1 comment November 5th, 2013
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As Asher will tell you, he is very “instrasted” in dinosaurs these days. He knows the name and characteristics of about 25 dinosaurs and he especially loves fossils. When I asked him what he wanted to be for Halloween he said a chef, and since we already had the chefs jacket I was pretty much ok with that. Then he started talking to me about dinosaurs again and I said maybe you should be something that has to do with dinosaurs?
He said “I know! I’ll be a paleontologist!”
At first he was going to be Dino Dan but before I bought a yellow sweatshirt he changed his mind to “just a regular paleontologist” so I bought him this vest and tools and a cheapo safari hat and done, done, done. They are part of some outdoor adventure dress up clothes situation and he is obsessed with clipping and unclipping all the tools onto the vest and putting his fakey t-rex tooth (daddy’s work trip surprise) and fakey ammonite fossil (daddy’s next work trip surprise) into the pockets.
I knew Rory would be in the carrier or the stroller so I didn’t want to make a fuss. I found a secondhand dinosaur or maybe dragon costume – which is really just a fleece – and here she is, nailing it.
That was pretty much it. Got home from school, ate a quesadilla and we left. Off to Ben’s house because Ben lives on a Halloween block. When we got there some friends were already there so we trick or treated with them, then more friends came and we trick or treated again.
I have to say both sides of an entire city block is just about the perfect amount of trick or treating for a little kid. Most people on the block were dressed up and hanging out in front of their houses and since Ben and our old friend Caroline live there it was nice to see people we knew and all of their neighbors.
We walked around for about an hour then I had to head home with Rory right around the time the parade was about to begin. Everyone was kind of doing their own thing so Asher and Matthew decided to go up to Rainer’s house (approx a 15 block walk) because the parade passes right by and he wanted to watch it with her.
Last year the parade was cancelled because of the hurricane so it was amazing to have it back.
The pics don’t do it justice, its a great parade!
The nice part is its only about an hour long so it’s over by 7:30 and after a hamburger and a bath Asher was in bed by 8:30, not too shabby. I was a little worried that people would ring the bell and wake the kids so Asher drew a jack-o-lantern and Matthew put this on the door.
(shhh, we never actually bought any candy)
My favorite part of the day was probably explaining to Asher what each candy was before he ate it since besides m&ms, raisinettes and maybe the odd reese’s he’s never really had candy before. I told him he could eat as much as he wanted and he was so busy he only ate 4 little things so he’s been enjoying a piece every day. Today he had his first twizzler. He’s cute. I’m pretty sure he forgot about it which is nice because his haul is much better this year.
My other favorite part of the day was passing these folks on their stoop on the way to the parade. They were wearing really weird, spooky exaggerated human like masks just chit chatting away. Asher and Rosie went up to trick or treat and Asher backed away slowly with his candy but Rosie asked what they were supposed to be and they said “We’re just regular people.” I started laughing and Rosie GRILLED them and made them take off their masks to see.
Love that kid.
1 comment November 2nd, 2013
We were so lucky that Matthew only had to work a few days during Christmas break. After being stuck in the house for so long I was eager to get Asher out for some fun so I arranged a playdate with Charlie on a day Matthew wasn’t around. We threw around a few ideas then settled on walking to the Brooklyn Museum.
The walk alone is part of the fun and the 2 boys scooted the whole way there, stopping for a break at the “snack house” which is what Asher calls the gazebo at the top of the park, a place he frequented with Jackie. Asher has been to tons of museums all over the country but they are usually kid centric, this was his first time at an actual art museum and I really didn’t know what to expect.
THEY LOVED IT
We explained the rules when we got there and all the “no touching, no running, no shouting” we repeated was completely worth it. We did the usual thing we do on these kinds of adventures. See some sights, have some snacks, see more sights. They wanted to go to every floor and asked tons of questions.
If I saw something I thought he’d like I would just stop and say something like “hey Asher, what do you see in the picture” or even “How many boats are in the painting” and it made him stop for a second and actually look at it.
The museum is very cool and has a mix of long standing exhibits and some touring pieces.
They really wanted to touch these hands! Every time we went to a new exhibit we would remind them of the rules and AHHH they were just so well behaved for a couple of 3 year old boys. Please don’t underestimate your kids!
Plus the dancing. The dancing!
1 comment February 1st, 2013
One fun side effect from school is Asher’s new found friendship with Charlie who lives across the street. I met Charlie’s mom Sarah when they were babies but Charlie is a few months younger and we never really ended up hanging out. Charlie has been in day care for the past couple of years so we really never saw them very much during the day. They were stop in the street when we bumped into each other kind of friends but not really anything more than that.
At the meet and greet last spring we were like “hey cool, they are in the same class” and since Sarah is on maternity leave for her 2nd kid right now we’ve been walking home from school together every day.
And sometimes to school, and usually to the playground, and occasionally to Charlie’s house and once in a while our house. Asher asks to see Charlie pretty much every day. “Where is Charlie?” “What is Charlie doing?” just constantly. “I want to go to Charlie’s house” I mean you have no idea.
Their teachers have mentioned how well they get along in school and whenever I ask Asher who he played with in the yard he ALWAYS says Charlie. Asher told me he calls him “Charlie Brown” because he has brown hair.
And its so cute when we walk into class and Charlie shouts “ASHER!!” because he is pretty excited to see his friend too.
1 comment November 17th, 2012
Asher was off today for Veterans day so we hooked up with some friends for a walk to the zoo. It was a ridiculous 60 degrees outside so the walk there was a good one.
For the 2 people that might not know, our zoo is inside the park that’s across the street from our house. Its a good 30 minute walk through the park with kids in strollers and longer when they like to walk. I think it took 1hr15min (with stops to explore) to get there and 50 minutes to walk/scoot home. Its a hike but on a nice day its kind of awesome to be able to walk to a zoo. We have a membership and I figured its probably the last time we can use it for a while.
The effects of Sandy are all over the park. 400 trees were damaged and many are still there with caution tape around them. We saw tons of bags of leaves – still green – but the park is mostly functioning again which makes us very happy.
1 comment November 12th, 2012
The wind was getting pretty bad on Sunday but we scootered over to our annual Halloween party with the kids from my moms group. The storm hadn’t started yet and we were already stir crazy so I was really happy to have somewhere to go.
So was Asher
Lots of friends were there but he spent most of the time causing trouble with Eva. They spent 20 minutes at the food table then I found them squashed on this chair hoarding some spooky cookies
Matthew bought the loneliest little pumpkin on Monday before the weather got too terrible and schlepped it up here from 7th avenue. One side was smushed and the other had some kind of moles on it. I dunno, it was not a pretty pumpkin.
He and Asher went to town making a jack-o-lantern.
Halloween was a little weird. Everything was so up in the air but Matthew had to go to work on 34th street. So he went and Asher and I hung at a friends for a while. When it was time to trick or treat he really didn’t want to but around 430 I insisted we take a scooter ride and threw his chef coat in my bad with his halloween bag. We hit the road with Charlie (fireman) and eventually they kinda got into it. I was schlepping his scooter and other stuff so the pictures are really crappy but its all i got!
We ran into Hayden from preschool and they walked 3 blocks holding hands until Hayden went one way and we went with Charlie to have pizza for dinner.
The neighborhood parade was cancelled obviously but there were tons of people on the streets. All in all it was very low key but nice.
2 comments November 3rd, 2012
I’ve been working on dusting off the ol blog this week but its been a week of catch up after so many weeks enveloped in work and travel. Monday I finally finished my work but everything else is so far behind I haven’t even looked through photos from the summer yet.
Asher started full time school which has been amazing but 2:30 comes veeeeeeery quickly when you have work and no other childcare and a husband who gets home at midnight. The good news is that Asher and I are spending lots of time together at the park, playdates and just hanging out.
The bad news is that I can’t seem to accomplish much in the way of housekeeping while he is around.
We head out of town for my brother’s wedding so today is more laundry, packing for everyone, cleaning up the apt and running more last minute errands. All with my little buddy in tow because Matthew is working and my 1 babysitter wasn’t available.
I think I’ll make the most of it.
1 comment September 22nd, 2012
Just about every night after dinner we venture out for a walk around the neighborhood. We never have a destination, we just sort of go where the mood takes us. Asher loves it and tonight as we were finishing up our meal he said “I have a good idea, lets go on a family walk!”
So we did
1 comment June 7th, 2012
Ladies and Gentlemen, we have a Mets fan.
A few months ago friends of ours with older kids in little league asked if we wanted to go with them to the league’s Mets Night. Last Friday night we packed up the car, picked up Ramona and zoomed to Citi Field.
The seats were in the nosebleed section but it was fine. Usually I’m a bit of a ticket snob (years of free broadway house seats will do that to you) but these were cheap and I really didn’t care much about the game.
We found our seats and realized that we were severely under dressed. Asher not so much, he had a tshirt and sweatshirt and the extra shirt I brought for him was a long sleeved t. I was freezing.
We got our dogs and fries and hung out with our friends. We cheered when the Mets did well and hoped and hoped for a home run so we could see the apple pop up.
We had a perfect view of the 7 train and every time we saw it go by Asher cheered just as loud as he did for the Mets.
“Let’s go 7 train! Let’s go 7 train!”
Around the 6th or 7th inning it started to rain on top of the biting wind so we left. It was almost 9pm and although Asher probably could have lasted he was really tired.
In the car on the way home my dad texted me saying
“If you still have your ticket stubs, keep them because the pitcher is throwing a no-hitter…mets have never had a no-hitter.”
Seriously, we just left! We got home in time to see the last few outs, and it was so exciting! I can’t believe we were there and LEFT. Truly.
Since then Asher has asked to play baseball a number of times and he is an excellent pitcher. We’ve been going over the rules and he is starting to get it. While he’s pitching he likes to say “I’m Johan Montana!” He really likes to watch this video where Santana gets smacked in the face with whipped cream over and over again. He also likes to watch David Wright get home runs.
Over the weekend we saw people playing baseball in the park and he said
“Those are NOT my Mets”
2 comments June 6th, 2012