Archive for category weekend fun

Rocking out in between the tantrums

It’s kind of crazy how Christmas completely snuck up on me this year.  I’m sure I’m not alone in saying this, but this year, I’m so not ready.

No, really, I just put away our light-up pumpkins yesterday.  Per usual, I’m always on the ball.

You’d think with the lack of blogging and no updates over here, I’d get some of that stuff accomplished!

So, what HAVE I been doing?  Let’s see…besides negotiating my sanity while prying a sometimes-tempermental two-year old off of the ground and catching Evil Kneivel before he leaps off of the couch HEAD FIRST, I haven’t been doing much.

Who has the time or energy to do anything after all of that?

Certainly not me.

So, there you have it.  I’ve been in a slump.  Now that we’re knee-deep with being Two, things have been tricky.

I know I’m not the first or last to endure the “Terrible Twos,” but it’s tough.  (By the way, I freaking hate the term as much as the phase itself.)

Thank goodness the good moments outnumber all the temper tantrums and mischief.  It’s really not ALL that bad, but Mondays are so much more difficult, especially since we’re still reeling from being spoiled after being in Va. for two weeks. (Thank you, Lola!!)  After being together non-stop all weekend and then going back to just the two of us, Jack acts out at times, perhaps because he misses his dad.

In reality, things COULD be worse, but man, I’m exhausted both physically and mentally.  Two is kicking my ass.

Thank goodness for quiet time with ice cream and my computer.

*little rocker wanna be

When he isn’t busy driving me to the crazy house, Jack is so much fun.  As usual, we spend our days singing, dancing and playing music.  Remember how I mentioned he was spoiled while in Va?  Well, Uncle John caved into Jack’s current obsession with guitars and gave him his Christmas present early.  Since John works in the warehouse at Guitar Center, he took advantage of his discount and got Jack a real guitar, the Laguna Little Brat.

So, yes, when we watch our shows now, we’ve added his acoustic guitar accompaniment.  It’s hysterical!

I know he’s only two, but this kid really has a penchant for music.  Yeah, he loves trains and cars, but nothing quite compares to music.  Of all of his toys, his keyboard, bongos and guitar get the most wear and tear.  As we’re learning our alphabets and numbers, I’m compelled to start teaching him music theory, too.  (So I say…)

It was funny, over Thanksgiving, a few relatives came over to mom’s house and noticed Jack rocking out on one of his guitars there. My mom was explaining Jack’s love for music, and how she remembered him dancing crazily to Tchaikovsky‘s Waltz of the Flowers on HBO’s Classical Baby before he could even crawl.  Mom went on to tell our relatives that she thinks Jack’s love for music has grown even more after attending various live shows.

I’m so excited to see his love for music flourish.  I have a lot of friends that are all into putting their kids into sports as soon as they can, but me, I’ll take the kid to as many kiddie rock shows as I possibly can.

I guess this is when I start brushing up on my piano playing and You Tube a few guitar tutorials for myself?

Of course, as soon as we grow out of the uncontrollable tantrums, provided I don’t go crazy before then :)

Tags: , , ,

1 Comment

Ooooh Scarrrry!

“Oooh scarrrry, mama!” and “punkins!” were just some of the fun phrases and words Jack loved to yell as we walked down the Halloween-decorated streets of Hoboken. Almost every brownstone on every block had a “punkin” or ghost or scary creature, perhaps influenced by the enthusiastic kids that live there.
IMG_2473IMG_2471

We, of course, don’t own our building so we don’t decorate the outside. But I tell ya, we’ve enjoyed the Halloween fun all around us. This past Saturday was no exception!

I was so excited that Halloween fell on a Saturday this year, particularly because I knew Jeff would be able to participate in all the festivities. On a normal day, he doesn’t get home until 8, or thereafter. So, a full day of parades, costumes and trick or treating was a perfect way to enjoy Halloween.

IMG_2401

At only 2 years old, our kid has not only begun flaunting his hysterical little (or should I say very big) personality! But beyond that, he has become so opinionated as well. He has has favorite shows, toys and books, but only a few of which that I can totally endorse. Most shows are annoying to me, given he loves the music/dancing aspects the best. But Yo Gabba Gabba, hands down, is a show that the 3 of us have grown to love.

IMG_2450

We bought the soundtrack last spring from iTunes and practically have it on repeat for all of our drives to Va.–it’s that awesome. No, really, it is. The Roots, Ting Tings and Biz Markie have a new found appreciation from me.

It was no question really what Jack was going to be for Halloween. When we first got some catalogs that had costumes, I let him flip through them. He’d name the animals, but just didn’t seem interest. But when I found some YGG costumes online, it was love…

And so, our boy was Plex the Magic Robot from YGG for Halloween. As much as I would’ve loved to make his costume myself, a homemade costume of a robot is a bit too complex for a toddler. I’m sooo glad we opted to buy his costume. It’s been such a hit!

Since Halloween fell on Saturday, I wanted to do a little something for Jeff and me. People go ALL OUT around here, but knowing how much Jeff hates Halloween, I knew I could only coerce him to do so much. So, I made some sweatshirts to look like other characters from YGG. I was Foofa, the pink blob or whatever she is and Jeff was Muno, the one-eyed monster.

We all suited up on Saturday morning and hit the streets to line up for the parade. It’s always so much fun to see the whole town—parents, grandparents, kids—to get so excited about costumes and dressing up. We saw so many fun costumes, including a few DJ Lances, more Foofas and a Plex or two.
IMG_2351
IMG_2394

Jack rode in his tricycle and loved laughing and giggling at all the cool kiddie costumes we saw along the way. He absolutely loved seeing the dogs dressed up in costumes as well. Oh, it was just so much fun! I personally think all towns should have Halloween parades!
IMG_2422

The parade ended at the baseball field where there was a costume contest. Jack had no interest in the costume contest (which was so out of our league) but he did feel the need to run across the field that was blocked off. Oy!

We didn’t stay for the costume contest and so, we went to Washington St. (the main drag) to trick or treat at all the store fronts with all the other kids. Wow! It was the most crowded I’ve seen in a long time. I’m assuming people from neighboring towns came down to enjoy the festivities as well. We hit a few blocks of stores and then decided it was nappy nap time and headed home.

Once we were all refreshed from our naps, it was time for round 2! After the sun went down, we hit a few neighboring streets of private brownstone homes (read: the awesome houses). These streets, just a few blocks away from us, go all out and hand out candy to all the kids. It’s always fun to see the older couples and young professionals hand out candy, and to interact with our neighbors in general.

IMG_2482
I was most surprised when a few houses handed out whole candy bars to the kids. Full size Nestle bars…to hundreds of kids! It’s all in good fun, but I was so amazed! Jack did a wonderful job and held his bag himself, and even said “Treeeeaat!” a few times. Guess he couldn’t be bothered with the “Trick” part.

IMG_2486

He loved going house to house, admiring all the pumpkins and scarrrrry decorations. Though, if there was a scary person all dressed up, oh no, all bets were off. He was brave for the most part and would laugh after he realized the costumes were fake, but that was after daddy would have to pick him up :) We came to one house that had a scary cat and strobe light that he wanted nothing to do with…but it was the house that had a man dressed up as Batman that did it in for him.

It was such a fun day and a perfect age for us to enjoy. I’m so going to miss the fun traditions we’ve made here, but truly hope that whatever town we move to exceeds our fun standards. Actually, our fun standard should be the deciding factor! It would only make sense.

I’m so looking forward to the next holiday’s “punkins” and “ooh scarrrry, mama!” But for now, I’m totally enjoying Jack dressing up in his Plex costume every day…what a great investment!

Tags: , , , ,

1 Comment

Citi Field and one last summer weekend

And just like that, summer is officially over.  How did that happen so quickly?  Just before the summer’s warmth slipped by, Jeff, Jack and I had the chance to savor the last weekend of my favorite season, NYC-style.

IMG_0296

Baseball, as I’m sure you know, is such a big part of our summer.  With the Mets games streaming nonstop on our tv from April to September, it’s no big secret that we’re big fans.  Last year, we said goodbye to Shea, and even though this was a less than desirable season (again), we made our inaugural trip to Citi Field on this brisk, but sunny Saturday.

I should note that due to Jeff’s influence, we sort of boycotted going to Citi Field for most of the season—because we’re huge fans of baseball, and well, because of obvious reasons.  I personally think it should be called the People’s Stadium and that all seats should be MUCH more affordable…  But, anyway, per usual, while everyone is getting all excited for fall and football, we’re still doting on our boys of summer.  I loved spending the last weekend of summer with my favorite guys, watching our favorite team, in perhaps the best city in the world!

IMG_0347

As usual, we pulled out our best Mets gear and headed to the sparkly new stadium in Queens.  But unlike past trips, we enjoyed the luxury of pre-paid parking, so we drove there this weekend!  Once we arrived, naturally, we were in awe of Citi Field’s novelty.  For as long as Jeff’s been a fan, the Mets’ home has always been Shea.  So, to drive down the Grand Central and approach a brand new brick ballfield with a totally different name was almost surprising.  After we finally found our cushy parking spot just a few feet from the main entrance, the boys practically sprinted their way into the ballpark.  (You know the Mets are struggling if tickets and parking are easy to come by!!)

IMG_0363IMG_0357IMG_0352IMG_0302IMG_0327IMG_0319Our seats, which overlooked right field on the Field level, were pretty awesome. On Field Level of Citi Field, there’s a big concession area right behind centerfield, which was close to where we were sitting.  As soon as we got there, Jack and I wandered around, checked out Fan Fest and I even grabbed some gourmet tacos.  True story: I heard from some moms at our playground that the tacos were a must-have (seriously!) and dude, were they ever!  But from the tempting but never-ending lines at The Shake Shack and Blue Smoke, to my delicious taco combo from Taxiquera, as Jeff said best, the glorious new stadium resembled a mall with a food court.

Is it possible that beat up ol’ Shea Stadium with its history and character is much better than this multi-million dollar spectacle?

I thought the new stadium was beautiful and cool, especially the Jacki Robinson Rotunda—who wouldn’t want to be greeted with that kind of beauty!  However, the newness and novelty of the entire stadium overall, seemed unbalanced with its “every man/blue collar fanbase,” not to mention, another lackluster season.   In addition to exploring the new stadium, the Mets ended up winning against the Nationals.  It was a very fast-moving game, which apparently had a lot to do with both teams sucking.  I confirmed this observation from mr. baseball stats, himself  :)

IMG_0336

Being able to bring Jack to his second big league game is something we’re quite grateful we’re able to do.  At not even 2 years old, I swear, our kid has seen and done more cool activities than some people I know.  Ok, so he might not have sat still for all 9 innings.  In fact, because of Jack’s curiosity and inability to sit still, I got to see so much of the stadium, especially around the Field Level attractions.  I love the way Jack dance-walked around the ball park’s “little city,” with his oversized hat and Mets jersey, even stopping to chase and giggle with some big kids.

By the way, if it were any other circumstance—such as if they had a winning record, or if we had a bigger family or if we bought these tickets ourselves—we certainly wouldn’t have been able to afford a day out at Citi Field!  It’s so much fun, but certainly not cheap!  It’s kind of sad that a small family has to go into debt just to attend a baseball game these days…

As my diehard Mets fan hubs often says, “that’s the life of a Mets fan.”

(Usually not in that context, but it definitely applies!)

IMG_0308

And as for the hopes of a winning season, as everyone else continues to say, there’s always next year.

Tags: , , ,

No Comments

Float on

Our house is in complete disarray: summer clothes are piled on top of one another, flip flops stacked in the corner and all the sunblock is bagged up.

Nope, we’re not putting our summer gear away just yet.  Actually, while everyone is busy buying sweaters and boots for the new school year, we’re packing up for our summer vacation.  And people, we can’t wait!!!!  It’s been a long and super busy summer!

In addition to orchestrating the shopping and packing for the three of us, I’ve been working on scheduled posts for NKT on top of doing some Matron of Honor tasks for my cousin, Kris’ wedding—the main reason we’re all trekking to Hawaii again!  Oh, but that’s not all, during our super busy week of vacation, I have quite a few family-friendly Hawaii story ideas that I plan to compose.  That’s right, in the midst of all the wedding fun and family craziness, I’ll try to drag Jeff, Jack and any other family member along to check out the latest restaurants and sites in Oahu, all in the name of my writing pursuits.  Tough life, I know.

So, we’ll see what we’ll have time for, because, y’know, the main objective is celebrating my cousin’s wedding and then of course, reeeelaxing!

With plenty of beach time and pool time in mind, we got him a floatsuit, which is very similar to what his cousins had when they were little.  Not only are we excited, but so is our water-loving buddy! haha.

Jack's floatsuit

Tags: , , ,

No Comments

Back home and daydreaming

So, I’m back!  Actually, I’ve been back since Saturday, but I’ve been busy trying to organize my thoughts, catch up on emails and shake this exhaustion.  My time at BlogHer was great, but my experience deserves a slew of posts of their own.

IMG_3103Since I’ve been back, the boys and I have been busy trying to get back into the swing of things.  While I was away, I heard Jeff and Jack had a great time bonding together.  They got along famously without me—no surprise about that.  But on the second day that I was gone, Jeff said that after we spoke on the phone, Jack got upset.  As in, he threw a tantrum and then was sort of blah the rest of the day.  It was as if the first day without me was a novelty, and then the second day was like, “um, mommy’s gone and this sucks.”  As much as I loved the idea of the two of them growing even more inseparable in my absence, I thought, for sure, Jack would forget me when I got back.  So glad that wasn’t the case.

While I was in Chicago, I missed the start of our church’s annual feast.  I know I keep saying things like this, but since this is probably our last summer here as Hoboken residents, attending the St. Ann’s Feast was so crucial for me.  I missed the first few days, including our favorite NJ shore band.  But alas, Jeff and Jack went to the free Friday night concert, and well, danced their butts off.  So, while I sipped my vodka cocktails, my boy danced his little butt off to The Nerds.  I loved that I was able to witness the hilarity via cellphone.

As sad as I was to leave the conference a day early (since I only had tickets for one day,) I was truly ready to come home.  The boys met me at the airport with their arms (and the little one’s mouth) wide open.  What a homecoming!  I know it was only 2 days, but I’m so glad I don’t have to travel solo that much anymore.

Jack and Jeff at St. Ann's

The guys and I had dinner at the feast, i.e., we had street meat and listened to some fun tunes.  Once again, Jack had a blast dancing and putting on a show for anyone who would watch.  This one, he loves an audience and performing—not sure where he got that from (Jeff).

On a somewhat related note, you know how we always say our town is a bit crooked? Funny how it’s all over the news now, what with our ridiculous mayor, by the way who wasn’t even in office an entire month, getting arrested for an FBI sting. But I love how our priest makes a “cameo” in the Times. It kind of sucks that the place we’ve been calling home for our entire married life, is tainted by more negativity. And to think, we’ve worked so hard just to be able to pay our taxes and be able to afford to live here, while we have elected officials pocketing bribe money and contributing to the laundry list of corruption…awesome, no?

As if we didn’t already have our minds made up, now, it’s really time to get out.

**

IMG_3115Considering we haven’t hung out with anyone for months, Sunday was a much needed excursion to see our friends at a BBQ.  In between chasing and wrangling the Energizer toddler, I had fun catching up with friends and enjoying the glorious food. YUM and thanks J & M! You guys are the best host and hostess!  And like we always do after visiting these friends, we’re daydreaming more than ever.  But this time, some plans are in motion.  Well, sort of.  If you know what that means, you know why we’re excited, but still not getting our hopes up.  Lots more change upon the horizon…

Anyway, it’s good to be back.  Now, it’s time to focus on the Hawaii trip and the events surrounding it!  It’s never a dull moment around here.

Tags: , , ,

No Comments

Amazing

On Friday night, in a mad dash to prepare for a much-needed outing with friends, my goal was to tackle the bedtime shuffle and then focus on the other stuff, i.e., getting myself dressed, picking up a little, doing some dishes and some cleaning.

As luck would have it, the kid protested bedtime. For 35 minutes.

Of course he did.

And so, I needed help.

“What can I do?” Jeff asked.

Pointing to the parade of plastic cars, random bowls and chewed-up board books I begged, “Can you help me pick up all these toys?”

“Oh, and would you mind cleaning the toilet super-quick, too?”

Clean toilets are a must—even for the babysitter.

After I tidied up the kitchen, it was finally time to dress myself. Only 20 minutes to spare.

On my hands and knees, searching for that brown flip flop that Jack hid, I heard, “Tchhhhhhhhhhh. Tcchhhhhhhhhh. TCCCCCCCCHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH.”

And then I smelled exactly what I heard: Lysol Crisp Linen.

And then I tasted it.

YUCK!

In our tiny closet-sized bathroom, Jeff commandeered a mushroom cloud of Lysol to tackle the task at hand. Because three small sprays just was not enough.
Oh, yes he did.

Ostensibly, I was grateful for his help (I always am!!) As usual, there’s a but…

“BUT, that’s not how I usually do it,” I told him.

I showed him the Seventh Generation bathroom spray right next to the Lysol.

“I just spray things down with this, but no biggie. It’s cool.”

*hack* I gagged and coughed for good measure. My God, it stunk.

“Oh, yeah, I guess I did go a little overboard,” he admitted.

Unable to wait for the cloud to clear, I held my breath and excused myself to use the newly Super-Sanitized toilet.

YUCK. *hack* YUCK

I opened the door, scowled and quietly confessed, “You see, the problem with using that much Lysol is that my ass now smells like Crisp Linen.”

And without hesitation he explains, “If it’s any consolation, I think it’s extremely sexy.

hahaha.

He laughed at me, I laughed at him. We laughed at each other.

We have our moments that stink, but this wasn’t one of them. haha!

This, my friends, is the father of my child. He lifts me up daily, makes sure we’re on the straight and narrow, keeps me sane and yes, he makes me laugh endlessly. Lysol-ass included.

The way our little boy looks at him with such admiration and intrigue, it gets me every time. To hear the two of them laugh and giggle like they’re the best of friends is an instant anti-depressant. Oh, and the family days…I just can’t get enough. Everything in life comes so easily to him, and fatherhood suits him just as well.

There isn’t much more to add to my many diatribes about how wonderful he is, but to sum it up, yeah, he kicks ass.

Undoubtedly.

IMG_0612

Happy Father’s Day, babe. You rock!

**

To my incredible dad, thank you for all you do! You continue to inspire me daily.

Tags: , , ,

No Comments

Another week gone, but hurray for the weekend!

What I expected to be a rather laid-back week, turned into another hectic and waterlogged few days.  The boy has had a couple of “off” days, which I’m going to go ahead and attribute to his 2nd year molars coming in and the whole terrible twos transition.  Day-to-day, it’s hard to function on not much sleep, but add many more temper tantrums, some media events and appointments into the mix, I felt like I was teetering on having a breakdown yesterday.  This juggle thing sure doesn’t get any easier…

Instead of moaning more, how about I share some fun events from LAST weekend.  I’ll do a picture recap since, well, my head can only handle so much today :)

Perhaps you’ve heard, but one of the busiest touristy spots in NYC was recently transitioned into a pedestrian walkway—and we love it!  We don’t go to Times Square much, but when we do, it’s utter chaos with the foot and vehicle traffic.  But seeing all the cheapy lawn chairs with all the tourists hunkered down taking it all in, was a nice change of pace.  The views from those seats, when you take a moment to sit and enjoy, is surely much more enjoyable when you don’t have to dodge mystery puddles and the chaotic traffic.
Pedestrian walkway in Times Square

Jack and I like to pretend to be tourists too:
we're such tourists

We were in Times Square to meet the Super Why! characters. Ever since we went behind the scenes at PBS, Jack has fallen in love with these characters. We had to go meet them while they were visiting Toys R Us in Times Square!
Jack with Super Why characters

And you know, because we can’t go through an entire day without a meltdown lately, of course, Jack pitched a fit because he wasn’t allowed to dance exclusively with the characters. He just could not understand that the characters couldn’t dance with him since other kids wanted to take pictures with them. Oh man.
IMG_1766IMG_1776
IMG_1725
But a few new toys got his mind off of things! The Super Why! characters were in TRU to promote the launch of their new line of fun toys.
IMG_1731IMG_1728

Of course, it was a hit!
IMG_1736
IMG_1732

Our summer fun in the City wouldn’t have been complete without a delicious lunch! As our annual tradition, we hit the Big Apple BBQ Block Party in Madison Square Park. This year was as crowded as ever, plus, it rained a bit. It was definitely hard to fully enjoy things while pushing the stroller through a soggy crowd, but we managed. We got our sandwiches, checked out the many booths and made a dash for it to beat the heavy rain.
IMG_1841IMG_1835IMG_1815IMG_1838IMG_1837IMG_1817

And just like that, another week is done. We’re looking forward to another fun weekend, this time with a night at the bar with our friends, some cousin fun for Madeline’s birthday, and yes, Father’s Day fun, too! Let’s hope we don’t get too soaked with all this rain they’re calling for this weekend! Happy weekend everyone! And Happy Father’s Day to our dads/grandpa and lolo!

No Comments

You spin me right ’round baby, right ’round!

Oh, the weekend.  How do you always happen so quickly?

The weekend was lovely; it was spent doing City things, meeting costumed characters and enjoying delicious BBQ!  Yum.

I took so many pictures (surprise!) so it’s taking forever to upload.  But once they’re up, I’ll be sure to share.  That’ll be the next post!

Because I feel like I’m constantly spinning with no stopping in sight, may I entice you with this video?  Have I mentioned that someone has taken a liking to spinning?

I love when he starts to get dizzy and giggles.  It’s like, THIS IS FUN, this spinning, let me do it until I fall, mom!  It probably says somewhere in the mom handbook that I’m supposed to reprimand for something like this, but whatevs.

You spin me right ’round indeed.

oh and for serious, can this rain end already? Although, in addition to his love for rainboots, Jack has discovered the awesomeness that is the umbrella. But ya know, when he’s as serious and cute as this, eh, I don’t mind so much.
singing in the rain

No Comments

Water sprinkler love

Not too long ago, a family member asked me, “So, how’s it going with the whole space thing?”

As in, are we tripping over each other and pulling our hair out because we have no room to move.

Well, yeah, sometimes, but whatever.  We’re living within our means, remember?

So, per usual, I shrugged my shoulders and this time answered, “Going ok.  How bad can things get when on the weekdays it’s basically just the boy and me and on the weekends, we’re never home.”

Never.

And I love it.

Jeff, however, could do without all the errand-running, festivals and City trips.  He’s such a trooper, though.

With another “free” weekend on our hands, we took advantage of the sunshine and caught up on the family time with, what else?

Summer activities.  Ok, city summer activities, but fun nonetheless.

The weekend went a little like this: brunch at one of our favorite spots overlooking the Hudson, quality time at the playground, a little summer shopping, more park fun…but it wouldn’t be a fun summer weekend without a street festival!

OLG Funfest
street meatbeer!zeppoles

Street meat, games, inflatable slides, and because we live in Sinatra’s hometown, yes, there was plenty of Sinatra, too.  Everything was going well—until Jack set his eyes on the sprinklers.

While in line for the pony ride, it was like a record scratching and then, everything went silent.

errrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrgh———-

He spotted it.

WATER!!!

I tried to ration with our 1.5 year old (that was a joke) that we weren’t prepared for him to run in the sprinklers today.  No towel, no swim trunks, nada.

Oh good God.  Can you say meltdown?  Uncontrollable, hysterical tears—as if I told him there was no more party in the tummy for Yo Gabba Gabba.

So, we stripped him down and let him frolic in the sprinklers alongside of all the other kids.  It wasn’t so bad running through the sprinkler with kids two times his size (in his brand new shorts, no less!) I’m learning to pick my battles, here.

Sprinkler love
After he was done, I must say though, we looked pretty klassy strolling him around in dripping hair, soaking wet shorts and no shirt.

Oh, those kids and their sprinklers and water toys. Especially these urban kids. In retro movies, you see always see a neighborhood turn into complete pandemonium when the fire hydrant gets turned on.  In modern day, most city areas have water features and sprinklers to assuage the city kids in the summertime.  I wish I could replicate the roaring laughter that goes on around these sprinklers.  Oh, the awesomeness.

Jeff and I had the beach and our swimming pools growing up, our city kid has water sprinklers.  I have a feeling there will be a plethora of trips to city parks to frolic all summer long.

Eh, there could be worse things in life than discovering the uncontainable excitement that a water sprinkler brings a kid at summertime.

Tags: , ,

No Comments

Precursor to summer and sweet treats

City festivals, long neighborhood strolls and carefree days are just a few of the many highlights of the weekend and hopefully a precursor of what’s to come this summer.

TimeOut New York Kids Fest
On Saturday, we spent the afternoon in the City at the Time Out New York Kids Fest which took place at Madison Square Park, just a block away from my old office.  It was whole city block of kids upon kids, music, sweet treats and strollers galore– Maclaren actually had a stroller parking lot, there were so many stroller!  It was such a wonderful venue for the family-friendly event, but of course, I’m totally biased in saying that considering that same park served as my refuge for so many lunch hours.

Stroller Parking
Besides the awesome music, Jack loved interacting with all the kids; it was pure heaven.  If he wasn’t stomping on the latest outdoor art installation, Flooded Chamber Maid, or perfecting his escape artist techniques, he was snatching toys out of unsuspecting kids’ hands.

Jack checking out the art installation

Ok, maybe not snatching, but when a boy next to him at the sand box was in the process of setting down a toy truck, Jack took it upon himself to call it his own.  He’s a feisty toddler that knows what he wants and like most toddlers this age, he has no boundaries.  And yes, that feisy-ness often elicits a lot of “I’m so sorry” to other moms.  But this time, before I could mouth “I’m so…” the mother of the other boy preempted my apology and quickly wagged her finger in Jack’s face, said “no-no” and snatched the toy truck back.

Oh no, lady.  Are you for real? haha.

I’m all about correcting my own kid to teach him right from wrong, but if anybody needed to learn a little playground etiquette, it was her.

sandboxlots of construction workers

After I mumbled a few choice words, I was over it and so, we danced some more.
And boy, did we dance.

Appleseeds, the very cool NYC indoor playground facility, provided the music group that Jack loved so much, in addition to the sandboxes, toys, art area, and “construction area.”  I personally oggled over Skip Hop’s booth, which displayed so many new fun things, namely the Wishbone bike and Zoo Packs.  If you’ve been to our home, you’d know I can’t get enough of Skip Hop baby and kid gear–you’d think the products were for me.  (Don’t be surprised if you see a Skip Hop post over on NKT soon!)

Build it, break it, fix it
Skip Hop stroller/luggage tagSkip Hop

Speaking of oggling, we found more goodies under the Treats Truck tent, where they were giving away free treats.  Delicious and free!

We waited a few minutes in line to get our goodies; I chose chocolate chip cookies (yum). And when it was Jeff’s turn to choose, he said, “nope, I’m good.” Uh, no you’re not ;) He ended up getting a Rice Krispies treat.

And when I say he, I mean me.

Ok and Jack too.

EATThe Treats Truck

After our delicious free treats, we had lunch down the block at BRGR, which, by the way, I highly recommend.  All natural burgers from grass-fed beef and sweet potato fries.  It was like the weekend of delicious food.

After a day of kiddie fun and delicious treats, it was time to head back home.  We were all pooped from our day in the city, but it was time well spent.  The real sweet summer treats will always involve no major plans, no real stressors and the freedom to do whatever, whenever.  I love summer, but truly, I live for the weekend when it’s just the three of us.

Sweet treat, indeed.

love that water fountain

Tags: , , , , , , ,

1 Comment

Bad Behavior has blocked 53 access attempts in the last 7 days.