9.23.2014

WEEKEND REPORT / PART ONE




Hey, happy fall things!

Over the weekend we enjoyed beautiful weather--what felt like possibly the last warm weather of the season. I'm half scared of the colder weather to come and half optimistic about it. Yes, sweaters! Ack, slush! Minus our colds and a very silly 20-minute argument on the promenade on Sunday (you know that move when you throw your arms out and shout, "I'm SORRY!" but you're not really sorry?), it was an almost perfect weekend. So now we're going to rehash all of it, in detail, with photo illustrations, starting with Sunday and working our way backwards, because multipart posts are coolCome on, yes they are.

On Sunday (Brandon's birthday!) we had us a day around DUMBO and Brooklyn Heights. (We had plans for a birthday game night with cake and ice, but decided to spare our friends our germs and instead inflict them upon all of everyone in Brooklyn Heights. Kind of us? You can say it, we're pretty thoughtful.) Huck had been requesting and Brandon had been promising a Jane's Carousel outing for weeks, but between Huck's cold, then my cold, then Brandon's cold, it seemed like it might never happen. But it happened! We were grouchy and snotty (get it?) the entire afternoon, we moved in ultra slow motion, but we also had a really lovely time.

Wizard's chess! Ron Weasley!


We took the R to Court Street and Montague to wander down our old street (and maybe get a bagel because I wanted a bagel--but did I get a bagel?). It turned out Montague was having its annual street fair/block party! Hooray! We love us a good block party. Most NYC street fair/block parties follow the same fair food / bounce house / music / live performance formula... sometimes there's $1 socks and expired beauty products on the cheap if you're lucky. But not the Montague street fair! The Montague street fair is some classy business. Instead of a bounce house, there was a life-size chess game. The street performers were classically-trained ballet dancers, the DJs were these two rad reggae dudes, and there was a dog show?


(Nine years ago I found my very favorite vintage dress at this street fair!) (Was it nine years ago? I might need to hire my own fact checker.)

Then we decided to get sushi, because when in Brooklyn Heightsyou get Iron Chef sushi

Then I thought I saw Larry David! But it turns out I didn't. 

After lunch we stopped at the pier to get some ice cream, at which point I handed the camera to Brandon. Brandon plus a camera is really fun. He gets so many great/goofy shots. So now I shall include them ALL.


Huck!


(Please to enjoy my total botched bathroom-sink hair cut. We came dangerously close to repeating that time I had to get an emergency Mandy Moore pixie my junior year in college. Woo, life on the edge!! ;) At this point we were mid-correction and overcompensating with some extra hard bed head. You know, fabulous. It is now even shorter, but at least it is even. I am still coming to grips with it. Sigh. So tragic, so unimportant... I feel like Anne Shirley would sympathize. ;)

The line for the Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory was rather long, so after futzing around for a bit on the pier we got a concrete next door at the Shake Shack. (We walked past three separate Shake Shacks in Brooklyn this weekend! When did this happen!!)


And finally, DUMBO! The carousel! Turned out I had a ticket left over from the last time we were there smashed in my wallet, so Huck and the birthday boy had themselves a turn... and then they were done. But it's always a good day for a spin around old Jane. 


Could a blog post have any more photos!? I took this next one and I'm real proud of it. 


I also made that one, too. You know. Proud of that also. 


You know what's a sign of a good dad? A guy who spends his birthday doing things his kid loves to do.


I married a real good dad. 


Favorite water tower to take us out.

Anyway that is the end of that


The end.

31 comments :

  1. I don't know how weird this might make you feel, but maybe you'll remember it the next time you're feeling down. I'm real jealous of you and the life you lead. Reading your blog feels like daydreaming. Keep doing what you do. <3

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  2. Aww you can see the pure joy on Huck's face. That is one lucky kid. And your hair looks fab! Best mistake ever! ;) - Leith

    www.thesanfranciscan.co/

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  3. That pic of you and Huck up top is so rad!

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  4. Totally love your honestly and your exaggerating. (That's ok to say, right?) Haha. You gotta love someone who doesn't take themselves too seriously. And I had to laugh about your fighting in the promenade comment. Been there- arms outstretched and all :) BTW- How in heaven's name do you keep your necklaces from getting all tangled? I gave up on wearing multiples long ago because they would just end in a tangled mess and threaten to choke me. Not cute. But it looks good on you! Please share your secrets.

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  5. adorable photos!!

    www.amoderngypsy.blogspot.com

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  6. These photos were adorable. You really did marry a good dad. You guys are an adorable family! I really loved everybody's outfits!

    xo
    Rachel

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  7. So sweet Natalie! Always the cutest family ever! And yes, How do you keep your necklaces from tangling? Lol

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  8. Someday, I want to take a Natalie Jean Tour of NY, for real!

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  9. Huck looks so much like you...until you post a photo of him with Brandon :) Amazing how that happens!

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  10. Aw, sounds like the best way to celebrate a birthday (sans being sick). And that little picture of Huck on the carousal is the cutest!!
    xo TJ

    http://www.hislittlelady.com

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  11. lovely photos. I love the necklace layering!

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  12. "Sigh. So tragic, so unimportant..."

    You just crack me up every single time! And I love what you said about a good dad doing what his kids like. So tender. ALSO, nice shot of your cleave there! Mr. Holbrook clearly knows where to look.

    That was a joke, I hope you know. Love your long rambling posts.

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  13. hi natalie! long time reader, first time commenter. i'm coming to NYC in a few weeks (mostly because a friend and i want to sit on the friends central perk couch, + i've been looking for an excuse to come to NYC anyway). we're planning to follow your advice (from this post: http://www.heynataliejean.com/2010/12/what-to-do-in-new-york-cityyyyyyyy.html ). do you have any suggestions to update the list from when you wrote it 4 years ago?

    thanks for entertaining + inspiring me with this blog. if you ever come to iowa, i'd be happy to share my list of what to do here. ;)

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  14. I'm not sure why I feel so "inspired" to comment on your blog today, but I do. I just gotta say that I look forward to each and every post you write. I've been following your blog since Huck was just a little babe. He's THE cutest thing, by the way. I've loved following your journey. The way you write, the things you say, your style, everything! just makes my day! Over the last few months I've really seen you come alive. You are beautiful, inside and out. Keep doing what you're doing. You're obviously a fabulous mama, and I love watching/learning from other mom's as we keep on treckin' thru this crazy thing we call life.

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  15. What an adorable day! Also love that dress!

    Ripped Jeans

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  16. Ugh that post was the best. Pictures of huck forever! And you look like a perfect little ballerina in that dress

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  17. what a lovely post. the photos of huck and dad make me swoon!

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  18. Life is good. And so are your photos.

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  19. I love your blog and always look forward to all your posts! i'm greatly inspired by you. Love these images! :)

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  20. I just joined Blogger and I am glad I found your site! Great photos!

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  21. Boys and their dad...such sweetness!

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  22. truly amazed with your weekend report.so much fun and so much love on the weekend.and i just love the way you brought me into new york city lifestyle.wish i can stay in NYC.

    xo josephine c.
    www.joselovincolors.com

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  23. I know you're not on the UWS anymore, but that fall street fair is straight out of You've Got Mail... I hear "Tweedly deedly dee..."

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  24. Cute, cute, cute...

    Did I miss a post? Did you end up getting awesome tattoos? Or is that fake life!?! ;)

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  25. Also, you should be extra proud of yourself for that picture of Huck on the carousel. That's the frameworthiest.

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  26. such cute photos with your son! and that pink dress is so pretty!

    www.footnotesandfinds.com

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  28. Hey Natalie, Huck looks just like Dennise the Menace here. Just the right amount of mischief and cuteness! And the hair - of course the hair!!

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  29. Your dress fills me with the happiest feelings!

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  30. You both always look so adorable! I love following your adventures. :) Just wanted to let you know that I nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award! Thanks for posting so much inspiring content! http://aliciainwonderlandblog.com/2014/09/25/one-lovely-blog-award-alicia-in-wonderland-blog/

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  31. Everything looks like so much fun! -Hanna Lei

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