Monday, November 25, 2013

Sometime Last Week

My favorite thing lately is how Ada responds to people telling her she's pretty. "Nope. I'm really funny".

Scooting, leaf collecting, pouting, multi-tasking.

"Take a picture of me with my big old walking stick". After (mistakenly) asking her if she could make a normal face, Her: "I don't even know how to make a  normal face. Was that it?" Me: "Nope". Her: "Yes it was!!" Me: "Not really". Her: TEARS.

He's doing it!

Never mind.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Family Pics

There we go.

Favorite outtakes.

Nearly perfect.

First family photos! After 4 years--though technically closer to 11 if you count a couple as a family. We had a very short window of Kyle being in town, the leaves still being on the trees and no one needing a haircut. Thank you again to Lesley for jumping in after our photographer got sick. I have a new appreciation for anyone who can photograph a wiggly family of 4 (and in under 5 minutes on her way to school pickup!).  

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Sunday Wanderings

The amusement these people were clearly getting out of watching me try to take pics of Ada (as she licked every single thing she could. She does it to make me mad. Is that normal?)

Throwing coins, making wishes.


Monday, November 18, 2013

Conservatory Garden + North Woods

On our way over the Conservatory Gardens Saturday evening (while Kyle was working), then home through the North Woods (where I've never spent much time for some reason). Trees, creeks, waterfalls, foot bridges and is it possible that I saw a deer?. And confession: even I'm getting sick of pictures of Ada.

Somebody remind me to check that girl for ticks.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Long Island City--Again

Don't let those delightfully colorful spheres of stuffed animals fool you, this was not the best exhibit for us to drag our kids too (and I did some research plus asked the lady at the ticket office. I'm not that dumb!). Honestly, it would have been fine if it weren't for the "screaming lady" that could be heard from every room (that Ada of course noticed immediately). It's not like we would have taken them into EVERY room or anything...

Popped on over to 5 Pointz across the street. Free, colorful, no screaming ladies.

Erinn and Eliot at Gantry Plaza State Park. I would almost move to LIC just for this place.


Tuesday, November 12, 2013


Way too many pics of Ada from the park on Saturday. The light was amazing (minus some ongoing focus problems. argh). I couldn't narrow down which ones I like most:

Oh hey Joseph. I need to start a series titled "Not His Dad". We at least know this guy...

Monday, November 11, 2013

What Does the Fox Say?


I overheard her singing "What Does the Fox Say?" in the other room (I've never played it for her. I have no idea how/when she heard it. Talk about cultural osmosis).  She came wandering out and said "But foxes don't even say anything". Me: I know. That's why it's funny. Her: Hmmm. I don't even get it. Also, an elephant doesn't go "toot".

Whenever anyone asks her what she wants to be when she grows up she always says "a hotdog".

After sneezing "Hmmm. I must be allergic to mothers".

And the religious brainwashing starts early (I blame Primary):

Me: don't step on that grape.
Her: Why? Will Jesus be mad?
Me: NO. I'll be mad.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Other Stuff From This Week

This pic of me and Ada in Central Park

I watch this video to remind myself that this is his normal. Not the raging ball of fury that sometimes takes over his tiny body (this has been happening way too often lately).

And then if I need more reminding, I stare at this pic:

Ada's self portrait

Ada as a corn for her Fall festival parade in school.

creative popcorn eating.

Not his dad. Not anyone we know. Very awkward.

This is some of the best cheese I've ever had (and I've had lots). Pick it up at Whole Foods.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Prospect Park + Brooklyn Botanical Gardens

Pretty tunnels leading into the park.

Fun fact about this spot here. Luckily the leaves were covering up all of the ummmm...

We came out to see this. The new Zucker Natural Exploration Area. Such a brilliant way to deal with all of the damage done by Hurricane Sandy.  The whole point is to climb logs and play with sticks.  Low-fi and fun. I highly recommend it. The weather was absolutely beautiful too. Truly the perfect Fall day.

I love his thought process here:

I had to sift through 15 pics to find the absolute most unflattering one. There were quite a few gems.

Jacob just communing with nature.  Building stuff.

And then to the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens right next door. Guys--it's free for the rest of the year, the trees are at their peak, there's still lots of stuff blooming, and it's completely empty.

I'm guessing this was built from more Hurricane Sandy damage.


Mouth full o' fish.