Saturday, October 7, 2017

Gryffindor Lina

SO excited for Halloween! Here's a sneak peek of my 9 1/2 year old's costume...a character from her favorite book series (she hopes to finish reading all 7 books this season and then will watch the 8 films). Lina will be Hermione Jean Granger from the Harry Potter series (her costume should fit for Halloween events for 3 more years, if she is still into Harry Potter, and her dream wish is for us to take a trip to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park one day, so she can dress up as Hermione again). HOPEFULLY, we will find other Harry Potter characters to take pics with...when we are out and about at Halloween activities/parties/parades and/or trick-or-treating.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Sweet September

We appreciate the temps below 80 degrees. We were outdoors a lot this month (in Central Park and Prospect Park especially) enjoying the weather, observing animals out in nature and eating some yummy treats...and we will be hiking more often as it gets cooler (love the 60's and 50's and even 40's!) ...we were happy to find red and yellow leaves already...autumn is just the BEST season in NYC :-)

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 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.)