Mother’s Day, 2013

Can we believe how big these kids are?

We had a good day. I got to do my Sunday kickboxing class, and then it was off to Cheeburger! Cheeburger! for lunch. (It is, according to Maddie, my favorite restaurant. I can assure you, it is not.) Then it was just hanging out at home with a nice dinner cooked by Daddy.

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Maddie on Interfaith Harmony

Maddie: My baby is Jewish so she can come to Hanukkah.

Preston: Oh that’s nice. What about Tubby {stuffed hippo} and Catnap {stuffed lion}?

Maddie: Well, Tubby is Jewish so she can come. But Catnap celebrates Christmas.

Preston: You know people who don’t celebrate Hanukkah can still come to a Hanukkah party.

Maddie: Well, Catnap doesn’t like the lights, so he doesn’t want to come.

Notes from the Weekend of Awesomeness

What a great long weekend!

Friday: I had the day “off” because our nanny was off. Despite this I had fun and even got both kids out of the house and to the playground. Then, Auntie Tracy arrived! When she got here Maddie said “Tracy’s home!”

Saturday: Tracy and I packed the kids up and headed to the Shake Shack at Madison Square Park. We met up with Laney and Mike. We also met new Tumblr friends KV and Lacey. After a burger, fries and ice cream we headed over to the playground. Maddie went on the swings, played with chalk and generally ran around like a maniac. We dragged Laney back to Queens for some hang time followed by pizza from Nick’s.

Sunday: Tracy and I took the kiddies to the playground and then got falafel and ate in the park. Maddie and Tracy and I kicked her ball around for a bit.

Monday: Uncle Marnin and Aunt Jennifer are in town and came over for brunch and another trip to the playground.

Great friends, great weather, great fun!

Giving Thanks

I live a pretty charmed life, but this year I have lots more to be thankful for:

A gorgeous daughter.  Seriously, she is so beautiful.  And a great kid, too.

A handsome new son. And no longer being pregnant is a big plus too!

A kick-ass husband.  This guy rocks.  Awesome in the delivery room.  Awesome with a new baby. Cooks an entire Thanksgiving dinner.  He’s the jin-sei knife of husbands: he does it all.

A family that is crazy enough to provide great stories, but not so crazy that prescription drugs are required.

And the other usual stuff … a great career, wonderful friends.

Happy Thanksgiving to all!

Crazy Weekend

1. Aunt Tracy was in town.  Madeline was beyond thrilled.  She started chanting “Tracy, Tracy, Tracy” on Wednesday.

2. Halloween.  We were in Manhattan on Saturday.  There’s nothing like Halloween in New York, and we weren’t even near the parade.  Our building had a party on Sunday, after which we did the herd trick-or-treating through the halls.  Preston got some great pictures of Maddie — check them out.

3. We had no hot water in our apartment.  Started Friday night.  It was intermittent through the building so the super kept insisting that we did, in fact, have hot water but that we just need to “let it run, it might take awhile.”  Twenty minutes of letting the water run and it felt like it was coming out a well.  Awesome.  Tracy and I went over to my gym — where my membership is frozen — and threw ourselves on the mercy of the front desk guy.  He took pity on us and let us shower.  An woman in the locker room said to me “I think it’s so great you are still working out in your condition.”  Um, yeah, exactly.

4. New York City marathon.  We didn’t go, but Tracy went to cheer on our friends Emily and Tom.

5. Clocks changed.  Boy, are we lucky, though.  Maddie is such a champ sleeper she wasn’t even phased by it.  I felt guilty seeing so many friends with toddlers posting on Facebook about early wake ups.  Not my girl — she likes her sleep.

6. Oh, and did I mention I’m 38 weeks pregnant?

Whew!

Funny Farm

We made our annual Labor Day trek to Maryland to visit our friends Rick and Wen-Fei Uva on their farm. (See posts from previous years here and here.)  It was very fun.  You can see all the photos here and here are a few highlights:

Friday: We arrive and the Uva children, Pearl (5) and Isaac (3) are fascinated by my huge belly. Isaac wants to know why I’m having another baby. I answer “I don’t know.” Inquisitive Issac also asked if we have tractors and golf carts (which Rick uses to get around the farm) at our house.

Then Preston makes everyone pasta sauce with fresh tomatoes and basil. The Uvas also cook up some fresh squash. The “farm to fork” concept takes on a whole new meaning when the farm is the backyard. After dinner Preston and Rick head out to check on the irrigation system. I’m glad when Preston comes back without injury.

Saturday: Farm life is demanding and the Uva family needs to head out very early in the morning to sell their goodies at local farmer’s markets. Preston, Maddie and I start our day with breakfast at Jimmy’s Grille where I have grits and Maddie scams extra watermelon from the waitress. Then we head to Ocean City, Maryland. Best part of the day was sitting on the boardwalk eating Thrasher’s French fries. Preston took Maddie on the carousel, but she was having nothing to do with the horse. He ended up sitting on a bench instead. That she seemed to find amusing enough. Saturday night was a delicious dinner of Maryland crabs back at the Uvas.

Sunday: Beach day! We went to a nice beach in Delaware that is on the bay side, so the surf is gentle and there are lots of sandbars for the kids to play on. We quickly learn that Maddie will not touch sand. At all. She loves the water, and if we hold her in the water and let her splash it in such a way that she does not have to touch sand she is happy. Harder to do than it sounds. Maddie had a great time and really loved playing with Pearl and Isaac. She takes to shrieking “Kids! Kids! Kids!” over and over whenever they do something she finds amusing.

Monday: Headed home, loaded down with basil, watermelon, squash and more.

Maddie the monkey

Maddie was a monkey for Halloween. She was non-plussed about all this Halloween stuff. She knows not of candy.

Where we live the tradition is a Halloween party where the kids get sugar super-charged and then go up and down the halls mob-like for candy. 

Maddie didn’t make it. She likes her 7 p.m. diaper change, teeth cleaning, bottle routine. She was fast asleep by the time the hoard reached us.

Great photos from Halloween are here. There are other photos also on Google.