summer in the springtime

April 26, 2009 |  Category:   friends life nyc










I think we pissed off the weather gods with all our complaining about the cold spring we’ve been having because it responded with a little mini heat wave over the weekend. It’s completely weird to be in sweaters one day and sunscreen and sundresses the next. I’d forgotten what it feels like to have that tight, itchy skin from being outside for most of the day, despite copious amounts of sunscreen slathered on. It was that hot. Mark was busy this weekend with the Flea and prepping for a catering gig for Monday, so aside from a family trip to Ikea and Fairway in Red Hook, the girls were with me. Hot days are best spent getting mint iced tea at the Farmers Market and lying on a blanket in the shade in Prospect Park, our first real picnic of the year. Both the girls were ecstatic to put on summer dresses for the first time this season. They kept admiring themselves in the mirror while Claudine repeatedly whispered with a heavy sigh, “wow. These are very fancy dresses”.

Hot weather here in on our end of the street also marks the return of impromptu stoop and sidewalk parties with our neighbors. Sprinklers are put out to cool down, sidewalks are colored with chalk mud, watergun fights and scooter races ensue, and beer, wine and pizza is shared by all. It can be a bit of a zoo with all the kids and water flying around and I have a feeling that our block is getting a reputation as the most annoying block to walk on during the summertime in our neighborhood, but this is urban living. Kind of like how I grew up playing kick the can and spud, except our parents were inside while all the kids from the block played on the street. Times have changed in that regard, but the spirit is the same.

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  • Stella April 26, 2009 at 11:13 pm

    Wow, this all looks and sounds quite lovely. I’m so glad we’ve been having some nice sunshine and weather! I will have to make it out to the flea in a coming weekend to top it off with one of your watermelon coolers. 🙂

  • Gabriel April 27, 2009 at 12:14 am

    that doxie is cute!

  • Kitty April 27, 2009 at 12:26 am

    Hehehe I love Claudine’s comment about the dresses.

  • Becca April 27, 2009 at 1:14 am

    That sounds so ‘Do The Right Thing’ 🙂 In London it was been deliciously warm as well!

  • Fiona April 27, 2009 at 9:33 am

    On the street, playing with a dog, eating pizza, sprinklers, etc. Sounds like a very nice day.

    It’s been hot here, too. I responded by ordering popsicle molds. Gotta be prepared, right?

  • sara April 27, 2009 at 1:18 pm


  • kathleen April 27, 2009 at 2:34 pm

    all sounds lovely (and fancy) 😉 . . . your sense of community there sure pretty cool. good neighbors are a gift, aren’t they?!

  • Travelingmama April 27, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    I just finished drooling over your etsy shop so I thought I would pop over and check out your blog. I love your blog too! Your girls are cuties! We had one hot day here in Morocco and now we are back to the cold.
    Best wishes from Morocco!

  • Kate April 27, 2009 at 6:36 pm

    Kick the Can and Spud!! Me too.

  • lori April 27, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    I love the last picture! The girls are so adorable. I’m trying to plan a trip to Brooklyn soon to visit the Flea to check out your treats 🙂