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, so click here to read that detailed post about our fabulous RHR see all the other activities we enjoyed.)

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 (click here to see them!) 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...

Brooklyn Conservatory of Music Spring 2017 Recital

Lina was super excited and happy (as you can see below) to participate in her first piano recital at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music. She performed two solo pieces that she memorized. She was the first one up on the stage and served as a role model.

This was Lina's first academic year of piano lessons...and she said it's her passion and she is committed to practicing regularly. We were told a few months ago that she needed to switch to a new teacher for the spring semester who teaches older kids, because Lina is "exceptional" and progressing at "rocket speed" and can realize her potential to move quickly from beginner to intermediate level. Lina is doing very well with sight-reading of notes and melodies. We both absolutely adore her new teacher and look forward to Lina growing with her and progressing with the fun piano lessons.