Life Lately: Boys in NYC Edition

It’s life lately.

We’ve made the most of this last part of summer around here.  Lots of Olympic watching, late nights and the boys headed to NYC to see the Yankees play.  It’s been a really good way to wrap up summer.


Snuggled on the couch with my kiddos watching the Olympics.  We have LOVED staying up late and cheering on the USA!


It’s blurry but it makes me smile.  Sweet Ashby first thing in the morning.


One day while the boys were in New York, we drove over to my parents’ little town and did some back to school shopping for the girls.  Love spending time with my mama!  (And my dad too…he took the picture 😉 ).

Speaking of the boys…


…back in the spring when baseball schedules were released, I picked a time to take Kensington to see the Red Sox play and Andrew picked a date for the Yankees.  So, he bought tickets, we put it on the calendar and didn’t think much about it…until a week before he left and the Yankees announced that Friday, August 12 would be Alex Rodriquez’s last game as a Yankee…and that just happened to be the game they had tickets to see.  WHAT ARE THE ODDS?!?!  To say these guys were pumped to have accidentally bought tickets to what would end up being A-Rod’s last game as a Yankee would be an understatement.  So, their already fun trip was going to be even better.  Here they are on board the flight ready to take off early in the morning.

They landed, checked in, had lunch at Serendipity, got candy at Dylan’s and went to the park.


Smith loves to climb on the big rock in Central Park.  #suchaboy


He loves being in a New York state of mind ;).

Then they got cleaned up for dinner and a show…


…my handsome men.


Dinner before their show.


And speaking of shows…they went to see The Lion King.  They both loved it!


The next day was super hot in NYC, so Andrew bought them a city pass to do some fun indoor things like…visit the top of the Empire State Building.  Smith is up there pointing out the Statue of Liberty.


And they visited the American Museum of Natural History.





He so desperately wanted to catch a foul ball at the game.


At A-Rod’s last game as a Yankee.


Andrew said that as soon as they announced A-Rod’s name, thunder struck. #asign?


And then right there at the top of the 9th…when A-Rod was out as his last time as a New York Yankee, they got a ball :).

Smith came home and told me it was the best day of his life…so, I guess you could say they had fun.

We keep waiting to take Ashby on one of these trips when she can a) figure out which team she wants to see…as of lately, it is the Yankees b) has a desire to sit through 9 innings of a baseball game.  So far, she always says she’d rather stay home…but hopefully next summer, she’ll change her mind on both accounts ;).

That’s life lately.


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  • Sheaffer August 18, 2016 at 4:46 am

    Looks like your boys had so much fun! I can’t believe they got a ball!!!!! That’s awesome!

  • Annie August 18, 2016 at 4:54 am

    Girls can’t climb?

    • Amber August 18, 2016 at 8:27 am

      Oh good gosh Annie, calm yourself. People like you who take offense to everything must have bleeding ulcers! Enjoy life. It’s short.

      • Lauren August 18, 2016 at 10:59 pm

        Best comment ever Amber, I couldn’t agree more.

    • Yolanda McLean August 18, 2016 at 10:33 am

      Why even comment?

    • Casey August 18, 2016 at 12:47 pm

      Oh my! Seriously?!?!

  • Deirdre August 18, 2016 at 5:09 am

    Such a cool trip! What are the odds of picking that game to buy tickets for. Wonderful memories that they will always have. When your family travels to New York is there a hotel you prefer to stay at?

    • Mix and Match Mama August 18, 2016 at 5:20 am

      We’ve stayed at a couple of different places. Last time, we went as a family, we stayed in the Hyatt on the Upper East Side and it was lovely and very convenient!

  • Kayla Rahn August 18, 2016 at 5:13 am

    Obviously she knows girls can climb too, I’m sure she just meant that it’s much more of a boy thing to do! ???? #comeon

  • Carrie Anderson August 18, 2016 at 5:18 am

    That first pic of you and the kids…Kensington is your twin! It looks like you are in the pic twice. 🙂

  • Susan August 18, 2016 at 5:23 am

    This is precious! My daughter oves NYC and we are always searching for new things to do and new places to stay there. What is your favorite hotel in NYC? Thanks! Susan

  • Erika Slaughter August 18, 2016 at 5:23 am

    What?!!!!!! They got a ball?! How did I miss this? That’s awesome! I bet Smith was on an all-time high when he got back from New York!

  • Regine Karpel August 18, 2016 at 6:03 am


  • Suhana Alam August 18, 2016 at 6:44 am

    I love how Andrew can take the kid(s) for the day or even on a trip. #husbandgoals

  • Narci August 18, 2016 at 6:49 am

    What a great life lately! Perfect end to summer for your sweet family!

  • Karen August 18, 2016 at 7:45 am

    Thanks for sharing all the fun they had! What a never-forget moment for Smith & Andrew!! ⚾️

  • Marcy August 18, 2016 at 8:19 am

    Definately looks like a fun weekend in NYC, but you already lost Smith to the Yankees can’t lose Ashby too .. #gosox

  • Sarah August 18, 2016 at 8:57 am

    What a fun trip!

  • Kristi Thetford August 18, 2016 at 8:58 am

    How fun! I love that you take your kids on separate trips – makes it special!!! that’s awesome he caught a ball!!!!

  • Keisha Dawson August 18, 2016 at 9:05 am

    What a fun trip to NYC for your boys!

  • Alice August 18, 2016 at 9:43 am

    What a fun trip for them! My girls are grown, and it’s true when they say the years go by fast. Reading your blog, I can tell you’re making the most of them wether at home, or vacationing. Thanks for sharing with us 🙂

  • Ariadna August 18, 2016 at 9:48 am

    Oh this is such a fun post!! And it’s so awesome that they not only caught a ball but where there for A-Rod’s last game!! I wonder if Ashby’s going to pick a totally different team just so she doesn’t pick sides, like the Cubs or something 😉

  • Megan Butler August 18, 2016 at 9:53 am

    Oh sooo fun!! 1. I love Smith in his glasses! Adorable 2. I’m so glad he got a ball!!! 3. I can remember watching A-rod play for the mariners when I was much much much younger! We always went to games with my dad! So fond memories and I know your kids feel the same!

  • Kara August 18, 2016 at 10:28 am

    What a great boys trip-Love it!

  • Yolanda McLean August 18, 2016 at 10:34 am

    Looks like a great trip! Awesome guy time!

  • Angela Ellingson August 18, 2016 at 12:17 pm

    Love morning Ashby! And how incredible the boys got a ball from A-Rod’s last Yankee game. So happy for them. Smith (and Andrew) will never forget that sweet memory.

  • Lindsay @ Lindsay's Sweet World August 18, 2016 at 12:18 pm

    Oh my goodness, the best day of his life?? He is so so sweet! Doesn’t that just make you happy to hear as a mama?

  • Ellie August 18, 2016 at 12:24 pm

    How did they come to get the ball? A-rod hit it to them directly or someone else did? I’m confused!

  • Karen August 18, 2016 at 1:23 pm

    Awww! As I was reading this post I couldn’t help but think BLESSING UPON BLESSING UPON BLESSING!!! God was so good to line up so many great things for your guys and that ball was the cherry on top ~ wow 😉

  • Jenny August 18, 2016 at 2:03 pm

    That last picture of Andrew and Smith would be super cute framed and put in Smith’s room. Definitely a keeper. 🙂

  • Stephanie August 18, 2016 at 3:11 pm

    Smith is just the cutest thing – enjoy this age – it is wonderful!

  • Ann Marie August 18, 2016 at 3:36 pm

    and this post is why we need a boy! Poor Michael…. he may have to borrow Smith! But, really, this looked like such a cute father-son weekend!!!!

  • Leigh August 18, 2016 at 4:12 pm

    What in the world are the odds he would catch a foul ball??? That is crazy!! What FUN!!

  • Becky Carl August 18, 2016 at 7:38 pm

    That Smith is a miniature Andrew – what a cutie! And it seems like some other day not long ago he said that day was the best day of his life. I have a feeling a lot of his days are the best, and for Kensington and Ashby too. Such a lovely family!

  • Valerie August 18, 2016 at 10:30 pm

    What a fun trip! This will always be such a sweet memory for Smith and Andrew! Can’t believe he caught a ball!

  • Detroit Duchess August 25, 2016 at 12:27 pm

    OMG! SO jealous that they got to go to that game! AMAZING! I love watching how the kids split up their loyalties because I am a Yankees fan and my hubby is a Tigers fan so I can see some of this in our future. I also love that you take annual trips to see them play. I usually try to catch most of the games around here and sometimes Cleveland and Chicago because they aren’t too far to drive to.

  • boymom September 5, 2016 at 9:51 pm

    Taking my boy to NYC for a weekend… easiest and safest way to get from airport to hotel? Taxi’s can be scary sometimes!

    • Mix and Match Mama September 6, 2016 at 4:42 am

      I always use a taxi. New York’s cabs are highly regulated and extremely safe!