Sunday, March 31, 2013

Easter Egg Hunt in Central Park

My lovely and amazingly talented (and maybe a little teeny tiny bit crazy since she just had her third child a mere few weeks ago!!) friend Lesley put together another Easter Egg Hunt in Central Park. It was, of course, a glorious affair. 


getting there.



we play "picnic" everyday and she asks when the weather will warm up enough for us to have a real one. Ironic that when she finally had the opportunity she was too busy running around to even eat 2 strawberries:  Waiting for the hunt to begin.


and they're off!


getting to work: staggering under the weight of her haul.


this pic makes me feel sad. but really it was just her reaching the end of the eggs and turning a hard left to go get some more.


Ada is, shall we say? competitive.  last year she let me redistribute the eggs to other kids who didn't get as much. However, this year she felt full ownership over them. So fellow parents--sorry. I didn't feel like ending the day in tears so I let her selfishly hog them all. Let the judging commence.


May and Ada.


candy mouth.


There was a separate hunt for the under-twos.
Joseph's turn:


gah! that baby: he didn't get it at all--just kept banging two eggs together.


so serious: legs.


adventuring. I think between the two of us, Kyle and I (but mostly Kyle) ran about 5 miles chasing this guy around. We've got another busy one on our hands.


the whole group. So.Many.Strollers.

Thank you again Lesley! You are Superwoman.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Thwarted Plans

We attempted the Central Park Zoo this morning but immediately decided against it as soon as we saw the ticket line out the gate (I forgot about Spring Break--curse you!).  NYC is a funny place for a person who hates crowds/long lines. Anyway, there was a lot of consoling going on for my devastated child (and still totally worth the tears to avoid that crowded place).  I'm glad for friends who agree.



consolation gymnastics.


consolation rock climbing.


consolation popcorn  :  totally missed the focus on this one but still loving it.


Nina pushing 3 children up a hill. Sucker!


consolation playground.

not pictured: consolation ice cream.



Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Alice's Teacup and Other Things

I got a babysitter for Joseph and took Ada on a fun New York City date with Leann and May (who's about to pop any second now).  I'm trying to make a habit of this. I never get to spend any one-on-one time with Ada now that Joseph is in the picture (he gets plenty with Ada at preschool 3 mornings a week. And let's be honest. Babies kind of ruin everything). Plus, she's finally old enough to actually be able to enjoy all of the amazing things NYC has to offer kids.

We started with Alice's Tea Cup, because that just seemed like a good place to take two little girls. Ada was so excited to have a "real tea party".  The scones were to die for (specifically the pumpkin and the chocolate chip butterscotch). I'll be sure to grab some to go the next time I'm walking by. 



I'd been wanting to see this art installation at Grand Central Station since I first saw an ad for it on the Subway a few weeks ago.  I will always be a sucker for anything horse related. My upbringing can be thanked for that.



Snack break.




Waiting at the taxi stand: Super safe NYC travel

Monday, March 25, 2013

Sunday Stroll/Scooter






They really like each other. It's nice.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Lazy Saturday


Jumping down the Cathedral stairs on our walk back from brunch.

Video:





Guitar lessons.


Kyle with his inanimate love.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Joseph


So I guess the trick to taking crappy inside pictures is to just throw them in black and white--so here you go. The crossed legs kill me. The sleepy eyes are a direct result of his refusal to nap at all today. Also--he could be 12 if his bottle wasn't giving him away.


Joseph completely fixated on Leann's baby bump. He wouldn't leave her alone.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

American Museum of Natural History

This is pretty much our "go to" place for a play date when the weather is bad. I keep wondering how many more times we'll have to go (I know, such a horrible place to be). 

When I told Ada where we were going, she said "I'm going to climb in with the dinosaurs, just like Lucas."

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!  The peer pressure is strong with this one.


Joseph getting into it. The rest of the time he would find a large group of people and try to wander off with them (sound familiar?)


with his little girlfriend Rebecca. 


Big T. Rex, little T. Rex

And props to you people who have more than two kids (and can actually keep track of all of them). I remember thinking this sort of thing was hard with just one Ada, and now I have TWO Ada's. Methinks it's time to get out the leash...

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Walking Home Thru Central Park


Little Wildlings (Carly--that reference is for you. And any other mega-nerds who read my blog).


No signs of Spring here. It felt just as bleak as it looks.


Two minutes before they all decided to roll down that hill.

You should have seen how devastated Ada was after I informed her she couldn't pee on the tree like everyone else was doing. "I AM a boy!!!".  I'm pretty sure she thinks her stubborn willpower will grow her a penis.








Tuesday, March 19, 2013




Since winter is being so stubborn, I dug out these pics from last summer. Ada with a "wishing flower".

A couple of things Ada has said lately that I want to remember (and share with family):

"The babies in my belly melted and turned into giraffes".

"Pretend like I'm a baby dragon cutting you because you're bacon".

Also, this video of Ada birthing a bear.

All slightly disturbing.


Wednesday, March 13, 2013

This Afternoon

We headed up to the gardens at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine with friends to meet up with friends (most of whom didn't make it into any of my pics. oops. one track mind). We've been taking advantage of the gorgeous weather because it seems that winter is trying to make a comeback starting tomorrow. Boo.  





smoke stick  :   how did I end up with 2 children who don't care to stay by me? This is his third time out of the stroller and he was off immediately. Not even a glance back. Trouble.


that red hat is starting to hurt my eyes.


fancy feet  :  Quinn


babies on a bench

adventuring with Blake.


there's my glance. thanks baby.



soccer practice.