Friday, September 1, 2017

Last Days of Summer: beach, rope, frisbee, scooter

Six days remaining before the start of the new school year. Our final trip to the beach + Lina is participating in physical education (to prepare for fun fall park play with friends). She is learning how to jump rope, throw/catch an Aerobie ring frisbee and how to ride a 3-wheel Micro Maxi Kickboard scooter (fav color, purple) that she named Angel Spirit.

Summer Manga Artwork

Lina created original manga artwork this summer (sample below)'s one of her passions. Over the last year, she taught herself how to draw manga using a Mark Crilley book. She combined that knowledge with a comic strips/graphic novel CMA class.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Looking forward to Shark Week...and enjoying a/c.

We happened upon this glorious chalk drawing of a shark in Prospect Park. We're looking forward to the annual shark week on Discovery Channel, which starts on July 23.

When it's SO hot & humid in NYC (in a couple of days, real feel is 100 degrees), it's nice to stay indoors with the a/c on (and dream of the beautiful fall & winter weather).

Still, it's always nice to hike together, even while sweating.

Lina is wearing a necklace we bought at a museum...a real butterfly with lavender wings.

Lina loves interacting with all the animals on the paths. Squirrels, butterflies, dogs, birds etc. (She is an animal whisperer who gets swans and ducks to come out of the lake to hear her sing.) Recently, she got a book that has bird facts and audio of bird songs and she is learning how to recognize the different birds and the different sounds they make, so she can attract birds we encounter. Near our home, she observes a blackbird (which she named Benedict) that lives in a hole in a tree nearby and swings on the branches.

1st day at the beach for summer 2017

Coney Island beach fun...

Saturday, June 17, 2017

BFFs in Coney Island Photo Booth

BFFs enjoying the last few days of spring 2017...nice cool weather (very much appreciated after a 3 day heat wave). Mama + Lina went on a long hike in Prospect Park, then tween rides at Luna Park. We popped into a photo booth at Coney Island:

I realized I had ZERO makeup on...since I still like the natural look most days, even though I am 47 years foundation, no eye makeup, no concealer, no blush...but I did have lip gloss in my pocket, so I applied that right before the pics were snapped :-)

And here's a cute drawing my 9 year old gave to me recently...though she makes friends easily everywhere she goes, she considers me to be her best friend forever :-)

Friday, June 2, 2017

Horseback riding on the trails!

Nothing could compare to the wonderful feeling of riding horses on peaceful trails in the woods. The wranglers at Rocking Horse Ranch did a superb job teaching the basics and supervising parents and kids on the was the best 8 hours total, 1 hour trails...2 rides per day! We felt safe and had such an awesome time learning how to ride. We would do it again in a heartbeat :-)

(Below this post is the entry that has more details & photos from the RHR trip.)

Back at the Ranch for the Best Tween Adventure!!!!

Lina: "The best trip of my whole 9 year old life!"

THANKS to a dear a special birthday gift to Lina (to celebrate the middle of her childhood)...we were able to go away for an adventure vacation. Lina chose Rocking Horse Ranch, where we had previously celebrated her 5th birthday.

We will never forget that we went horseback riding on the trails, for the first time ever...8 hours total in the woods, beginner western riding. I'll post the horse photos in a separate post since there are so many pics...and it was the best part of our trip :-)

The tween was THRILLED every moment at the ranch...from the moment she woke up until she fell asleep....activities, activities, activities (horseback riding, bungee trampoline, mountain tubing, kayaking, pedal boating, mini golf, ping pong, rock climbing wall, interacting with goats and other animals etc.)....yummy meals, meals, meals...entertainment galore (including a juggling and magic show, karaoke, bonfire, arcade etc.). I was thrilled it was all-inclusive (never had to bring my wallet anywhere) and all within quick walking distance...and no lines to wait on. We lucked out, the weather was fabulous. We were twinning, tween requests that now, and we wore cowgirl hats, denim and plaid. We had so many first time moments we will remember forever. We met some of the nicest people who were on vacation...and the staff was incredibly friendly and competent and they all made us feel special. Lina had the chance to sleep on the top bunk of a bunk bed every night...such a cool experience for her!

Here are some photos of the fun...