End of the summer, trying to play on the lake in the rain, Loren created a humongous paella, fishing, figs from Megan’s yard, and Zoe cannot seem to take her mind off that nest swing. She wants to swing in it all day! Her feet hanging out of the front… slays me. The level of cuteness is ridiculous.
Archive for the ‘Rainy days’ Category
Posted in Beautiful Things, Cooking, Cornwall, Holidays, Parenting, Rainy days, Travel, tagged children, cooking, Cornwall CT, end of summer, figs, fishing, fun, grilling, kids, Labor Day, lake, paella, rain on September 9, 2013 | 1 Comment »
Posted in Beautiful Things, Fun in NYC, Parenting, Queens Life, Rainy days, tagged acrobats, balance, Big Apple Circus, bike tricks, children, Chinese troupe, dogs, fun, horses, kids, NY Daily News review, parenting, ponies, Queens, rainy days on June 17, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
We had a rare and wonderful opportunity to go to the circus one rainy afternoon (thanks to Ezra’s friend Brad, and family). We’ve been to the circus before but it’s a kid pleaser whenever we go. This one in particular kept the kids engrossed with dogs doing tricks, pretty white horses parading around the ring, and a troupe of stunt bikers from China with excellent costumes! The NY Daily News raved “The new edition of the 35-year-old circus known for a single ring and audience-friendly intimacy is filled with polished acts and fun facts.” No lions, no elephants and no shooting anyone out of a canon. It just goes to show that when it comes to kids, sometimes less is more.
Photos 7 and 8 from bigapplecircus.com
Ugh it was rainy and cold at the beginning of the week – but now it’s sweltering hot and we have grandma in from Rochester to help hold down the fort while E and Z’s parents work (and work and work). So we are hoping to take it easy this weekend. Although another World Science Festival is happening downtown, and E and Z’s dad is photographing the event so – you never can tell what weekend activity will end up on the blog next week. There’s also a concert that Ezra performed in that I cannot WAIT to put up on the blog. What a little song bird he is – who knew? But for now we will say, have a great weekend. And we will try to take it easy while it’s so hot!
Meanwhile we leave you with some shots from our last rainy (and very cold) day in Manhattan. Let’s hope it was our last for a while (and thank you grandma for keeping us occupied in the heat).
Enjoying transparent acrylic things in the rain :
Posted in Fun in NYC, Parenting, Rainy days, Travel, tagged children, cup of jo, Joann Goddard, kids, Manhattan, Museum of Modern Art, NYC, office, parenting, rain, rain in May, Rain Room, Random International, spring, work on May 23, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
Speaking of modern museum life… we stood in line for a couple hours today trying to get into the MoMA’s new Rain Room Show (see a great post on it here.) Cup of Jo raves “Heavy rain pours down in an enormous room, but when you step into the rain, the area directly over your head dries up. So you can walk, dance and kiss in the rain without getting wet!”
However with all the rain going on OUTSIDE the museum, it’s hard to get enthusiastic about going into a Rain Room (especially if you’ve been waiting in line under an umbrella with antsy kids for too long). Oh well, we will try another day. But meanwhile here are a few shots from my office window of what May is looking like today. Rain blowing sideways and all. Ugh. (As you can see by my feet reflected in the last shot, I clearly didn’t dress for rain today.)
Posted in Beautiful Things, Fun in NYC, Parenting, Queens Life, Rainy days, tagged art, children, dome, installation art, kids, LIC, Long Island City, Manhattan, Meg Webster, modern art, MOMA NYC, museums, NYC, Olafur Eliasson, parenting, Pipilotti Rist, pool, PS1, Queens, Selfless in a bath of lava, video art, VW Dome, what to do in NYC with kids, Your Waste of Time on May 22, 2013 | 1 Comment »
I love taking my kids to modern art museums. People probably assume that art museums aren’t for kids but if the pieces are modern and playful, it becomes a great place for kids to expand their minds; see how adults can create things just to fulfill their fancy or make a powerful statement. Often in modern art museums kids are allowed to touch things or move around them, making it a less frustrating experience than being told to be quiet and ‘not-touch’ all the time.
PS1 use to be a public school (hence the ‘PS’ – which is in the title of all the public schools around NYC). It’s been revamped to hold an offshoot of the MoMA – which we also love. The kids are mesmerized by the ‘lady in the floorboards’ at the entrance (a permanent video installation in the floor) – and where else can they see a room full of waterfall, stomp around in an ‘Arctic Room’ full of ice (brrr!) or simply run around the building’s old school yard where exhibits (like the geodesic dome of late) are installed?
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, Cornwall, Crafting, Parenting, Rainy days, tagged art, children, crafts, creative, drawing, fun, indoors, kids, Nancy Bevans, oven, shadow boxes, Shrinky Dink, winter, wooly creatures on March 5, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
While hanging out with our friend Brad in Connecticut, he allowed us to play with one of his Christmas gifts from his grandma. Do you remember Shrinky Dinks? Not only are they still around, but they come in more variety – including packs of large blank paper where you can create your own drawings and crafts out of them.
Coincidentally Brad’s Aunt Nan came over to the house with her own Shrinky Dink art that she exhibited in a local gallery. Check out her amazing shadow boxes filled with her own created creatures! And after finding this pinterest page of other ideas, I cannot wait to try my hand at making rings.
Posted in Beautiful Things, Cooking, Food Adventures, Parenting, Queens Life, Rainy days, tagged cook, dessert, food, ice, icy, juice, kids, popsicle, snoopy sno cone machine, treat on February 27, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
I think I already mentioned that a dear friend of mine passed a vintage Snoopy Sno Cone Machine on to the kids a few weeks ago (thanks Amelia!) They love it but this toy comes with its frustrations. One is that the shaved ice melts so quickly when you pour flavoring/juice on it… and there’s a lot of sweat and labor that goes into shaving the ice (and it yields little for all that work.) We’ve discovered that freezing juice in ice cube trays first really helps. Not only are the ice cubes a bit softer and easier to grind away at, but the juice is already right there in the ice!
And once again, here are some ways to dress up and eat snow and shaved ice. Maybe we will try to freeze cream next!
Posted in Beautiful Things, Parenting, Rainy days, Travel, tagged Great Wolf Lodge, hot tub, kids, magi, pedicure, Pennsylvania, Poconos, quest, Scotrun PA, swim, travel, treasure chest, wand, water park, water slides, wave pool on January 24, 2013 | 1 Comment »
Our very kind aunt and uncle sent a Chanukah gift to my husband and I – a night out alone, a date. Well we couldn’t resist and we ended up using this gift towards a date that included – guess who? Ezra and Zoe and a water park – it was so fun. A nice reprieve from the cold weather – this place is heated to 84 degrees so that we could run around the halls in pajamas or bathing suits. We spent a day and a half in the wave pool, on water slides, and in hot tubs. And when dry and ‘on land’ the kids got to open various magic treasure chests and talking paintings hung on the walls of the halls and lobby with a magi-quest wand. The giant tower of woodland friends in the lobby sang kids to sleep at story time at 8 pm (and a wake up session at 10 a.m.)
It was so much fun, the kids tell me they want to live there. Thank you Uncle Shel and Aunt Diane!