Recently Brittney helped plan a winter event at the Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum, a historical house nearby, on a cold snowy day. We had lots of fun there last summer at a vintage baseball game and First Friday celebrations with live music. We loved romping around the gorgeous gardens.
Lots of pretty paths to wander.
Max learned how to tell the age of a tree.
And Julie fell on the ground many times on purpose.
Seeing if anyone’s home at a structure we later found out is the carriage house.
We couldn’t figure out what this was, but we liked going under it.
We had a delicious picnic with Julie’s favorite – prosciutto.
Followed by a wrestling match.
A big upside of suburban living has been more time in nature. We became members and look forward to many more visits to this special place.
One day Julie kept asking to watch the ‘hot video’ on the computer. I couldn’t figure out what she was talking about, then she said ‘where I have band-aids on my knees. And I’m dancing.’ So here’s the video, along with the backstory:
One August morning while Max was in camp, Julie and I met a friend at the Museum of The City of New York to see the cool exhibit City as Canvas: Graffiti Art. She loved the crazy street art (and didn’t want to stand still for photos).
Outside we discovered some break dancers. Julie joined in.
The group was on a hip hop tour of NYC that included dance lessons. Julie crashed.
But really she just wanted to jump.
Then we had a picnic in Central Park with some city friends and a cute puppy. Julie may act tough, but she threw the dog treats on the ground, too scared to get close.
The weekend of July 4th we got special visit from Grandpa Don. We drove around Marmorenck (where he grew up) with him and found the house Mark lived in until age 5.
At the toy store he bought Max and Julie some books and this watering can which is Julie’s new favorite toy. At the athletic club celebration on July 5th (postponed due to rain on the 4th), Julie spent a long time watering the deck and my feet.
Max loved folding and unfolding his present, a crab beach chair. He took it over to another family with some teen boys playing cards and decided to join them for most of the afternoon. They were very patient and kind with him and even let him fold and unfold their chairs. He made us all stay away except for Grandpa.
A great day swimming, getting tattoos, relaxing on lounge chairs, and eating BBQ, corn on the cob, and sno cones.
Mark and Max stayed up for the late fireworks. The next morning we had lunch with a view at the Lobster House on nearby City Island.
The visit was short but we fit in lots of book readings, some of them on our new glider Grandpa and Mark had a frustrating hour putting together, some on our bed with silly sock gloves.
We had so much fun with Grandpa, come visit again soon! Looking forward to Bubbe and Poppy’s first visit to our house this weekend.
Poor Jeff & Casey had to deal with some flight drama getting to Russia, which meant the kids got extra time for a really long tea party in our backyard. Breanne and Sophie taught us how to say ‘would you like a spot of tea?’
We can’t quite place the twins’ accents.
Everyone loved dressing up in Russian costumes from Nonna and Papa (Max calls this his ‘king
They made lots of art for us including masks, fans and fairy pictures.
Sophie is not so sure about the silly faces.
Waiting for their cab to the airport (on their first of three attempts to leave the country). Who likes M & Ms?
A tired recap of the visit. Certain aspects of Cinderella really stuck with Julie.
Max and Julie were very sad to see their friends go. Every few days I’d take Julie down to the basement where Sophie and Breanne slept and she would get excited and say ‘my cousins?’ hoping they were hiding out there. Fortunately we got to visit them in Utah just a few weeks later – photos from that fun-filled trip coming soon.