Thursday, June 28, 2012

Friday, June 22, 2012

Happy day

We had a great home day. The children and I went to the park at 7 am to beat the heat, and had the place to ourselves for a couple of hours. We dug in the sand, wandered around the grassy fields, and raced up and down the slides.  After a brief stop at home to eat second breakfasts, we went to the big Greenburgh library. We took out a ton of fun new books.

We came home for lunch and naps, and scored the trifecta - all three of us asleep simultaneously! When the children awoke we did some chores together (changing sheets - their job is to throw stuffed animals off and then on the beds - putting away dishes and clean laundry - they are surprisingly keen to help) and then decided to make chocolate chip cookies. I have discovered and become totally obsessed with a food blog called smitten kitchen, and both last weekend's strawberry cake and these cookies came from there. Delicious. Liesl dumped some chocolate all over the floor, and all of the counters were covered in flour, but it was a great success. Both kids helped with the measuring and stirring and scooping and loved it.

After that, we decided to go for a post-cookie/pre-dinner stroll along the trail, heading south. The heat had dissipated and there was a lovely breeze.  We made it as far as Mercy College when the sky began to darken and ominous thunder claps began to make an appearance. So we hightailed it down to the Ardsley train station and hopped on the next train back home. By the time we got off the train in Irvington the storm was fully upon us - rain lashing the streets and thunder and lightning overhead. We sprinted home - five blocks straight uphill - me pushing Liesl in her stroller and holding Sebastian's hand, and Seb keeping up fantastically well.  Made it home, no harm done, and a great adventure story.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

sheep soup, anyone?

Mix mix mix

It's hot, gotta blow on it!
Yum! Want some!
Washing hands (getting wet)
Wearing the bee backpack that C&K gave her for Christmas.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Happy Father's day!

We had a really sweet father's day. The children made presents for Steve at daycare - Seb decorated a picture frame and wrote up a description of dad, and Liesl gave him a goofy tie made of paper - and we collaborated on some cards and drawings at home as well. And I found a cute keychain, with We Love Dad engraved on it.  I made challah bread french toast, bacon, and blueberries and strawberries for breakfast, and then we went out as a family for some exercise and walking along the trail.

Steve and the kids went to our favorite bakery in Port Chester for treats while I had to go to work for a few hours, but after naptime we had some great outdoor play at Scenic Hudson. Salmon and veggies and farro for dinner - yum.  And Liesl was really sweet and attached to Steve this evening - made him climb in the bath with her, and kicked me out of the room at bedtime so that Daddy could read stories and put her down. An awesome end to father's day.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Boston trip, part 2

We have returned to home, work, and daycare - phew! We had a great time.

We met up with Britta and family again on Monday night for a pizza picnic at Piers Park, in East Boston. Gorgeous park on the waterfront, with views of the skyline, airplanes taking off, and all the sailboats in the harbor. The boys ran around some more and tackled each other in the grass, and generally had a terrific time - Sebastian was really sad when we had to say goodbye.

Tuesday was more wandering downtown - the Freedom trail (Seb and Liesl loved walking along the red bricks and paint), Quincy Market and Fanueil Hall, the carousel on the waterfront promenade.  I had to work Tuesday afternoon and evening, so Steve and the kids amused each other at the hotel - jumping on the beds, visiting the pool, watching tv (oooh~!!), etc.

On Wednesday it was raining. We went to the hotel pool again - Liesl loved jumping from the edge into the water, and both kids practiced swimming on their backs and fronts and kicking hard at the pool's edge. And for a finale, we visited the Boston Children's museum - both Sebastian and Liesl found lots to play with. And then we drove home, arriving in time for dinner.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Mini-vacation to Boston

We're on a little vacation at the moment.  I needed to be in Boston for a summer advising session this Tuesday evening, so we decided to come up a few days early for some visiting and sight-seeing.

On Sunday we drove up in the morning and then spent all afternoon with Britta, Sam, and their boys. It was great to talk to Britta and to watch our children play together in their house and yard, and at the playground. The boys hit it off immediately and were holding hands and then play-wrestling after a few hours. We had dinner in Chinatown at a great little dive - terrific xiao long bo (soup dumplings).

Today, Monday, we spent the very early morning at Boston Common and the Public Garden, feeding pigeons and ducks and running around the monuments, ponds, and playground. It was fun to be out and about exploring new places with the children.

We then embarked on a full city trolley tour, on a double-decker bus. I was entertained by the driver commentary, and felt that I started to understand Boston's geography better than I had previously. Sebastian was just in heaven.