a cold weekend but a fun weekend

October 18, 2009 |  Category:   nyc outings















Guys, it’s cold. I’m not talking “here I am and I’m gonna wimp out ’cause it’s not summer anymore”. No. It’s cold for real. I know that it’s just a temporary cold snap, but the past 4 days really jolted everyone into premature winter reality with coats, boots, scarves and mittens. Like, we’re not ready for this quite just yet. Plus there is something weird going on with our furnace, so we have no heat (trying to remain calm and hoping that it won’t cost an arm and a leg to fix). But despite the gloomy skies and wet cold rain, we had a pretty fun weekend. We had intended on going pumpkin picking on saturday, but after seeing the forecast we bagged on that idea and asked the girls what they wanted to do instead. Mia picked the Met Museum. We said Ok. We bundled up and headed to the Upper East Side but we never made it to the museum because we came across a new (to us, or maybe it is new as it seemed sparkling clean, bathrooms and all) playground right next to the museum. The rain seemed to hold off so we spent the day at the playground and then took a leisurely stroll through Central Park. The leaves are only just starting to turn, so it was a bit of a disconnect to be so cold and still see green lawns and trees.

The drizzle and wind returned today which put a bit of a damper on the annual Harvest Fair in our neighborhood, but the girls actually got a chance to go on a pony ride this time since there was no ridiculous line to wait on. Faces were painted, and we all crowded indoors for crafts and music. I can tell that Mia has a new musical crush, from the likes not seen since the days of Randy Kaplan, a former neighborhood singer/songwriter who Mia used to have a huge crush on when she was 2 and whose music and stage show was the only kid act I actually enjoyed (Randy’s CD, Five Cent Piece is Miss C’s current favorite). Now that Randy has moved on from the East Coast, she seems to have found her next local obsession in Jon Samson and his band. Like Randy, he’s very musically talented, highly entertaining, funny, and improv-skilled. If you’re in NYC, check out their upcoming shows. I predict this new CD will be on heavy rotation (along with Michael Jackson – still!) around the house.

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  • bridgett October 18, 2009 at 10:26 pm

    We’ve been wrapped up in blankets all day. Glad you guys braved this crazy weather.

  • neta October 18, 2009 at 11:31 pm

    I’ve been reading you for a while and I am hooked! you write beautifully, your daughters are adorable and your photographs are amazing!!
    wish I could trade you a bit of our heat ( around 95 the last couple of days….) for some cool weather 🙂
    at this time exactly last year we were in NY and the weather was fantastic.

  • Lori October 19, 2009 at 12:01 am

    I love the painted faces – adorable! It’s very cold here in Philly too, I promised myself that I wouldn’t turn the heat on before November but tonight is going to be 30 degrees here, so it looks like I just might have to or freeze. 😛

  • linda October 19, 2009 at 12:15 am

    Cute mittens on Miss C. Who makes her jacket? I love the olive color with the pink accent in the hoodie.

  • G October 19, 2009 at 12:46 am

    Jenna, anyone ever tell you that you are such a caring, loving parent? There’s a parenting crisis in this country. Evidence of poor parenting (or lack of) is everywhere. If there were more mothers like you, the world would be a better place. You give up a huge chunk of disposable income to take your kids for pony rides and face painting. I can imagine that when your girls become teens, you’ll give up an even bigger chunk to get them iPods, fun clothes, expensive shoes, purses, makeup, whatever. What about buying things for yourself? You’ve said that you rarely shop for yourself and rarely treat yourself. Well, I think you and Mark shouldn’t have to throw yourselves in front of the parenting train. Give your kids to a babysitter for a night and go out! Do “non-kid” stuff, like go to a cool jazz club or watch an adult movie or something non kid.

  • Cadmiumgold October 19, 2009 at 2:38 am

    You take such lovely pictures and have gorgeous children. I love Mia’s face paint! I think I’m going to try and bribe my little sister to let me try the design on her.:D Just in time for Halloween too!

  • Fog and Thistle October 19, 2009 at 7:49 am

    Great pictures Jenna! Good weekend for music…we took the kids to They Might Be Giants yesterday. So fun to see little kids enthralled with music, isn’t it?

  • Miriam October 19, 2009 at 10:47 am

    Lovely pictures!!

  • mrs boo radley October 19, 2009 at 11:38 am

    You capture such lovely moments…

  • Kelly October 19, 2009 at 1:32 pm

    We had that cold and wet weather last week. Today the high is 71. Here’s hoping that comes out to you soon as well. I’m not ready for winter!

    Looks like a fabulous weekend.

  • Annie From Seattle October 19, 2009 at 1:59 pm

    I am trying not to worry about the furnace and…is it just me or is Mia looking older pretty much daily? That picture of her with the hot chocolate…I don’t know. She still looks like a kid but you can kind of also see what the adult is going to look like…..

  • Mrs Soup October 19, 2009 at 3:22 pm

    Looks like a wonderful day.

  • monica from hola!design October 19, 2009 at 7:26 pm

    i know! it was freezing!!! good thing you decide to go out anyway and enjoy the day!

  • Jenna October 19, 2009 at 7:26 pm

    Linda, Claudine’s jacket is Mia’s old hand-me-down and it’s a catimini jacket I bought at either an outlet store or ebay- can’t remember. Yes, it’s a very cute jacket! So glad we get another year out of it.

  • Lecia/A Day that is Dessert October 19, 2009 at 11:04 pm

    These are beautiful! I hope your heat is fixed soon.

  • Araceli October 20, 2009 at 9:47 pm

    Hi there Jenna, I’m new to your blog and I love it! You take awsome pictures and I wish I were half as good as you 🙂 I love the rainboots! Where are those from?

    Also, the post below on faces was so endearing. I love the 2-3 year old stage, wish they could stay like that for a long time.

  • Jenna October 21, 2009 at 8:51 pm

    Aracell, thanks for the nice comment. The boots are from Lands End.