9.04.2013

FÊTE PARADISO AT GOVERNORS ISLAND



on monday we fiiiinally made it out to governors island. despite the crummy weather, and other appealing invitations from friends, despite it all! holbrooks against the world! 

governors island is really fun, i want to go back.

there's an antique french carnival going on right now called fête paradiso. it's made up of original carnival rides from france from as early as the 1850s. (the barker at one of the carousels we rode told us we were on the exact carousel that napoleon proposed to josephine on, if you can believe such things.) it's really quite twee and adorable. and food trucks, and bike rentals, a funky art-y goonie golf set, and lots of cute little museums. a gallery of photos from hurricane sandy looked really interesting, but i didn't have time to see it.

i sound like a tourist brochure.



okay so this bicycle ride looked really tame -- it was mostly run on leg power -- but once it got going it felt surprisingly fast and i was pretty certain that huck was going to fall right off. total mom death grip going on on his back belt loop. we opted to hop off before the bicycles started to run backwards, because i am the world's biggest wimp. i have a badge and everything.


jamaican jerk chicken! rice and beans, daaaaaaang. our friends the soukups made it out there about an hour or so before we did and gave it rave reviews, so of course we had to try it. i'm SO glad we did. i'd go all the way back for that rice alone. 


huck wanted to ride this dragon roller coaster, which, look. huck. i know it's probably not that scary, i know kids ride these things every day, but there was no way. brandon volunteered to go on it with him and huck took it like a champ. i felt horrified and kind of wanted to cheer him on at the same time.

and now, a portrait of huck the dragon roller coaster conqueror.



and then the goonie golf course and this cloud . . . thing . . . which was made entirely out of old milk jugs and water bottles. it was really neat inside.


we got soaked. it was great. 

and now a final parting shot of the face huck would make at me when he'd get distracted by something and i'd say "huck! catch up!"


don't i know it. 

(by the way i'm going to start including links to stuff we're wearing at the end of posts,
because when i get questions in the comments and can't get to them right away i always feel bad.
there'll be a few affiliate links up in here, FYI. not all. just some.)

so! on me:
dress: shabby apple (old)
shirt: madewell

on huck:
shirt: c/o mamacase
shorts: zara kids

35 comments :

  1. This is awesome Natalie... links, yay! I'm always wondering what fabulous things you're wearing. What a magical day! And Huck's face at the end. Oh my gosh! Love reading about your awesome family adventures! <3

    xo
    By The Shore

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  2. awesome pictures!! that one of brandon & huck on the coaster- those kids in the background too? such a great shot! looks so fun.

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  3. These pictures are so great! It looks like so much fun. And that last pictures of Huck...priceless!! My three year old does the same fake close his eye in Target while walking down the isles.

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  4. How awesome! I love that last picture. What a fun trip! :)

    http://sometimesgracefully.com

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  5. What a place! I would love to visit. Hucks face on that last photo... oh my lanta how precious!

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  6. How fun! I'm sure you'd love it there for the Jazz Age Lawn Party as well -I've been taking my daughter now 3 since she was only a few weeks old, and it's such a great tradition. Governor's Island is a must visit!

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  7. A friend of mine told me about this, because he's participating in the art festival that's also going on! Looks like lots of fun-definitely planning to make a trip out there one of these weekends.

    Rose
    Blonde in this City

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  8. Your little boy is so, so, SO CUTE! I can't get over all his expressions.

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  9. I'm so glad you captured that face at the end, it's made my evening! What a little character.

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  10. huck and brandon crouching with the umbrellas proooobably needs to go in a frame.

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  11. Love the photos of your boy and hubby together! And the last photo is hilarious. Lol!

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  12. That looks magical! I'd love to take my kiddo there. Huck's face, wow! And yay for the outfit links, I am usually wondering.

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  13. what a fun day! love the picture of your hubby and son with the umbrellas. frame that one:)

    xo annie

    http://silverliningjournal.blogspot.com/2013/09/laborless-day.html

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  14. Henry is adorable- especially in that last video! His facial expressions so often remind me of my two year son. Except I'm wondering if Henry is ever a naughty two year? - he seems to be so well behaved. And you seem to be a very patient and easy-going mom - please tell me you lose your cool sometimes.... Maybe?

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  15. love this post! the carnival looks amazing! love all the 1800's rides!
    awesome photos!

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  16. The guy with the handlebar mustache looks like andKathleen's brother, Donny Vomit: http://andkathleen.com/2013/08/what-if-new-york/

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  17. what a perfect day.

    and that boy in that shirt is killing me.

    <3

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  18. Huck's face!! I want to go to an antique French carnival! So cool! :)

    xo

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  19. The fact that it was so rainy makes these photos that much dreamier :) And don't even get me started on that face. I can't get over his facial expressions!

    applewood road

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  20. okkkkkay HIS FACE! Huck is such a dreamboat!!!! you are lucky. I want to be his best friend, haha! these photos are dreamy though.. how cool to make it out there! xo

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  21. Hey! That's my brother in the second photo (on the right). Did you get to see him hammer a nail into his face or swallow a sword?

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  22. love governors island! they hold great concerts there too! xo

    http://allthingsprettyandlittle.blogspot.com

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  23. I love that photo with the umbrellas! Such beautiful use of colour :)

    samanthaheather.blogspot.com

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  25. The last photo of Huck - ohhhh my goodness!!! He seriously melts my heart!! Lovely blog as per usual :)

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  26. super secret triangle wrist tattoo or cool bracelet in the holding-belt-loops pic? i've been pining for a super secret wrist(?) tattoo...so i may just be projecting.

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    1. hah it's a tattly temporary tattoo! i'm testing the idea out, i'm right there with you on the pining ;).

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  27. You make NYC into a very live-able place for those of us who just used to see it as a Big City. And Huck is the cutest child EVER!

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  28. ok, i have to admit i checked the comments to see if anyone had asked about the wrist tattoo! cool idea to try out a temporary one to see if you like it. :) also, dude, i'm jealous, last year i went to governor's island and there were no adorable old-fashioned rides to speak of! (i don't live near enough to come check it out, sad face)

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  29. your hair looks amazing. I don't know if it's the new cut or styling products...but seriously. you're making me want to grow my bangs out and start a deep part hahaha

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    1. I also feel like your picture game has been stepped up so much lately! Not that they ever weren't adorable but lately they're just heart melting. So cute.

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  30. That is exactly how I felt when we went on a log ride at Six Flags. Since there are 5 of us, we had to split up, and my 5yo twins were in a seat by themselves with me behind them. I had total mom death grip on them the entire time, especially when we went down a huge descent.

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