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Posted by on Nov 30, 2013 in Family Fun | 3 comments

Family Time & First Dates

It was an exciting week in the Andrews’ household! Atlas got to meet his Aunt Mimi (my sister, Michelle), Uncle Matt and cousin Pierce.

Atlas Meets the ShirksIt made my heart so happy to see Atlas with my nephew, Pierce. They both seemed to immediately love each other. Michelle lives in Florida, but they spend every Thanksgiving in NYC so it was such a treat for all of us to be together in the Big Apple this year.

Atlas is getting spoiled by having so much family around to entertain him. Dave and I are getting a bit spoiled too. We decided to take advantage of my mom staying with us and let her watch Atlas so we could go out on a date. It was our first date since Atlas arrived 8 weeks ago, so we knew we had to do something extra special.

running dateA run through Central Park seemed like just the ticket! We leashed up Ob and completed a little over 4.5 miles through the park. Isn’t that everyone’s ideal date?

We talked through most of our run and had a great time. We did stop a few times to walk because Dave took me on a new route and we tackled some crazy hills. I told Dave I wasn’t feeling up for an intense run so I asked him to take me on an easy route, but apparently what he heard was ‘I want to run rolling hills for 3 straight miles.’ Words were exchanged. Let’s just leave it at that.

If you ever get to run Central Park and you want a challenge, run the north part of the park. It kicked my butt.

Atlas enjoyed the quality time with his Grammy while we ran, so a great time was had by all.

GrammyAfter our run, we got cleaned up and headed down to Rockefeller Center to look at the City’s Christmas decor and hit up the Top of the Rock.



If you’re ever in NYC and you want to see spectacular views, go to the observation deck at the top of the Rock. It is breathtaking. Dave and I did it this summer and wanted to take my mom during her visit. Last time we went during the day, but we wanted to go back to see the city at night this time.

I’m afraid of heights, so I almost chickened out the first time we went but I’m so glad I decided to ride the elevator up. If you go during the day the view of Central Park is amazing and if you go at night you can’t beat the view of the Empire State Building.

IMG_3871It was freezing, but we had fun taking in all the bright lights of the city.

And because Atlas can’t go more than 3 hours without eating, we had to walk across the street to Saks Fifth Avenue so I could feed him (they have big bathrooms with oversized chairs – perfect for nursing moms). How convenient, right? 😉 We didn’t shop (that’s not as fun with a baby), but I enjoyed seeing all the holiday decor. The window displays on 5th Ave are always beautiful at Christmas and this year was no exception. The theme at Saks was the Abominable Snowman.

S5A HolidaySo cute, right?

Nobody decorates for Christmas like NYC.

It has been such a special week! First dates, family time and holiday fun…a trifecta of perfection.



*Note: I’m not hiding the Thanksgiving turkey under that jacket. I’m wearing Atlas in a baby carrier. When it is really cold, I wear one of Dave’s jackets so I can zip Atlas all the way up in his own little cocoon. He’s snug as a bug in a rug in there!





  1. How fun that family is in town!!

    I had to laugh at your 5th Ave breastfeeding antics—bc that is so us! I’m like where can I feed her?! usually its the car if we’re out & about 😉
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  2. You seem so happy! I love to see and read it 🙂 How awesome that you were able to spend time with family over Thanksgiving! Enjoy the rest of your weekend!!
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  3. I’m smiling reading your post. Great memories! Thank you for the wonderful Thanksgiving trip. Atlas is so precious, not sure how long I can stay away. I love you all!

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