Sunday, December 27, 2015

Merry Christmas 2015!

We enjoyed New York City Ballet's "George Balanchine's The Nutcracker" at Lincoln Center. Then, we walked over to The Plaza Hotel and Lina was thrilled to chat with Santa. She had this photo taken with him:

Lina chose a Christmas border for our holiday card (here's a photo of the greeting card):

She asked Santa for a functioning ROBOT and she got a Meccanoid G15 personal robot in a kit. 600 part pieces, 91 steps...we built it together...she loves interacting with it.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

NYU Children's Chorus Holiday Concert 2015

Lina very much enjoyed performing (1st time ever in front of an audience) at the NYU Children's Chorus Holiday Concert. As a member of the Novice Chorus (ages 6-8) this semester, Lina rehearsed weekly with five dozen kids at the Frederick Loewe Theatre, memorized 6 songs, learned choreography and some musical notation. Professor Carol Beadle is a fantastic Director/Conductor. Singing has always been one of Lina's favorite activities. She was proud to be a part of this joyous concert. Since she's tall, Lina was on the top row of the choral risers, 3rd from the right: (click pic to enlarge)

Friday, November 13, 2015

Halloween Harvest at Luna Park in Coney Island

A couple of weeks ago, Lina wanted to go to Luna Park amusement park in Coney Island. She had a blast on kiddie rides and won 3 prizes playing games. (She also rode on bumper cars with me, for the first time, at Deno's Wonder Wheel Amusement Park.)

Monday, October 26, 2015

Fall Foliage, Twirling Round and Round

As Halloween approaches, we're going to fun Brooklyn activities...taking in the beautiful fall foliage...twirling round and round on crunchy leaves...enjoying crisp autumn weather.


Wednesday, October 7, 2015

31st Annual Medieval Festival in Fort Tryon Park

Living history events are fun and educational for kids and adults! Leading up to this event, Lina and I read Knights and Castles: A Nonfiction Companion to Magic Tree House #2On Sunday we attended The Medieval Festival at Fort Tryon Park (northern Manhattan) near The Cloisters, a museum of medieval art. The gorgeous natural scenery surrounded us...

and the Middle Ages were brought to life with a medieval market town. Thankfully, Lina liked the food at the event (she ate a chicken & veggie kebab + fried dough with powdered sugar). The only thing she dreaded...and this was anticipated...was using a porta potty (ick).

Lina was dressed as a knight. 

Lina and her friend J enjoyed watching a joust between knights on horseback,

petting a horse, 

seeing people dressed up in costumes, looking at the decorations,

listening to musical instruments being played live (a dulcimer and a harp below), 

getting sprinkled with flower glitter, 

watching a fire juggler, 

and trying on various metal helmets. 

Wednesday, September 23, 2015