Archive for the ‘Beautiful Things’ Category
Posted in Beautiful Things, Fun in NYC, Parenting, Queens Life, tagged Astoria, bloom, children, flowers, garden, gardening, growth, japanese maple, kids, lilacs, Long Island City, parenting, plants, Queens, Socrates Sculpture Park, travel on May 17, 2013 | 1 Comment »
Posted in Beautiful Things, Parenting, Queens Life, tagged children in Queens, flowers, gardening, grow, Jackson Heights Beautification, kids and gardening, perennials, plants, preservation, PS 222 on May 14, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
I’ve been volunteering at Ezra’s school and have been helping a teacher who – as it turns out – just may be Ezra’s teacher next year. She’s wonderful, and finds all sorts of outside activities with the kids so that they can get involved with the community and enjoy its diversity. A few weeks ago she took them to an Indian restaurant for lunch (I loved being in her classroom in the a.m. while she played tabla music to ‘get them in the mood’.) This week she volunteered the class to clean up a vacant lot near our house. The kids had to clean out the trash and then plant perennials that will hopefully cheer up the neighborhood for years to come!
Ezra doesn’t like art much … which has always appalled me. I’ve been drawn to art for as long as I can remember. I could draw and paint and sculpt all my hours and days away if I was allowed to, so to have a kid who feels like he could take it or leave it – well I often wonder if he really did come from my own gene pool.
So when Ezra was telling me that he was making a puppet in school with his artist-in-residence teacher, he told me with great reluctance – insisting that he was making a mess of it, that everyone told him he was taking too long to create it. When I finally went to his art show/puppet show I was SHOCKED to find him holding the most detailed, intricate little face on a paper dress – AND he was the show’s director! He took so easily to talking into a microphone to the audience (of 3 grades of kids, and all their parents) and then proceeded to change his voice when he made his puppet talk. He guided his other puppeteers/students around, and narrated the story. I think he was being very modest when he told me his puppet was a mess, as it was the most beautifully detailed little nose and mustached puppet I’ve ever seen!
Posted in Beautiful Things, Fun in NYC, Parenting, Rainy days, Travel, tagged Bryant Park, carousel, children, flowers, kids, Manhattan, NYC in spring, parenting, springtime, Times Square, tulips, Vacation, what to do with kids in NYC, work on April 29, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
Whew .. a week of work is done and I have a few days to decompress before going back to work again. My blog has been a little neglected due to a hectic schedule, but my friend sent this beautiful instagram of the Orly Gender show being knitted together this week. I cannot wait to check it out this weekend. And while I was working I was back in this neighborhood again where I found tulips growing by the carousel. It was a bit stressful being so near to Times Square while the news broke that the Boston bombers had it as a second target. But at lunchtime I liked to imagine I could be in Paris when I’m in Bryant Park – especially when it’s misty and rainy, and flowers are in bloom.
Bring on the flowers and warmer weather!
Posted in Beautiful Things, Home Shuling, Jewish Life, Parenting, Queens Life, tagged candles, Jewish kids NYC, Jewish life, kiddush cup, Queens, rabbi, religion, rest, Shabbat, Shabbat Box by Lesley Simpson, synagogue, weekend on April 19, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
Last week we had a rabbi to our house from a synagogue in Forest Hills. We invited other families from around our neighborhood and not only did we have a fun Shabbat hangout, but we got to learn how other families do Shabbat. The rabbi brought along a sheet of songs, and we shared with everyone that we love the book The Shabbat Box by Lesley Simpson. The kids then got to decorate boxes to store their ‘shabbat things’ (or anything else) inside. Ezra and Zoe love this .. and are looking forward to using them tonight. Ezra even took the rabbi’s information on celebrating this ‘day of rest’ to heart, and stayed in his pajamas until 2 last Saturday! Maybe we will do it again.
Posted in Beautiful Things, Fun in NYC, Parenting, Travel, tagged children, climbing room, culture, diet, digging, grow, handicap vehicles, kids, learn, Long Island Children's Museum, music, nutrition, play, sand, telephones, what animals eat on April 10, 2013 | 1 Comment »
Wow. This museum has the coolest little “animal diner” where you put plates of various kinds of ‘food’ in front of your animal customer – and the condiments on the bar will light up with a yes or no depending on what your animal likes to eat! Clearly this is another fun museum for climbers and sand diggers, and the music rooms are fascinating. But my kids can spend hours playing with the old rotary telephones with the ‘strange curly wires’ holding the earpiece to the base. Who knew such an overlooked device from MY past would be seen as an antique by my own kids so quickly!
Posted in Beautiful Things, Fun in NYC, Kid style, Parenting, Queens Life, tagged ballerina, ballet, classes, dance, extra curricular activities, little girls, new york city, pink, Queens, toddler, tutu on April 5, 2013 | 3 Comments »
Before spring break Zoe had the sweetest ballet recital. It took some convincing to get her to tone down her hair accessories and to wear only pink (and not gold and purple too). The teachers did some of their own dancing at the end and awarded their students with little bags of ballet treats, books, stickers and a tiara each!
There were some shy girls that got a little too fearful to get up and dance – but Zoe was there, pressing on with her older friend Ruby. The show must go on!