Love you sis!

Yay Me!

I’m going to be an Aunt!!!!! Woohoo!!!!!! I can finally announce to the world that my sister and my brother-in-law are having their first baby and I could not be more excited!

So excited in fact, that I have already purchased four unisex outfits and a stuffed Mickey Mouse for this tiny no-named bean!

I have a problem.

Onesies are just too cute!

I am going to be the greatest Aunt ever! I plan to teach this kid everything fun about life. I will make sure they get to watch every Disney movie, and get to dress up like a princess or a pirate anytime they’re with me. I will take him or her to the best children’s museums, the best parks, and the best toy stores. I just have to convince sister to send the baby on a flight to visit me every few months.

Then, when the kid gets a little older, I’ll take him or her to concerts, to get something pierced, and let them tell me all their secrets that I will promise to never tell. We will go shopping together, see movies together, and probably even dance together. I cannot wait to be the cool fun Aunt.

The only problem is my name.

“Aunt Hilarie” is just too difficult for a baby or even a 3 year old to learn. I need a cute easy name. I could be Tia (Spanish for Aunt), the baby will be half Mexican after all. Then there’s Auntie, nanny, or Tauntie (it’s Cajun). Maybe the kid will come up with something cute all on their own. I just don’t want to be “Aunt Hiwawee” for the first five years.

In all seriousness (not that I was not serious about the first few paragraphs), I hope I am an amazing Aunt who my new niece or nephew will always look up to, call in a crisis, and want to spend lots and lots of time with.  Husband and I are going to have so much fun being and Aunt and Uncle!

Sister, I wish you and bro-in-law the very best. I know you will be amazing parents, and that this child will be so loved! Congratulations, I could not be happier for you!

The excited parents-to-be. This is going to be one cute baby.

Mom and Dad, I’ve always considered myself lucky to have you as parents, but I know you’ll be even greater Grandparents (considering it will be all fun and no discipline).

Can you believe these two will be Grandparents???

Now, you can all look forward to many more posts about baby clothes, baby showers, and decorating baby rooms. I should probably start pinning ideas on Pinterest, I’ve got my work cut out for me! Just kidding,…I’ve been pinning ideas for weeks.


Auntie Nanny Tia

Friends and Fairy Wings

Wow, a blog vacation has the same effect as a real vacation. Once I’ve taken a break, it is near impossible to get back to work. I actually had time to write when my friends were visiting. Since they had a baby with them, we had “nap time” during each day. Instead of using this time to write, I joined the baby and took a nap.

Don’t you just fall in love immediately with her?

Now that our friends have gone (moved to England actually) I figure I’ll get back to real life. Of course, my “real life” today included booking a vacation for two weeks from now, playing at the park, and teaching 3 year olds to play hockey.

Husband and I have had A LOT of visitors over the last year. We have taken most of our guests to the same general places (Time Square, Central Park, Lombardi’s, Battery Park, Broadway, 5th Avenue, etc, etc). Sometimes we vary it up, depending on our friends’ interests or if they have ever been to NYC. But, this visit was different. This visit included a baby!

I very often say how stinkin’ cute my friend’s kids are, but….well, they really are! This baby in particular is not just cute, but such a good-tempered easygoing baby! This kid has literally flown around the world, allowed hundreds of people to hold and snuggle her, and still manages to smile and giggle most of the day. She’s even a little bundle of joy on the Subway.

She was so close to learning to read that map.

Because we had a baby to take around, Husband and I tried to gear most of the outings towards her. Honestly, it’s a little pointless considering she is only ten months old and doesn’t really care where we take her, but we were just excited to do kid-type attractions.

Our first child appropriate stop was the Central Park Zoo. This zoo is small and not very exciting, but they do offer a little petting zoo, just perfect for all the city kids to feed goats and sheep. The sea lions also put on a nice show for us.

For breakfast one morning we took everyone to Alice’s Tea Cup. (We also got to hangout with an old high school friend and his super sweet girlfriend for a day and a half. It was a great reunion! Unfortunately, none of us thought to take a picture together!)

Recently Alice’s Tea Cup has become really popular because Katie Holmes took Suri there the day after she divorced Mr. Cruise, but it’s always been a fairly popular place, especially for little girls. This cute little restaurant is just 3 blocks from our apartment and is decorated with scenes from Alice in Wonderland and lots of tiny chotskies. They make the BEST most delicious scones, offer hundreds of yummy teas, and let every little girl wear fairy wings as they eat! It’s just the perfect place.

Another day for breakfast we did a special tour of FAO Schwarz. We recently learned you can pay to do a tour before the store opens, and we decided this was the best time to do it. The tour includes breakfast, a bag of any candies you like (from the FAO Schweetz area), an informative tour with a toy soldier as your guide, the chance to play with some new toys, and the chance to dance on the famous giant piano without having to wait in line. Every one of us enjoyed the tour, even the baby.

The baby even got to eat her lunch at the fancy restaurant on the 8th floor of the Marriot overlooking Time Square. Her Daddy gets the award for “Best Dad” for sure, he is so great with his daughter. I just love this picture of him feeding her with the skyscrapers and the bright lights in their background.

Their last night, Zoey agreed to babysit so that the rest of us could go out and have a grown-up night. We went out to dinner at Eatery in Hell’s Kitchen, had some delicious food and potent cocktails, and topped it all off with Phantom of the Opera. Phantom was phenomenal, and it was so great to spend some quality time with these two amazing people.

I don’t know how I ended up with such good friends.

Best of luck to them on their new adventures!


Baby in the City

My friends mean the world to me. My closest friends live very nowhere near me. So, when I get the chance to spend some time with these awesome beautiful people whom I am lucky enough to call “best friends”, I soak it up and enjoy every moment.

One of my amazing friends is in NYC for the next five days, AND her hubby and ADORABLE baby are with her!!! This particular friend lives overseas so it’s really rare that I get to spend quality time with her and I feel really blessed to have her here this week.

Husband and I plan on taking them to all the coolest places in Manhattan. We have had so many visitors this past year that we could write a book on “having fun in NYC”. This time though, will be a little different. This time, we get to entertain a baby!

We have been researching the best places to take kids in the city, and are super stoked about doing things we wouldn’t normally do on our own. I love babies, all babies. I work with babies every day, and I enjoy every moment. Although, I love the babies I work with, they do not hold a candle to my honorary nieces and nephews. I do not get to spend enough time with these lovies!


So, if I am MIA the next few days, you’ll know why!

Have a great panic-free and positive weekend!