Sunday, October 19, 2014

Project 364: Days 281 Through 290

October 9, 2014 -- Since we don't really watch movies, our kids don't know about Disney. Except for "Cars." ("Frozen" is the only movie Sam has seen in a theatre.) However, a friend of mine gave me a princess dress her daughter outgrew. For some odd reason, Rachel thought it was replacing her butterfly wings (which she LOVES) and she wanted to give it back. When I convinced her that she could keep both, she decided this dress could be her "exercise dress." This kid makes me laugh so much. When I'm not pulling my hair out, that is.
October 10, 2014 -- I managed to catch a picture of a butterfly checking out these flowers in Athens, New York.
 
October 11, 2014 -- Rachel did her best Statue Of Liberty pose at FAO Schwartz! Did I mention already that this kid makes me laugh?!?!?
October 12, 2014 -- So much bread, too small a stomach. At The Kneaded Bread Cafe in Port Chester, New York.
October 13, 2014 -- Monica and Chandler's wedding invitation was one of the many things on display at Central Perk.
October 14, 2014 -- We made a quick stop at Niagara Falls on our way home.
October 15, 2014 -- Sam found great parking spots for his New York City Police Department vehicles at the top of our stairs.
October 16, 2014 -- Sam's school assignment. Translation: "Last week I went to New York City on a subway."
October 17, 2014 -- It was a cold, dreary walk to school so I enjoyed some Central Perk coffee mixed with hot chocolate in my new vat mug!
October 18, 2014 -- This really weird picture is a testament to the fact that knowing how to make cabbage rolls won't die out with my parents' generation. Am I the only person who thinks about these things???

Friday, October 17, 2014

Five (About New York City) On Friday

So I'm not actually going to link up with "Five On Friday" but I will steal the idea! (Maybe next week I'll stop "borrowing" other people's ideas and start writing original blog posts again, but no promises!) So here are five things about our day in New York City.

1) Grand Central Station is huge. And overwhelming. And magnificent. And hard to take a good picture of.
2) Playing on The Big Piano at FAO Schwartz is always fun, no matter how old you are.
3) Burping seals are not only amusing to three year olds. I laughed pretty hard too!

4) Taking pictures of fast moving penguins, through glass that is covered in water droplets, is exceedingly difficult. Also, penguins really smell. Thankfully, they are entertaining enough that you soon forget how awful they smell because you are too distracted by their cuteness.
5) I think Sam is adorable, whether he is pretending to be a rabbit, a turtle, or a spider. Also, Rachel hates posing for pictures.
5) Part 2) I really like this picture of a goldfish I took at the Central Park Children's Zoo.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Neither Greece Nor Georgia

When Erika found out we were traveling this past weekend, she commented that she assumed we were going to Athens. I think she meant the one near her, in Georgia. I told Dave about this conversation and, since it was only five minutes out of our way, guess where we ended up?
Can you spot the gnomes hidden in the garden?
 
It turns out that that the people who named the towns and cities in New York state were either not imaginative (Rome, Verona, Waterloo, Paris, Amsterdam, Lyons) or too imaginative (Schenectady, Horseheads, Fishs Eddy, Fish Kill, Skaneateles). By the way, "Fishs Eddy" inspired a good fifteen minutes of (late night) conversation between Dave and I about if it was missing an apostrophe or spelled incorrectly. After all, Fisha Eddy makes much more sense, right?!?!?

Anyways, where was I going with this post again... Oh yes, to Athens! The one in New York. It was a cute little village, with lots of beautiful flowers, and a diner right on the river.
After lunch we crossed the street to frolic in the park, check out the action on the Hudson, and lose the lens cap for our camera. It landed perfectly on the boardwalk and rolled all the way into the river. The kids were amused. I wasn't.
We ended our visit with a quick walk around town, wished we could visit again for "Athens' Great Pumpkin Parade," and continued on our way.
I love the world of blogging. If it weren't for Erika's comment, we wouldn't have had this great adventure. I also probably wouldn't have lost my lens cap, but I don't think the blog world can be held responsible for that one!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

New York Highs And Lows

Hello. Hello? Is this thing on??? Is anybody out there?

Yes, it's been a little (a lot!) quiet here on the blog. First I was sick and a little overwhelmed and then I was out of the country. But now I'm back and getting a handle on life again. Before I get into all the blog posts about our time away, I need to sort through a bunch of pictures and try and figure out which stories to tell you. However, I didn't want to leave this space empty any longer.

This past weekend, we went to visit Dave's grandpa who lives in White Plains, just forty-five minutes north of New York City. Dave's aunt and uncle live in White Plains too so we stayed with them. A few weeks ago, my blog friend, Amanda, used a "highs and lows" format to document her weekend. I'm going to blatantly steal borrow her idea just to give you a small taste of our mini vacation.

Dave

Favourite moments: lunch with my Grandpa at his retirement centre; going out to a really good Mexican restaurant with my extended family; seeing my cousin for the first time in five years and meeting his wife; hanging out with Sam and Rachel at Long Island Sound while Natasha shopped at Trader Joe's;
 
Least favourite moments: driving in rush hour traffic in the greater New York City area; not being able to find the Canadian border crossing in Niagara Falls, New York; when the kids were awake between midnight and 1am at our hotel on our way to White Plains;

Natasha

Favourite moments: going to Central Perk!!!; taking the kids to FAO Schwartz; walking to Connecticut;
Least favourite moments: when I dropped the camera's lens cap and it rolled into the Hudson River; waiting in line for two and a half hours to get into Central Perk;

Sam

Favourite moments: getting to be on Mulberry Street (from "And To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street" by Dr. Seuss); watching football with Uncle Simon; getting my New York City Police vehicles; playing on the pirate ship at the Long Island Sound playground
Least favourite moments: not being able to take the MicroMachines from Auntie Bobbi's home with me; having to leave the pirate ship playground; having to leave the LEGO section at FAO Schwartz

Rachel

Favourite moments: when the seal burped loudly and the penguin pooped at the Central Park Zoo; playing with Auntie Bobbi's phone at the Chinese restaurant; staying for two nights at a "ho-towel"; when the train conductor gave me a pink ticket!
Least favourite moments: when I couldn't find Mommy and Daddy at FAO Schwartz; when Mommy wouldn't buy me $30 worth of nail polish; when I couldn't get a ladybug painted on all my fingernails;

More stories coming tomorrow...

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Project 364: Days 272 Through 280

September 29, 2014 -- We watched Willem and Tessa while Tim and Janice made a quick trip out of town. Pizza for everyone was on the menu!
September 30, 2014 -- As a thank you for watching their kids, Tim and Janice brought us all these Trader Joe's treats! Words cannot describe our excitement :)
October 1, 2014 -- Sam checked out a paper while we delivered flyers.
October 2, 2014 -- This picture documents two things. 1) I still don't know when not to use my "portrait setting" and 2) Sam's first official night of LOGOS. Too bad it's a horribly blurry picture of Sam and the kids' names on the sign (which I blurred out for privacy) were clear as anything.
October 3, 2014 -- Rachel ate a sour cream sandwich (her own concoction) for supper. Yuck.
October 4, 2014 -- I celebrated a friend's birthday. The chocolate cake on the right was AMAZING. I may, or may not, have had two pieces.
October 5, 2014 -- I took no pictures this day. I'd been fighting a cold all week and it really was going strong on Sunday. I felt too awful to do pretty much anything. Okay, I did watch seven episode of Gilmore Girls but I don't really think that counts as "doing something."

October 6, 2014 -- This is our house. Every day at about 4:00 pm. Or whenever I say, "No!" to Rachel. Which is about seventy times a day. I think this specific tantrum was because I wouldn't let her rip up a bill I had to pay. I'm so unreasonable.
October 7, 2014 -- Rachel adores getting her hair cut. She was enjoying the mirror!

October 8, 2014 -- Sam was having fun with the bath paints. I was pretty impressed with his art considering he was drawing upside down! If you can't see what he drew, I'll give you a hint. He has two faces :)