Saturday, August 19, 2017

Exciting Friday!

Both Penny and Milo had their last day of camp on Friday.
Penny's camp ended with a gallery show/performance that was super fun. 
(Front and center, that's my girl)

We got ices afterwards and came home. It had been pouring in the morning and really humid so as we finished dinner I had to lie down, I was so tired. That didn't last long, though, because Milo pooped in the potty! We had made all sorts of promises about what he would receive when this happened, so we quickly put some underpants on him (also a major first) and hurried out to the toy store. We got him some Playmobil sets, and got home just as it started to pour again.

Tonight he repeated his performance, and was pretty upset that he didn't get another gift. I told him that if he put on underpants, he could use bathroom words all over the house, and that worked really well. Farts are funny (Hi, Miss Annie).

For bed tonight, instead of pajamas he requested to just wear underwear, like Penny, so that's going on. I took him to the bathroom at 11pm as I was headed to bed, and his eyes opened but there was nobody home. It was creepy, but he peed, so hopefully his bed will stay dry tonight! Fingers crossed!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Toothless wonder

We got back from an 11 day Scandinavian vacation four days ago, and Penny had a wiggly tooth for a couple of days before that. Penny's wiggly tooth has seen three countries. I brought along some Tooth Fairy supplies, but they turned out to be unnecessary. When I spoke to the camp counselor about it this morning, she let me know that they'd had a lost tooth on Monday and Tuesday already, so Penny completed the hat trick today.


Saturday, July 29, 2017

dear milo

And now you are three. You make the number three by putting your first finger and thumb in a circle, and sometimes you make one with each hand, hold them up to your eyes, and make them into "binoclears". You are the best puzzle solver around. You just finished up your first year of camp with a birthday celebration, and though every morning you tell me that you don't like your new friends or your new morahs, by the end of each day you don't want to leave. Earlier this week, the Elmo stroller lost a tire, and you now have a monster stroller. You have started giving the sweetest hugs and kisses, using amazing manners, and cracking jokes that we all find hilarious. You and Penny have some serious dance moves to the Trolls and Moana soundtracks. This year took you from daycare to preschool, and you rocked preschool for sure. You can recognize an "up, down, up, down" letter M, you know how to spell your name, you sleep in a big bed, you can put on your own shoes and pants and shirts. I love everything about you. I love that you call me Mr. Mama. I love that you eat ice cream with the same gusto that I do. I love that when I read to you at night time, you either hold my hair, or you put your hand on my arm. You are an invaluable member of Team Zalben. There are so many adventures ahead this year - I cannot wait to share them with you. Happy birthday, bugaboo.

Oh, also, last week I asked you how your temperature was, as it pertained to which pajamas you should wear. You told me you did not have a fever. I asked you if you were hot or too cold and you said "I'm good. I don't have any tentacles. Jellyfish don't have bones."

And while waiting for dinner in a restaurant, you were reading the cocktail menu. All of a sudden you looked up and said "I got an email! It says 'When you grow up, you are going to be...an ostrich!'"

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

July catch up!

July has flown by - I can't believe it's almost half over!

Penny and Milo took their scooters out, and both have gotten quite good at scooting:



My aunt threw an early Fourth of July BBQ, for which I baked this ridiculous (but delicious) cake:


There were tattoos and glowsticks and all sorts of patriotism:


Penny had her first day of camp:
And afterwards, there was a screening of "Muppets Take Manhattan" in Bryant Park. A friend of mine arranged for a big meetup to make puppets, so we all met on the lawn. Penny and I did not stay for the movie, but we did make puppets:
One of the weird things about social media is that you sometimes find yourself documented in other people's photos. A high school friend of mine was also at the screening, and we are in her photo of the crowd!:

Afterwards I had Penny demonstrate her Patience and Fortitude:


We took our (what-is-now-an-annual) traditional trip to Coney Island for the Fourth of July:


Milo tried two spinny rides, but these are his speed right now.

Penny was so excited to be riding this horse with a picture of Zeus on it!

Please note that we did not actually ride the Cyclone. We're not QUITE there yet.

Mix your own Slushee! Penny went traditionally patriotic for the Fourth.
Penny stayed up to watch fireworks with me, making three days in a row that she stayed up past 9:30pm. This girl is living the life!

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

First day/last day - Second Grade!

Today is Penny's last day of school for the year! She is leaving second grade knowing how to add single digits in her head up to 13, read four chapter books at once, do a cartwheel, play the violin, and with six permanent teeth.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Milo teaches me something new!

This week was Milo's first week of camp, and at some point they made "jelly rolls". Today, he asked if he could show me how to do it, and of course I agreed. 
He's getting into letters, so we read Dr. Seuss' ABCs, and he sort of gets it but not really yet. Almost three is so exciting!

Friday, June 9, 2017

Milo's graduation!

Today was Milo's last day in the Toddler class at Chai Tots! He had a wonderful year with his friends, and discovered a deep love for Magna-tiles and puzzles.
I had the honor of being a class mom this year, so things kicked off like this:

This was really the best reward I could have received. The class performed a number of songs, and did super great!
 After the performance, we headed back to the classroom for snacks and presentations. Each kid got a pailful of goodies, including a certificate and some sweet shades.

Milo has grown so much this year, and I cannot believe he's almost three!

That's first day/last day above, and here's the video of the performance below.