Kelly Rutherford How Do I Feel? Read My Lips

7/14/2015 8:12 AM PDT

Kelly Rutherford doesn't have to say a word about how she's feelin' ... now that she has her kids for the summer ... her smile says it all.

Rutherford's 8-year-old Hermes clung to her and 6-year-old Helena hung on tight, as they walked the streets of NYC with Kelly's BF, Gucci exec Tony Brand. 

The brood has been hitting up some highfalutin places ... the Met, a children's museum and some high-end shopping. Tony probably came in handy.   

Kelly's in a battle royale with ex-hubby Daniel Giersch. He won custody of the kids and lives in Monaco, but the judge recently allowed the kids to spend the summer months with their mom.