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Big Bird’s Birthday Bash

March 21, 2011

Big Bird birthday

I took Charlie to Big Bird’s Birthday Bash today.

He’s been asking about returning to Sesame Place since it closed for the season in October. So when I saw this special event, right around Charlie’s own birthday, I made the plan.

It was a lunch, with birthday favors and lots of character interaction, a show and all the carousel rides you could handle.

We had a nice drive down and back. And Charlie’s face, his excitement, the stories he told and made up and rehashed…well, all of it was worth every penny spent and every minute spared to make the trip happen.

It was like those Disney World commercials that always make me cry. Except it was my kid.

Two funny bits from today:

CW: “Snuffy is 200!”
Me: “200 years old? That’s so old!”
CW: “Yeah! 200! That’s what my tape measure says.”

Five minutes down the highway, headed home from Sesame Place.
CW: “Where is Sesame Place?”
Me: “Back that way a little bit.”
CW: “No. Where is it?”
Me: “Langhorne, Pennsylvania.”
CW: “But where? I want to know because I want to drive there when I get old.”
Me, thinking about him being older and still wanting to go there–it could happen: “Don’t worry. When you can drive, you will know how to read a map and I’ll give you directions.”


Farm trip 2010

August 31, 2010

In mid-August, we headed out to Long Island to visit our CSA farm, Garden of Eve. We saw the veggies, ate cherry tomatoes off the vine and saw the chickens that provide our bi-weekly egg delivery.

Then we stopped at Sunken Garden State Park to swim in the bay and build sand mounds. A lovely day trip.

Museum Trip

June 29, 2010

Last week, Charlie’s daycare class visited the American Museum of Natural History to see the dinosaurs. We had a fun subway ride, a museum exploration and then lunch in the cafeteria.

Click on the pic of Charlie and his good friend Jonathan to see more photos.

Jonathan and Charlie

I saw Murray on my way to work!

May 17, 2010


Only one of the reasons I love NYC: star sightings.

Murray was filming a “Word on the Street” segment for Sesame Street. When I tell Charlie, he’s going to freak out!

I gotta say, knowing how excited Charlie will be about my Murray story is what made it a fun spotting. I didn’t get nearly as revved up when I passed by the sets of Sex and the City or Ugly Betty. Sesame Street, though? Break out the iphone camera!

8 hours later and it’s still snowing

February 10, 2010

I’m pulling the sled.

Stick and sled
He’s making use of a stick.

Snow pizzas, snow cakes that we cut, snow balls, snow angels, half of a snow man, a really long walk to the park and a long lunch with friends at the cafe…then another bout of snow building on the walk home.

And it’s still snowing!

We’ve got a snow day!

February 10, 2010

Our bird feeder

The view from our kitchen window

We’ve seen some snow this winter, but today it’s really coming down!

The weather folks say lunchtime should bring blizzard-like conditions. Jesse says he’s from Pennsylvania where they walk through 20 feet of snow from December to May. He pshaws the blizzard-like conditions. Charlie and I are excited to get out while its still sweet and then drink hot cocoa when it gets blizzardy.

My office is closed, alternate-side parking is suspended and I found an awesome disc sled last night at Save on Fifth. Let the snow fun begin!

We love Bello!

January 15, 2010

Big Apple

We went to the Big Apple Circus tonight, our second annual visit with Grandma the Clown. We ate popcorn and ooh’d and aah’d. They have an amazing group of performers, and this time Bello the clown was the star of the show.

The wheel of wonder nearly made my heart stop! It takes some talent to make death-defying stunts look like they are done accidentally, by a clown.

Charlie loved the horses, of course, and the dogs. And Grandma the clown. See how she wears a red dress and yellow stockings?

Grandma the clown

After the show, we had to stop by the grocery store and the woman in line in front of us was wearing a yellow dress with red stockings.

Charlie said, “Hey, Granny.”

The woman was probably 40.

I don’t think she heard him, thank goodness. But I got my tickle-box turned over anyway.


December 4, 2009

Charlie and Santa

So we did a lot more than just Macy’s Santaland when Kylie and Kathryn came to visit last week, but that was definitely a highlight. (Charlie had to go back the next day–hence the two Santa photos–and see if the Penguin and the Moose, who were there last year, were anywhere to be found. They stayed at the North Pole this year. Charlie said that made him sad and he wanted to go tell Santa Claus about it.)

On the first day, we saw Times Square, Toys R Us, the M&M store, Rockefeller Center, the NBC store, a Japanese bakery where we ordered things we didn’t recognize (but that were delicious) and the Rockettes! Somehow Kylie was unaware that Thanksgiving weekend is the biggest tourist weekend in the city, so she was willing to brave the insane crowds–at least until we all got hungry.

On Saturday, we stayed closer to home. Kylie said our neighborhood looks kind of like Sesame Street, and I have to agree. It’s a great little area, quiet, tree-lined and residential. I’ll take that over Times Square any day! We bounced at Bounce U, ate phenomenal pizza, and saw the winter boardwalk of Coney Island. Then Kylie and I caught a late show of New Moon. (I enjoyed it, but still couldn’t help laughing at the cheesy parts.)

On Monday, we braved the city once again, getting as close as we could while remaining on land to the Statue of Liberty; exploring Macy’s Santaland, including the Miracle on 34th Street puppet show; having tea and scones at Alice’s Tea Cup, after we’d been sprinkled with fairy dust and provided with Wikki Stix.

The girls had an early flight on Tuesday, and we miss them a lot. Luckily, there are only three weeks exactly until we see them again. Thanks for coming up, ladies!

The Gowanus Canal

November 2, 2009

We see the Gowanus Canal every day on our commute into the city. It sparkles out the subway window during the two elevated stops on the F train.

The water looks rather pretty from up high, though surrounded by trucks, debris, and warehouses. Up close, it stinks to high heaven and is filled with goo. Charlie loves to look for it before we hit the tunnel to 7th Ave. (His other two landmarks are the Statue of Liberty and the “gorilla”–a blow-up ad for car sales.)

On Columbus Day, when Charlie and I were flying back from GA, we passed over NJ. Out the window we saw a lovely, glimmering river, surrounded by forest on both sides. (Our two NJ-native friends say this must have been the Delaware River.)

Charlie looked out and said, “The Gowanus Canal!”

More of the movie Getting In…Kindergarten

October 24, 2009

I posted part one of “Getting In…Kindergarten” a while back.

For those who have an interest in seeing more parents confront NYC private school admissions, parts two, three, and four are now available on Youtube.

The emphasis on testing in this film and in the whole school process is especially interesting in light of a book I just read, Nurtureshock by Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman. It seems that IQ is very flexible and can gain or drop 15 points from the age of 4 to the teenage years, and many really smart kids don’t actually have fully developed intelligence until they are 11 or 12, way beyond the time that schools test for that kind of thing.

(Of course that also means that those IQ tests I took in first grade, to get me into the gifted program, are null by now. I could be 15 IQ points less intelligent than I was in kindergarten. Hmm. It does kind of feel that way sometimes.)