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.

Sunday, May 28, 2017


I love bubbles. Yesterday, besides the badminton set and frisbees and boomerang, we brought giant bubbles to the park. I think the kids had fun.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Happy Mother's Day!

Mother's Day started on Friday for me, with a celebration at Milo's school. He walked and carried his own backpack:
 When we came in there was iced coffee and chocolate muffins waiting for us:
And hugs & kisses for the kids.
The kids decorated frames containing photos of us:
And they gave us cards they had made for us. It was a great morning.

For the weekend, I decided to celebrate my own motherhood on Saturday, and my mother on Sunday. It was a windy rainy cold day, and our plans were almost scuttled, but I decided to plow ahead and attend the Mother's Day Garden Party at the NY Botanical Gardens. Alex had to work, so I packed the diaper bag full of snacks and we rode the subway to the Bronx. The Garden Party had been moved indoors, but the kids made cards:
Milo loooooooved this stamper
 And Penny got her face painted:
The big draw to the Gardens was the Chihuly exhibit, and there were pieces like this outside:
 And pieces inside that integrated so organically with the environments inside. It was a gorgeous exhibit.

After lunching and wandering a bit, we walked over to the Zoo, which was empty. We didn't get to see many animals, but Milo did ride a carousel on an animal for the first time:

Though it was a soggy day, we had a super fun time!

Today we split up again, and I went to Queens to hang out with my mom, and Alex had the kids. He got me the best Mother's Day gift of all time - he got Milo's hair cut!
I am so pleased. So pleased that we can do this at bathtime:
I hope you enjoyed your Mother's Day, everyone! Remember to embrace each moment, because it all goes by so quickly...

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Field trip!

Today Milo is going on his first-ever field trip to the Queens Zoo. All week long he has been getting psyched to ride a school bus, and when everyone came in this morning wearing their matching shirts, he just about lost his mind. The weather is perfect, and I hope they have the best time!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Magical mornings are exhausting

We had a snow day on Tuesday and the sidewalks are still covered and the intersections are mostly impassable. Because it's been so cold, the snow is solid, and instead of sinking into it, if you are a small, light person, you can walk along the giant snowbanks. All of this is to say that as of Wednesday, when school and work were back open, Milo has been walking to school instead of taking a stroller. And not just walking, with his boots on, he is a Snow Explorer!
This morning he found an ice ball that fit into his palm just so. He decided it was a baby squirrel, and he named it Bicycle.

We showed Bicycle all of the interesting things that were in the window display this morning (the Toy Museum is how I affectionately refer to the pharmacy on the corner that we pass by every day). Milo was searching for a tree "with a hole" to leave Bicycle in, but we could not find one. I suggested we leave him near a half buried bicycle, which Milo thought was hilarious.
We then spent the next 30 minutes walking two blocks to school, making us 20 minutes late. Usually we settle in and read a book and have a snack, but being a Snow Explorer takes a lot of time. I managed my usual rush-rush-go-go-go to let Milo enjoy the snow and see how high he could climb and I think he had a really good time! He probably won't remember it, but I will remember that I gave Milo and Bicycle one magical morning.