Thursday, July 18, 2019

Purple Outfits of Summer

This summer, Lina is enjoying wearing her fav color, purple. She has orchid bloom Teva Tirra sports sandals on in the below pics.

6 relatives came from Cali...and we all went to the Prospect Park Zoo for a fun visit (last summer 5 relatives from Cali joined us for fun at Luna Park+aquarium)...Lina wore her lilac summer dress with pretty flowers on it:





and she had a kawaii hair accessory on...here she is wearing that same hair clip a day earlier at home, with cool braids:



This summer Lina saw fireworks for the first time in person!...she said it was like "magic." We went to Coney Island on a Friday evening (rides + arcade, ate pizza then later vanilla bean gelato with chocolate sprinkles). She is wearing a lavender seahorse shirt (from the aquarium) & bright purple capri leggings. Also, so happy that Luna Park now has Mario Kart arcade game, so we raced each other.













Lina was excited to wear her new purple tankini + swimskirt with a pony print (Hanna Andersson), loves horses, and did her improvised dance in the ocean & on the sand.









She found seaweed...


Danced again...





Of course, she found seagulls (loves birds) to observe...


But ran back to the water...




Made towers with damp sand (using purple plastic cup) & decorated with seashells.



Afterwards, we ate Nathan's hot dogs with spicy mustard + crinkle cut fries (with classic red pitchfork) and then went back to the arcade (where she won a Hatchimals CollEGGtible) and later she ate a spumoni (chocolate/pistachio/cherry) gelato with rainbow sprinkles.

Stay cool this summer during the heat waves...that will feel like 100-110 degrees :-)

Will be back in September! Lina's sunny disposition + 100% honesty policy brightens up our NYC days, since I am able to carve out a path for her carefree happiness (not easy normally for tweens)...but we have delightful new adventures planned for 2020...to broaden her horizons.

Monday, June 10, 2019

The Art Farm - mammals & reptiles & birds, oh my!

The Art Farm is an indoor educational petting zoo. It is located on the Upper East Side in Manhattan and they have lots of fun classes and camps for little kids. But older tweens (as long as they agree to wake up early) can enjoy the "Mornings on the Farm" weekend drop-in program, along with the younger kids. The staff is awesome! Lina had fun interacting with guinea pigs, a chinchilla, lizards (crested gecko lizard, blue-tongued skink & red-eyed crocodile skink) and turtles (Asian box turtle & wood turtle). She had the best time ever with the adorable chickens, dove, Japanese quail and bunny.














Then, we walked to Two Little Red Hens bakery...where Lina enjoyed a peanut butter and fudge swirl cupcake.


Scratch + RPG Maker Fes = fun coding projects!

Scooter Girl is becoming Coder Girl. Lina is interested in creating her own interactive stories, video games, and animations. So, she taught herself how to use the Scratch Offline Editor  (a free block-based visual programming language for kids, which I downloaded on my laptop + a reference guide) and RPG Maker Fes (she uses it on her Nintendo 2DS now to create role-playing games and animations).

With Scratch, she learned to use if–then–else logical programming condition blocks. She decided to learn to use a mouse to draw with Paint Editor & digitally illustrate her own character sprites + custom backgrounds (rather than importing stock pictures & photos).










In terms of music for her animations/games/stories, she discovered that she can choose an instrument in Scratch and note by note enter in her own original melody.