Thursday, December 31, 2015
penny's resolution is to work on lapsing into a baby voice. milo's resolution is to learn to drink from a cup. i am still on a quest to remember to water the plants, and alex will have an electronics free january 1st.
all of us wish all of you a happy, healthy, peaceful 2016 surrounded by those you love, doing what you love.
We started on Sunday at the Brooklyn Museum.
|Harry Potter marathon!|
|Sickness cannot stop P&MMW!|
Next, we went to The Museum of Modern Art.
Wednesday, December 30, 2015
Thursday, December 17, 2015
So, here we are. Six years old. No longer can we count your age on one hand. Last night we discussed transferring one of your thumbs to your other hand so that this could still be accomplished, and we talked about ideal second thumb placement and how it could be used to your advantage to play instruments, but would make holding a pencil difficult. We've decided to keep your digits as they are for now.
This year has been the year you've discovered the joy of finding your fandom - you have become completely immersed in the worlds of Harry Potter, Star Wars, and Ivy & Bean. We have had to ask you to put down a book to do other things on multiple occasions, and I can let you know now that few things make your dad and I happier than you asking for "just one more page" or "just to the end of this chapter" even though we have to act annoyed and keep you on target for school and meals and bedtimes.
It fills my heart to see how much love you are capable of - your careful consideration of gifts for your friends, your tolerance of your brother, and even your patience with your often slow mother give me hope that I'm doing something right. This is the first year that I rely on you completely for reports about your day, and I treasure our time together snuggled up on the couch as you tell me all of your triumphs and disappointments.
Penny, you are funny. Truly funny. I would not have expected anything less from my girl with the giant twinkling eyes, but besides being expressive and intelligent, you are quick, and your timing is impeccable. The fact that you can not only keep up with, but quite often surpass two adult professional comedians with your humor is notable. Again, not unexpected, but still impressive every time.
I have asked you again and again to stop growing. To stay just where you are and still fit in my lap and need me to reach things for you and have to help you, but I can feel all of that slipping away. Five was so amazing, so full of self discovery and independence that I want to halt you right where you are so that nothing in this world can take any of that away from you. I marvel at you. I know there's so much awesome in store for you, and I can't wait to see it! Happy Sixth Birthday, my girl. I'm never going to stop hugging you too hard.
Sunday, December 13, 2015
Saturday, December 5, 2015
Saturday, November 28, 2015
Wednesday, November 25, 2015
Thursday, November 19, 2015
Tuesday, November 17, 2015
Because Milo was either just getting or just getting over an ear infection, the doctor asked us to bring him back for his 15 month vaccinations and flu shot. He cried like a champ, but recovered really fast, laughed and asked for his jacket, and then he opened the door. Yikes!
Saturday, October 31, 2015
|Dobby and Remus Lupin switch props. Check out that scar makeup - not bad, right? Also worth noting that Alex grew a mustache for his costume. That is commitment.|
|Dobby has no master.|
|I believe that this is the first time Milo has held hands with anyone while walking down the street.|
|Halloween isn't over until Penny is covered in candy!|
Friday, October 30, 2015
Monday, October 12, 2015
Cut to Sunday. I had been doing some online research about how to handle this hair situation, and was almost convinced I was going to pack Molly up and send her to the doll hospital, when I found out about the Hair Salon at the American Girl Place. I was intrigued. Alex was going to be spending the day at Comic Con, so I told Penny to pack up Molly, we put Milo in the stroller, and off we went to midtown. There is an extensive line-waiting appointment-making receipt-showing process that took about an hour and a half altogether, during which we bought Molly a new pair of glasses (I told Penny we would be getting her hair done and a new pair of glasses, and THAT'S IT. I could easily have spent several years' salary in there), and as Molly was discontinued a few years ago, everyone on the staff was genuinely excited to see her. Only kind of creepy.
When our appointment time arrived, Molly was strapped into a salon chair
|I forgot to take a "before" photo, but you can get an idea of what's going on here, This is already a few minutes in.|
Friday, October 9, 2015
Friday, October 2, 2015
Wednesday, September 23, 2015
milo correctly identifies that he is about to go up!
milo rode on his first airplane!
penny was in harry potter heaven. we got to see the new Diagon Alley part of the park, and since i was not enormously pregnant, i got to ride rides! we child swapped! we saw the dragon shoot fire! we took this adorable family photo!
and he checks out the knitting supplies - he's my kid for sure!
these kids are totally my favorite things:
penny & alex's tough motorcycle riding faces:
i could not be more thrilled that we get to do something like this every now and again. penny was completely surprised and one hundred percent delighted. it was great to get away as a family and spend some time together having fun!
Monday, September 14, 2015
Tuesday, September 8, 2015
|if you zoom way in on my sunglasses, you can see milo and my dad waving to each other.|
Penny's backpack is all packed, her lunch is ready to go (complete with first day of first grade note), and she is ready to take it all on! I am just ready for sleep.
Monday, September 7, 2015
|face-painted penny at the top of the ferris wheel|
|hipster baby invades new jersey|
|oh, also - we took a pirate cruise! this is penny & the captain.|
|penny fends off enemy pirates.|
|milo & alex on vacation!|
|aviation museum in cape may|
|penny got her hair done!|
|penny's first roller coaster!|
since we've been back, milo has had his first sleepover at his grandparents' house, we've done our school shopping, and yesterday, milo got his first haircut.
|check out that sweet mullet. if it were still the 80s, we wouldn't have touched it.|
|proud big sister.|
summer is just about over for the zalbens!