Saturday, June 27, 2009

100 Things to Love about Summer: 1. Day Tripping

School ended at 12:00 on Thursday and camp starts at 9:00 on Monday. Whew. That's a lot of chill-laxing to pack in over the weekend. Friday, the little guy stayed home and I took Max & Alex for a day in the city. They chose the itinerary which included stops at dad's office (two hours after we had dropped him at the train), a trip to a coin store, a trip to Kinokuniya bookstore, ice cream in Bryant Park, quick bite at Grand Central and back on the train. The coin shop was a highlight. John, the ancient proprietor lit up when I introduced my two young coin collectors. He sat them down across the counter and showed them coin after coin, explaining what made each one interesting. He then offered two dollar bills at a discount ($10 for a $2 bill...hmmmm) and my kids like nothing better than a deal. They've spent hours today putting each of their coins into a little sleeve and labeling it. So cute and so old-fashioned.

So, one thing I love about the summer is the free time to explore.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Pippi Longstocking lives

Still here! Sorry, slipped into the crazy vortex my life sometimes becomes. Organization is not my strength. ahem.

Mark & I are just back from a week in southern Spain in celebration of our ten year anniversary. I'll post more pictures, but here's some great graffiti I saw in Granada. Though I'll never get a tattoo, the image of Pippi Longstocking might be one to consider.

Last day of school today. Hurray! Now, let's have some good old fashioned summer time.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Spots of Lovely in the Day

Recipe for a lovely afternoon:
- wear a funky apron
- bake a blueberry pie to share with the neighbors
- cut the gorgeous peonies from the side garden
- photograph the flowers just as it starts to rain and gets all super-saturated green outside
- enjoy Jack's extra long nap

Betty Friedan would be appalled.