Awesome Day 17 - New York with the Grandbabies

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Capital Properties DC AB15253

I am cheating in writing this post because I am writing about Saturday in New York with the grandbabies rather than whatever is going on today - but I hope you will forgive me! 

We drove up to New York on Friday afternoon, dropping Arthur, our new puppy, at the kennel in Baltimore where he had boarded for several months while he was in rescue status. I like driving to New York because it lets us leave DC and return when we want to, rather than being tied to the bus, train or plane schedules.   Parking on the street is pretty easy in Alex's neighborhood - as long as I am mindful of when they clean the streets.

Friday evening I gave Ames, who is 13 months, a bottle and rocked him to bed.  It seems like yesterday that I was rocking my own two to sleep rather than a grandchild! Ames is almost ready to walk - he stands by himself very steadily - and he takes a few steps holding on to the sofa or a table - but if he wants to go anywhere fast, he drops to his hands and knees and scoots away more quickly than he could walk right now!  We figure he will be walking in a week or two!  I don't remember Alex's first steps, but Lise Courtney took her first steps at a Super Bowl Party.

Saturday was a day for athletic endeavors.  Alex and Hamilton and I took a bus down 5th Avenue to the entrance to Central Park closest to the ice skating rink.  The rink is in a lovely location with a great view of the Plaza and the other hotels along Central Park South.   Hamilton is just learning to skate so I watched him try a few swizzles, practice getting up, and leaning over to pick up pucks from the ice and throw them to the instructor.  My daughter joined us to watch Hamilton on the ice.  We laughed about how I wouldn't let her wear a helmet when she was learning to skate (Bad mother in retrospect) because it would throw her balance off.  I was concerned that she would fall and chip a tooth apparently.  Then she told me that she did wear a helmet one time, fell and hit her mouth - so I was proved prescient in her memory.  I don't remember any of it!

After skating and a trip back by subway, we collected my husband and met up with Alex and Hamilton at the Heidelburg, a restaurant near his condo on the Upper East Side.  The Heidelburg is in Yorkville, which is historically a German community.  The restaurant was established in 1936 and still has the feel of a rathskeller.  I wondered if  its location in a heavily German neighborhood made it any easier to survive the anti-German feelings during World War II. 

After lunch my husband and I went back to the condo to watch videos with Hamilton about space launches.  He loves Buzz Lightyear and Falcon Heavy and SpaceX and Apollo 13.  Ames circled around us holding on to the coffee table and teetering on his feet.

Swimming lessons are at the 92nd Street Y, a short walk from Alex's condo.  Hamilton is further along in his swimming than his skating and the instructors have all sorts of tools and techniques that my kids didn't have when they were learning to swim.  Since I hadn't gone to a swimming lesson before I don't have a basis for comparison - but I was definitely one proud grandmother!

Dinner was at the Fulton restaurant down at the tip of Manhattan.  We had a great view of three bridges all lit up in their New York finery.  It was an awesome way to finish an awesome day with the family. 

There was nothing special about the weekend.  We didn't go to museums or the top of the Empire State Building.  We didn't go shopping - we barely window shopped. It was all time spent with family - lots of time with Alex and Hamilton, less time with Ames since he still naps, a few hours with our daughter who is busy with applications for summer internships and catching up with friends.  We saw Hamilton learning new skills like swizzles and Ames taking his first steps.  We met some of Hamilton's friends and leapt into his current interests in rockets and space.  We came away with a snapshot of who they are growing up to be as of February 2020.  Next month will be different - but it will still be awesome.


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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


The mundane things are so much more special than the elaborate ones.  We were in Europe one year with cousins during Christmas.  They spent their time being upset about closed museums, and could not just enjoy sitting at a café and watching the world go by...For us that was being immersed in the culture and sharing conversations with locals that made it special...To each their own A

Feb 03, 2020 08:27 AM #1
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Well, I'm kind of exhausted just reading about your weekend, Lise... but so del;ighted you had a good time. I know the Heidleberg very well... first ate there back in the 1950's. At that time it was one of a number of German restaurants in Yorkville. Many of them closed down years ago... I'm almost surprised that Heidleburg is still there. And I know the 92 Street Y very well... we lived at 1150 Park Avenue which is on the corner of 92 and Park... and I sued to work out at that Y before another gym opened on Third Avenue. Your post brought back many memories of my life in NYC>

Feb 03, 2020 08:45 AM #2
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

Nina Hollander - Alex is at 90th and Lex - and so the 92nd St Y is perfect for Hamilton - he went there for summer camp too - he is going to the Brick Church School during the school year - such a little New Yorker!  The weiner schnitzel at Heidleberg was so good - we will definitely go back! 

Feb 03, 2020 10:39 AM #3
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

Ron and Alexandra Seigel - I completely agree - the best trip that I think I ever took was the one to Turkey with my daughter - we stayed primarily in Istanbul - she was taking a photography class so we walked all over - went to markets and mosques and bridges and looked at people - we did get to the Topkapi but that was the only museum we went to - just soaked up the feel of Turkey and ate lots of delicious food, ice cream and drank beer on rooftop decks! 

Feb 03, 2020 10:41 AM #4
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good afternoon Lise Howe - a great.  The Haida great weekend and went to great restaurant.  I know it and the neighborhood. Yes it is great when you can park on the street in Manh.

Feb 03, 2020 10:43 AM #5
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Lise lots of time with family and less time shop sounds great to me.  You are blessed to be close enough to your daughter to be able to spend quality time with her and the grandbabies.  My son and grandchild are out in Seattle, so we are pretty much limited to about once per year.

Feb 03, 2020 12:29 PM #6
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Lise, I'd say that being with your family, especially your grandbabies makes for a pretty awesome day!!! So glad you got to spend time with them. 

Feb 03, 2020 06:46 PM #7
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Lise.

Sounds like your days were full of fun, being with your family.  

Feb 04, 2020 01:01 AM #8
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I can only imagine how happy the grandbabies make you!  I was hoping to see pictures of everyone having fun.

Feb 04, 2020 06:19 AM #9
Krystin Mitchell, CPA CFE
KLSM CPA Firm, PLLC - Houston, TX
Strategic Accounting & Tax Solutions


It sounds like you had quite an eventful weekend. So happy to hear you enjoyed your family time and a small vacation from home.

Feb 04, 2020 12:04 PM #10
Andrea Bedard
Thompson Company, REALTORS® - Silver Spring, MD
M.A.; REALTOR® Silver Spring, MD and beyond

But Lise, it sounds like a very special weekend indeed! These moments get woven into the fabric of who your grandbabies will grow up to be, and you'll recall random snippets in the years to come. Priceless! 

Feb 04, 2020 02:33 PM #11
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much for sharing your positive experience.

Have an outstanding week.

Feb 04, 2020 04:38 PM #12
Adam Feinberg
NYC Condo, Co-op, and Townhouse specialist

Enjoy your time here. There is so much to see and do especially with the kids. Sometimes I just feel overwhelmed with options- and I just decide to walk throughout the city and enjoy everything around me.

Mar 04, 2020 10:24 PM #13
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