Tomorrow I will pick you up from school under the ruse that I am taking you to the eye doctor when in reality we will be headed for New York City.

Vivi's Second Birthday

Just you and me, for the entire weekend.

I do hope it’s okay that I keep springing these surprises on you, there’s so little that impresses you anymore and given your highly curious nature it’s in the name of self preservation that I don’t tell you about trips like this lest I be bombarded with a hundred thousand questions which cause me to rethink my decision to bring you along in the first place. I have a few plans laid out for us, but most of the time is open for us to do what we do best, explore.

I didn’t go to New York until I was 24, had I known what it was like before ever meeting your dad I would have been that 18 year old kid who saves up all her money, packs every belonging she has in a bag and heads to New York with nothing more than hopes and dreams. I want that for you, I want you to know that cities like New York are real and possible places to live out your life, but I also want you to know that places like New York may be too much for you and that you always have a home with me, wherever we may end up.

I heart New York.

I’m excited to see New York through your eyes and with you by my side. I’m excited to show you where I’ve been, what I know and learn a few new things with you.

I’ll apologize now about the Subway, I already know that isn’t going to be your favorite, but trust me when I say I will share my excellent bob and weave tactics with you as well as my hand sanitizer.

You will get to experience a side of New York many visitors don’t, we’ll be taken in by locals, guided by lifers and you’ll have a chance to see how families like ours exist in a place like Manhattan. We’ll have pizza, dim sum, hot dogs, dumplings and so many cupcakes.  We’ll go to a birthday party, maybe a Broadway show, a swanky hotel and to an everyday office. We’ll smell terrible things, we’ll see wonderful things and there will be times when we’ll both just go ‘whoa.’

You’ll also get to see Andrea, I’m not sure which one of you will be more excited about that.

Monday - Disney Cruise

I’m so happy I get to be your mom, I’m convinced there isn’t a better kid out there to hang out with. I hope you’re as excited about this (once you know about it, that is) as I am.






  1. How very exciting. Lucky Addie. And lucky Casey. You’ve reminded me that I should plan a weekend soon with my newly minted 10 year old! Before long she probably won’t want to hang out with me (really I’m hoping that day never ever comes!) Enjoy!

  2. Beautiful tribute to your daughter

  3. Dude, I am so excited for y’all! I haven’t been back since I moved to Portland 7 years ago, but I think about it almost every day. I want to tell you a million cool things to do, but it will all be cool. Especially through Addie’s eyes.
    I can’t wait to take my son, but I’m pretty sure waiting until he’s a little more civilized is best for everyone involved.
    Can’t wait to read about your adeventures.

  4. weeeeeeeeee!! What an awesome adventure. I cant wait to hear the “after” stories

  5. So exciting! Lucky Addie. What a great surprise. I went to NYC for the first time at 17 and I was underwhelmed or perhaps I was overwhelmed which was the problem. Hope you have an absolute blast!

  6. Charlane says:

    YAY NYC! You’ll be near my neck of the woods (same state anyway). I’ll be thinking of you from here in Albany! Enjoy Addie!

  7. How phenomenal! I’ve got a little one who too would have too many questions, so the surprise is perfect!!! I hope it is perfectly awesome for both of you!

  8. How awesome! This is timely for me. I just announced to my mom and my family I am moving to NYC (at the of 24 funny enough) in August. She’ll appreciate what you wrote about going but that I can always have a home with her.

  9. Can I go to NYC with you someday?


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