Saturday, January 23, 2016

Vermont Vacation

We packed our suitcases full of winter gear, ready for the single digit temperatures in Ludlow, Vermont. It was the first trip where both kids went skiing. Actually, let me clarify, Violet skied and Ivy spent 15 min outside before dragging her instructor back in. On the second day, we were smarter and gave her into daycare. Violet kicked some major bunny slope butt. I was so excited to see her go down the hill unassisted and break when getting to the bottom. A proud moment from someone who has been trying to ski for the last decade and is still unsuccessful. The trip overall was great, with good food and tons of activities, even for those of us who don't venture too far away from the bunny slope. We went tubing, ice skating, sledding, and spent most evenings at the pool.
Snow boots: check!
5am car ride excitement
View of the mountain from our room
Ivy warming up after ice skating
Group selfie
Violet is ready for ski school
Ivy looks ready, but looks can be deceiving
Splashing in the pool
Windchill was -8 that day #noskinshowing
This duo is coming to a Cirque du Soleil near you
French Onion Soup--one of the many soups I had on the trip. Not pictured here but equally delicious was the New England clam chowder, in a bread bowl.
On the way up to tubing. After going down the hill, Ivy said that it made her heart hurt. 
Driving back home and enjoying the beautiful views

Monday, January 4, 2016

A December to Remember

This was one of the busiest and most memorable Decembers that I can remember.  The girls are getting bigger, naps are a thing of the past and planning a day out has actually become manageable and dare I say: fun!  This was also my first year taking advantage of the time off that agencies are given between Christmas and New Years.  I had a whopping 12 days to spend time with the kids, sleep in, pig out and just enjoy the unseasonably warm winter break.  Below are a few collages of our adventures.  
 Ninja NY
 Liberty Science Center (I'll never let go!)

Clockwise from top left: Hard Nut at BAM, Fun Home, Nutcracker (Cobble Hill Ballet), A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder
 Asian Cravings fulfilled: Ippudo, Oiji and Ganso Yaki
 Skating at LeFrak
 
Holiday Train Show at the Bronx Botanical Garden
 Window Displays (Macy's and Lord and Taylor)
 Asian Cravings, the Home Edition (making Gyoza with mom and Peter)
 Fifth Annual Christmas Party 
Playing Dress Up with Audrey
 Violet's and Ivy's Ballet Recital (I use the word recital here very loosely)
Ivy's Holiday Show at A.Fantis
New Year's Eve 

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Adios Tooth #2

Violet: Mom, I lost another tooth today at school.
Me: Wow, no way.  Let me see!
Violet (opens her mouth to show me her new gap): I don't have the tooth though.  I lost it in the auditorium.
Me: How did you lose it?
Violet: I don't know.  We were watching a movie and it fell on the floor and I couldn't find it. But, mommy, can you call the tooth fairy and tell her that I lost it but it won't be under my pillow?
Me: Sure, I can do that.  I think she will also write you a beautiful note sprinkled with fairy dust.
Violet: No, it's ok, can you just tell her to bring the money.
Me: I am sure she will bring the money AND the note.
Violet: No, it's ok, I don't need the note...just the money.