Thursday, 12 November 2015

New York Transit Museum

Transportation. It's dominating our lives a lot right now as my eldest son is obsessed with all things transportation. Buses, cars, motorbikes, bikes, trucks, trains, you name it, he's into it. So it seemed like the logical choice to take him to the Transit Museum for his second birthday treat.
Basically, he flipped out. So so very excited. Kicking off with the wheel barrow's of rocks as you first enter. Big hit. And he ran around the space until towards the end of the top level he saw the two life-size busses. One just the front part (you can sit in the drivers seat) the other front and side seating for passengers. Well he basically just bounced from one bus to the other like he was a ball in a pinball machine. Edu and I had to take shift running after him, and taking photos was nye on impossible.
The photos of the vintage train carriages are from the real trains parked downstairs along the track. They were beautiful. We didn't make it downstairs with the kids, Edu and I just took turns to have a sneak peak. We'll be back to the museum for sure though.

Wednesday, 4 November 2015


Halloween has come and gone, and it was loads of fun. We dressed Oscar up as the Gruffalo, one of his favourite characters over the last year. His little brother was The Little Brown Mouse. I found Oscar's costume via Etsy, and Axel's was a simple addition of tail and ears to a brown suit from H&M. Our festivities kicked off with a trip to Papa's office, where Oscar fast got over his initial shyness and then ran riot and fit the bill looking like a true Barbarian. Advertising agencies are full of toys, right, so he had a ball.
Friday started with a walk around the block in full Halloween attire with Oscar's daycare class. Beyond adorable. Then later at home we got out finger-painting on and decorated a pumpkin.
Saturday morning we were off down the road to Fort Greene Park, where there is lots of Halloween fun for all. Oscar basically just ran around the entire time.
The only time we stopped running was to kick a football, or do some dancing. We ate lunch in the park surrounded by the beautiful trees in fall colours, then headed home for naps.
In the evening we were out again for a final Halloween finale. A fellow parent had told me about Halloween 313: a local Clinton Hill institution. It's a theatre production in front of someone's house that's been running for years. We went along, and it was fabulous. Oscar throughly enjoyed it – perched on Papa's shoulders, clued to the action. We caught the first show which started at 5.30pm, then slowly headed home past all the trick-or-treaters to pop to tired little bunnies in their bed. And that, was Halloween!

Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Year One

Yep. We've been State side just over a year now. Time has just screamed by and it's been a a roller coaster ride so far. We've moved apartment twice, had a second baby, Edu's been promoted, and we've had friends and family from far and wide come visit. Keeping up with writing blog posts has been nigh on impossible the last few months. But, a new nanny is in the works so hopefully I can get back on track again soon.
These photos are from the weekend; our first school trip with Oscar's daycare, Bija, to Harvest Moon Farm and Orchard. We were lucky enough to car pool with another family, thankfully, as it was one of the best days out we've had since the move. Oscar was thrilled to be out in the open space running around, falling in mud, picking apples straight off the tree, playing in the pumpkin patch. It was a beautiful setting. Discovered a new variety of apple; Liberty. Just sublime. And this, to me, is part of the reason we moved; we'd have never gone apple picking in Holland. We rarely went outside of Amsterdam, and when we did it was to leave the country. Hopefully there are many more little adventures like this to come!

Monday, 14 September 2015

Dino Days

Last weekend was a doozey. It was a long weekend here in the US of A, and we headed to Field Station Dinosaur on Sunday. And LUCKY we did. It was the last weekend it will be open for a long time as they're getting kicked out of their space to make way for a new school. Bummer. I hope they can find a new space for the 35 life-size animated dino's they have. They were pretty rad. And Oscar was into them. I was a little worried he's be scared (he's 22 months old, still my baby), but nope, fearless and super excited. Happy-danced his way around the park and was exhausted for days after. Here are some snaps of some of the friends we made. Loved you, Dino park, good luck finding a new home.

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Play With Your Food

Tuesday night turned out to be a lot more interesting than anticipated this week! Edu's company, The Barbarian Group, leant their super desk out to artist Emilie Baltz in collaboration with chef Andrew Gerson of Brooklyn Brewery for Traces; an experimental 5-course meal. No utensils in sight! We donned aprons and sat down to smears of butter on the table, courses dolloped, squirted, splattered in front of us, then nothing but our fingers to dive in and enjoy the meal with. Firstly, aside from the art fun of it all, the food was amazing. Super tasty, interesting combinations, I loved everything. Even the raw sea urchin that I'd never had before, and raw meat. Who says I'm not adventurous with food? (my husband does). Hope I did you proud babe. I pretty much licked the table clean! Though I forgot to snap a pic of my fabourite course with raw scallops and pineapple and lime. Just delicious. Such good fun, and I'm inspired for my next dinner party... watch out dear friends.
Afterwards we took a stroll and ended up in this speak easy in Chelsea and took in a spot of live jazz as I downed a very tasty cosmopolitan. First cocktail in the city after pregnancy. Then home we sped back to relieve the grandparents of their duties and pass out all warm and fuzzy and happy and content for, oh, a solid 2 hours before the littlest boy woke for his feed. Great night, Dudu. Great night x

Thursday, 16 July 2015

Embroidered Zoetrope

Lots of fun with this embroidered zoetrope today.

Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Coney Island

A couple of weeks back when my whole family was in the city visiting we took a trip to Coney Island. I'd been once before, but saw things through different eyes with kids this time. We took Oscar on the Merry-Go-Round, of which he is a fan. Otherwise we just took in the sights, had some greasy food on the boardwalk and tried not to faint in the heat. My crazy siblings and hubby took a ride on The Thunderbolt. I passed. 

Thursday, 25 June 2015

Through The Looking Glass

The Metropolitan Museum of Art (the MET) has an incredible exhibition on right now; China: Through the Looking Glass. "This exhibition explores the impact of Chinese aesthetics on Western fashion and how China has fueled the fashionable imagination for centuries. In this collaboration between The Costume Institute and the Department of Asian Art, high fashion is juxtaposed with Chinese costumes, paintings, porcelains, and other art, including films, to reveal enchanting reflections of Chinese imagery."
It's spread out over three floors and is just spectacular. The pieces are all exceptional, and the curation of the exhibition is immaculate. If you're into fashion, China, or both, this is a not-to-be-missed experience. The spaces were all very dark, so the photos I took haven't come out great, but you'll get a taste.
Lovely pieces from old Hollywood. I discovered a new actress: Anna May Wong. These are a few of the dresses she wore during her career. I'm keen to look up a few of her movies now.
Lastly, make your way to the rooftop garden where there's also a temporary exhibition, though I didn't rate it much! The views overlooking Central Park though are fabulous.