Sunday, September 19, 2010

Cows and Hay Rides

We spent this morning visiting the Queens County Farm. Grahm had a nice time mooing with the cows, and quacking like the ducks. We had hot dogs under some big oak trees, but the best was still to come. Grahm had his first hay ride through the farm, and loved it! But why wouldn't he have -it was pulled by an enormous bright blue tractor, over dirt farm roads making for a VERY bumpy ride. He had a grin from ear to ear, but was holding onto Mom's hand pretty tight. So cute.

Not Kansas, Brooklyn

Grahm survived his first tornado- right here in Brooklyn- making it a truly unexpected experience. Luckily we made it home from the playground just in time. We watched from our window as the sky turned green and it started raining so hard we couldn't see anymore. Hundreds of trees came down during the storm, crushing many cars, but that seems to be the worst of the damage. Pretty Crazy.

We don't know the guys in this video, but they sound an awful lot like Mom did when she called Dad at work to give him the play by play of what was going on...

School Update

Grahm is off to school on week 2- We'd say he likes it!

A Scientific Sunday

It was a rainy Sunday, but we found a way to make the best of it -we went to the Hall of Science! Mom used to come here all the time when she was a kid, but this was Grahm and Dad's first visit. It was great, lots to explore... in one afternoon Grahm created a tornado, learned to surf, drove a race car, made friends with a porcupine puppet, built a brick house, blew giant bubbles and created a car out of life size blocks. All before nap time. Oh, and as if this place can possibly get better -its free on Sundays if you arrive between 10-11! Sweet.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Buzz saves the first day of preschool

Today was Grahms first day of school. We've been talking, worrying, planning and prepping for this day for a long time. There was alot of anxiety on all of our part, and I am happy to inform you all that we all survived.

We survived not because of all the prepping: the books, pep talks, and school themed movies we've endured all summer long.

And it wasn't because of all the very thought out protein packed breakfast, nor his much debated on first day outfit (that one didn't get worn, G opted instead to wear his red sox shirt (omg, really, cause you know all the teachers are going to be die hard yankee fans))

No, despite all of those efforts, we arrived at school and Grahm informed us that he'd be waiting for us outside. and then he started crying.

But I told you we did survive. We did because Grahm's teacher, Miss Christy, knew Grahm needed a familiar face and pulled out a buzz lightyear action figure. That was it. That's what stopped the hysterics mid scream. He stopped crying, looked around the room at all the other awesome stuff that was going on and was off to explore.

And so that's it. Grahm is now officially a preschooler, going three days a week. He came home with stories and excitement that we haven't seen before...and so we are very excited to start this new chapter. Of course, we have to get through drop off tomorrow morning again. Hope buzz is there waiting.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Last Licks

We spent the long holiday weekend as a family, making the most of the gorgeous weather and the last little bit of summer. We hit old favorites: the beach, the pool and Brooklyn Bridge water park then tried something new: a trek around the salt marshes out in Marine Park. Grahm managed to squeeze in plenty of playground time too, like these pictures taken over in Gantry State Park in Long Island City. Like Grahm's outfit? He picked it out himself. Yup, those too short green pants, the maroon shirt, teal crocks, he insisted on wearing them. together. We've entered a new phase, just in time to make first impressions at preschool.

The Boys

Can they get any cuter watching a movie?

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Happy Birthday Grandma

Grandma's birthday was Sunday, and so we were off to Long Island to help her celebrate. We drove out extra early to make her a special breakfast -waffles with a scoop of ice cream. Grahms idea, of course. Then we were off to the pool, with a stop along the way to feed the ducks. Who knew they would like pretzels? We spent the afternoon jumping in and out of the pool, making Grandma extra nervous and splashing with Aunt Amanda. I got a few cute pictures of Grahm and Aunt Amanda, some new favorites. Happy Birthday Grandma!