Saturday, August 17, 2013

Fete Paradiso, Governor's Island

A beautiful afternoon trip to Governor's Island to check out the Fete Paradiso and their vintage 1930s carnival rides. The rides were mostly for older kids or adults - the only ones toddlers fit on were not exactly the safest. The rides were beautifully restored, and a real treat to see and experience.

NYC Tourists

I typically avoid photographing anything touristy, but we walked home over the Brooklyn Bridge and I couldn't resist this shot.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

My 34th Birthday

For this year's birthday, Alec planned an extravaganza of events, spanning three days. Good call, as Eloise had the worst night sleep the night before my actual birthday, leaving Alec a zombie and Eloise cranky all day.

On my actual birthday all we could handle was a casual lunch at Keste Pizza in the West Village, followed by gelato at PopBar.



Outside PopBar, Eloise was desperate to eat my gelato. See my beautiful Tiffany blue bracelet from Alec?


Since there was nothing else to be done, we then took Eloise to run around in a playground.


Saturday night Alec treated me to a delicious dinner at Boloud Sud. The food was exquisite, the service friendly, and they served me a birthday dessert. Yay! It was wonderful for Alec and I to have some time together, just the two of us. 

Afterwards, we walked through Central Park.


Sunday was lunch with close friends Dan and Sue. We had a casual lunch at my fave local comfort food-provider, Bark Hot Dogs ...


... followed by my favourite ice cream at Ample Hills Creamery. Notice how all the celebrating is about FOOD?


Thank you Alec for so thoughtfully planning a wonderful birthday for me. xoxox

Friday, August 9, 2013

Who Are We?: An Animal Guessing Game

We love books in our house. Both my husband and I have enjoyed reading since we were super small, so we read with Eloise as much as we can.

One of her current favourite books is Who Are We?: An Animal Guessing Game?, written by Alexis Barad-Cutler, a local Brooklyn mum to a toddler almost the same age as missy Eloise - so she really knows her market well.

Who Are We?: An Animal Guessing Game

Who Are We?: An Animal Guessing Game is a board book with flaps that lift to reveal the animals that have been mentioned in rhyme on the previous page. The animals featured in the book range from cute penguins to snakes and the arctic wolf. Each spread features a riddle to help guess the animal, and then a detail about them under the flap that you might not know. (Leopards take their prey into trees to eat. Who knew?)

Who Are We?: An Animal Guessing Game

Eloise's favourite animal in the book is the snake (Ssssssssss!). She loves lifting the flaps and revealing the animals underneath. At almost two, she's too young to understand the riddle and answer concept, so it's a great book for her to grow into and find something to enjoy at different stages of her development.

Who Are We?: An Animal Guessing Game is available from Amazon.