But after looking at the date on my last post, it has been THAT long!
It's not that I don't try to blog. I really do. It's just that I have this new semi-permanent attachment called a baby.
Eli is the most adorable semi-permanent attachment a girl could ever ask for.
He is seriously the best little cuddle bug you have ever seen.
The kid would never wake up if you let him sleep on you the whole time.
Only problem is, it makes it hard to get anything done.
I will admit, there are moments when I throw my to-do list out the window and just soak up the cuddles, maybe even catch a (much needed) nap myself. But there also comes a time when I really should, and need to get stuff done.
Baby boy is slowly learning to sleep without being held.
And also to be comfortable chillin' by himself.
When these moments of free time come I am overwhelmed with all the choices of what to do.
Do I shower? Do I eat? Do I make dinner? Do I write thank yous? Do I try and get back into some sort of exercise routine? Do I catch up on emails? Do I blog? Do I sleep? Do I clean?
To be honest, the shower, the sleep and the eating usually take priority over everything else. Slowly, I am learning to find the balance of it all. Which is how I am actually managing to get this post done.
Eli is passed out in his crib. Luis is on his way home from volunteering. And I have a few precious minutes to myself before I have to go clean up the kitchen.
Precious minutes that are about to end as I hear little whimpers come from the other room so, after that ridiculously long intro, I'll get to the real purpose of this post: Serendipity.
Serendipity is a fun word for "the occurrence and development of events by chance in a happy or beneficial way."
It's also the name of a famous little cafe in NYC.
When my parents were here, we went out for dessert on their last night. And since Luis' team got a win that same day to clench third place heading into the playoffs, we decided we should live it up and celebrate.
So we headed out at 9:00 pm, Eli in tow, into the city for a little frozen hot chocolate at the charming Serendipity.
I have been to Serendipity twice now. Once three years ago with my sister and Luis, and then again that night when my parents were here. Both times it has been PACKED.
The first time we went, we avoided the wait by getting the frozen hot chocolates to go. This time, we called ahead and asked to make a reservation and they said they weren't taking reservations. When we got there they told us it would be an hour and a half wait. And then the host looked at me and said, "Is that a baby??"
Having seen the sign on the door saying no strollers, I started to worry that maybe they didn't allow babies at all. But then the guy, God bless his soul, said to us "Stay close" and within 2 minutes he turned to me and said "Reservation, party of 4, your table is ready" with a look on his face and an exaggerated tone in his voice that said "Just go with it, pretend like you made a reservation."
And went with it we did.
We were in and out of there and home in the time it would have taken to wait for a table had
I felt a little bad. Especially since there was a considerable line waiting outside in the cold. But my desire for my parents to have one last NY Adventure, and my understanding that we wouldn't have been able to wait an hour and a half with little man took away any bit of guilt and replaced it with a feeling of gratitude and blessing.
We went a little crazy with our ordering, but when you see the menu choices you will totally understand our chocolate overindulgence.
Oh. My. Goodness. Gracious. Was every bite amazing.
The hot fudge was some of the best I have ever had.
The blackout cake on the Broadway Sundae was so moist, it just melted in your mouth.
The humble pie on the "Can't Say No" was a pure, creamy, peanut buttery slice of heaven.
The frozen hot chocolate was rich and delicious and the peanut butter hot chocolate? Well, can you really ever go wrong when chocolate and peanut butter get together?
I will say, however, at first we weren't so impressed with the peanut butter hot chocolate, but once we mixed it up, it was everything we dreamed of and more.
While we all certainly showed no restraint, my Dad wins the prize of dessert consumption. The dude can pack it away. And he made sure not to let one drop go to waste.
Yes, it was that good.
Next time you're in New York City, get your bootie to Serendipity. Your bootie (and your thighs) may not thank you after, but your taste buds and your soul certainly will.
Oh, and be sure to take me and Eli with you when you do. After all, he's the golden ticket and since he's pretty much attached to me most of the time, I automatically get invited.
Happy Veterans' Day! Thank you to all the men and women who have served and sacrificed for our freedoms. God bless you all for your commitment to protect and defend this nation.