Sunday, June 27, 2010

My Park

I've decided that Madison Square Park is my personal park :)

I walk through the park about three times a day on my way to and from work and then on my walk in the evenings with Rosie. My favorite thing since everything has been in bloom is to see what's new each week. I enjoy all the flowers so much that now I've started to look for new things in bloom that are kind of hidden and that other people probably don't notice, like last week some white lilies popped up in between some bushes and you could just barely see them. It was like coming home and finding a present!

Here is a collection of some of my favorites from the past couple of months.




Monday, June 14, 2010

Family Filled Weekend

Speaking of getting out of Manhattan, John and I went to Little Rock the first weekend in June. John's brother was getting married and I was helping host a baby shower. It was a short trip but we definitely packed in a visit with as many people as we possible could! It's a rare occasion that all of John's family is in one location so it was really great to see all of them.
The wedding was beautiful! The bride's father is a minister and performed the ceremony, it was very emotional to say the least :) I don't know if you can tell from the picture below, but Andrea has red hair too. I think it's really funny that both John and his brother married red heads!The baby shower that I "helped" host was for one of my very best friends (helped needs to be in quotes because I really wasn't much help since I live out of town, the other girls did an amazing job).
I was so glad that I got to be part of the shower for Lauren, it breaks my heart that I don't live in Arkansas anymore and can't share in such an exciting time with her :(

Sunday, June 13, 2010

An Excellent Anniversary!

Yesterday was John and my sixth wedding anniversary. I can't believe it's been six years! I think I say that every anniversary though :) It truly amazes me how time flies, I especially feel like this past year has flown by. It seems insane that this is my second summer in NY!

Anyway, for our anniversary John surprised me and took me to my favorite brunch place. It's in our old neighborhood so we never go anymore. After brunch he had another surprise and wouldn't tell me where we were going, we just got on the subway and went. He took me to the Brooklyn Botanical Garden but since it was a surprise it was making me really nervous how long we were on the subway. I kept asking John if he was sure he knew where we were going :)
I've wanted to go to the botanical gardens for a while; they are supposed to have a really fantastic Christmas display and I love flowers in general. The downside to this outing being a surprise was that John didn't mention that I might want my camera :( I had my Iphone so that's what all of the pictures are from. He said we could come back another time and bring our good camera, I'll have to hold him to that :)The Brooklyn Botanical Garden happened to be having a bee party on Saturday so there were lots of bee themed activities for kids and honey tastings and even a concert on the big lawn. The gardens themselves were amazing enough. The picture above is the rose garden and each of the roses had a plaque identifying it and when it was introduced. I don't know if you can read the plaque below but the "Alice Hoffman" rose was introduced in 1897! Having grown up in Arkansas I really have a hard time processing how old some of the things in and around NY are :)
The last picture is of a water lily pond with a couple of ducks. Living in Manhattan I don't really see any kind of birds besides pigeons, it's definitely nice to get out now and again :)