Sunday, November 23, 2014

A Few More

Williamsburg, 2014

Thank goodness for warm-ish weather. And I couldn't resist taking a picture of the sign above...ah, toddlerhood in Williamsburg.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Weekend

Williamsburg, 2014

It's a little hard to take that it gets dark at 4:30 these days, but so far we are having a cozy weekend, complete with my inaugural 'what to bake for the class Thanksgiving potluck' tizzy.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Grateful

via Raya Brass Band
One afternoon a few weeks ago, we took the boys (giant stroller and all) to meet a friend at Radegast Beer Hall. There was a great brass band playing and the place was packed with neighborhood people and families. It was a really warm, lovely crowd.

We settled into a booth in the corner, and took turns taking Axel to see the band up close. Back at the table, he settled in with some Peppa while we chatted, but he kept wiggling around to the music, dancing in his seat. "I'm so happy!" he said.

It was probably the cutest thing I've ever heard.

So often, on the weekends especially (and more so in the cold weather, when we are cooped up inside and notice the crumbs on the floor and the gazillion toy cars underfoot and everyone is crying), we get a little frayed around the edges.

But then you have a moment like that, and it's just so crystal clear how very lucky we are. I love that Axel is better and better company, and that he's able to express things like that to us. It makes all my bedraggledness (that's a word, I'm sure of it) worthwhile.

Will is traveling just now and last night it was just me and the fellows. I put them to bed at the usual time, but Axel was still rustling about an hour later. "Are you having trouble sleeping?" I asked. "Yeah," he said, before whispering "I'm in a castle." What a nut.

Etc.

Ivory Tower, 2014

We always joke that by the time Axel and Oscar are college-bound, we'll have to move to Sweden (we are not entirely joking.)

Thank goodness for those EU passports.

I watched the new documentary 'Ivory Tower' on CNN last night. It's about student loan debt, why college in America now costs $60,000, and whether there are any alternatives. It's worth watching, if you're interested. Do kids really need rock climbing walls and multi-million dollar student centers to get a great education? Can new ventures like Udacity and EdX help? Hopefully we'll have figured all this out sometime in the next sixteen years.

I've been on a bit of a documentary kick lately. I also loved Fed Up and Spark: a Burning Man Story. Something about cold weather makes me want to curl up with a film that makes me think about the world in a new way.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Cirque d'Axel

video


Axel is loving his classes at Streb, and I am in awe of how creative they are with him. It's far better than him using our living room as an obstacle course, which happens the rest of the week.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Oscar: Eight (and a half) Months Old

Oscar, 2014

Here we are!

We had dinner out (sans kids) at Il Buco Alimentari on Saturday night. A few tables over there was a couple with their FOUR children (aged 2 months up to maybe eight.) We almost bought them dinner.

The restaurant is fairly fancy, and the kids were being brilliant, and the parents looked very chill.

The parents both joked that it all starts to get easier after three kids, which is hard to fathom, but...maybe?

Friday, November 14, 2014

11211 Love

Williamsburg, 2014

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

We are making chicken pot pie for friends, going to Axel's swimming lesson, and maybe out to dinner.

Good thing Brooklyn is the place to be, er, or something. Hearing Marty Markowitz say 'hotbed of style' is pretty unique.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Boundless

Williamsburg, 2014

Axel took a trial gym class called Baby Action at Streb this morning...he loved it so much; at the end of class he said, "I go again?"

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Axel Says...

Williamsburg, 2014

So at our parent teacher conference the other day, Axel's teachers asked where his British accent comes from. Yes, both Will and I are half-English, sort of. But I'm pretty sure that's not it (I didn't have the heart to confess it might be from Peppa Pig.)

But seriously, Axel, now twenty seven months old, has taken to saying "You're most welcome, mummy", whenever I say thank you.

He also loves repeating this little joke from the show (he usually does it just after falling down):

"It's not funny, mummy. Okay, it's a bit funny, mummy..." It's always in a proper British accent.

He's full of energy these days, turning boxes into houses, obsessed with 'space rockets' (watching them take off on Youtube, building them out of cardboard with his papa, throwing the cardboard rockets off the balcony and then retrieving them with his papa...)

When I reminded him it was a school day, the other day, he said: "I want to sit on the sofa and relax!"

When I put him to bed in his room, he sometimes says, "I wan't to go back to my house," (meaning the living room.) He loves the sprinkles ice cream at Oddfellows, pointing out our apartment building from afar, talking about the L train, taking off his socks at inopportune moments, and watering plants. In school, he is learning all about dragons, making pumpkin smoothies, and studying the color blue.

Etc.

Williamsburg, 2014
A few things I've been reading lately: this article, on round the clock daycare centers.

I also really thought this quote really resonated.

"FT work and raising kids is like being outside in a hurricane. Sometimes someone darts over and hands you an umbrella, which helps for a while; soon enough, though, you’re soaked again." 

This week hasn't been too bad, work-wise. Everyone seems to have recovered from their latest virus. But sometimes it's when you take a pause that you realize, 'Oh man, I am tired.'
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