A Perfect Day

Yesterday was just that. A perfect day.

In the morning we bummed around at home, meaning Arthur had speech, I did five loads of laundry (at the laundromat across the street), scrubbed the tub, changed the sheets. Glamorous.

Then, after lunch, we were Coney Island bound. We started our day with ice cream and a cold brew on the boardwalk.

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Then the boys and I spent the afternoon at the beach. We dug in the sand and splashed in the waves. The water is now bathwater warm. Julian read his new prized possession, the latest Narwhal book.

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Then I became sleepy and thought, “What are the odds these kids would nap now?” And I just said, “Boys, let’s just cuddle for a minute.” And boom! It was divine. A nap by the ocean has always been my favorite.

 

Then we bummed around on the boardwalk with a big order of funnel cake, waiting for Papa to arrive. Also, the boys got to pick out new t-shirts. Once Jeff got there, we had dinner.

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Here they are, in front of Nathan’s, with Nathan’s both in and on their bellies.

Next up, Go Karts. Totally my favorite.

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Also, look at this face. The boys were pumped!

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Then we hit more rides.

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At 9:30pm it was time for fireworks. I think this was Arthur’s first time seeing fireworks (other than one time when he was a baby), and he was pretty impressed.

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It was the perfect end to a perfect day.

What made this day even sweeter was watching my boys together. They are just each other’s best. So many times when I looked over at them, I saw random moments of kindness. Arthur would put his arm around Julian’s shoulders while they waited for me on the boardwalk. Julian always made sure Arthur was buckled into all the rides and helped him get in and out. The way they always look out for each other is second nature, and it makes me so happy.

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Weekend Kick-Off

We have some fun things planned for the weekend, but we wanted to kick it off at our favorite place. We hadn’t been in a few weeks, and I’ve missed our lazy hours of lounging around, drinking beer, and watching the kids play. So Jeff left work a bit early, and we headed to Brooklyn Crab.

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We played corn hole, the kids played in the sand, and we played our new favorite game Spot It. Arthur hadn’t slept well was very tired and a little mopey. That’s the downside of no more naps for him, but he just won’t go to bed otherwise. Anyway, he hung in there.

So happy to spend some time with this guy in our fashionable lobster bibs! Crabs for him, lobster for me.

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Julian, who’s been known to cry at the sight of a lobster, is now a lover of all seafood. We shared shrimp, crab, and lobster. And he worked for his food, too.IMG_8148

After dinner we rode our bikes around the waterfront.

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It’s so lovely down there. Jeff and I always say that we’d be happy to live in Red Hook one day – well, if it wasn’t for the fact that we love our neighborhood so much and also for the lack of public transportation in Red Hook.

We followed the tunes of the ice cream truck and got these:

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Then we watched the fishermen at dusk on the pier, and Jeff snapped some photos. These boys!

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Our Visit to the Natural History Museum

Today I decided to take the boys on an adventure day. A while ago I applied for the IDNYC, card, and I’ve been getting myself some free memberships to some of the museums we go to the most – it’s so great. Especially because I don’t have to feel guilty if we don’t stay long or don’t see everything.

Today we went to the Natural History Museum. We didn’t bring a stroller (I think we might get rid of it soon – how liberating!), checked our coats, and got our new membership card. It was so easy.

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We spent a lot of time checking out all the sea creatures. Except the big squids which are apparently super scary. Mostly we tried to find every animal that is represented in the Go Fish game we play every day. Of course the giant whale is a favorite. Arthur danced underneath it.

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We also looked at the dinosaur bones which are deemed mostly cool; only some are slightly scary , e.g. prehistoric shark. Julian closes his eyes and I have to lead him past it holding his hand. I’ve been doing this for years. But today, when I told him we were right underneath it, he totally opened his eyes and looked up – and probably realized it isn’t so scary after all.

The new dinosaur was cool! He is so big that his head doesn’t fit in the room.

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After dinos, we went to the space section. The boys loved the animals, and we spent the most time there, but the space stuff is just so cool and really blows their minds. Arthur knows all the planets! And Julian of course knows more about planets and space than I do.

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We had lunch at the museum and then headed home. The weather was lovely today, but still so cold.

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Both boys passed out on the train.

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When we got off the train, I took the boys out for giant pieces of red velvet cake and coffee for mama. It was delightful.

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I love days like these with my boys. It’s easy (and necessary) to get stuck in our daily routines with school and speech therapy, but adventures like these are the  best. I need to do it more often.

Exploring our (not so personal) backyard

Friday has been our day to venture out, so I was excited to explore Prospect Park today with the boys on our bike. The colors are so beautiful this time of year; I just can’t get enough.

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We wandered around the paths of the Ravine and explored. We saw chipmunks and squirrels and bugs. Also: a waterfall. Arthur was obsessed with the possibility of running into a fox, so he was really tense for most of our walk.

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We collected leaves, pinecones, gumballs, and sticks. The boys jumped and poked things with their sticks and climbed on everything.

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Then we rode over to a “nature playground” in the Park and stayed a while.

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We ate almond butter and banana sandwiches in the sun and explored some more. There were little tree houses to hide in a stumps to climb on.

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For no reason at all, we hadn’t been to this playground all summer. And now, in the fall, it’s just perfect. I love Prospect Park so much. I love that we’re a quick bike ride away from all of this; it was so wonderful to let the sun shine on my face today while I sat on a giant tree stump and my boys played all around me. It was so relaxing that I almost fell asleep.