Wednesday, April 18, 2012

....time for Plaza tea.....

.....after the last blog post gushing about my love for my boy, I have to even it out to make sure the pendulum stays somewhere in the middle.....the balance of the scales, so to speak; it must be the libra in me.....

.....actually, I don't know the faintest thing about horoscopes, but I do know that the libra has something to do with a scale and I am a very ebb and flow type person.....when one area of life suffers due to bigger and better in other compartments, I medicate the one that needs healing, neglecting the flourishing area and the whole process begins again......so after reflecting on the sweetness of my little man, I found it only appropriate to reminisce glamming it up with my girls..... 

.....I would drop anything or everything for opportunities like this with my little ladies because they are truly decadent.....







.....Sara graciously planned the second annual Tea at the Plaza and this year was even more enjoyable because our little ladies and men this time around, were one year older and understood how to have manners and be fancy......they even scored their own table so we Mommas could have our own.....many of us reluctantly relented to the idea of being separated from them in such an upscale establishment, but to our amazement, every single one of the 12 children held their own.....









.....and I even heard Elsie's little voice ask, may I please have some more cherries?.....

......reciprocated with this......


.....big steps for my oldest girl, who is socially figuring out when she wants to be bold and when she wants to be timid.....for afternoon tea at the Plaza, however; she decided on bold......

....it must be something for females when they have get togethers with their besties.....there is scientific evidence that spending time with girlfriends is beneficial to our emotional and physical well being.....studies have been done citing that our immune systems are boosted, our stress levels decline, our happiness levels rise all from spending time with the circles with whom we share our secrets.....the friends who celebrate our victories, console our sorrows, listen to our frustrations and struggles and revel in our joys......and they are also the ones who also nurture our babies like their own......

.....I full heartedly agree with many of these proclamations based on my own experiences and the after glow of time spent with a bestie; but after observing my two little girls who dearly love their friends and noticing that their friends also whole heartedly love them; I would venture to say that the beneits of friendship start at the ripe age of three.....





....and Elsie crafted each friend a personalized place card and proudly passed them out as our little people made their way to their table......

....you make my heart melt, sweet girl.....



....the love of dressing up and adoring a pretty dress in also inherently engrained in us as young girls....


....so is donning a new hair piece that needs to be placed ever so perfectly....


....as well as the favorite piece of jewelry that completes the look of the outfit....in Callie's case, it was her pearls that matched the white lace trim of her favorite purple dress.....and I watched her several times slightly touch her pearls to make sure they were placed and draped evenly over her neckline.....


....in many ways, our little ladies are so similar to their Mommas.....

....and as the children discussed their favorite pastries and indulged in grenadine soaked cherries with long stems, the Mommas weren't too far off basking in uninterrupted (almost) conversations......exchanging stories about our children, our husbands, our future plans, and the new babies who will one day join us on this anticipated occasion.....




....and we Mommas were able to savor one last cup of tea and pleasant conversation when the littles were done with their scones and sweets, thanks to tent like long table clothes and smart phones.....

....whatever works.....





....and upon hearing her name, the children made a mad dash to Eloise's tea room where her infamous piano and playroom reside......she must always be out having a fabulous adventure with her nanny when we stop by.....we've never seen her, but she always obliges us by sharing her fancy things.....



....and lately it's been so busy at home with showings and daily cleaning and open houses, that I haven't had much time to reflect on the things that I will miss when we are no longer urban dwellers....

.....but upon leaving the Plaza on our spring day outing, I couldn't help but acknowledge that next year, we will be taking the train in for this grand day.....

.....and I was both excited and saddened by the thought.....


....thank you, Sara, for planning such a lovely Saturday afternoon.....

....Tea at the Plaza is an occasion that is now etched into my description of spring in New York City.....it is part of the reason the girls and I will look forward to the new season; included with the anticipation of cherry blossoms, tulips, light pastel coats and vivid blue skies..... 


....and a time to reconnect with all the women who are not only neighbors, but have also become friends.....the ones who have all raised their babies together in this blessed, beautiful NYC life......I am grateful for the experience and the friendships that have been cultivated over the years.....


.....maybe next time we'll find Eloise.....


8 comments :

Sara B said...

The most wonderful photo is the group photo. How amazing seeing us all together. Did you notice that the menu said "annual" Plaza tea? I just saw that. Do you think they put that on there for us? I hope I remember to ask next year. It'd be cool if it said "3rd Annual Plaza Tea," next year!! I'm already dreaming about it... I always cry when I read your posts.

Mrs. Settles said...

Your little girls are precious!
Great photos! What a lovely day you had and such wonderful memories.

Blessings,
Marcia

ReviewsSheROTE Pamela R said...

WOW EXQUISITE POST

My daughter LOVED Eloise as a tot

The photo of the lil lady in the mirror ~~SWEET~~
Camping out under the tables such fun!!

I'm sure the children will take about this one forever!!!!

Carla Karam said...

Tracy.. I don't know what I enjoyed more about your post.. the post itself, the pictures or seeing all your children enjoy themselves. What a beautiful idea! Blessings to you and yours!

Heather Lynne said...

What a neat event! I love that the children get dressed up and have a fancy tea and even hear a piano recital. I would love to do something like this. Your photos are beautiful and the kids look like they had so much fun.

Pamela said...

Thanks for sharing, the pictures were wonderful, and I would love to visit Eloise tea room, looks like everyone had a wonderful time.

Anne @ Green Eggs and Moms said...

That looked like a lot of fun and the photos were all wonderful :) I love the little girl dresses and the boys looked handsome as well.

it's great to "BE" ™ said...

So cute... what a wonderful event. You got some of the most precious pictures too!