Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Yesterday

I've been trying to take advantage of the fact that I'm down to one kid during the day while simultaneously downplaying in my mind that 1 1/2 isn't the greatest age.  We shall see how I succeed.

The High Line yesterday morning. If you get there early enough you can almost beat the droves of tourists. Remember when this park was brand new and nobody knew about it yet? That was the best.



I spy the Empire State Building.



We stumbled upon this art installation. Mayor Bloomberg's dream of a car-free NYC realized! Oh "public art".





And two from the Brooklyn Kite Festival that I never put up here. I can't decide which one I like best:




Reminds me of Never Neverland.


And Joseph chugging a milkshake on the last warm day of summer.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Maker Faire 2013

It was the best day of the year for a nerd-in-the-works. Not that I can compete with Kyle's recap from last time, but here we go...



Matching shirts.

Making stuff:


Remote-controlled robots   :   Kyle's Maker Camp booth.


Butterfly bike ride.


That guy is really enjoying his smoothie  :  Life size Mouse Trap!


Recess. How can that kid be sick all week and then have energy to do this after walking miles and miles and miles? She's got city legs I tell you (and it is my personal idea of heaven to leave the stroller at home. Bless you child with your freakish endurance).


Water bots.


Sitting on a duck.


Playing it cool in the space rocket she talked about all day.


The only disappointment was that there were no glitter farting unicorns this year :(

And that was that.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Our Favorite Book as of Late

This book from my youngest sister's childhood. I was reminded of it over the summer when I was going through my mom's collection.

Love.





We've been doing a lot of this this week. I need to learn to take Ada seriously when she isn't feeling well for more than 24 hours. That is a tough kid.  I finally took her to the doctor today and she's now on a round of antibiotics. There's nothing like missing the entire second week of school to start the year off with a bang!

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Brooklyn Kite Festival and Mornings with Joseph

I headed over to DUMBO with just Ada Saturday morning (she has a hard time with the concept of DUMBO. "The elephant is going to be there?"  "What rides are there?" etc...) for the Kite Festival. We got there early, luckily, since it's really only a charming idea in theory. In reality, it's 1000 kids running around with 1000 kites and 1000 hopelessly tangled kite strings. 




Kite flying for the lazy.



At Bethesda Fountain at 8am. We had it practically to ourselves:


Joseph and Mim. 




At the Washington Square Park Fountain Thursday morning. Good timing since they drained it the next day. Goodbye Summer.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

First Day of Pre-K



She joyfully skipped the entire two blocks to school, gave me a giant hug and then literally pushed me out the door (I had flashbacks to her first day in nursery. Could Ada and Joseph be any different?).
We didn't end up with the teacher I had been hoping for but after two days I'm feeling better about who she was assigned to. We will have to see how everything plays out.  I have a feeling that depending on her teacher's personality/energy level, Ada could either be her best student or her worst.  Excessive enthusiasm: good. Excessively high energy levels: not so good.
(Real conversation with her teacher (who adored her) last year "Oh. Ada doesn't just have a lot of energy for a girl, she has more energy than any boy I've ever met").  
Oy vey.


And then since she only had one hour of school that day, we ran back over to Long Island City to check out the new Hunter's Point South Park that just opened. Seriously, the views? But the zero shade is a killer.


Hippity hoppity happy girl. Plus Ada in a school uniform? Gah!


That's all astroturf. I'm not sure how I feel about it.



His profile with those chubby cheeks.


To document the fact that one of my children didn't have shoes on. In public. There's a first time for everything.


Snacking with his little buddy Benny.









Monday, September 9, 2013

The Rest of Last Week



We ran up to Riverbank Park (more liked schlepped 45 blocks and back). That's the George Washington Bridge. I'll only be back for the Olympic sized indoor pool come winter, the rest was underwhelming. Except for the constant smell of poo (it's built on a sanitation plant). That was pretty overwhelming.


A carousel "designed" by children.  Sort of horrifying.


Tiny tiny Ada at the Grant Memorial on our way back.

And then random "art" surrounding the entire memorial. Because this is NYC and it's good at that.





The ferry to Governors Island.


The subway ride back home after I realized it wasn't going to work with Joseph.
I'm glad these two had a good time though:


Friday, September 6, 2013

Yapple Picking 2013

We let Kyle off the hook this year and headed out to pick apples with Jen and Blake. Getting our Fall festivities in early this year has its perks. We pretty much had the place to ourselves and there was still some late summer fruit to pick (peaches and raspberries). Score.



Looking out across the Hudson River Valley.




Jen enjoying those apples.



Have you ever seen apples clustered like this?


This was the best pic out of 10 in that little wagon. The bright/direct sun plus two freakishly blond kids eating apples is a recipe for disaster.



And then they had this miniature village a la Hot Fuzz. Ada just about died. I thought it would be an interesting documentary to let 10 little girls at this place to see what kind of civilization they'd come up with as opposed to 10 boys. I'm guessing it would be drastically different.




Sermonizing.