A Special Trip to New York City For a Special Little Boy

by Dagmar Bleasdale on November 2, 2010

Happy 4th Birthday, Landon!

My baby turned 4 on Saturday! Can’t believe it. It’s official: my boy is growing up waaaay too fast.

L’s gift to me — he threw up all over me during the night. Motherhood is so glamorous.

After L opened his present — and Don and I exchanged our presents because it was also our 5th anniversary — we had some  breakfast.

L had just throw up again, the water he had had minutes before, and I was worrying about maybe not being able to go to New York City. But he insisted on eating eggs and bread with butter, which he kept down, so off we went.

We had been invited to attend the hub Pumpkin Festival in Central Park and it sounded like a fun, special thing to do on Landon’s big day.

We took his cousin James with us because we figured L would enjoy the trip into the city even more if he could share it with his best friend. We drove to Hastings-on-Hudson and took the train to Harlem because Landon just loves trains.

Can you tell?

After a short trip on the subway, we walked to the 72nd Street entrance of Central Park and were stunned to find the whole park taken over by thousands of trick-or-treaters.

It was chaos. There were lines to get free pumpkins that must have been a mile long, and we were ready to get out of the park when I found out that the Hub VIP tent was up the street.

We had a lot of fun there once we found it. We had cookies and sandwiches and chips and apple cider, and the boys watched some of the hub TV shows this new channel for kids offers.

After we had some food and the boys grabbed generous amounts of free candy at the candy bar, we walked through Central Park some more. Running through the leaves and climbing on the rocks must have been L’s favorite thing of the whole day.

Besides meeting Elmo.

He loved listening to all the musicians playing on different corners of the park, and we had to finally put a stop to giving him money for the musicians.

After admiring the tall building and taking a picture with this nice lady he was staring at because of her uniform . . .

. . . we walked to FAO Schwaz and let the boys loose in there for half an hour. They have a huge collection of Steiff animals, which I grew up with in Germany.

Then we walked through the Madison Avenue street market, and I bought myself a scarf for $10 that L ended up wearing because it was getting windy and chilly.

After a quick snack of hot dogs for the boys — we made an exception because how can you not let your boy have a NYC hot dog on his birthday if he asks for it? — we headed to Grand Central Station, where we jumped on a train to get back to Westchester.

We saw a lot, ate a lot (mostly candy!), and made some great family memories.

I took 245 pictures and made several videos, think that was enough?

Happy birthday, Love Love! I love you so, you are my everything. I’m so blessed to be your Mama. I hope you will remember how much fun you had on your special day.

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Yakini @ThePrissyMommy November 6, 2010 at 10:56 AM

What an awesome trip!!! You guys did so much – how fun!!!
Happy Birthday Landon!!! Happy Anniversary to you and DH! :-)


Michelle@MilitaryWivesSaving November 3, 2010 at 5:16 PM

Awwww Landon was a trooper! I’m glad you guys had fun :) I would love to go back to NYC one day. Last time I was there was ’94!!!


Kristi {at} Live and Love...Out Loud November 3, 2010 at 5:40 AM

What a great way to spend his fourth birthday! Looks like he had a fabulous time and has fabulous taste too (your scarf is too cute!).

Kristi, Live and Love…Out Loud


Amor Maternal November 2, 2010 at 10:25 PM

Wow Dagmar, that seems like a wonderful birth-whole-day-celebration :)

Congratulations to Landon for turning four, and to you for your fourth mammaversary!

Big hug!



Gianna November 2, 2010 at 2:22 PM

OH how nice…. i love this little boy ;) My son turned 4, too on 2nd of october ;) so sweet in this age ;)

What a nice birthday ;) i wish you much luck and a good time little big landon ;)

Gianna from germany


Odie Langley November 2, 2010 at 10:42 AM

OMG girl, I felt like I was there the way you explained it all and the pictures were amazing. Happy Birthday Landon and Happy Anniversay to you two. Such a wonderful day with so many memories to relive. I am so happy you had that special day and allowed me to share in it.


kelly @kellynaturally November 2, 2010 at 3:25 AM

That looks like SO much fun! I miss New York City – especially in the Fall. Happy Birthday Landon & Happy Anniversary Dagmar! :)


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