Lukasz’s Birthday

Last Thursday, my babe, Lukasz, turned 27.  To celebrate, we decided to leave the city and head up to New Paltz.  It’s the cutest little college town.  It has the small town feel that makes me feel like I’m in an episode of Gilmore Girls! 

Unfortunately, we passed the stop to get to New Paltz and ended up an hour away in Woodstock, NY! Never one to shy away from exploring, we drove around to see what fun stuff we could do.  We found a water reservoir hidden along the road and stopped to explore the forest and do a little photo op with the baby.

I really love how Petra has grown so much in these last few months.  Before, my idea of venturing out with a little munchkin would have me filled with anxiety. Is it safe? Is the bugs? Are there ticks? Will I be able to breastfeed?  Now, she’s just as curious as we are to head out into some unknown, safe in her dads arms.  I love it so much and it makes me excited for the days I can spend with these two, camping and hiking when she’s a little older. 

On our way back, Lukasz stopped at an orchard and grabbed a quick bag of apples and cider.  I forgot how much I love fall here.  The air gets chilly, the leaves change into beautiful warm colors.  It truly is my favorite season.

We also stopped by Lukasz’s family’s house in Jersey. They’re such nice and warm people.  There’s also a lot of polish being spoken which I love exposing Petra to.  They greeted us with delicious dinner and an ice cream cake for Lukasz.  It was a good day.  

I love this handsome and amazing man. Happy birthday, my love. ❤️

Xo, 

Karen

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Rockefeller State Park

About a week ago, Lukasz and I decided to leave city life behind and get outside, if only for one day.  As I have previously mentioned, we had a 5 day camping trip planned but it fell through when we found out that there was going to be rain and thunder in the area.  While, usually, that seems like the recipe for a fun adventure at a lake, I wasn’t about to take that chance with my two month old precious cargo in tow.

A lot of people don’t realize this about New York City but, we actually live really close to a lot of fun day trips that lets you explore the great outdoors.  Even Lake George is just a few hours away.  On this particular day, we chose to head to Rockefeller State Park in New Jersey.  It wasn’t crazy mountains or anything, but it was nice to get out of the city and get a little fresh air.  It was nice to see cute squirrels and chipmunks as opposed to the usual subway rats.  One thing I can definitely do without is the summer bugs and ticks but it’s all a compromise, I suppose.

Another unexpected encounter was the rain!  We had barely started our walk around the lake when a thunderstorm hit.  The trees definitely made it less wet as were standing under their canopy but it was coming down fast. We all actually loved it, including Petra who sat in her stroller looking in a amazement at the water falling from the sky.  Its really fun to experience moments like that with my little family.  Sometimes things aren’t perfect and you just have to make do.  The rain did make the park incredibly humid so we hung around a little after the rain stopped before we called it a day and drove back.  It’s a good thing we did too because we stopped on the side of the road on our way back so Petra could eat and it started pouring even more than when we were at the park.  It was fun to sit in the car and watch the rain fall, like we were in our own little bubble.

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Although slightly wet, it was a really lovely day.

xo,

Karen

West Coast Love

Lukasz and I finally got the vacation we’d been waiting for at the beginning of February.  We made our way to California for sunny weather and baby festivities!      Processed with VSCOcam with 4 preset 

As usual, we take advantage of our trip out west to explore any other areas that we can.  Due to the lack of snow this winter season on the west coast, we decided to take a trip to Lake Tahoe so Lukasz can partake in skiing and I could take in the sights.  There isn’t much for a pregnant lady to do in snowy weather but I definitely made the best of it and, having been to Tahoe with parents before, I was glad to be back.  The views are breathtaking, even in winter and I’m always in awe of the mountains as we drive through the Sierras.

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After a few days in Tahoe, we headed back to Orange County to spend a few days with my family and to celebrate this baby of ours! My mom planned what could possibly be the most pink baby shower on earth and we were really excited to be reunited with friends and family that I hadn’t seen in years. Despite being worried about El Niño, by the time we were back in Orange County, the weather was in the high 80’s and I got to experience what it was like being a pregnant woman in scorching heat. 😋

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The beautiful weather definitely called for a beach day and even though we came unprepared, it was nothing a quick trip to Target couldn’t fix! (Target fixes everything).

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Despite the beautiful weather, I was ready to come back home to New York in the end.  This bustling city just keeps pulling me back! 

Xo,

Karen

California Dreamin’

 

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Winter is officially here in New York City, arriving way late to the party. (70 degrees for Christmas? Sure.). I have to say, I’m pretty indifferent to the cold weather.  Do I want it to snow? Yes, snow is beautiful when watching it from the inside of your apartment drinking a giant mug of tea.  Do I want to go out and frolic in it? Maybe for, like, 5 minutes.  And just like that, I’m over the cold weather, except the cold weather is not over me.  With a blizzard supposedly hitting New York this weekend, I can’t even stock up on the essentials: wine and more wine. And to top that off, my winter coats are slowly starting to get a little too snug. But in one week, a glimmer of hope…

Our trip to California is booked and I’m already making a list of places I want to go and things I want to do.  Lukasz and I have a little getaway planned to Lake Tahoe for a few days of, yes, more snow and skiing for Lukasz. And then after that, we will be driving back to sunny Orange County (Hopefully sunny.  I’m looking at you, El Niño.) My parents are already planning a baby shower for Lukasz and I and we’re really looking forward to seeing old friendly faces and for Lukasz to meet new family and friends as well.  And I’m really excited for food.  What do you expect? I’m pregnant and I’ve been dying for an In N Out burger since last February.

I’m taking suggestions for my potential to do list! 

Xoxo

Karen 

Lake George

Yay, first post of this here blog!  It’s been a long time coming but I’ve finally made it.   I’m so excited for this little corner of the Internet.  I want it to be a place where I can post my fondest of memories.  With Summer finally coming to an end, I’ve always considered Fall an unofficial start to a new year.  And I would be lying if I didn’t say that the best times I’ve experienced in New York didn’t begin in the fall.  I can’t wait to share so many more fun times to come.

The first great memory I wanted to share for this post is our recent trip to Lake George.  Having awesome friends who are also coworkers, it’s hard to get the same time off so we took advantage this past weekend and went camping upstate.  I’ve only known Tatiana and her boyfriend, Todd, for a short time (1 year!) but they’ve already become awesome adventure buddies!

  

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  Of course, one of the reasons this campsite happens to be a favorite of mine (besides the beautiful view of the lake) is because it’s animal friendly.  Our dog, Pierrot, loves the outdoors, he even recently survived an 8-mile hike with plenty of energy leftover.  He’s so tiny and pocket sized, I love taking him with us everywhere!  
  
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We were tipped off to a secluded spot by our camping neighbors, only a short trek away.   

Xoxo,

Karen