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fancy meeting you here

fancy meeting you here

December 31, 2008 |  Category:   life nyc

Despite the crappy weather today (cold, gray, windy, snow, wet snow, and even hail while we were out!) we decided to go ahead with our plans of seeing the train show at the Citigroup building and walking over to the Saks windows and Rockefeller Center. The good news was that the train show was blissfully free of crazy crowds so the girls got to leisurely watch the elaborate train scenes at every point. I have to admit that this is our first visit here…and our last because this is the end of the line for the annual Citigroup sponsored train show as they won’t be funding it anymore. On our walk towards Rock Center, we came across these mysterious giant… CONTINUE READING

the nutcracker and some holiday cheer

the nutcracker and some holiday cheer

December 16, 2008 |  Category:   dining out family holidays life nyc

Mia, Mark’s mom and I took a break from cookies on Sunday to go see the Nutcracker (an abbreviated, 1 hour kid’s version, staged by the NY Theater Ballet). It was Mia’s first trip to the theater of any kind, and she was excited to say the least. In preparation to going to the ballet, we’ve been listening to the music and reading the book so that she would be familiar with the story that would unfold onstage. She was mesmerized. “Are those people real?”, she asked. And at one point in the middle of the production, a huge grin spread on her face and she said very sheepishly, “I like this!”. Afterwards, she chatted with some of the child… CONTINUE READING

bryant park

bryant park

October 3, 2008 |  Category:   nyc

I love Bryant Park. It’s one of my favorite places in NYC, but I hadn’t been there in years. For those who are unfamiliar, the park is situated right behind the grand ole Public Library Building occupying a city block, and is meticulously designed with sweeping trees, ivy, gravel walkways, gardens and a great big lawn littered with green chairs. I found myself in the neighborhood twice in the last 2 weeks for meetings so I spent a little time in the park reminiscing about good times: countless lunches, outdoor summer movie nights, concerts. I don’t have any memories with the kids, however, and can’t recall bringing them to the park at all since we don’t spend a lot of… CONTINUE READING

apple picking

apple picking

September 23, 2008 |  Category:   life seasonal

In years past, we have gone apple and pumpkin picking a little too late in the season and the farms we’ve visited have looked a bit sad and picked over. The worst was when we tried to go pumpkin picking on a weekday 2 years ago right before Claudine was born. We drove up to the Hudson Valley on a blustery cold day and to our surprise and disappointment, the farm that we had in mind was closed during the week. Determined to get pumpkins, we headed down to another farm we spied down the road, but we didn’t see a soul around, nor any pumpkin patches, and only a lone goat and horse stood in a gated pen near… CONTINUE READING

the last few weekends of summer

the last few weekends of summer

August 18, 2008 |  Category:   life nyc

Does anyone else feel like the summer flew by this year? Labor Day weekend comes early this year and I feel like we’re running out of days to do all the summer stuff that’s been on our list. Sadly, we’ve only made it to the beach twice. I never was such a fan of summer and always got excited at any early hint of Fall, but now that I have kids, summer has been so much more fun and I’m finding myself a bit wistful at all the “Back to School” signs, which, in my opinion, has become like Christmas in that it’s just shoved in our faces way too early every year. We had a really lovely day at… CONTINUE READING

a good time at the aquarium

a good time at the aquarium

July 7, 2008 |  Category:   life

We made a day out of the Atlantis Aquarium over in Riverhead, Long Island this weekend and while I’m usually underwhelmed by these things (too hectic with the crowds), we all had a really good time. The aquarium had a huge banner that said “voted top 10 aquariums for kids by Parents Magazine” and it really was especially good for kids. Even better, I think, than the big aquarium over at Mystic Seaport that we visited last year (by the way, when did aquariums get so expensive? $26 for adults, $21 for kids? Sheesh). It was the first time Claudine was old enough to really be aware of the exhibits and it was fun watching her reaction to things. She… CONTINUE READING

coney island

coney island

May 17, 2008 |  Category:   family life nyc

For family fun day, we decided to go to Coney Island. It isn’t far by F train – about 35 minutes from our house – but it manages to transport you to a different place. The train ride itself is always fun for the kids since much of it is above ground and they love watching Brooklyn pass by, cemeteries and all (unaware of what they are, Mia actually calls them “cities”). Once there, it’s always refreshing to see the ocean, and the horizon serves as a reminder that there is a whole world beyond our lives in our own little neighborhood. It seems like every year Astroland is threatened to get shut down in favor of new development, but… CONTINUE READING

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