Sunday, October 27, 2013
Hi from Washington! Went there this weekend (funnily enough, Marine Corps Marathon was on today). It was our 2nd visit since 2008, this time with X. We caught the train (3.5 hrs e/w) and stayed at the luxe Capella Hotel in trendy Georgetown. Not surprisingly, the weather was similar to NYC's, sunny and fine but cool, only about 12C max. Saturday, went to Smithsonian Museums (spectacular but not hands-on enough for an inquisitive toddler), then today a visit to a local playground (the Tot Lot at Rose Park), and another swim in the hotel's amazing indoor/outdoor roof-top heated pool. Museum of Nat. History Lunar Command Module, Air & Space Museum
Posted by monica/paul at 9:42 PM
Saturday, October 26, 2013
Thursday, October 24, 2013
We are really happy with Xavi's pre-school. Here's the weekly update we got from the teacher today. She is lovely and really challenges these toddlers. We are always hearing in the news how bad the US school system is, but Xave seems to be gettign a good start to his education. You may even want to try these activities at home! (Sorry the blog's design doesn't break the paragraphs)
Posted by monica/paul at 9:20 PM
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
October is Harvest Festival time and on Sunday we rented a Zipcar (Mazda 3) and met our friend/neighbor Nikki and her two boys Luke (Xavi's fun run buddy) & Gabriel at the SMNC. It's in Connecticut and about 80 km (50 mi) NE of NYC. The "fall colors" were spectacular driving there up the freeway. The boys had fun at the SMNC farm, looking at the animals, going on a hay ride and a fire engine, eating lunch (of course) and going in the pumpkin hunt. There were also food trucks and Wiggles-style live music and a great playground there. Although you pay to get in and everything is extra once inside, SM&NC is much better than the Queens County Farm in NYC that we went to last October, and with Kate in the summer, and worth the effort.
Posted by monica/paul at 8:32 PM
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Weather was more autumnal last weekend so instead of our usual ferry trip to Williamsburg and D.u.m.b.o. on Saturday morning, we went to Brooklyn Heights to check out the MTA Transit Museum, assuming Xave would enjoy it. Like something out of Get Smart, the entrance was cleverly disguised as a subway station (in fact the old Court Street station)
Posted by monica/paul at 9:31 PM
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
The first few weeks of Fall (begins Sept 21 with the equinox) is generally a pretty nice time of year in these parts. The weather is mild (hopefully no hurricanes this year), pumpkins are in all the shops and markets, the Halloween displays are appearing, and the leaves are starting to turn in Central Park. The two main types of trees are elms and plane trees. The plane trees seem to change first.
Posted by monica/paul at 8:26 PM