As a Mom of a large family I think it’s really important to make sure you take time to make all of your children feel special. Especially with a new baby. It’s important to make them feel loved and wanted even if most of your time seems focused on your infant. I try and have special dates or go fun places to make sure I have a one on one with each of my girls. Especially since Grayson was born I think it’s important as life gets busier to make sure they feel just as loved and appreciated it. Just a few weekend ago, for the very first time I took my older girls — Zoe (10), McKenzie (6) and Kennadi (3) on a very special overnight weekend get-a-way to The Carlyle. My Mom and Grandmother came along to share the experience with us since it was the very first time the girls have gone to New York City. They were amazed. Sometimes speechless. It was so fun to see them non stop smiling, not a care in the world.
The Carlyle in itself is a vacation. It’s charming, very Old Hollywood and just an amazing place to stay when you’re in the city. I can’t wait to go back. We were luck enough to be visiting during The Sophie Experience. Perfect for little girls, when we arrived in the beautiful suite overlooking Central Park, we were greeted with signed copies of Kelly Florio Kasouf’s book “The Super Adventures of Sophie and The City: All in a Day’s Work” and her latest book “Grand Central Escapades” along with specially designed “Sophie” cupcakes from Magnolia’s Bakery. My girls couldn’t get over the “Sophie” pillow designed by Matouk that greeted us on the bed. They were so excited to keep it as a souvenier. If we didn’t have plans at the American Girl store, we would have never loved the breathtaking suite. My girls were even loaned an iPad Mini during the stay so they could follow Sophie’s Virtual Tour to her favorite NYC spots. Seriously? If only they had this when I was a kid. It was such an fun experience to be in New York with the girls, I just had to share our special time with you! I even got to have dinner with Babble’s very own, Andrea Zimmerman. And let me just tell you – she is just as amazing in real life. It was so much fun to meet her since I work from home, I don’t get to meet those I work with everyday and it was so much fun! I wish I could be in the office with her everyday.
Not only was it a great break from my everyday life as a mom of 5, but it was such a fun experience to take my oldest girls to New York City and do something special for them and as a good reminder that they are just as special to me as Grayson.
Click-through a few of my favorite photos from The Sophie Experience and New York City! I can’t wait to go back.
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