6.25.2014

THE ELUSIVE UPPER WEST SIDE LION IN HIS NATURAL HABITAT


So, two things you need to know up front before we get going here. 

First: Brandon is out of town. Still. So it is my job as remaining parent to take millions of photos + videos of what all Huck is up to and then text them to Brandon so he can reply back at me how cute our kid is, and then sometimes we get a video back of what all he's been up to. For example, last night we got to watch Brandon ride the zipline his parents built in the back yard for their grandkids, and tonight Brandon took Huck on a grand tour of the hotel pool. So. Boys. The point being, you know how sometimes you go for days without taking pictures of things on your phone? These are not those times.

Second: Huck is the proud owner of a magical lion Halloween costume that, seriously, miraculously, has fit him perfectly for three years running. It defies all the laws of physics, and for that I am grateful. Obviously. Because, well look at him.


Then Huck tried to sell me on this "I'm wearing this outside" idea. And I was all, "Heck no you aren't, mister," but he managed to make a pretty decent case for himself, actually. See for yourself:


Locals, lest you worried you'd hallucinated a lion riding a scooter through the Upper West Side this afternoon, fear not. That was us.


And now, here is what all we did.


Well, first we had to go to the Starbucks to get a black + white, because, priorities. (When it hits it hits!) (Corny joke about black + whites being the preferred cuisine of most African lions blah blah nope not funny.)


Next we went to the bank to deposit some checks. Exciting stuff, yes?


Next we discussed playground options. These debates can go on for hours. So first we decided to get something to eat.

We like to take obnoxious photos of ourselves in the mirror outside of the crepe place while we wait for our crepes, for purposes of posterity and stuff.


Huck's favorite is the ham + gruyere if you want to know. And he is still pretty good at waiting patiently


And then I was like, "Okay Huck. But this is not happening at the playground, it is time to change your clothes." There is only so far you can take a lion costume on an 80-degree day after all. He was okay with it at that point. 

*Not pictured: The two hours I spent playing Pet Rescue while Huck ran around the playground alternating between the splash pad and the sand box. Hashtag, mud.

**Totally Related in a Magical Way: THIS.

THE END.

38 comments :

  1. What a dime! Don't you just love those days where all eyes are on your kid and you think to yourself "heck yeah, I get to be this boy's mum! I have the best job in the world". I love those days. Love you guys too x

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  2. I want that costume!!! So good!

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  3. Ah! So darn sweet! What a little goober! Love every single shot! You've gotta through together a photo album book of these, girl! :)

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  4. Love it! You're thebomb.com, mama :)

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  5. I'm 18 so obviously there's still a long road ahead of me, but your blog makes me feel motherhood is something which will make my life a hundred times better one day. So even though I can't relate to you right now, I like to peek into your blog simply because I think you're a wonderful human being. I've been a silent reader for a while and I decided to comment this one time just to let you know this is my favorite entry ever :)

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  6. Huck is adorable, it's great the lion costume still fits him! -Hanna Lei

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  7. He is awesome!! And also a little crazy for wearing that when it's 80 degrees, but I really don't think kids realize when they're hot as long as theyre having fun!

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  8. good lord. this was completely adorable, and as if my ovaries weren't already doin' their "i need a baby" thing, this did me in.

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  9. Soooo cute. Thank you for sharing. I'm going to have to dig out our Halloween costumes now. :)

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  10. hahaha really, really cute. i would've caved for sure
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  11. My daughter was obsessed with her dinosaur costume, FOR YEARS. I think age 3 until 7. There were times where I'd have to pick my battles and just let her wear it.

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  12. Is that a tattoo on the back of your forearm?!

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  13. OK, this is the best and the cutest post I've seen anywhere in a long time! LOVE it and love the fact that you took this costume out on a walk!

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  15. We are Forever 21 dress twinning!! Did yours shrink when you washed it? The reviews online are saying it shrinks even if you follow the care instructions, so I'm contemplating letting it have a few glorious summer nights, you know, wearing it until it's Pig Pen status, and then tossing it. That's the beauty of a Forever 21 dress anyway, right? They clearly are not made to last, unlike Huck's Lion costume ;)

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  16. oh my gosh. the cutest!!

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  17. That is just the cutest damn thing I've ever seen. I love that you took him out in it. Sometimes I still wish I could dress silly in public.

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  18. This is great, I love this post. You're looking beautiful in that last picture with your boy. Love the hair, dress, dark eyelashes, love it all.

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  19. He is adorable and this might sound weird...but I really like your voice! I know I hate hearing mine recorded on videos, but you, you've got a really good one :)

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  20. What a fantastic way to spend the day together! Great job on letting Huck express himself at a lion. He is absolutely adorable.

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  21. I have never been more jealous of UWS-ers than I am right now--they got to S E E this lion in all of the scooting glory! Oh man...so good!

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  22. I'm dying over this. I am so happy that we've gotten to enjoy this for 3 years!!
    Melissa
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  23. I AM CRYING.

    It's officially my new dream to be followed by a human lion whilst on my errands. And it's at the top of my priorities.

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  24. http://www.lifeofcharmings.com/

    her writing and style- i think you guys are kindereds!

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  25. Hahahaha, his one-foot-forward pose in front of the mirror is killing me. What a character. Did anyone stop you to ask about the ferocious lion following you around?

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  26. He is adorable, and he is the main reason I read your blog! (not to sound creepy or anything!)

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  27. This is reminiscent of a post from your archives, about the subway lion- a random little boy in a lion costume, before you were even pregnant with Huck. This must have been one of those glimpses into motherhood that you ached for. Now you have it. What a beautiful thing!

    Whatever you might be like in your private life- your changing beliefs, worldview, and Heaven forbid, sensitivity when people say nasty things about you, just know that you have endeared yourself to us with your honesty and your words. Please don't ever lose that. Don't let haters dull that brightness in you. Just keep doing what you do. A quote I heard recently fits well: "There are two ways to dehumamize someone: by dismissing them, and by idolizing them".
    C. Jane once gave me the best advice from a table at the Orem library. She said that writers must keep giving themselves to people. Wise words from a wise lady, right?
    And finally, regardless of your views of the Church, know that your Mormon fangirl following has always got your back. I'm pretty sure that's why we throw around the term "Mormon mafia". You just can't escape us. ;)

    But seriously. You're awesome. Keep it up, girlfriend.

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  28. Really really loved this post and um..can you be my mom?? Er nevermind I'm 28, would that be weird? But seriously you're such a good mom and you make me silly excited about maybe one day being a mom too. Also love your blog and style btw. My twin sister and i actually compliment eachother's outfit and accessory choices with "oh my gosh, so cute, that's sooo natalie" :) keep rockin sister!

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  29. love this! i laughed really hard. rawr!
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  30. Okay, Best Mom Ever award goes to you. These photos are amaaaaaazing and I love you for letting him be a lion out in the city :) I insist that you print and frame these photos immediately (and maybe submit one to Humans Of New York?). These should definitely be added to the pile of Photos-To-Show-Huck's-Future-Lady, Include-In-College-Graduation-Announcements, and Show-Off-At-His-Wedding.

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  31. I have never commented on your blog before but I have been following you for a couple years now (wow... sorry, that sounded way more stalkery than I intended), but I just had to thank you for posting your pics of something as seemingly benign as going to "the crepe place". I live up in AK but just a month ago my family and I flew to NYC to watch my brother graduate from NYU. My kids have been reminiscing about all the fun places to eat there in The City and that exact crepe place was one of our most favorite surprise meal stops. We loved it. And my son would heartily agree with your adorable Huck that the ham and gruyere is the best one (with added bacon... what can I say, growing boys!) and my daughter and I are especially fond of the berries with cinnamon and sugar. Thank you for always posting your outings because now that we have been there, we get a glowy nostalgia feeling every time we spot something familiar. (ps - you are not alone in helping an underage lion explore the great outdoors :) it's secretly a mom's greatest pleasure to have the excuse of having your kids with you to do crazy and fun things that you couldn't otherwise get away with in polite society ;) )

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  32. OKAY, this is actually the greatest and also the cutest publish I have observed any place in quite a long time! Like it as well as adore the truth that a person required this particular outfit on the stroll!



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  33. Coming out of lurkdom because this post did my heart GOOD and I can't resist telling you so. Love your blog

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  34. hahhaahh this is the cutest post ever!! love that little lion!!

    xo,
    Sandy
    Sandy a la Mode

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  35. This is my favorite post of all time!

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  36. Adore this post and Hucks pics!!,

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  37. This is the cutest post EVER.

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