The High Line & High Stairs With Nonna

We had a special treat in June – a visit from Nonna. Nonna and Max had lots of fun at the playground. Max liked riding on the tire swing with her.

Max is really into walking up and down stairs (while holding someone’s hand). He got way up high on the slides.
We had a fun brunch at Sarabeths. Max loved the whole-wheat blueberry pancakes – and playing with Mommy’s wallet.
Max and Nonna are so connected they sometimes dress in matching outfits (Max swears he didn’t plan it), like when we visited to the new part of the very cool High Line park. Max enjoyed walking around this sculpture/bird feeder.
Max walked all over the High Line (with Nonna and Brittney’s assistance). He was pretty excited about these giant stairs and wanted to go up and down, up and down…
It was very humid and started drizzling, but Max was very comfy snuggling with Nonna under her umbrella.
Usually Brittney and Max spend a lot of time together, and sometimes Max takes her for granted when given the option of being with Daddy or Nonna instead. But they had been spending more time apart than usual – the weekend before Brittney had left the boys for a wedding in Shelter Island of a college friend (the former Stanford tree to be exact, and there much revelry and dancing ) and Nonna was here to help out while she had tech rehearsals for a play she was directing every day, so Max actually got a little clingy and wanted to be held by only Mommy on the way home from music class in the park.
But Max really enjoyed all the time he spent with Nonna. They had lots of fun reading books, playing with toys, going to storytime at the library, clapping at concerts and, his favorite, emptying the dishwasher.
Video of Max’s favorite domestic chore

Sometimes he’ll crawl into the kitchen and demand a shot at the silverware, dirty or clean. Our opinionated toddler is now 21 months old and old enough to remember his Grandmas and other people he loves – he got so excited, kicking, clapping and smiling, when Nonna showed up at our door and wanted to take her straight to his books and toys.


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Circus, Chocolate & Nonna

Last April, Mark had big plans to take Max to his first circus, but Max had to go to California for his great-grandma’s funeral. So we were excited when Mark’s work gave us tickets to go to the Big Apple Circus at Lincoln Center during Nonna’s visit.
Before the show Max had lots of fun hanging out on Nonna and Daddy’s laps and watching the bigger kids around us.

Unfortunately the performance was the day after Mark had his sleep-apnea-causing tonsils & uvula removed and his deviated septum fixed, so Mark was once again denied a full circus experience with Max. He did make it through the first act. Max lasted the entire two hours, even though it was way past his bedtime. He was absolutely enthralled by the clowns, trapeze artists, and goats and puppies on horseback.

Nonna and Max also went to their first NYC Chocolate Show, where chocolatiers from around the world sell (and sample) their creations. We liked looking at trains and crazy outfits made out of chocolate and trying lots of fun treats. Max got a little overwhelmed, but was pretty happy to try some amazing chocolate hazelnut spread.

The weather has been fantastic, so Max and Nonna took a few trips to the playground while Brittney took care of Mark, who is doing fine but is still in a lot of pain. Max liked to play in the sandbox while Nonna sprinkled leaves around him.
Max had so much fun playing, snuggling, and talking to Nonna:
Video of Max and Nonna discussing their day
We’re looking forward to seeing Nonna and the rest of Brittney’s family at Christmas (and maybe eating more chocolate – Max still hasn’t tried any See’s Candy).
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