Thursday, June 30, 2011

The Bubble Solution

You know how 99.9% of bubbles are crap? Well....these are the solution. Available at Target, Walmart, Michael's, etc.
Thank me later.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Imagination Playground

I read this article in The New Yorker while Ada was still a baby. I was all excited for her to grow up so we could go visit. Well...I have to say, it was a little bit of a letdown--sort of anti-climatic. Fascinating idea though. Here's an excerpt:

Imagination Playground is a breakthrough playspace concept conceived and designed by architect David Rockwell to encourage child-directed, unstructured free play. With a focus on loose parts, Imagination Playground offers a changing array of elements that allows children to constantly reconfigure their environment and to design their own course of play. Giant foam blocks, mats, wagons, fabric and crates overflow with creative potential for children to play, dream, build and explore endless possibilities.

Hmmm...maybe we can blame it on the beating sun and lack of shade? Or that famous architects should just stick with buildings? Or I had it too built up in my head for it to possibly hold up? Who knows. But Ada was definitely bored to death until they pulled out the blocks and turned on the water. Then she was good to go.

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Where's Ada?

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Yes--that is a 400 year old boat in the background.

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Giant blocks.

It was fun to walk around our old neighborhood and see all the changes. Plus, eating lunch at my favorite pizza place helped the slight sting of disappointment.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Blueberries on the Beach + a Video

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We couldn't get her out of that dang water. It got old.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Cheap Art

Photoshop people. This will be going up on one of our many blank walls.

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Saturday, June 25, 2011

Old Lady Ada

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Ada chilling on the beach house porch in Cape May.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Happy Faces

This was us taking a break from the beach at the wild bird preserve over the weekend.
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Ada was more interested in the rocks than anything else. Serious treasures.

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A long road ahead. She of course walked the entire way.

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She caught a glimpse of the ocean and threw an epic fit when she realized we weren't going swimming. Very appropriate for a quiet bird reserve.

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Picturesque.

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The long road back.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Pop-Up Piano

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High Line...Again...and Rainbow City

Today was the perfect example of how no other city could possibly compare to NYC. We headed back to the High Line with a few friends to check out Phase 2.
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there was more of this...

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and this...

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we stumbled upon a random (and kind of annoying) story time...

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and finished up at Rainbow City (an art installation celebrating the new phase)...

Next up today? Tracking down a pop-up piano in our neighborhood and letting Ada pound away.

Beat that.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Cape May

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Here's Ada looking slightly (but not too) sun-kissed.

We just got back from a long weekend in Cape May. It was nice, though as Kyle pointed out (while in for the night, watching a movie at the beach house at 8pm), "vacationing with kids kind of sucks".
More to come.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

She Speaks!

Not really. Though contrary to what this video portrays, she really can say "taxi". Strange that she can say that but can't/won't say "daddy" (even though she could 6 months ago). She doesn't seem to be building her vocabulary--she'll pick stuff up for a few days and then never say it again. I'm afraid it's off to speech therapist we go unless she starts a rash of speech in the next two months. GO!!

Monday, June 13, 2011

Ada in Nolita

But really just more pictures of her on a playground (though it was technically in Nolita). I think I'm going to be over this whole picture taking/blogging thing until Ada grows up a little. How do you take pictures of a kid in constant motion? It's not like you can get an interesting shot of her on a gritty NYC street corner (bc that is my ultimate photography goal. j/k)--she would just run into oncoming traffic. My options are limited--parks or playgrounds, where she can run wild and I can be that annoying mom with a camera around her neck. And forget about her EVER looking at the camera--it just doesn't happen. So...I'm over it for now.
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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Tuckered Out

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This is how you know Ada had another successfully active day. We've been spending all day, every day outside. Not sure what we are going to do tomorrow in the 100 degree heat...lots of sweating I guess.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Today

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This was us trying to chase down the Wafels and Dinges truck. It wasn't where it said it would be. I might have to send an angry email.


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I took these in our den (i.e. no light), using our new bounce flash (thanks PJ!!). Still trying to figure it out.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Highline Revisited

Besides the wind, it was a perfect day for this.

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Simon and Ada
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Making friends with older kids again. How do I prevent Ada from being a scavenger when everyone gives her food?
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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Umbrella

I snapped these on my phone during our walk down Riverside Park (at 7:30am!!!) Apparently, Ada now wakes up at 6:30am. I'm hoping that this is a very short phase.
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