MOST and so easy :)

    And last but not least... Kate THANK YOU for that heavenly trench! Nat you look like you're ready to rock the runway! But my goodness every portrait you have posted you just look stellar :)

    One day Huck will look back on this corner of the internet and think "WHOA! My Mom .. She always hit it out of the ballpark"!!

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  22. Had my mind on Kate Spade! Meant to thank Eddie... gorgeous trench nonetheless :)

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  23. Seriously, I love your writing!
    But the whole fire truck day: cuteness all around :)
    And gotta love the firemen and women for being so awesome!

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  24. Oh my gosh, just died from the cute.

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  25. Little kids visiting the fire station is always the cutest. I love when stations open up and welcome the little people to visit, too. Adorable!

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  26. I see a children's book in this post.

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  27. Thanks for the big dose of heart-warmingness this morning. How frickin adorable.

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  28. OOooooOohh! This is so cute! I bet he was just dying!

    xo Lisa
    Making Life's Lemons

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  29. He looks so very happy and excited!! Can totally imagine him saying "wow, cool!"

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  30. I love that play groups still exist! I was fortunate to live in OH where my mom put us in "Safety City." Complete with red, green and yellow classes and seat-belted big wheels for all on a mini street covered playground! It was unreal and people don't believe me when I tell them about it today! When we moved to NM, my ma started play groups. My poor younger sibs didn't get the Safety City luxury.

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  31. Adorable! My moms' group does meet-ups like this but for girls to see positive role models in firefighter and police officer roles. My 2 1/2 year old had quite the meltdown when it was time to get out of the driver's seat but it was oh so cute regardless! I'm looking forward to visiting the local police precinct next week with our group =)

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  32. How cute! Every little boys loves a trip to the fire house.

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  33. "wow! cool!" -oh i love it!

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  34. oh my word. that's pretty darn cute. i was recently thinking the same thing about being a toddler - waking and sleeping whenever you want, being praised for such simple things, someone having to tolerate your crazy, eating what you want (kind of)...i mean. it's really something.

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  35. THAT FACE! you can't make up joy like that. i even remember going NUTS when it was firehouse day in pre-k. got to wield that hose and err'thang. life-changing.

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  36. The happiest boy on the planet!! What a cutie!!

    xoxo PARIS BEE kids blog

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  37. Seriously, why we all wanted to grow up so bad when we were children, I don't know. Toddlers especially, really have it good.

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  38. This is seriously cute. I have so many memories of visiting the fire station, so lovely to make memories xx

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  39. I keep telling my sister that my nephew will love it here for a visit! I think that all her suburban mindset sees is stress and difficulty. Hopefully after reading this post, she will be convinced! Thank you!

    http://www.selectionsbysisters.com

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