Hello Friends! I think it's fair to say we really enjoy every season in New York, even the winter (which Robby LOVES). There is something so special about each one. This Fall has been no different and the past six weeks have been FILLED with us trying to make the most of every day. (Even if by making the most of it, it meant we stayed in, swapped out our summer clothes for winter clothes and ordered Pad Thai.)
This is the list we came up with at the end of the Summer with things that we'd like to try to do this Fall:
- Apple Picking
- Seeing the Balloons all ready for the Thanksgiving Day Parade by the Museum of Natural History
- Trick or Treat with Lucie at Lincoln Center
- Spend a day in Forest Hills
- Take Family Pics in Central Park
- Attend a Football Game and tailgate
- Hike around the Aqueducts along the Hudson River
This is a pretty long post, but it's mainly filled with some of our favorite pictures from the past few weeks and an update about how Lucie's doing as well as a minor surgery she will be having this week.
We kicked off the fall with a day in Forest Hills. We had lunch with Sharon (my friend and coworker) and her husband Dan. We walked around the Forest Hills Gardens and admired the neighboorgood with its Tudor styled houses. It was hard to believe we were still in New York City!
Lucie wasn't herself this day and we weren't sure why. When we got home she got sick after dinner and the next morning, her ear drum ruptured. After a round of antibiotics she was much better, but with that incident we decided it would be a good idea to discuss the need for ear tubes with her ENT. She will have the surgery tomorrow morning. We've heard from so many that it is a quick procedure and that afterwards you can sometimes tell a difference with an increase in speech and even better balance in some cases. We're hoping that at least this will help drain all that fluid that has been adding pressure to Lucie's ears for months. Prayers that everything would go smoothly this week would be so appreciated!
At the end of September I had a work training in Dallas. I enjoyed this peaceful view of downtown Dallas from my room. We had a team dinner a few blocks away but other than that, I was mainly indoors in training sessions. I'll be heading back again in January for our National Conference. When I got back, Bob and Donna had also just arrived for a long weekend visit.
By the end of the next week, Abuela came for her first visit since last May and we were really thankful for the time. We did a lot of exploring, a lot of eating and a lot of walking!
The next week was Halloween. We dressed Lucie as a Lion. At first she wasn't a big fan of the mane, so we had Bess model it for her. Haha!
That weekend, we also celebrated Lucie's bff's 1st birthday, believe it or not. Lucie especially loved the balloons and the birthday hat!
At the end of that week I had another work trip up ito Albany. I took the train upstate and loved getting to see the changing leaves. It was a quick overnight trip and when I got back, we got to see my sister Eli who was visiting. We had lunch with her and her boyfriend Omar and then went to Central Park where we met up with our friend Jossie and her daughter. We've known Jossie since we were growing up in PR and I just love getting to catch up with her every now and then now that we both live in the City and have little girls of our own.
On Tuesday, we headed to the polls and took Lucie with us to vote. It was a really cool experience and I look forward to continuing to take her with us to teach her about the democratic process and her right to vote. It seems like in this election, many Americans were disenchanted with both candidates. If you look at both the electoral vote and the popular vote tonight the results are soooooo close, which just shows how divided we are as a Nation. Although we were surprised to see the results as they began to come in last night, when we saw the final call this morning, we just prayed that our country would unite and move forward together, not in fear, but in hope, understanding and love.
Ok, almost done with the update! Now to the best part - lot's of pics of the Goose!
Thanks for your thoughts and prayers for Lucie's surgical procedure tomorrow.