Saturday, June 29, 2013

Row Boats in Central Park

Ada and Eliot all ready for the adventure.

This picture is my crowning glory. I begged some heshe/shim on the shore to take a picture of us and then text it to me. Too bad it turned out so pukey green (and this is after two people tried to work some photoshop magic on it).

And question--is it really hard for everyone to row a boat, or just us? Because tell you what.  We suuucccckkkkkeeeeedddddd.

Here's Erinn, somehow making it look effortless for two seconds:

We felt ambitious to get out past the bridge and even then it took us the full hour. I'm surprised more people weren't laughing at us. We are such useless women.

And then to the Conservatory boathouse for some much deserved ice cream.

Tunnels on the walk home.

Plus a replenishing 2k calories at Alice's Tea Cup. THE SCONES.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Pier 6 and 25

In an effort to stay sane in the wee hours of the morning (the little beasts have been waking up before 6!), we've been heading out early early early to get a jump on the day. And to enjoy the cooler morning weather. And to enjoy the empty playgrounds. And to avoid rush hour on the Subway.  Just trying to see the positives and forget about the sleep deprivation. Another downside--by the time friends show up we've already been out for hours and are ready to head home for naps/quiet time.

The Pier 6 "Water Lab" in Brooklyn Monday morning:


8 am on the harbor. I had to bribe Ada with my phone to even get this crappy pic.

And then Pier 25 in Tribeca yesterday. I've been wanting to get down there ever since it reopened after all of the Hurricane Sandy damage.  It didn't disappoint.

Liam and Ada

Sailboats and Jersey.

Falling off.

Climbing so high she couldn't get down.

My exhausted beautiful boy.

Ada's Talk

Here's the little talk Ada gave in church a few weeks ago. It's about bloody time--she's been begging to give one since her first day in Sunbeams.  Don't bother turning the volume up. It's the only time she's ever been quiet (of course).  And it's not like you'd be able to understand her anyway. The bouncing up and down was the extreme need to pee.

I'll translate for you:

Every sunday, we come to church and take the sacrament. The sacrament is the most important part of church, because it helps us think about Jesus.

During the Sacrament, we eat a little piece of bread and drink a little cup of water, to remember how much Jesus loves us. And we sit reverently and think about how we can be more like Jesus every day. Sometimes we can say a prayer and talk to him.

Someday, my dad will baptize me. When we get baptized, we promise Jesus and Heavenly Father that we’ll be good. And when we take the sacrament, we remember Jesus and our baptism, and we promise to be good again.

It’s hard for me to sit still during the sacrament, but I’m going to keep trying.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Monday, June 24, 2013

Very Short Preschool Recap

I just wanted to publicly thank Nyla and all of the staff at Play Together NYC for taking my wild and impulsive 3 year old and a year later spitting out something that sort of resembles a human being.

In all seriousness though, Ada has matured so much over the past year and I mostly attribute it to the amazing experience we've had at this little gem of a preschool (and I feel so grateful for accidentally stumbling upon it a year ago).  Blah blah blah. I could not say enough nice things about these people and this program. If anyone wants more details shoot me an email.

Ada and Nyla

Come September, she's off to a new Pre-K program. She's officially enrolled in the NYC Public School System. Wish us luck!

Saturday, June 22, 2013

More Trips Without Joseph

Since we always go west for July, I'm feeling a lot of pressure to have as much summer fun as possible before we leave (and August is always super hot and miserable here).  Thursday morning we headed to Spring Lake, New Jersey with Lynda and crew. Don't let the name fool you--this is a beach. And quite the beautiful beach I might add. In my opinion, it's just about as gorgeous as any in North Carolina (and just as clean!). Also--don't let the fact that it's on the Jersey Shore fool you either.  We didn't see a single person wearing cut-off shorts (this is my criteria for everything. you can laugh now). It's not a scene at all (unlike the rest of the JS). Just perfectly manicured (giant) beach houses and mostly old people. And if you go on a weekday, you'll practically be the only people there. Win win win.

Ada's fun on the beach now.  She finally knows she can't go all the way out into the waves without an adult.  She grew a sense of danger. Yay!

Mim and Simon


Running for absolute joy.

Flying kites.

Sand play.

Searching for crabs (they found lots).

So cold. It almost looks glacial.

And then to Victorian Gardens in Central Park with Jenni and Stevie Friday afternoon:

I spy an Ada.

Conclusion: It's basically impossible to get decent pictures at an amusement park.

Picking flowers. This Stevie is a seriously beautiful child.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Fort Tryon Park and the Cloisters

I love this shot. She's holding her "homework", which is actually just a Strawberry Shortcake coloring book.  SUCH hard work.

We met up with Carly and June. (Apparently, the park + the Cloisters is kind of our thing). Yay for summer fridays (and leaving Joseph home with babysitters. Sorry bud)!!

Ice cream break. Of course. Ada is getting spoiled.

Ada finally found a kid who can keep up with her in June.

Kyle and I had a (minor) debate about which one of these was better :

He titled this one "Ada at Winterfell". Haha.

No touching. Clearly.

Holding hands!

Uglying it up. Has there ever been a non-hideous mural?

Always with the maps.