#microblogmondays – ice skating


Last night we went to Manhattan. While we were getting bundled in to outerwear Rob asked me how much we were going to regret this (post light dinner and they did nap, but still an evening trip). I said probably a lot. But that’s how memories are made.
We went to Bryant Park, where the Market is in full swing and the free ice skating! I took Simon a couple of weeks ago for his first time on skates. This time he got to wear his new skates for the first time. He fell a lot, but I think 60% of that was because he wanted to lick the ice off his hands. He did really well. The video doesn’t do him justice. I’m so glad we went and had fun and didn’t let the fear of a melt-down keep us home. Also, it’s a HUGE workout to skate while holding someone up.

PS – We also bought a case of chocolate to include in Christmas presents.

Just an ordinary day

Today’s Monday Adventure is brought to you as just an ordinary day. We had a big weekend so I wanted to stay close to home. This morning Simon requested watching Rio and playing tracks. So we did. 20140519-165126-60686990.jpg Then a couple hours at the park where he rode tricycles and played with the diggers in the sandbox. Home for lunch and a little rest then we planted. I went out last night and got our plants. This year we have 3 different tomatoes, chocolate mint, sweet mint, cinnamon basil, purple basil, lavender, begonias, marigolds, and the fuzzy one (which was without label but may be called lambs ear?) 20140519-165218-60738728.jpg 20140519-165218-60738450.jpg Other than the tomatoes which needed big pots (and the 2 strawberry plants and flower in 3 others) I let simon determine which plants went where. He would be a better helper if he weren’t quite so excited as listening and waiting until I had a hole ready would have been smoother. But we had fun and are looking forward to enjoying our Sumer balcony time. Because it is TIME! 20140519-165319-60799777.jpg Gratuitous Caleb pic since he was with us all day too.


the monday snapshot: haircut edition

Simon has beautiful hair, and lots of it. But I have finally conceded it was time for a real haircut. But I want it to stay longish and don’t trust the neighborhood barbers not to butcher it or just give him a buzz cut. We took him in July for a cut and the barber did a blunt cut across taking about 3 inches off (what we asked for) but that was it (uh really you can’t touch it up some) and charged us $15. Mom took us in Indiana in October to get a trim which took another inch off and cleaned it up. They only charged $5 AND they entertained the kid with a toy and a lollipop. In my concession that a haircut was needed, I also conceded that we were going to have to pay – and if I’m paying I’m taking him to one of the (stupid) kid’s places. Saturday was finally that day.

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Simon was mostly a little scared. He kept saying “It’s ok Simon” (his self soothing) and “I don’t want it to hurt” (which was just sweet, and sad). He was too scared to sit alone, or even in the car chair, so he sat on Rob’s lap. A Thomas video and some bubbles kept the tears away. I think he looks quite handsome, and a little older, and most importantly still looks like himself. $35 later and we walked out of the crazy that is a kids salon/toy store (seriously are all the toys necessary). And in a few months I’m sure well go back, I can do this twice a year and now that there is a cut I can follow I’ll keep it up in between.