Friday, 31 May 2013

Cherry Blossoms in Brooklyn

We have been spending a lot of times at gardens lately. We went with friends to the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens to see the cherry blossoms before they were gone.

Cosette loves looking for airplanes right now. There were airplanes going over the gardens just about every five minutes. We stopped a lot to look at them. Cosette was having a ball.

We tossed some coins into the fountain. Cosette got a big kick out of that. Once I ran out of pennies she stasrted throwing her snacks into the fountain.

Such cute little girls! I love these photos.

Beautiful wisteria.

We made it to Cherry Blossom lane.

Queen of the rock.

She found a hill and spent a lot of time running up and down it. She loves to run and go fast. 

I tried to get a picture of her looking, but that once again was the impossible task. 

Now the blossoms are gone and summer is upon us. We are looking forward to the sunny days, water in at the playgrounds, and all the other fun stuff there is to do in NYC during summer. Have a great weekend!

Thursday, 30 May 2013

My Little Singing Piano Player

We took this video a while back and I just found it when going through pictures. She has upgraded from my little piano player (video here) to my singing piano player. Enjoy her musical talent!

Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Stree Fair and the Central Park Zoo

Our Stake's youth program sponsored a street fair as their fundraiser for their summer camps and activities this year. We went over to the East Side and partook in some of the events. There was a cookout with delicous hot dogs and hamburgers. I was a total pregnant lady and could not get enough. I will not tell you how many hot dogs I ate. This baby was liking them a lot!


Cosette decorated this beautiful cookie at one of the cookie decorating booths. She was especially excited about the mini oreo.

I got my hair braided. It worked out great that there was a hair braiding booth because I left the house that morning without doing my hair. I had no inspiration that morning.

The finished hair do.

Our next stop of the day was to the Central Park Zoo! We recently got a zoo pass that gets us into all the New York City zoos and the NYC aquarium. This was the first time we used it and we were pretty stoked about it. I love going to the zoo. 

A picture of ducks for Coco. 

A leaping leamur.

My favorite animal of the day were the snow monkeys!!! These monkeys are native to Japan. They live in the northern most part of the country which means it gets really cold. The coolest thing about them is that during the winter they will soak in the natural hot springs to keep warm. It is a bucket list thing of mine to see these monkeys in the wild. If I never get to this will count.

So excited to see the snow monkeys!

Cosette loved the penguins. They were her absolute favorite that day. We were lucky they have a penguin house because right when we went in it started pouring rain. Another good thing Cosette loved watching them because we were there until the rain stopped. There were all sorts of different kinds of penguins. There were some emperor penguins! One type would come right up to the glass and swim around if you put your finger on the glass. Cosette kept them busy by putting her fingers all over the glass trying to atttract a one.

The national bird of India, the Peacock.

Not really sure what this creature is. We were in the exotic bird house and all of a sudden this creature walked out of the brush. It caught me off guard. I will find out it is next time we visit the zoo.

Cosette's second favorite animal of the day were the sea lions. They were out swimming around and "barking". She loved it. She kept saying "bye bye" to them. She did not want to leave.

We wore her out. She always takes her baby and now dog with her where ever we go. 

Tuesday, 21 May 2013

As of Late

Here are photos from things that we have done lately.

We made a trip to Grand Central Station to see the "doll house". Target put together a doll house to show off there new home decour collection. Not quite as kid friendly as I hoped it would be. At least Grand Central is a pretty cool place. 


We have started having Sunday brunch. Lyndon cooked it one week. It was super delicious. Nice thick French toast with sausage potatoe cakes, fruit, and a fruit dip. The man went out and bought me raspberries! He loves me. 

We made a trip to Chelsea to the High Line. It was our first time there. 

You can see the Statue of Liberty off in the distnace.

We went down to Columbus Circle to see the Bluth's frozen banana stand and have started watching Arrested Development. 

There was a children's fair on our street one Saturday. Cosette enjoyed petting the animals. She loves animals.

Cosette and I made a stop off at St. John the Divine. It is such a beautiful Cathedral. We enjoyed some sunshine and beautiful architecture. 

And that is what has been going on folks!

Conservatory Gardens in Bloom

We took a lovely walk over to the conservatory gardens in Central Park to see the beautiful trees and flowers in bloom. The blossoms on the trees come and go so quickly that I was worried we might not make it. I also wanted to see the tulips before they were gone. I went too late in the season last year to see them (post here). I guess that is one reason to be grateful it has been a cool spring so I can still see the flowers late in the season.

I love these gardens. It is such a nice little gem that we have so close to us. I have enjoyed visiting them thrououg the seasons and seeing how they change. This is the most beautiful I have seen the garden. The blossoming trees make all the difference.

 By the fountain in the French style garden. Cosette of course was not without her stroller and "Mime".

I love how colorful nature is. All the colors are present everywhere in such beautiful arrangements. It makes me think of the hymn For the Beauty of the Earth. The beauty I find in nature reminds me how much God does love us, to create a world this beautiful for us to enjoy.

My little explorer.

We had a little picnic in this part of the garden. It was nice and peaceful, something that you think you might not to be able to find in New York City. I am here to tell you that you can. Of course, there were a few people around but we still had peace and quiet. 

Beautiful blossoms.

The fountain in the Italian style garden. Thank you Lyndon for teaching me all about the different styles of gardens. 

I was so excited to see that the tulips were not in their prime yet. There are tulips around the city in flower beds a long the side walks that are just stunning, vibrant colors. I have really enjoyed them. I love all the different colors there are. These purple ones are stunning!


Look at all those colors! I think I should have searched for a pot of gold at the end of the row because that is a rainbow.

Fountain in the English garden. I like the English garden best. I love how the English try to make it look all natural like the flowers just grow there. I love it!

Little blue beauties. 

Thank you for the lovely time Conservatory Gardens!

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