Carrie Jean, that's my mom

I have to admit, I almost can't write this post because I get a little emotional! It's funny what moving across the country from your mom--and then having her visit-- will do to you.

So my mom came out to visit for a few days before school started for me. Our goals was to fit in as much of everything as possible--eating, seeing, talking...well everything but sleeping that is. We tried to do as little of that as possible.

Funny enough, one of my favorite parts of my mom's trip out here was taking the train together into New York. Not that I haven't done that plenty since moving out here, but perhaps because I have done it so many times by myself it felt so nice to have her with me.

Walking to Central Park (one of my favorite things in the City by far) and came across this big Dior "bag" which was really masking the construction in front of their store-brilliant.

Enjoying the park, and just being to talk and talk and talk. The weather was absolutely beautiful!

Walked around to the Shake Shack. Since my dad is a vegetarian and my mom usually is as well for him, it's been a long time since she's enjoyed a good burger. We both enjoyed one here!

The natural history museum gem collection

What a gem. These pictures remind me of how hard we were laughing doing these ridiculous poses. How awesome is it to have a mom that can be a best friend. 

Dinner at Max Brenner's-lots of chocolate (just like my mom likes it) molten lava cake is muy bueno.

Felt so lucky to get to go to Wicked with my mom, and we both loved it!

I think it was even better the 2nd time around as I was more familiar with the music

Just before the show

The next day we went to a cooking class in lower Manhattan. My favorite thing in NY to date, and so fun for some good mother/daughter bonding. 

Our instructor, Richard

On the way we ran into the Limelight Marketplace

The building was a church that has been converted it into an indoor market. The architecture is incredible, and the stained glass windows were gorgeous. The fact that a church was converted to a total commercial center was a little sad for me, but it was beautifully done. 

They have a gelato bar inside (blood orange was delish)

as well as little dessert boutiques and stands. This place is worth a visit. 

Thanks for "popping" in Mom. :)

All the pictures capture just a few things to spark my memory later, but what can't be captured in film is the blessing it is to have such a great woman to learn from and counsel with. I'm so grateful we have a great relationship, that I can trust her with anything, that I have a stalwart example that helps me stay grounded and focused on what is most important. I couldn't as for a better woman to teach me by her example-of selflessness and sacrifice, and what makes me really happy. Every time I'm with her I feel so indebted-and wonder how I'll ever measure up! Love you mom!


  1. Lizzy this makes me happy because I love your mom and I love you!

    Looks like so much fun...and I haven't yet worn my twinner shirt, (it looks weird...just a bit more baby weight to lose!) but it looks SO cute on you :)

  2. Your mom and my only sister! I know exactly how you feel when you are with her. We spent a couple days over Labor Day weekend with her and your dad. Great times making great memories. I love her too!

  3. Looks like you had a lot of fun. I agree that spending one on one time with my mom is the best--very special. I love reading your blog. Selfishly I wish you posted more. Glad you and Dave are doing well. We ran into Dave at the soccer game tonight. I wish he would of gave us the heads up that he was coming. He said you are going to be out next week. I will actually be gone. I hope our paths cross though where we hang out as couples. & I heard this is your last year of school. You will be all done soon enough. Hope to see you soon.

  4. Awww, Lizzy! I got a little emotional reading your sweet words about your mama too. :-) What a neat post. Makes me excited to see my own mama this weekend. :-)

  5. Glad you had so much fun with your mom. I know exactly how you feel. Whenever mine comes to visit, I just can't get enough.

  6. A post dedicated to me....I feel honored! Thank you for capturing our time together; you did it justice because it was truly wonderful. I love Lizzy, I love New York, I love being a mother, I loving having daughters!

  7. yes i love your mom! but don't you worry- you measure up because your her daughter and you guys are wonderful! I love your examples. What a wonderful opportunity it is that you are living out in new york! Looks like you guys had so much fun!

  8. This post made me emotional as well.:) Moms are the BEST. I feel the same about mine.

    And although you know your mom loves you SOO much, just wait until you are a mother and then you will understand just how strong a mother's love is for her child as well. You are going to be a great mom, just like your mom, I'm sure of it.

  9. Your momma is my inspiration when it comes to the kind of relationship I want to have with my girls when they move to the next phase of life! Love you both!

  10. Mom really is amazing. What a fun time! I am so happy that she could go out there. And only wait until all the sistas can be together with mom! Love you sis!


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