This weekend we did what we do best: ride bikes, eat, play, drink beers. We spent all day outside, both Saturday and Sunday. We leave at 11, and we come home at sundown. And after this long winter, I just can’t get enough of sunshine and being outdoors. I love this combination of being in the city and yet seeking out these gorgeous spots in parks all around us and smelling the trees and the flowers.
Saturday we spent all day in Prospect Park. We rode bikes and had a picnic by a lake. We jumped on rocks and tried to get Arthur not to dive head first into the filthy water. It’s nice to look at, but not so nice up close.
We went to a playground, climbed, and kicked the ball around.
And then the boys slept on the bikes.
After naps we discovered what will be my go-to spot this summer: a new area in Prospect Park called Lakeside. It’s a fantastic water area with fountains and lots of room to run around. It’s perfect for both Arthur and Julian because there is so much space and really nothing to trip over and break a tooth. So that’s nice. Also, there’s beer right there at the cafe. So it was a win/win situation.
Burgers (two8two – best burgers in town) for dinner and ice cream from the ice cream truck on the Promenade. Yay Brooklyn. We love you.
Sunday we checked out a borough we don’t usually venture to: Staten Island. Julian was thrilled to take the Staten Island Ferry.
Once we were there, I quickly remembered something I had forgotten since my last visit to Staten Island. It is quite hilly! So lots of uphill riding. Our legs were a bit shaky. Then a picnic by Silver Lake, which was gorgeous. We kicked the balls around for about 15 minutes, until Jeff tried to impress Julian by kicking a ball into the tree to shake the leaves a bit. Didn’t occur to him that it could get stuck, which of course it did. Julian cried. Until we told him that it was Arthur’s ball that was lost, so that was a little less devastating. Nap time, more riding, and fried chicken for dinner back in Brooklyn.
After a four day weekend last week, this one definitely seemed too short. I mean, since I don’t go to work, technically every day feels like a vacation, but we miss Jeff during the week! Just kidding. Motherhood is no vacation. Except for today, when we returned to the water park and played with our friends. Summer is awesome. My energy level is 10 times what it was this winter. I can’t wait for the boys to wake up from their nap so we can head out again.
Kidding. I can totally wait.