Friday, November 21, 2014

so happy

It was the final day of Fynn's gymnastics class today, so I went up to his school and watched for a few minutes.  He had such a grin on his face as he went though his stations.  What a kid!

In other happenings, Vic took the kids in for their flu shot (I got mine at work a couple of weeks ago) and they all did just fine.  Touch wood, we all stay healthy this winter.



Wednesday, November 12, 2014

scrapbooking

I used to scrapbook so much.  Literally every single day.  I had photos, I journalled, I did my own designs for page layouts and I posted them diligently on 2Peas (which is now defunct, sadly).  Something changed so quickly when Fynn was born.  Logically and naturally, I had less time.  I have tried to pick it up since he was born.  I did a number of layouts of him as a baby and then it petered out again when I went back to work after my maternity leave.  As the kids got older, I maintained at least a couple of pages a year for each of them.  Lately I have looked for ways to keep it as simple as possible but to still maintain some semblance of this hobby in my life.  I bought a kit online recently with a school theme.  I plan to do the kids' school photos.  I have ordered the photos and have the paper - the paper even has suggested layouts on line, so I should be good to go.

Wish me luck.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Vancouver Getaway 2014

Vic and I look forward to a getaway each fall around the November 11 holiday.  Usually the kids have a school Pro D day, so that often makes for a long weekend.

We took advantage of it and visited Vancouver to do a bit of Christmas shopping, visit his mom and take in a few sights.

The highlights:
- the play St. Joan at the Stanley (Joan of Arc)
- The Forbidden City exhibit at the VAG
- some really good food (Banana Leaf!)

Sunday, November 02, 2014

Halloween 2014

Halloween came and went around here.

The highlights:

- our little pumpkin holder that was in the figure of a mummy.  The pumpkin sat on the top and it made the "head."  Pretty cute.

- Fynn's minion costume was also darn cute, but he refused to wear all the accessories (the goggles really make the costume).

- Sophie's tulle tutu was pretty but refused to stick out like a pancake.  She still look lovely.

- Only about 12 kids this year.  Pretty quiet.

- Fynn went to a Silverbacks hockey game with his friend Luke after he did a bit of trick or treating.  You can tell your kids are getting older when they start being open to other things than just eating candy (although he did a fair bit of that too).



Thursday, October 23, 2014

Last day in NYC

We grabbed breakfast at the Manhatten CafĂ© which was just a couple of doors down from our hotel. Loved the options for food at this place...fresh, lots of variety and you pay based on the weight of the items. 

We headed to Grand Central Terminal for an excellent tour from this Society. I can't say enough good things about our tour guide.  She was knowledgeable, thorough and passionate about telling us many interesting things about Grand Central.  Thank you Judith.

After that we did a bit more shopping and took it easy then headed over to the Intrepid for our final stop.  It was huge (obviously) and really interesting. 

We had dinner and then wandered to Times Square for one last time and stopped at Magnolia Bakery.  Cupcakes and banana pudding - can't beat that.

The next morning we grabbed a cab to the airport and had a smooth trip back home.  Sophie would love to go back, and I'd be happy to take her :)

Sunday, October 19, 2014

FAO Schwarz, the Met, Museum Natural History

Today was such a full day.  We likely pushed it a bit, but the kids made it.  We are walking an incredible number of steps - some days we are hitting 20,000!  We did a tour of FAO Schwarz this morning before the doors open to the public.  Really fun being led around the store by a Toy Soldier.  Playing on the big piano, seeing all the Lego, Muppets workshop, and the candy spree were very memorable!  We then headed over to the Met and had a tour with Museum Hack.  We learned a few behind the scenes facts about some of the art pieces, with the highlight likely the Egyptian wing.  The mummy collection is amazing.  Our guide Lia tried hard to keep the kids' engaged. 

We had a hot dog on the Met's step and took it easy for a little while. Nice and sunny, so no complaints (how can we complain anyways...we are in New York!). We then cut across Central Park, showed the kids Bethesda Fountain where they happened to be filming "Manhatten Love Story" which is apparently a show on network TV.  Sophie loved being close to the action :)  Then we headed over to the Museum of Natural History.  We were all pretty tired, so probably didn't spend as much time there as we would have if we had done it first thing in the morning. 

Back to the hotel for a rest...and then dinner at a pizzeria in Times Square.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

NYC

We travelled back to NYC from Boston on Amtrak and got a glimpse of Rhode Island, Mystic and the the Bronx (as we came into NYC).  Once we arrived we checked into our hotel after a lengthy taxi line up for a cab at Penn Station.  We quickly checked in and then headed down to the Lower East Side where we went to the Tenement Museum. where we went on the Victoria Confino tour.  Really well done with an actress who played Victoria and invited us into her apartment. 

After the tour we walked a couple of blocks over and had lunch at Katz's Deli.  Katz's was crazy busy but we managed to get a table and had table service (versus the counter service that was lined up)..  Vic had a reuben that was delicious and I had latkes.  Fynn of course had a hot dog.  My memory is now fuzzy on what Sophie had.

We then made our way back to the hotel and after a break headed to Times Square and wandered around.  A busy, tiring and fun day.