Friday, August 26, 2016

Intrepid Museum 2016

We thought it would be a good idea to put the kids in the car and sit in hours of traffic in New York to see the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. These are the results minus the behind-the-scenes struggles and tears.

Intrepid Museum 2016
Even though we live 70 miles from the Intrepid, it took us over 2 hours to get here.

Intrepid Museum 2016
Happy now that she's outside

Intrepid Museum 2016
The Intrepid!

We asked the kids whether they wanted to go on the big ship or the submarine first and they were both in agreement that they wanted to see the submarine. James's reasoning was that he's been on a boat before but never a submarine. We soon discovered Miranda was "too short" to go on the submarine. James was delighted that he was big enough to do something she couldn't. Kevin took her to the Intrepid Museum, while James and I waited to go in The Growler submarine. And waited. And waited.

Intrepid Museum 2016
Thinking she's going on the submarine... she's not.

Growler Submarine 2016
James and me inside the submarine

Growler Submarine 2016
Navigation Room

Growler Submarine 2016
Sonar Room

Growler Submarine 2016
Going though the air (water?) locks. 

Growler Submarine 2016
James with a torpedo

After the submarine, James and I went to meet Kevin and Miranda in the museum. We started on the third floor- the deck- with all the aircraft.

Intrepid Museum 2016
Top deck- third floor of Intrepid

Intrepid Museum 2016
Being a helicopter

We went down to the second floor where there were many warplanes and war videos with bomb special effects... and I booked him through there to get him to the kids section.

Intrepid Museum 2016 
Some super cool navigation device

Intrepid Museum 2016
But I couldn't resist a Cuban-Missile-Crisis selfie. Who can?

The best part of the museum if you're a parent is the Exploreum Hall, where kids can interact with things and run around like wild monkeys.

Intrepid Museum 2016
We took her to a museum of technological wonders- she's excited to touch a feather!

Intrepid Museum 2016
Flying the jet

Intrepid Museum 2016
Shipmates

Intrepid Museum 2016
Playing with pretend sonar

Intrepid Museum 2016
She has an important call from the CIA

Intrepid Museum 2016
Don't worry, they're on their way!

Intrepid Museum 2016
Endeavoring to build her own rocket

This whole time the temperature was in the 90s. We thought we'd be mostly inside in a nice chilly museum, but a lot of it was outside and the museum itself was not that cool temperature-wise. So I decided we had to get ice cream.

NYC 2016
Eating Ample Hill ice cream at Gotham Market

NYC 2016
I got the dark chocolate and it was the best ice cream I've ever had.

Part of the saga of getting to the museum that I left out in the beginning was the struggle of finding parking. We had gotten everyone out of the car when we realized we were illegally parked, so rather than put the kids back in- there might have been a mutiny!-- I took them to the nearest park while Kevin parked the car.

De Witt Clinton Park, NYC 2016
Prequel: De Witt Clinton Park fun

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Mike's Bachelor Party 2016

Last weekend, Kevin went to his cousin Mike's bachelor party in New Orleans. His fiancée Havi simultaneously had her bachelorette party in Austin. I was home with the kids in Long Island trying to understand these pictures.

Mike's Bachelor Party NOLA 2016
Friday night, bachelor party dressed as wrestlers

The following day, Kevin broke some bachelor party rules by sneaking out for a little culture before round 2 of drinking all night.

Mike's Bachelor Party NOLA 2016
View of the French Quarter from their hotel room

  Mike's Bachelor Party NOLA 2016
Café du Monde

Mike's Bachelor Party NOLA 2016
Riding the Street Car

New Orleans 2016
William Faulkner's house

New Orleans 2016
Walker Percy's house

New Orleans 2016
Carousel Piano Bar & Lounge with a revolving bar

He actually managed to drag the other guys to a jazz club, and they enjoyed it. Then they all went back to drinking heavily in the French Quarter. I'm jealous!

Mike's Bachelor Party NOLA 2016
Spotted Cat Music Club

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Christina and Aria Visit 2016

Christina and Aria visited here on Thursday. Aria and Miranda are pretty close in age so we figured they'd either play together or possibly attack each other. The latter was a little true at the beginning, but by the end of the visit all three kids were besties. Miranda was so sad that Aria had to go home! So sad! "I want the baby back!" Good thing we can visit again soon!

Christina and Aria Visit 2016
Aria, James, and Miranda

Christina and Aria Visit 2016
Aria and Miranda playing nicely

Christina and Aria Visit 2016
James filling the pool while the girls relax

Christina and Aria Visit 2016
Deck selfie with Christina and kids

Christina and Aria Visit 2016
Swimming and watering can fun

Christina and Aria Visit 2016
A little Sofia the Princess break

Christina and Aria Visit 2016
Miranda: ... and this is where I hide all the books to drive Mama crazy...

Christina and Aria Visit 2016
Guest bed fun!

Christina and Aria Visit 2016
Farewell, sweet James...

Christina and Aria Visit 2016
Bye bye, Aria.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Summer Olympics- Rio 2016

I watched the Opening Ceremonies with Janice and Darren in DC and played it the next morning for James. It was tough explaining some stuff to James, like what countries are, or how Brazil covered their history of slavery in the opening performance. Then we watched some more with Nana both during the day with the kids, and at night after they were asleep. At night we debated whether the swimmers or track olympians were hotter as a group. Haha. Winter Olympics in two years!

Summer Olympics- August 2016
Proof that we got the kids to watch a little bit of the Olympics

Monday, August 22, 2016

Rocketship Playground Playdate 2016

We had a playdate with some of James's preschool classmates. Mylah's mom Samantha organized it. We were going through a heatwave though, so only a few of us made it out, but I thought it was nice for James. I'm so sad that he's the only one that's going to his Kindergarten, though the little girl that lives directly across the street, Audrina, is starting Kindergarten with at the same school in two weeks. 

Rocketship Park- Aug 2016
Mylah and James on the swings

Rocketship Park- Aug 2016
Cora and Lyla on the swing (moms: Dana and Danielle)

Rocketship Park- Aug 2016
Rocketship, kids, moms

Rocketship Park- Aug 2016
Cora and Lyla

Rocketship Park- Aug 2016
Miranda and Connor, Lyla's little brother

Rocketship Park- Aug 2016
Looked like some charming childhood poster

Rocketship Park- Aug 2016
James and Cora chatting

Rocketship Park- Aug 2016
Me and kids at rocketship
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