Sunday, October 23, 2016

Beach day in October!

It was an absolutely gorgeous day in Brooklyn, so we went to the Halloween Harvest festival on Coney Island.  We started off, as one does, with hot dogs and clam strips and lemonade, and
pro tip - you can sit at the tables at Nathan's in October - NO ONE ELSE IS THERE
then made our way to the beach for a little while.

We rode all the rides, and were frequently the only people on them.  Penny and I rode the roller coaster - twice!  She is such a pro now.  Next summer, she'll be ready for the bigger-kid Luna park.

This did not last - Alex and Milo ended up riding on the bench, but he made a valiant effort!  I'll bring him around.

Only one more weekend until Alex's birthday and Halloween!  We're all so excited that the weather is finally cooler and all the fun Autumn activities are starting in earnest.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Another tooth!

Yesterday when I got home from work, Penny showed me that she had lost her second top front tooth!  She is now the owner of an adorable gap-toothed smile.
Milo has started running over to me with alphabet refrigerator magnets, asking WHAT'S THIS?  and learning his sounds that way.  So far he's got P and Q nailed.  He is also very casually starting potty training, which is both great and terrifying.
 When Penny was having her violin lesson in the living room on Thursday, Milo and the sitter, Sara, were playing with her phone in the bedroom:

If anyone is in need of a child voice over artist, Milo has very reasonable rates.

Monday, October 10, 2016

My midnight visitor

At 12:30am, a small figure appeared in my doorway.
"Mommy," I heard, "I lost another tooth."
I waved Penny over, and she showed me (in the dark) that her first shark tooth had fallen out. Apparently she felt something weird on her tongue, and in her asleep state didn't think anything of it.  After a few minutes, however, her brain kicked in and she checked it out.
I asked her whether the Tooth Fairy should visit right away, and thankfully she said no (I think she wanted to wait until the light so she could see it).

Totally my fault, but Alex slept through the whole thing.

This morning I asked her to take some selfies!

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Scooters for everyone!

Rosh Hashana was on a Monday and Tuesday, so I stayed home with the kids for the past two days.  We were all set to go to the zoo today, when on a whim we changed plan and bought a new scooter and helmet - now Milo has Penny's old scooter and Penny's got a big one!

Milo has a new helmet, but wanted to wear Penny's old one.
I also took some photos of them doing what they do best.  We had a pretty great couple of days together - tomorrow, the sitter gets back from her three weeks away!  We've missed her!

Tuesday, September 27, 2016


At the end of Penny's art class today, she showed her friends how she could spin her tooth all the way around, and then she tried wiggling it with her tongue and it popped right out! She could not be more excited, and neither could we!

Monday, September 26, 2016

Two weekends

We've had two busy weekends in a row!  Last weekend, South Street Seaport had a Farm Fresh Festival for Kids, which was basically a giant street fair full of booths & events and fun stuff.  Penny made a flower crown:
and everyone got to pet a pig:

The highlight of the day for Milo was getting to sit in a fire truck
and then sit in the driver's seat!
After our fun time in the city, we took the Water Taxi to Red Hook, where there was another fair, then we went to IKEA.  It was a very packed day, and if you ask Milo what he did he'll tell you that he "Pet a pig!"

This past weekend, we went to a very cool playground in Central Park that has an awesome slide,

Then to the Central Park Zoo, then to the Family Fun Day part of the horse show at Wollman Rink.  Penny was not at all interested in the horses (not even the Pony Kissing Booth!), but was super excited to do this:

She's already a better driver than I am.
Then we headed back to Brooklyn for Chai Tots Get to Know You afternoon in the park.  Milo had a great time hanging out with his school friends, and Penny got the chance to visit with her old preschool friend who also has a little brother at Chai Tots.

As the weather gets cooler, we look forward to being able to spend more time outdoors.  We are not really a Summer family.

Friday, September 16, 2016


Penny's top front tooth is getting super wiggly, but not up to the really gross dangly stage yet.  I still think it's coming out first - BUT it appears that on the bottom in the front, she may be growing a SECOND SHARK TOOTH.  It's really heating up in this race to lose some teeth.  Which tooth will prevail?!