Luckily, this one only comes once a year, so it’s easy to keep up. As you can see from Part I and Part II, Scarlet and Cassidy have started an adorable, annual, father-daughter tradition – to hit the Big Apple – and to hit in in STYLE! For the first two years, they got up at some crazy-a** hour, drove to New Haven, then took the train into NYC. They would be deposited back to me – loudly into the house – and both times so late at night that Des wouldn’t see his surprises until the next morning.
This year they tried something new! Cassidy booked a hotel room so they took their time driving into the city, had a whole bonus night to stay up light and cause a ruckus, and then they spent the better part of the next day finding daylight adventures. I admit I’ve come to look forward to their trip. The first year, I was feeling panicky and had no desire to go. The second year, I realized it was becoming an exclusive and special thing anyway. The third year? I looked forward to spending an easy 36 hours with just Des – with him in school for some of it – and then watching their adventures unfold by text or FB.
Cassidy’s phone died so there are a lot of adventures missing – like from the museum or from various stores – but I think you’ll find that his phone photos suffice. They had such a great time together, and I already can’t wait to hear about next year.
And that about wraps it up! She had a wonderful Christmas and got everything she asked for, and much more. She has six loose teeth but hasn’t lost even one tooth yet! Let me know if you want to book her to giggle incessantly at your next event.
Janine Huldie says
Omg, so cute and you had me giggling with the last line with her hair as I have that times two daily here. No matter what Kevin can help with, he can’t do little girl’s hair either though! But seriously, what a fun and awesome annual trip these two had once again 😉
Scarlet can get knots that I swear.. I’m never going to get out. And I threaten to cut her hair, but then I totally get them out! Usually with tears or some sort of treat/distraction.
This is the sweetest, funnest, most darling thing ever. Thank you for sharing. Funny about the hair–one problem I escaped with my man clan.
Lucky!! Des has fairly long hair at times but it’s stick-straight. So easy!
Your husband is amazing. I love that he does this every year, and I”m sure that Scarlet does too.
So much so! We may do a family trip next year, but they’ll still insist on doing THIS too.
What an amazing tradition they have created!!!!! She is absolutely adorable!!!
Thank you! With her ratty hair and all. I dig her.
Six loose teeth! The tooth fairy had better have the monies ready! What fun memories for these two 🙂
And you know what? She still has six loose teeth – maybe more. I didn’t realize they took this long to fall out!
Dr. J says
That’s great!! When I was around 5, my dad took me on a trip around New York State. We went to several attractions, the baseball Hall of Fame, and West Point. I still have memories of that trip with Dad 🙂
I love that. The memories really stay strong. Scarlet started doing this when she was five, so I think she remembers each time!
Dr. J says
Yesterday I met my 92 y/o dad at the Ringling Museum in Sarasota, Fl. We all went to their Circus Museum (they also have a great art museum). Dad was like a, well, like a kid at the circus! See, we can still make old memories new again…
I love that. Thank you! Also sounds like a fantastic museum.
Sonya K says
Wow!!! That’s a lot of loose teeth to have at one time. She is going to have lots of visits from the tooth fairy soon ☺
I think so! This was nearly a month ago, and she still hasn’t lost any of the teeth! I had no idea they stayed loose for so long.
ImagesByCW (@imagesbycw) says
What an awesome, I mean awesome!!, tradition. I remember the previous posts and I just love everything about it.
Thank you! Third year and counting. I’ll keep doing this as long as they do!
lisa thomson-The Great Escape... says
Oh, the cuteness! Precious! Daddy’s girl. I hope they continue this tradition into her 20’s. I adore the photo of them sharing a milkshake 🙂 Also, your Hubs is very handsome! I know you already know that but it had to be said. Ha!!
Oh man – I hope they do it when she’s 60 and he’s in his 90’s!!
Also, that made my day. Thank you! It’s sort of like when someone says your kids are cute. Of course you think so, but it’s subjective. So when other people say it, it carries more weight!
This is such a wonderful tradition that they will treasure for years to come. New York at Christmas is so magical. And yep, they’re pretty darn cute!
I haven’t done NYC during Christmas time since I was a kid, so I hope one day they invite Des and me along!
Kimberly M (@momgosomething) says
Coolest dad ever.
Mine took me to breakfast at a shady restaurant and i thought that was neat until i got gas and was afraid to fart.
They have such a wonderful bond and you can see it in her smile. That love. It’s just pure and magic. Love.
HAH! Was the gas from the shady food?
It’s pure magic and love for sure. From the start.
Oh, my goodness… these photos are so incredibly precious, Tamara <3 I love how much fun they are clearly both having together and the magician show? I was giggling along with Scarlet and Cassidy in the background. Too cute!! And the picture of them sharing the milkshake. ADORABLE.
Hope you are enjoying the holiday season, that you had some special one-on-one time with Des, and that you have a very Happy New Year! Can't wait to follow along to see where this beautiful blog and journey takes you in 2017 🙂 XOXO
The frozen chocolate one is the best, right? I love the lady in the background looking over – probably overcome with cuteness.
One-on-one time with the kids, including the pet kids, is amazing!!
How fun! I’m jealous. I want to get back to NYC so badly. I hope to someday. These photos are magical.
Whenever you do, I’d love to meet you there for a frozen hot chocolate! One day.
As a matter of fact, I was admiring her hairdo all along. 🙂 I especially loved the magic show, it was classic Scarlet!
All along Leonard Cohen was playing in my mind – first we take Manhattan – then we take Berlin. Is Berlin next for these two?
Having been lucky enough to see your gang in person it touches me even more this year. The four of you admire each other so much. <3
I am so happy for the magic!
The hairdo is impressive, right? It was in her top five of worst “entanglements.” It took me quite awhile to comb it through, but I deserved a medal after.
I’m honestly still in shock that we all met. Like.. was that just a dream?
Kenya G. Johnson says
Aww I loved this, and LOVED the video! And I’m pretty sure last year I said NEXT time you should do a then and now or something like that 😉 Hint hint I’m going to go see if I said that. And dang a year flew by didn’t it?
Kenya G. Johnson says
Well I guess I didn’t say that. But I thought it. She has grown so much from two years ago! The one posed in front of the red Christmas ornaments is the one that should be the then and now NEXT time.
hah! Good fact-checking. For the record, I never would have fact-checked for you. I trust ya!
The ornaments. YES.
Bev Feldman @ Linkouture says
Oh my goodness, how adorable are they? I can see Sam and Eve doing something like this in a few years. And watching that video of Scarlet, I felt like I was getting a glimpse of what Eve will be like in the future. I just feel like something about them seems so similar!
YES. They do have something similar in energy – always have.
I adore them both!
I think it’s so sweet that they take this trip. And Scarlet is getting so tall!
She is to us, but if you saw her in person, she’s so tiny! Smallest kid in the second grade.