This weekend was a hot one in the city. So far we’ve had a very mild summer, but this weekend we finally had some higher temps and abundant sunshine. So naturally, we went to our favorite place on earth: Coney Island.
The boys were stoked to take the subway for a change, rather than the bikes.
Jeff’s parents drove up from Delaware and met us on the boardwalk. We ate Nathan’s…
Then we walked around and went on rides.
Ice cream was next.
Once we got home, we met up with Uncle Brian. The kids adore him times a million.
Because we hadn’t eaten enough, we went out for some BBQ. After that everyone was sufficiently stuffed and tired.
Today we rode our bikes into Manhattan. We took the boys to Hamilton Fish Park Pool on the Lower East Side. After the drama at Red Hook Pool last week, we were cautiously optimistic. At Red Hook, the boys deemed the water, and hence the entire experience, too cold and simply unacceptable. Today, however, was a good, hot day, and the water was lovely. The boys loved every minute of it. I got even more excited for the rest of our summer.
The pool is great, and huge. It has a very large area that is awesome for kids because the water is only 3 feet deep. Julian can stand in it. But it’s deep enough that parents aren’t freezing or wondering if they are standing in a puddle of chlorine flavored pee. So anyway, it was really fun.
Afterwards we rode our bikes to Washington Square Park, where some of us did this:
I swear, we are either raising some really easy-going, flexible kids – or homeless people. I just don’t know.
While Arthur napped, the rest of us ate sandwiches and drank lemonade.
Then we hit a playground. Julian thought he was hot stuff and discovered he could do this:
Afterwards we let the boys splash around in the fountain. Which I think has clean-ish water? Either way, they loved it. Until Julian said, “Mama, look! A nut!” And he started picking out walnuts out of the water and from the side of the fountain. Walnuts are the most dangerous nuts for Arthur. I threw them aside and wiped him off, as he had touched them, too. My heart started beating a little bit fast, but our guy was fine.
We had beers and ice cream near the Hudson next and then headed home. It was a lovely, sunny day.