We spent a weekend at home. No Saturday morning scramble to New Jersey, which I admit was a nice change.
But keeping kids entertained in New York City for the weekend is no small feat. That nice little sliding glass door to the backyard doesn’t exist, making it essential to plan activities with military precision. Comfortable footwear? Snacks packed? Game plan sketched?
With the grandparents in town for a visit, we hit the park at 0500 hours.
It actually wasn’t that early, but it sounds cool.
Speaking of the military…
Sergeant Major: not impressed.
Shall we scrub these walls a second time Sergeant?
Despite the drills, it was mostly fun and games, with Lauren and Emma showing off their tandem slide trick.
On the way home, we stopped by a local pet store. I won’t comment on how I feel about pet stores, except to say that the look on my Mum’s face mirrored my own.
This little one…an animal lover in the making.
Somehow I was able to remove the kids from the store without assuming ownership of 5 Chihuahuas and a Maltipoo.
On Sunday at 15000 hours we hit a Halloween party downtown. We’d brought the kids’ Halloween costumes to the lake since it’s our planned trick-or-treating venue this year. Which translated into me spending Sunday morning digging through old boxes of knickknacks to find a suitable outfit.
Success! Lauren glammed up in her old Ariel costume, which, having come factory-direct from China, has lost nearly every one of its glued-on sequins.
The rest of us decided to party crash and skip our planned park visit.
We got mummified…
Followed bloody footprints…
Drank cocktails that contained eyeballs…
Oh, and fingers, don’t forget the fingers.
That’s right my girl, you should definitely think twice about drinking this kind of beverage. I’m less concerned about the eyeballs, more concerned about the cleanliness of the 8-year old hands were fishing through this brew looking for treasures.
There were spooky decorations…
And lots of spider webs.
I even found an adorable troll-like monster hiding behind one of them.
OK, OK, OK. I apologize. Somehow a well-intentioned friend is going to dig this image out of the Internet archives and insert it into her wedding slideshow.
There was face painting and pumpkin decorating…
We heard murmurs of a pumpkin patch, so went to check things out…
There was a brief moment when I thought that my kids might get blown away in our search for the patch.
…..but at last, we found it.
A city patch if I’ve ever seen one…
After hunting for more pumpkins (yes, this would be our third patch this season), we found a stone wall and ate candy.
And…at last…the finale.
A giant slide.
I don’t know which was harder – leaving a pet store without 5 Chihuahuas and a Maltipoo or saying goodbye to the slide. Sam’s tears would suggest the slide.
But that’s what happens at 1700 hours.
Aww! I like all those fun photos heheh!
Have a halloweentastic week 🙂
Looks like a fun and creepy event.
I have this funny feeling that you have a collection of hard drives just chalk-full of your amazing photographs. So beautiful!
Too funny Diana! Photo management is such an issue, I’m still struggling with how to deal with the volume! Have a great week 🙂
I can only imagine. I have about 600 gigs left on my iMac so I think I’m good for another year… 😉
Enjoy the space! I’m in external drive territory and needing to head to the Mac store to figure out my future storage strategy 😉
Looks like a fun day, but that finger and blood drink were too real for me. 🙂
That ghost with the black dress is really scary!
You have done so many amazing things this week! Halloween looks more fun there too =)
Fun, fun, fun. We miss you guys. Thanks for sharing the great photos (and great memories) xo
Planning perfected… I’m impressed. Grossed out, but impressed! YAM xx
Gotta love those creepy cocktails! 🙂
Love all the photos…especially the frilly pink skirt and the city pumpkin patch! lol.
Tell your children’s grandmothers about NanaHood.com It’s a blog for grandparents to celebrate their grandchildren!
How Fun! I LOVE the pink tutu!!
Jessica your photos are beautiful! It looks like you all had an exciting weekend. Halloween parties are a lot of fun. Have a terrific day!
Yuck, and I thought Bloody Marys looked gross! I would have had to pass on those creepy cocktails.
Great photos. I love reading and following along with your fun adventures. Congrats. on getting outta that pet store w/o a new family member. 😉
sounds like a fun weekend in the city!
What a fun day! But what creepy drinks! Oh those fingers! I don’t think I could’ve gotten anything to drink there. LOL.
what a fun-spooky day!
Boo!! Happy Happy Halloween!!
David and I love seeing your NYC photos. He lived there years back and before he retired he flew LAX/JFK. I miss all those 24 hour layovers when I would tag along!! Happy WW!
I love the Halloween treats! It looks like a great adventure.
My kids love the park to. Isaak’s a huge fan of the pet store, but both boys know with my allergies we can’t have anything furry.
Looks like a blast!!!
Thanks ML! Hope you guys are having fun with Halloween events at home, one of the best times of the year for us…xox
Phew! It’s just a finger. It looked like something more painful to me.
You always have such fun escapades with your kids! Love the variety of faces you catch on them. 🙂
Love the blue gray palette you had going there in the first pictures! Looked like a fun day 🙂
What great pictures – although I did think when I saw the first one that she was chained to the railings!
Gorgeous, gorgeous photos! I would be sad to leave that slide too!
I think you did a GREAT job entertaining them and last weekend the weather was perfect. If only it would stay that way! 🙂 Happy Wednesday!
Sounds like a fantastic weekend, even if you did have to stay home. There’s always something to do, something to explore in the city. Looks like fun!
I always wondered how crowded the playground would be at 0500. Looks like a fun weekend 🙂
very beautiful photos.seems kids had a wonderful time…
It’s the first time I dropped by your blog and it looks like you had an awesome day! The pictures looked lovely and must leave beautiful memories in the days or years to come!
What a super fun day!!! plus it was in NYC… and anything you post coming from that city I will love! Beautiful pictures, specially the last ones!