Scarlet Takes Manhattan.

Last Wednesday, Cassidy and Scarlet went on a very big adventure. To New York City!

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They got up before dawn, drove to New Haven, and took a train ride to New York. It was her first train ride!

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There have been so many emotional parts to this for me. I felt left out, even though the reason they made the trip together was because I balked a little at the thought of all four of us going, which was the original plan. Sometime I just don’t have it in me. Not for large cities. Not for two-year-olds in large cities. So it was to be their trip, while Des went to daycare and I settled at home with some work. The trip also made me feel relieved, that she can go and have big adventures without me.

I’ve been a part of most of her big adventures. She’s been a part of mine too, for the last 5-6 years.

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I feel very emotional seeing the photos from the day. My little/big girl. In the big/not at all little city. My city. I grew up in New Jersey, so a Christmas wouldn’t go by without my dad driving all seven of us into the city in our red and gold GMC truck. He’d park it like a pro and take us out for winter adventures. Scarlet has been to NYC before, but this was before storable memories. I want to cry, of happiness mostly, seeing their adventures unfold. Luckily, Cassidy took photos with his phone.

Even though I didn’t take these photos, and they’re not from my camera, it’s really all about the moments, isn’t it? Yes. Maybe 80/20. Heck, I don’t even know. Sometimes, it’s all about the moments. So here you go. Unwind. Enjoy:

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What would you do with a whole day in New York City?

About Tamara

Tamara is a professional photographer, a mama of two, a Lifestyle Blogger/Social Media Influencer/Brand Ambassador, and a nearly professional cookie taster. She has been known to be all four of those things at all hours of the day and night. She is a very proud contributor to the book, The Mother Of All Meltdowns, the Stigma Fighters Anthology (volume 1), and The HerStories Project: So Glad They Told Me. She is also a proud Community Lead and a regular contributor to the SoFab Food blog, and the Target Made Me Do It blog. After two cross country moves, due to her intense Bi-Coastal Disorder, she lives with her husband, daughter, son, dog, cat, and 11 chickens in glorious western Massachusetts.

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Scarlet Takes Manhattan. — 113 Comments

  1. Aww, this totally reminded me when we took both girls into NYC this past summer for Emma’s birthday at the American Girl Store. She still keeps asking me when she can go back, as she had a blast and loved it so much. So, I could totally see Scarlet (and Cassidy’s) excitement here. And as a NYC girl deep down, I totally get it and seriously still love going (wish I could go in more often). By the way, if I had a day to go in again, I hope and wish it could be to meet you finally. I mean quite possibly maybe we could make that happen (hey I can dream now!).

    • I remember that big adventure! Sounded awesome and you know she’ll remember that birthday for the rest of her life.
      You can totally dream because it takes us under three hours to get to NYC. That’s not very long!

        • I’m so sorry about the strep! I meant to respond to that on my Facebook status but it turned into more of a comic routine over there, as per usual.
          At least strep goes away FAST! Christmas isn’t canceled!

          • Aww thank you Tamara. It has been a crazy weekend between that and then alily fell busting her lip open. Needless to say, I am exhausted and still somehow going today. But yes Christmas isn’t canceled so that is something to celebrate over πŸ˜‰

  2. I know you felt left out, but what a sweet trip and awesome memories for her and Cassidy! I would be terrified if my kids went to the big city without me! Even if it was with dad, but sometimes, you just have to let it go. No Frozen pun intended… Or was it?!

  3. Oh my gosh, she looks soooo happy. They look happy. Seems they had a wonderful day out in the city. I bet she was charming everyone they met. And you all got the photos that memories are made of. Simply wonderful!

    • I was so happy he captured every aspect of their trip. And I guess I took it for granted that it was always my city. Now I guess I feel that way about Boston. I just don’t go that often.

  4. What wonderful father daughter pictures! Cassidy and Scarlet must have been pretty tired at the end of their day of adventure! My trips to the big city have been for doctors’ appointments. I would much rather spend the day touring TV and radio stations and meeting the on air personalities. Then to Rockefeller Center to ice skate in the presence of that big bright and beautiful Christmas tree, and then to see any kind of performance at the center. Then over to Carnegie Hall to see a musical performance. The American Museum Of Natural History, The Smithsonian, a basketball or hockey game or a concert at the Garden, and then to partake in a Mass inside majestic St. Patrick’s Cathedral. After I do all that I’ll collapse next to Cassidy and Scarlet.

    • They had meant to go to the American Museum of Natural History. I absolutely love it there. It’s the blue whale. It makes me gasp.
      I hope you get that perfect day there!

  5. Awwww, what a wonderful trip for the two of them.

    I loved the photos… it looks like they had so much fun. I hear you on feeling a little sad seeing all these moments but I like how you realize that she can (and will) have big adventures without you.

    FAO Schwarz?! Going there is on my bucket list!

    Thanks for sharing.
    xoxo

    • I remember going there as a kid, and I remember there being life-sized stuffed animals. I asked Cassidy if it was just in my perception, and he said that it was not. They really are that big!

  6. ohmygoosness, it looks like they had an amazing trip together. I totally understand feeling left out in these big adventures with your big/little girl. But I also get the feeling of not feeling up for the adventure either. And you know what? I would love to have a whole day to wander NYC too!

    • I’ve always wanted to go alone to wander. I think that’s something I must’ve done in my 20s, but I was probably meeting someone later in the day. I miss that kind of adventure.

  7. Oh! This makes me think of Harroll taking JR out without me. I know that time will come and I think I will be emotional but happy they get that time together. I’ve spent a day here and there in the city for different reasons but it was before I was married. I agree that doing it with a toddler might be something to really think about and it could be a bit difficult. They look like they had such a blast, Tamara. I remember my aunt and uncle took me and my brother to Fao Schwartz for the first time and I thought it was so fun! πŸ™‚

  8. These pictures are such magic! I love the trees, the ornaments, the lights, Scarlet’s red coat! I understand how the thought of taking the whole family could be overwhelming. Just thinking of taking all of my kids to the store to buy groceries wears me out. There is so much involved in getting little people anywhere and sometimes it’s good for Moms to take a little break and for Dads and kids to have alone time. Thanks for sharing their adventure with us πŸ™‚

    • I always wore a red pea coat in my 20s, and sometimes still when I’m not wearing my Michelin man coat, and I always had a dream to have a little girl who would wear a little red peacoat. Came true!

  9. I love these! And I’m so so jealous that you got to go to NYC every year at Christmas time! My mom and I have plans on going to NYC for Christmas in a few years. I know EXACTLY how you feel seeing these pics, I always feel a twinge (a major twinge) of sadness when I see my older son doing something or going somewhere kind of major without me. But I also agree that two year olds and big cities don’t mix. I would’ve done the same! Looks like she had a magical day with her daddy <3

    • It was very magical. And maybe he gets a twinge seeing me get to do so much with her since he works a lot.
      Sounds like you and your mom will have an awesome time!

  10. I love NYC at Christmas time – it’s so magical. What a wonderful day with her dad. I love all the pictures, but the first one with your hubby wearing the backpack is priceless.

  11. Oh my goodness. These are awesome! I’m sure you noticed this too but it is so interesting how Scarlet looks so different when she is posing for Cassidy than when it is you behind the camera. She really has a different look on her face. Cassidy did an awesome job of capturing their day together- he has clearly been paying attention as you work your magic!

  12. What an adventure! I could see being emotional about not being there, I would too.
    Scarlet’s red coat is so cute, and I love the way she holds her hair out of her face.
    I have memories of going into NYC around this time with my family as well and going to see the tree and skaters at Rockafeller Center and standing on line to see I believe the Saks Fifth Avenue store displays. (By the way, do you also say “stand on line”? Apparently it’s a NY/NJ thing and people from Massachusetts always make fun of me for saying it.)

  13. What an adventure for them. It is so hard seeing your kids do adventures without you—but I have learned the best way to handle them is to build their excitement and celebrate with them so they know, as they grow, that it’s ok to have fun without you and you are always there to share it later! A special gift you give her — the ability to share with others – especially her Dad!

  14. 1. A day in NYC? Breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Walking in between. What else? No one knows.

    2. If that stuffed tiger had a blog post about the day, I’d read it, comment and share it. Big.

    3. I think you were part of Scarlet’s big adventure, too. Because you’ve been part of her big adventures, part of you will always be on the big adventures she takes. Always.

  15. wow! what a day πŸ™‚ I enjoyed all of the pictures, especially FAO Shwartz…you can’t really get tired of that place. I love that she got a pic with one of the times square characters too!

  16. These are great snapshots. Sometimes it is the letting go that is the hardest, right? I love that you are so attuned to your inner self that you knew it was the right decision for you to stay back. I think that requires such self awareness.

  17. Awwwwww, what beautiful photographs. All of them πŸ™‚ And you know, I’m sure it must have been difficult not to be a part of that special day with your hubby/daughter but you were absolutely there in spirit and I’m sure there wasn’t a moment that went by when they didn’t think or say to each other how much you would have liked so and so. Looks like it was a magical day for them both. And I’m jealous that they went to Magnolia–those cupcakes look divine! XOXO

  18. What a fabulous trip! A great Father/daughter bonding day!! I would do exactly what they did. The photos are amazing and so sweet! I would probably go to the top of the Empire State. On my one trip to NY, we missed that. Scarlet is gorgeous and I love her red coat πŸ™‚ It was probably a nice break for you, Tamara. It’s okay to stay behind once in a while and get some one on one time with one of your children. Thanks for sharing Scarlet’s adventure.

    • It was a pretty nice break actually! I think I watched bad Christmas movies after the little one went to bed.
      I was surprised they didn’t do the Empire State building, but I guess there’s only so much you can do in one day.

        • Yes! Perhaps it will be. Or in the city of your choice.
          It was a little funny not to be there for many reasons, but I feel like if I had gone, I would have tried to control the photography too much. Sometimes I don’t know how to sit back and have fun, or be a total professional. There is that happy in between.

  19. Is that Zoltar and the giant piano from the movie Big?! I used to adore that movie when I was little. I understand all of the emotions, I get that way just when my son and boyfriend go to the park without me lol. Looks like they had an amazing time!

  20. That’s sooo precious!! She’s adorable as heck πŸ™‚ I can see why you’d feel left out but ugh it’s such a busy city, non stop activity. It’s probably best to have let them go, I’m like you all that stuff drives me bonkers – all the stimulation, the anxiety bah. Her coat is so adorable, very suiting and girly πŸ™‚ I remember playing on that large musical piano when I was a kid – man how time flies. I officially feel mad f*ing old. As if I needed further reminders lol πŸ™‚ Have a great one Tamara and glad she enjoyed her adventure with her dad in NYC! xoxo -Iva

  21. I was wondering who took some of the photos of Cassidy and Scarlet, but then I saw your sister in one. What a fun day! I have been lucky to have many days in NYC. My ideal day would be walking through Central Park, corned beef and matzoh ball soup at Ben’s Deli, and a matinee show. Then some more walking and a yummy dinner at John’s on 12th – best Italian food ever.

    I can understand feeling a little left out – it will just have to be your turn next!

    • Now you’re making me hungry. I would probably go to Katz’s deli and get a knish for old time’s sake.
      My sister works in the city so they were able to meet up with her and her husband. Made me even more jealous!

  22. That looks like such a magical day — the kind she will write a college essay about! I love that Cassidy will wear her backpack… my husband won’t even carry MY bag if it has pink on it. sigh. Next year I think I need to go into NYC and see that amazing Lego Santa!

  23. What an awesome daytrip and is that one of your sisters along for the ride? That would be so cool to play on the Big piano…especially if a 1988 version Elizabeth Perkins was there. Train rides rock and sign me up for the Top of the Rock Theater! I’m glad you were also able to get some You time, Tamara πŸ™‚

  24. So many beautiful photos!! I love that big big piano!! I guess a father-daughter bonding is needed from time to time. Nice to see both of them enjoying the big adventure. πŸ™‚

  25. What an amazing memory!!! Scarlet will cherish this time with her dad FOREVER. I think it’s good for Daddy/Daughter time, but I totally get it, I would be slightly emotional too.
    My son would go NUTS if he saw that Lego Santa.
    This post made me miss Chicago and want to visit New York, soon.
    XOXO

    • Honestly, she is still recovering, but we’ve also been keeping her up late with Christmas candy and Christmas movies. Not winning awards this week. She didn’t get as sick as the other two, but she did have some ear pain on that day and we were worried. Scarlet is a superhero.

  26. It looks like they had a great time. I’m afraid to really travel a lot with my kids too. My six year cold is such a picky eater that I worry about finding restaurants he will eat at. I have changed my mind about several trips because I was afraid that it would be too much with small ones. I would love to go to New York City though when they are a little older. My sister in-law has lived in New Jersey for the past 5 years and we have never visited her. I’m thinking maybe when our kids are 8 and 4 it wouldn’t be to bad to try visiting her then.

    • It sounds like you have a good tentative plan. I think that way a lot because Des will be going to Disney World for the second time, and I know he won’t remember it yet again. So will we have to go again in a few years? Probably! Although he doesn’t have the obsession Scarlet has with princesses. Not yet.

  27. Precious! I’m pretty sure Scarlet will remember this for a very long time! I too, try to avoid long travels with both my kids. I took them to the school program by myself last weekend because my husband had to be somewhere else and I was exhausted. My back ached for 2 days! Ugh.

  28. Scarlet looks so tiny in that big ol city! Oh my gosh I am so glad Hayden wasn’t peeking over my shoulder when I scrolled by that LEGO Santa! Bahahaha He would have added it to his list!

  29. OMG! This is so much fun to see! Is that the Empire State buliding they were on top of? My husband and daughter took a trip to NYC together and had a blast. It’s nice to have those one on one memories with any family member. Looks like a wonderful day!

  30. Makes me miss New York! I’ve only been there twice, once for Christmas and it really was magical. The other time I went with my husband and we had a blast, watching Broadway shoes for half price and eating at the most delicious restaurants you can imagine.

    Super cute that she went with her dad! I think it’s important to have one-on-one time with parents.

  31. What a fun Daddy/Daughter day! I know exactly how you feel about going to the city with a 2 year old! I avoided taking the train into Chicago when the girls were little because I didn’t want to drag a stroller around. Now that they are older, it’s easier!

  32. I got married in Central Park! I love NYC – it’s got such a great energy – but I hear you. We didn’t bring the kids…just eloped…

    Looks like they had a wonderful time! She’s getting SOOOOO big!!

  33. I LOVE LOVE this post! Thank you for sharing such a sweet adventure with us. Your husband made amazing memories with her I’m sure she’ll never forget. I teared up a little at the beginning bc you didn’t want to go – but I loved seeing how much fun they had. MERRY CHRISTMAS! (totally stumbling this too!)

  34. What a perfect day that she will always remember! When I was a little girl, Nana let me cut school and took my on the subway (yes, there was a subway in Rochester!) to a day downtown. I never forgot it!

  35. Looks like Scarlet and Cassidy had a wonderful adventure together! We’re big on Daddy/daughter dates here; and I can’t imagine a bigger one than going to visit New York City together!

  36. My girls went absolutely nuts over this post. Like the piano on the floor wasn’t enough, and a two storey toy store.. and then an actual life size Olaf and Sven. NYC is now like, the most magical place ever to them.
    I’d have to agree. A whole day? Oh my … I need at least 3-4 because I would have to fit both a sports game AND a theatre production in during the trip. And I’d shop and browse and people watch and eat giant pretzels and drink bad coffee, and of course take pictures of all.

  37. gasp! all of these pictures are absolutely precious! i think it’s so important that each parent spend time with their children individually. always great to have alone time and develop special bonds.

    • I think you’re right. And Cassidy misses a lot of time with them, because he works a regular hour job. That just leaves those two days, or the occasional days where he sneaks her out of school!

  38. Wow!!! I definitely would’ve felt left out even after opting out. Especially after seeing those photos. You were not kidding when you said she was tiny! That girl is so small I just want to put her in my pocket! <3!

  39. I can’t believe she was that little just a year ago! I know she’s little but she’s mature so much in the face in a year. This was so cute. Getting ready to check out the current one. Love the titles.

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