Hey Jude..and dual-citizenship progress

The Fab Raabs were going on a little baby-moon before #RaaberbabyDeux arrives in late August, and asked me to stop in NY on my way home from Ireland to spend a few days with Jude. Who wouldn’t want to wake up to this adorable face?

We had fun going to the park, swinging on the swings and doing lots of reading. She also happens to be an incredible sleeper!

She was at daycare a couple of days, so I used that time to catch up on my jet lag & laundry…and spend a few hours in the city visiting with my childhood friend, Kelley. I have always wanted to visit the beautiful building of the  Irish American Historical Society, so I finally remembered to call to make an appointment for a tour (I tried once by just ringing the bell, but you have to make an appointment) and discuss my quest for Irish citizenship with the curator, Georgette. The building is gorgeous, with Waterford crystal chandeliers and historical pictures, among other things. They host various events and can be rented out for parties or weddings!

original mother of pearl buttons, inlaid in the wood, to summon the maid back in the day

It happens to be right across the street from the MET, where I was meeting Kelley…win/win! Kelley & I went to the “Camp” fashion exhibition at the MET. It is a very well curated exhibition with great use of space…a large room with myriad “camp” offerings. Some of my favorites….

After a quick lunch it was back to Brooklyn to pick up Jude. On Saturday & Sunday we went for walks, ate bagels, she took some epic naps, and I got to see some new beautiful parts of Brooklyn.

how cute and creative is this little tree planter fence
always take time to smell the flowers

Georgette, from the historical society, was so helpful and suggested I check out the NY Municipal Archives to get some necessary documents pertaining to dual citizenship. It lead me on a day-long trek to lower Manhattan on Monday, with a visit to three government offices…but I finally got an Apostille certificated copy of my grandparent’s marriage certificate. The Apostille is attached to your original document to verify it is legitimate and authentic so it will be accepted in one of the countries who are members of the Hague Apostille Convention. Who knew that’s what I needed…and I think I’ll need to do the same for the remaining documents I need….another day-long trek next time I’m there. My goal is to have dual citizenship by my 59th birthday in December! Wish me luck!

the government building were beautiful!
the last of three offices…waited over an hour here!

….but got the ultimate reward of #pizzamondaybk with the Fab Raabs!

….the end of an unforgettable, once-in-a-lifetime trip that I’ll be reliving in my mind for years to come!

…heading back home…love JETBLUE!!

You cannot direct the wind, but you can adjust the sails!

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