Scarlet Takes Manhattan, II.

Last year Scarlet took Manhattan in part 1, and I died of cuteness, along with most of the internet.

I almost died of other things too, not to be melodramatic. It was never my trip to take, but I couldn’t have taken it anyway because I was dealing with PTSD. My heart started pounding in strange and uncertain places, and sometimes not-so-strange and not-so-uncertain places. I was breathless and heart-poundy a lot. And I’m ok with that. I’m ok with that because it happened for a reason and I have done nothing but challenge it since. And this year? I could have gone. I could have loved it. I could have been breathless and heart-poundy in large crowds and cities, but knowing I can find my way to the other side.

Anywhere and anytime.

Being breathless and heart-poundy can be good too, sometimes. When it threatens to overwhelm you, well maybe you’ll find your way to the other side. It takes all kinds. And maybe my way won’t work for you, or your way won’t work for me, but hey. In this particular movie with this particular girl, the hero made her way to New York City to take it by storm. And her mother was fine with that and knowing that one year, maybe they’ll all go as a family. And maybe her mother can be a hero too.


I also want you to consider that this trip was followed by Scarlet’s performance in The Nutcracker, a trip on the Polar Express, a trip to see Santa, a two day fever and then a trip to see Star Wars. Girl’s got style and stamina. And grace too.

Although she still looks small in the Empire State Building elevator.

She made it to the top, though.

Cuteness alert.

I’ve noticed lately that people smile at the two of us whenever we’re out in public. It happened so many times the other day when I took her to see The Good Dinosaur that I finally made us stand side by side in the restroom mirror to see if I could see it. And sure enough, I did. Matching red coats and matching tousled hair. Matching smiles and joy. Matching wonder. We’re in sync a lot these days, whether together in NYC or not. Knowing I can be fully happy for their trips and fully present for when they get home is big. I also think you can’t underestimate the power of a peacoat, a smile, and messy, happy hair.


Also, yes.

Sleeping in cabs while sober. Been there.

Frozen hot chocolate is also a yes. Yes?

As we walked out of Star Wars on Friday, Scarlet asked what the plot was. Then she delved into her own theories. If I had to come up with a plot for this story, it would be that chocolate, moose and blue whales are awesome. Oh yeah. I already told you that plot. It would be that annual holiday traditions like this are lifelong locked into the memory banks. And that messy hair and red peacoats will not only open doors for you out there in the world, but will knock them off their hinges.

And that Scarlet leads a good life.

**All photos taken by Cassidy, or by random, friendly strangers in NYC.

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    1. What an adventure for your precious little girl! Love the pictures and the tradition of the daddy-daughter trip/

      1. And I love that it’s becoming a tradition. Those two are way cool. Fearless and fast. Probably, Des and I would have tired out. But I love to think that these two have found their match.

    1. Right? I guess with continuity I didn’t and because Cassidy has already taken Manhattan.. a lot.
      Still, though. It was a big day for both of them.

  1. Aw, she looks adorable. Seriously, I can see why people smile, because I just couldn’t stop smiling reading about her second NYC adventure, which I think topped last years (if that was even possible). And topping it with Star Wars, seriously couldn’t get any better in my book!! πŸ™‚

  2. So fun! I am JEALOUS. I need to get back to Manhattan soon. I LOVED the frozen hot chocolate. I think I got something else there too because I couldn’t decide on one. And did you cry at The Good Dinosaur? Because I did.

  3. Scarlet certainly has all of the style. and grace and stamina that yu you mentioned, Tamara! She did so much and handled the entire experience so well! I hope she is feeling much better. I love all of the pictures and especially the pictures of Scarlet and Cassidy together. I see so much of you in the picture of Scarlet sipping the frozen hot chocolate.

    1. What a compliment that you see me in that photo!
      Scarlet is feeling great. Des is still sick but definitely better than he was two days ago. I predict he’ll be back to normal fully by tomorrow. As it stands, he’s mostly there. Still very spirited and hungry.

    1. Thank you! Lucky and lucky, for sure. The hot chocolate looks so good. I don’t even like it hot that much. I’d be curious to try the frozen kind.

  4. Love that girl’s stamina, and love that she loves NYC. What a fun weekend! I also love a red coat – guess what I bought myself with birthday money?

  5. So much cuteness πŸ™‚ I looks like they had another wonderful trip together. I’ve never been to NYC but these pictures are making me want to go during the winter and I’m not a cold weather person.

  6. That’s quite the girl you have there! I wish we lived that close to Manhattan, Phoenix is it…. I hope that you get lots more smiles with you and your little girl. Things like that do the heart good.

  7. Scarlet is a lucky girl, that trip looks amazing! I love her red coat, and I bet that frozen hot chocolate was amazing. And….that is the fattest pigeon I have ever seen!

    1. ha, you can tell it’s a very ambitious and well-fed pigeon.

      Scarlet’s had a red coat for every year of her life, I believe. Almost time to get a new one!

  8. She is just adorable, and the happiness pours right out of her! I wish I could take day trips to New York City – one of my favorite places in the world. The frozen hot chocolate at Serendipity is one of the best treats EVER.

  9. Aww!! Is this an annual ritual? Go lady! πŸ™‚ It’s fun! I hate all the cluster of people but I deal when I go visit dad. πŸ™‚ I’m too busy right now my head can’t stop – I DON’T LIKE IT! I DON’T LIKE HAVING NO TIME TO BLOG! I’M HAVING PANIC ATTACKS! Lol. This BLOWS! I am prepping for an exam and I can’t stop. I can’t slow down. No time to think just drill information and more information. I can’t tell another soul what I’m studying for since I believe in bad juju/jinxes, Lol! I don’t want anyone’s bad aura coming to me but I’ll tell you it’s happening next month and I am a nervous wreck. No time for nothing. Just read, study, digest. Ha! Love the photos of her on top of the Empire State, such beautiful scenery if you can get past the height and all the noise that goes on below. πŸ™‚ Hope they had another wonderful trip and have a very very very Merry Christmas if I don’t speak to you between now and Friday! <3 -Iva

    1. Slow down and breathe! Maybe eat some potatoes.
      Ok, I was speaking for myself.
      This has become a special ritual for them indeed. And I Love that they’re doing this. And I’d love to go to the top of any skyscraper and drown out any noise!

      1. Lol potatoes make everything better. πŸ™‚ I’m trying to breath but it’s very hard when ones thoughts are so loud. They don’t stop – I’m exhausted of hearing them reminding me of all the reading I need to complete and quizzes I need to take. >.< There isn't enough time! Lol Maybe I'm just managing it poorly. AH well. It is a great ritual that they have, it's good bonding time. πŸ™‚ One day you will and it will be glorious!! πŸ™‚

  10. So sweet! And what an awesome tradition. This reminds me of all the things I love about Manhattan. And yeah I haven’t seen the movie yet but I’d go with your plot too πŸ™‚

  11. Too cute for words. And Cassidy and the random strangers got some nice shots! These are such sweet memories now and will be even sweeter later. Magic. (I want to go to NYC during the holidays!)

  12. I love this so much. So much fun in the big city. My oldest dreams of one day going to New York – Scarlet’s adventure makes me want to go even more now. And I too believe in smiles and peacoats – although in my case, they are with short, messy hair. πŸ™‚

  13. Daughters and dads need trips together. Recently a friend visited me with his five year old daughter. That was a good time, and we had fun going places together or just hanging out at my home.

    Every time I’ve been to New York, as an adult, not being taken care of has been a battle. I’ve always won the battle, but it’s a far cry from my preferred peaceful Florida home.

    1. That’s so cute about your friend and his daughter!
      I have trouble in NYC. I prefer the pace of life here. Cold, but also peaceful.
      We’ll be going to Florida in a few weeks, where I envision it will be warm, but NOT peaceful. Orlando!

  14. Awwww, I love when Scarlet goes to Manhattan! It is such a lively city and the photos are amazing!! What a great day for her! We saw Star Wars this weekend and loved it!

    1. I swear I thought she had just stuck her tongue into the chocolate fountain! I bet she would.
      Barriers are built for kids like her. (and moms like me)

  15. Naturally, all your photos are amazing but my favorites are on top of the Empire State building. Next time you are in NYC let me know. I’m an hour away by train and would love to meet a blogging buddy. I’m glad you checked out Serendipity and their frozen hot chocolate. It’s been years since I’ve had it but I know it’s amazing and quite a feat to actually wait in line and be seated. Happy Holidays.

  16. Scarlet is such a brave young girl! I love her radiance and enthusiasm! I’d love for Reiko & I to take our own BIG travels too. Soon.. Someday.. πŸ™‚

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