Monday, June 20, 2011

New York Part III

Renegade Craft Fair Edit

The reason we decided to visit NYC when we did was because of the Renegade Craft Fair on June 11-12, at McCarren Park in Brooklyn. The weather was warm and beautiful the whole time we were there...until Saturday when it was cool and rainy for our outdoor fair! My friend Karen met us to browse around. There was lots of cool stuff to see!


Shop with cranes

Super cute tshirts

I really liked the prints and shirts at this booth and even ended up getting Judah a robot long-sleeve T since it was so chilly.

Cute furry hoody with horns
Hoody with horns

Judah holding the umbrella
Judah had fun helping me hold the umbrella!

Back to the subway

Napping with "Gug" on a rainy day

It was a tiring day so when we got back to the room, mom and Judah passed right out! That night we had dinner at a really neat Moroccan restaurant and watched Thomas's favorite movie, Casablanca, while eating.


Then we got some sweets to go from the Chocolate Room.

The Chocolate Room

Judah in the carrier

By Sunday it was time to go home, boo! Here's a shot in our room right before we left.


See ya next time New York!

Bye bye!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Happy Father's Day

Happy Father's Day 3

Well, I had all these grand ambitions of taking Judah's picture with this card that said Happy Father's Day, but it didn't exactly turn out as planned. It was worth a shot I guess!

Happy Father's Day 2

Thomas, you've been a father for a year now, and a great one at that. I've been so pleasantly surprised at how you've really jumped headlong into the role and really embraced it. From the moment Judah was born you took on the task of changing diapers and caring for his needs. Together we've marveled over how he grows and changes every single day. We've watched as his personality has begun to take shape and how he's undertaken each milestone.

Happy Father's Day

Thank you Thomas for being an amazing dad. For wanting our son to know the Lord so much that you're already buying him Theology books. For loving me as a new mom and being patient with all my worries. I love you, we love you, thanks for

Thursday, June 16, 2011

New York Part II

It was definitely a different experience traveling with a baby this time around. Every day we were lugging around a stroller, a 20 pounder, a few toys, diaper bag, baby food, a bottle and our purses. It was a lot to keep up with! And imagine going up and down the subway stairs numerous times a day. Judah would just be sitting in his stroller looking around at everyone and taking it all in stride. I keep telling everyone it was like a 4 day workout. I swear my biceps are firmer. We also had to just make it work with Judah's eating and napping which were not able to be on any sort of schedule. Here's a great example, after we stopped in Greenwich Village to visit a few shops, Judah had his lunch on the counter in a deli shop.

Eating lunch
Eating Lunch

After the Village it was on to the toy store!

FAO Schwarz
FAO Schwarz

I think Judah had fun looking at all the bright and colorful toys and enjoyed studying all the other kids running around.

Trucks at FAO Schwarz

He was getting a little antsy by the end.

FAO Schwarz
Toy Soldier

It was super hot outside to we stopped off at Bubba Gump and had an appetizer.

Hi Mom!
He makes the funniest faces

The view was amazing.

Times Square
Chips and dip at Bubba Gump in Times Square

Had to get the signature photo in Times Square!

Times Square
Having fun in Times Square

Then it was time for another nap! He really just goes with the flow.

Napping in Times Square
Napping in Times Square

Having fun on the subway
Subway again!

That night we met my old college friend Karen and her husband for dinner at The Farm in Brooklyn. It was so good! I hate I didn't get any pictures, but I was able to really enjoy our time together.

One more post to come!

Monday, June 13, 2011

New York Part I

From June 8-12 my mom, Judah and I went to New York for a short vacation. We had an amazing time and I'm so sad it's over! Judah did wonderfully on all aspects of the trip and was doted on by everyone around us, truly a sight to behold. I've never realized before what a cute baby can bring out in people!

First airplane ride!
First airplane ride!

When we got off the airplane it was a balmy 95 degrees outside! Our car service was running late so we had to wait around in the heat for him to show up.

Hot day!

We stayed at De Koven Suites in Brooklyn, a lovely B&B run by a lady named Susan and her husband. They were super nice and made us feel right at home. Literally!

De Koven Suites
De Koven Suites

After arriving we were happy to get going into the city, so we took the subway!

Waiting at the subway
First Subway Ride

Our first item on the agenda was the NY Water Taxi to see the sights from the Hudson River. Judah was worn out already and slept peacefully in the stroller.


Water Taxi
Statue of Liberty

Thursday we set out to the Brooklyn Museum and the Botanic Garden. We stopped off at Tom's Restaurant for brunch. It was delicious!

Yummy brunch

Tom's Restaurant, Brooklyn
Tom's Restaurant

Brooklyn Museum
Brooklyn Museum

Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Brooklyn Botanic Garden

After riding the subway back we stopped off for some NY pizza.

Snacks for Judah
Snacks for Judah

NY Pizza

We stopped by a corner store and even saw Sun Drop! That was fun :)

Sun Drop in Brooklyn store
Sun Drop in NY

More to come…

Wednesday, June 08, 2011


Just an update to let everyone know that Thomas made it to Senegal safe and sound. Please remember to pray for the trip he's leading. They've started a blog that you can follow here.

Monday, June 06, 2011

Birthday Party!


Judah's Robot Cake


But Papaw, I don't want to wear it!

Mom, Dad and Grandpa Houser

A few attendees! ;)

I'm not so sure about this...why is everyone staring at me?


Happy Birthday baby boy!

Thanks to everyone who came out to celebrate our special day for Judah's birthday and Thomas's graduation. It was great seeing everyone!