Tuesday, December 31, 2013
alex and penny made a great resolution this morning - we are all going to try to clean up after ourselves more and keep the apartment in better shape. she told alex that she is going to try and listen better. she is going to write one thing that makes her happy in her diary every day. she can now write her name and spell the names of everyone in her class in english and in hebrew. she wrote wonderful thank you notes for all of her birthday presents. three was a great year for penny - she's grown into such a self assured, intelligent, funny girl. it is crazy to believe that this time next year, penny will be in kindergarten. big changes in 2014! i can't wait to see what happens next!
from our little family to yours, i hope 2014 is filled with health, joy, good food, and good times.
Saturday, December 21, 2013
This afternoon, Penny's grandparents treated us all to Penny's first ballet experience, The Nutcracker at BAM. The performance was great, but it was very warm in the theatre, so for the second half, Penny wore approximately 1/2 the clothes she was wearing for the first half. We peeked in the orchestra pit, we read the program so she'd have an idea of what was happening, and overall, she did really well! The ballet is tough, even for grownups, and the whole audience did very well.
When we got home, we visited with our downstairs neighbors in pajamas, so Penny could see their Christmas tree. We are so lucky to have access to so many wonderful experiences - Penny had a great first day of Winter Break!
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
penny, I love you. i love your four year old face, and i am so excited to spend another year watching you learn and grow. happy birthday, little one - i don't know how much longer i'm going to be able to call you that.
Thursday, November 28, 2013
Once upon a time, there was a very mean king. No one could do what they wanted to do how they wanted to do it. Everything had to be HIS way. The Pilgrims got on a big ship called the Mayflower, and sailed to America.
It was Winter, and they were freezing. They had no food and no houses. Do you think that they were happy? (pause for reply) The Native Americans taught the Pilgrims how to plant food. They had a harvest. They had a big feast.
Monday, November 11, 2013
Sunday, November 3, 2013
i asked penny to take a photo with the dinosaurs, and she told me that this is her fighting crime face:
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
the next day was our family celebration of alex's birthday. penny waited while alex went to get the car:
and we went to the children's festival at the queens county farm museum:
Friday, October 25, 2013
Saturday, October 12, 2013
Thursday, October 10, 2013
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Monday, September 30, 2013
that was the end of that conversation...
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
penny: daddy! i am thirty nine and a quarter!
alex: you are older than me and mommy?
penny: no! i weigh thirty nine and a quarter inches long!
Thursday, September 12, 2013
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
"Do you know why the moon follows you?", she asked me. I can't turn down an opening like that, so I asked her to tell me all about it.
"Because gravity. The moon has no gravity in space, so it follows you and goes and the sun is in space too with no gravity. Also Jupiter."
She already has a better handle on this than a lot of grownups I could mention.
Tuesday, September 3, 2013
|and we're off!|
|the hotel has tiny chairs facing a tv playing cartoons. i think they know their audience.|
|penny figured goofy must be going to a wedding.|
|aaah, home again.|
|we find clowns everywhere we go!|
|let me tell you - being cute and polite has its perks. for example...|
|free chocolate covered favorite color sugar coated marshmallow on a stick.|
|we met ariel once, we rode the new little mermaid ride eight times.|
|this gaston was AMAZING.|
|can you see the lumiere up there? the technology in this room is amazing!|
|wishes nighttime spectacular|
|day two! the humidity makes beautiful effects!|
|highly authentic moroccan lunch|
|day three! disney's hollywood studios!|
|penny shows off her daddy's new hat.|
|at the disney jr. live show. never have more things fallen from the ceiling.|
|penny learns the most important skill we can teach her.|
|so tempted, but i resist.|
|the line to meet buzz & woody is full of these photo ops. it's a pretty cute, but poorly executed idea.|
|penny decides she wants to take photos. i KNOW.|
|we take our photo with buzz and woody....|
|then penny takes over. i KNOW.|
|i ride the tower of terror, penny gets a lolly as big as her face.|
|we head back to the hotel, spend some time in the pool, then penny gets a glowing buzz lightyear with her lemonade.|
|day four! back to the magic kingdom! they have installed a park-wide adventure game called "sorcerers of the magic kingdom" that is surprisingly engaging and fun.|
|surprise! we're having lunch at cinderella's royal table for our anniversary!|
|we are inside cinderella's castle!|
|penny gets her own wishing star|
|penny LOVES princesses.|
|can you tell?|
|seriously, she loves them.|
|also, this jasmine was especially awesome.|
|this is a view i've never seen before.|
|make your own mickey ice cream sundae! penny made it, but didn't eat any of it. whose child is this?|
|the specialty dessert - the clock strikes twelve|
|high five from the genie|
|all penny has wanted all weekend was for tiana to recognize her dress. SUCCESS!|
|penny's favorite princess.|
|and her favorite mouse. then the question "when do we see the magic show?" oops, too well themed, disney world!|
|anniversary portrait with a sleepy kid.|
|we discover how fun it is to lean back while spinning very fast.|
|our hotel room has a surprise for us every evening. we got a double balloon the next night, a signed anniversary card from mickey & minnie...|
|we stayed up for the main street electrical parade - penny went to sleep at 11pm. best vacation EVER!|
|even eating lunch at the hotel is full of fun - louis has lost his trumpet! penny has found it!|
|and we are off.|