Thursday, August 27, 2015

Summer Park Night

Summer's almost over, so let's wring every last bit of awesome out of it.  Brian's out of town on business, but tonight was our last chance to enjoy music at the river park.  So away we went.  Because sometimes you have to live a little and keep the kids up too late, even though you're seriously outnumbered.  And it was great, until it was time to go home - and one kid started screaming about wanting Italian Ice, and the other complained that we didn't stay long enough, and "everyone in the whole world is still there."  God love them.  I'm focusing on Gabe showing me his "new moves" and dancing his little heart out, Mira ALMOST walking, and Ellie running around like a mad-woman with a friend from school.  Good times.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Still Dutch Wonderful

In 2012 we went to Dutch Wonderland with Mike and Sari and had an awesome time.  We said "let's do it again next year!"  Well, it took a few more years than that, but we finally pulled it off.  And it was just as great as I remembered.

Seriously, she's enormous.  (And ready to walk any day....shall we take bets?  I say next Thursday)

Daddy, Uncle Mike, and Mira - riding a gondola, as you do.

The "Whip" ride was a huge favorite.

The (still) excruciatingly slow bulldozer ride.

And just for comparison...the same ride three years ago.

Other things that happened....I may have been the coward that made a CHILDREN'S RIDE stop so I could get off, but in my defense, I swear Ellie didn't like it either.  Sure, she said she wanted to go on again, but "with daddy this time" but she was just putting on a show of being brave, really.  Also, I got called out by the teenage girl running the Super Slide for being afraid of heights...but what does she know about what a mother will do for her children.  Oy.  Amusement parks aren't really my thing.  Here's hoping the kids are happy with Dutch Wonderland until they're 15.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Hudson Little Fish

Just another day swimming in the Hudson...there's a chance the boat may not be with us next year, and that is gonna make for some cranky water-babies.

Friday, August 7, 2015

Snoozing on the Boat

Sometimes a girl's just gotta sleep.

Post-nap with some buddies.  Don't they look like Charlie's Angels?

Florida Part Two

Just the girls.


Florida Part One

Oops!  We went to Florida and I forgot to post pictures!

Look at them, just rearing to go.  Our flight was at 6am so we didn't bother getting dressed.  And we STILL almost didn't make it.

Family selfie on the way to the pool!

Mommom took the bigs to Butterfly World, so Mira got to go to lunch at Houston's.  I want to go back.  Always, and forever.

And then this happened at Butterfly World.  Nice picture, Mommom!

And Mira went to the beach for the first time!  She approves.

Date Night!

Brian and I were able to get out on the town while my mom was visiting.  
Of course, "on the town" means playing beer pong in the parking lot of the JCC.
Gotta love it.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Phone Photo Cache

Sometimes, you just have to empty out the pictures from your phone without any rhyme or reason.

Someone turned 40!  And it wasn't Ellie.  But we spent the day in Brooklyn celebrating anyway.

I can't help it....I just LOVE this little white denim jacket.

How many Schneider kids does it take to spin a salad?

Because squishy baby bottoms are the best ever.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

The Boat! She Runs!

After a terrific start to the season, the boat broke down again...But look!  She's back!

We celebrated with a really fun day with the Walkers.  
Down the Harlem River (much more fun on the boat than on our daily train commute) and then up to Sleepy Hollow for a little beach action.  All hail Buddy the Boat!

Swimming in the Hudson?  Sure!  Just don't think too hard about it.

Summer Fun

Apparently this is what goes on in the backyard while Brian and I are working. :)


Thursday, July 9, 2015

Happy Fourth!

We had a lovely, chill Fourth of July this year.  Usually we've hosted some big barbecue extravaganza, and while it's always been fun, we're trying to keep things a little smaller this year.  So we just had one of Gabe's school buddies and her family over.  I swear we weren't swayed by the fact that the father is a chef and smoked pastrami and corned beef AND made a blueberry pie to bring over.  Really, not swayed at all.

Anyhow, it was lovely and we made it to the river for the fireworks and ran into people we know, and in general had a perfect small town Fourth of July.  I loved it.

We also dog-sat for the neighbors...and yes, this happened.

My brave boy climbing the rocks by the river.

It looks like Mira approves of glow sticks!

Like I said, perfection.

Thursday, July 2, 2015


Wednesday, July 1, 2015


Dorothy sent me this shot a couple days ago.  I can't believe how big she's getting.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

On the Move

Look what's happened in the last two weeks!  Mira's crawling!  This video is from her very first morning figuring it out, and now she's ALL OVER THE PLACE.

And now she stands too!

She's so damned proud of herself.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Kindergarten Graduation

How on Earth is Ellie a first grader?  This is clearly impossible.

Getting ready to sing at the Spring Concert.

Her fake mortarboard is the cutest thing ever.

She brought Gabe up with her to get her diploma.  So sweet.

Thanks, Mrs. Daley!

And this is Jordan.  Her boyfriend.  Except they "broke with each other" because she was just "tricking him" and wasn't really his girlfriend.  And so it starts.

Summer Fun on Father's Day

Gabe discovered water balloons this weekend.  The world will never be the same.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Throwing Rocks


So Sri turned 41, and we all celebrated by visiting his favorite hometown amusement park.  Chocolate for everyone!

I am so happy the kids are developing an appreciation for Air Hockey.  

Gabe was loving all the rides, except the kid roller-coaster.  Neither of them were a big fan of that bad boy.

Mira taking a mid-morning bottle break.

Ellie and her godfather.  They had SUCH a good day together.


These two really enjoyed each other.

Betty thought it was HYSTERICAL to copy Mira.

No 41-year-olds birthday party is complete without a make-your-own-pizza party.

And a visit from a slightly disturbing Hershey's Kiss!

Happy Birthday, Uncle Sri!