Rob was in CA for the past 7 days. I'm so proud of myself for not whining about it on Facebook and did a pretty good job about not venting about it on my blog. I really couldn't because most of my NYC mom friends have weeks like that all the time. I'm lucky to see him as much as I do. Here's Ella making cookies for his arrival. The kids were asleep by the time he came home. Which was nice because I got him all to myself. My favorite thing he said to me was, "Well, at least from your emails, our phone calls, the blog, and Facebook, it didn't look like such a bad week. The kids were pretty good, right?" Angels. All of them.
It's 9:37pm and Owen is shouting, "mom mom come here!" Agh. now he's at my bedroom door. "Mom mom mom mommy. I need cold water I need cold water I need cold waaater". And these are the pictures I just took of him with my newly discovered photography apps (a mix of Night Cam and infinicam). Good night, I'm off to fetch a pail of cold water.
NYC isn't the place to be having a picnic at the moment so I'm feeling out of whack. And insanely jealous when my friends from SF post on facebook their having a picnic. We're experiencing one of the snowiest winters ever. Once I tried to make a lunch and have the kids eat it in the stroller. Huge disaster. The boys had one mitten on and the other they used to pick up food. But then their fingers got cold and they started dropping food. So these days I've been either going home for lunch or buying them a sandwich at a cafe and filling in the gaps with my own food. Sometimes i buy the entire lunch at the cafe too. I just need to be able to justify taking the cafe's tables somehow.
In regards to the picture: I can't wait for the tempeture to rise so we can use that picnic bench for what it's designed for.
There are two Starbucks around my house that have people watching windows. I adore watching the people go about their day. But mostly I'm fishing out Oscar's straw that fell into his crazy expensive organic chocolate milk and gathering up all their winter layers and stuffing it under the chairs. And then of course Oscar has use the bathroom and Owen plays with the automatic hand dryer the entire time. But for about thirty seconds it's calm. And that's when I take a picture like this to give the illusion that all we did this morning was people watch.
Today at the Museum of Natural History, the boys watched an instructional video on how to excavate dinosaur bones. After watching the video, they picked away at a pretend site. And then helped put together a dinosaur skeleton. The bones felt and looked real-- not some kiddie game. I'm not overselling it when I say it would be an 8 year old's dream. The bones were held together with magnets. It is found in the Discover Room.
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If I see them on the street, I'm not suppose to ask for a picture with them. Also I can't ask for their autograph. It's ok to say hello and then brag about it on Facebook AND my blog. So far this is the list of celebrities Rob and I have seen (and we are counting). 1. Alec Baldwin 2. Piers Morgan 3. Kyra Sedgwick 4. Rachel Ray 5. Bobby Flay 6. Malcom Gladwell 7. Dorothy Vogel 8. John Stattery Below is my daughter looking as cute and tired as any movie star.
I wore jeans, cotton gloves, and leather boots today when I went sledding with the kids. I wouldn't recommend doing that, but it was fun once I gave up trying to stay warm. And the kids, they could have stayed there all day.
There are 4 washers and 6 dryers in the basement. I pay with a credit card, no coins. It's surprisingly empty. Today I did 12 loads of laundry uninterrupted. my boys were sooo nice to spend their entire morning down there. Around 12pm they started complaining that they were hungry. So I left the last of the loads in the dryers and fed them lunch at our house. Owen literally fell asleep at the table. I was tempted to take a video of him and add it to the masses of children falling asleep while eating on youtube. But I didn't. I put the boys down for a nap and took a nap myself. I don't think I could have asked for a more productive Friday morning. Bring on the weekend. I have my favorite clothes to wear.
Ideally I can get from my house to the Brooklyn Children's Museum without transferring. That's if I knew what I was doing. Apparently the 2 and the 3 trains do not always run on the same path. Learned that the hard way. But I played it cool, I don't think my boys noticed. We got there, didn't we? And look at how much fun they are having at the aquatic station! Especially Owen. Nothing stops him from drinking 8 glasses of water per day.
Every time I let my boys watch TV all morning, I imagine the neighbors are keeping tally of the hours. And silently judging me for not putting them in preschool.
Since living here, my street has been the set for two movies. A few weeks ago a Bollywood film crew took over the street for a movie called Happy New York. Tonight it's the set for the movie Friends with Kids starring the beautiful Megan Fox. I love taking the kids to see the big lights and cameras. I have to say, the curry for the Bollywood film crew looked much better than the spread they had out tonight. Your basic american crackers, fruit, and even PB&J. That got my son's attention.
I lost this hat minutes after this picture was taken. It was replaced by a striped hat from a drug store. Lost that one too. Replaced it with a dollar store hat. Lesson learned.
Take the subway alone to the nearest Trader Joes, fill up my cart as high as I can, and catch a cab home. Tip driver 30% if he helps carry the groceries into the cab AND to the doorstep of my apartment building. Horse drawn carriages are always an option too.
Besides all the parks, trees and museums for the kids, I love that it's not too fashionable and I haven't found a restaurant that is too hipster for me to eat in. I hate to admit this, but a lot of the times it reminds me of Burlingame or Palo Alto if you know what I mean.
Within one month of living here, I can already tell I'm dressing better because it's hard not to be influenced by NYC fashion. After my mini wardrobe makeover, I look good and all, but I can only imagine how much better I could be dressing had I chosen to live in the Meatpacking District.
I grew up in Florida so the only season I ever really knew was summer. I had read about Fall, but never experienced it until the month I moved here. What a perfect way to be introduced to the city and the fall season. My husband called me on his way to work the day this picture was taken and said, "stop whatever you're doing, get the kids dressed and meet me outside." This is the picture of our street. I took it at the end of our walk.