Sunday, August 29, 2010

A Day At The Beach.

The summer is almost over and it seems as though it flew by. We squeezed a few days at the beach, amusement parks, zoos, but the most memorable among them was an adventure to the beach this weekend. The kids, especially David, spent hours digging, working on some construction. Other kids came, helped and left and David still continued digging to China. I don't think he even noticed the ocean until hours later. Of course, then he wouldn't get out of the water. I just sat back and watched David and Julia interact with each other and other kids. I might not say this in a few years, but right now I'm very happy that they are getting older. They are getting more mature (just a tiny bit) and our summers are getting easier and more enjoyable every year.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

The Little Red Lighthouse

How many lives can a lighthouse have? Built in 1889, the North Hook Beacon at Sandy Hook, NJ became obsolete and was dismantled in 1917. After several years in storage, it was rebuilt in 1921 at Jeffrey's Hook until it too became obsolete in 1947. However, in 1942, a book titled, "The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge" became a children's favorite and resulted in an ourpouring of support prior to its proposed demolition in 1951. Because of this, the Little Red Lighthouse still stands at Jeffrey's Hook as a protected historical landmark of New York City.

After reading this story to the kids, I asked them if they'd like to see the Little Red Lighthouse. They weren't sure I was on the level, but they both were very interested. I can understand their confusion since most of what we read to them in story books wasn't real.

We parked in Fort Lee and took a bus across very heavy bridge traffic. Neither David nor Julia seemed to mind as they love taking a bus ride into the city. (Just wait until it becomes a part of your daily commute!)

Once across, we had a bit of exploring to do since there's no clear path to the river from the George Washington Bridge Bus terminal. After walking for a half hour, we finally found the lighthouse. The kids were a little disappointed that we couldn't go into the lighthouse, but they still had a fun time just the same.

Going back was a bit quicker as there was a faster path by 181st St., but Julia decided that it was even easier to ride on Daddy's shoulders than walk. *sigh*

I'd say this was a successful spur-of-the-moment activity on a overcast Saturday afternoon!

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Happy Birthday!

Julia turned 4 years old last week.

We spent Julia's birthday doing all of her favorite things from eating pancakes in the morning, going for a long hike in search of some bugs and worms, but eventually settling on catching a spider and finding some coins (the spider was released later), making lanterns out of a balloon and some colorful tissue paper, taking a gymnastics and a swimming lessons to indulging in cupcakes.

I don't think Julia cares much for getting older as her brother does. As long as she has an excuse to dress up and there are pizza and a cake to eat, she'll make some effort to show a bit of excitement.
We are still figuring out who she is taking after: me or Seth. And everyday she proves to us that she is her own person surprising us with her likes and dislikes.
Happy Birthday, sonechko!