Thursday, October 30, 2014

Butter the Elephant

Gabe's preschool sends "Butter the Elephant" home with each student for adventures.  Naturally, he (she?) went scootering on the block.  Can I say?  Documenting Butter's activities for a weekend felt like a lot of responsibility, and we returned him two days late.  Homework is going to be quite the shock.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Three Months

"Say what?!  I'm three months old?  That is SO COOL."


My FIVE YEAR OLD (yes, this is still blowing my mind) had her annual check-up yesterday, so she stayed home from school for some special girl time.  She's 40" tall and 35 pounds.  Still, as always, a peanut.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Fashion Tips

Sandals with socks is always a DON'T, but sandals and footy pajamas?  A definite DO.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Last Birthday Pics

And just like that, Ellie's birthday is gone.  The Birthday Banner on the mantel is down and won't go back up until Brian's birthday in January.  Luckily we have Halloween, Thanksgiving, Hannukah, and Christmas to get us through and satisfy our cake and candy cravings!  I love this time of year.

A little leaf throwing after getting off the school bus.

Showing off her birthday-crown from school.

Chocolate milk and leftover birthday cake is the best afterschool snack ever.

Seriously?  This kid kills me.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Happy Birthday!

Licking the bowl after cake making.

The finished "heart" cakes.

Gabe loved running around with the balloons.

Happy Birthday, darling.  I can't believe you are five.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Almost Twelve Weeks

Toothless grins are some of the best grins...

Tuesday, October 14, 2014


A few weekends ago Sleepy Hollow held both an Oktoberfest festival and a carnival supporting the local EMS in the same park, on the same day.  It was awesome.  Beer, sausage and polka music for the grown ups. Rides, rides, and more rides for the littles.

Poconos Weekend

Our lovely neighbors invited us to spend Columbus Day weekend at their cabin in the Poconos, and it was Mira's first time sleeping away from home!  We're so close to three months I can taste it.  The big excitement of the weekend was that we accidentally found ourselves in the middle of a manhunt, so we were surrounded by cops constantly patrolling and searching the woods.  Maybe not the best time to let the kids run mad outside.  So we chilled in the cabin (mostly), cooked chicken upside down (Andrew), ate burnt apple crisp (me), and played games.  All in all not a bad weekend.

Chilling with the baby by the fire.  I could have stayed like this for days.

L and G.

Gabe is not exactly into posing for pictures lately.

Ellie and L having a grand ol' time.

Playing in the field.  Anyone see a fugitive in the background?

Gabe and his GIANT ROCK.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

We've Got Fairies!

The fairies moved in!  The fairies moved in!  We built this fairy door into our porch last fall, and eagerly anticipated our new fairy neighbors' arrival.  We waited, and waited, all winter, through summer, and still nothing.  Until today. Gabe and I were at the mall, and when we picked up Ellie after school look what we found!  The fairies must have moved in while Gabe and I were shopping.  They set up a little patio table, and even put a pot of flowers on their step.  All we need is a french press and a copy of the Fairy-New York Times and I'd feel right at home.

Gabe left a box of rocks as a present for them, and Ellie wrote a card covered in hearts welcoming them to our house.  I sure hope they write back!

And GREAT Grandma and the Newest

Miriam and her Great Grandmother, Doris.

Last weekend we threw the kids in the car and put another state under Mira's belt, Pennsylvania!  Brian's grandmother was visiting from Florida and we couldn't miss the opportunity to get these two together.  Thanks to Brian's cousin Kathleen Jacobsohn for the picture.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Friday, October 3, 2014

9 weeks?

10?  I'm losing track.  Which is a good thing, right?

And then there were three

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Latest Performance

I swear to God I had nothing to do with this.  I was upstairs getting dressed and came down to this madness.

Friday, September 26, 2014

All Five!

Mike snapped a shot of us outside synagogue on Rosh Hashanah.  Hooray!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Loving on her Brother


Aw, what a cute picture!  Right after Mira was born Brian took the kids to a friend's birthday party and this picture came with the thank you card.  How thoughtful is that!?  I love it.  It's three-fifths of the Schneiders!  We actually have parent night at Gabe's school next week and we're supposed to bring a family photo.  Guess that means we're attempting to take a family photo this weekend.  This should be hysterical.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014


Gabe wants to be a ghost this year, and since I'm going to be throwing his costume together myself, I've been trying to figure out what exactly he thinks a ghost looks like.  So I asked him to draw me a picture.  This is what I got.  Wish me luck!

Monday, September 22, 2014

8 Weeks

Mira's eight weeks old today.  Only a few more weeks till we hit the magical 3-month point.  As it is, she's already inching towards "baby" and away from "newborn."  We're almost there!

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Movie Night

Another hot Saturday night in Schneiderville.

Third Friday

Where else can you crawl through a bouncy obstacle course, drown your face in cotton candy, and catch an aerial circus act?  All two blocks from home.  Thanks to Amy for capturing the moment.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

A Boy and His Bagel

First Smiles

They're fleeting, and really hard to capture on film (film?!  really? I wouldn't even know where to buy film these days)...but I think we have some first smiles!

She's totally smizing in that bottom pic.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Every Woman's Fantasy

He says he's making me cake.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

7 Weeks

Head's not quite up, but she's working on it.

Nursing Party

Ellie and Gabe practice nursing the rainbow bears they got at the neighbor's birthday party.  I didn't have the heart to point out the biological impossibility to Gabe.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Rockwood Hall

There are lots of beautiful places surrounding us, but Rockwood Hall is one of our favorites:  An old mansion foundation that triggers the gothic-romantic in me? Check.  Mowed, but not manicured, fields for the kids to run in?  Check.  Views of the Hudson that'll blow your mind?  Checkmate.

It's pretty darn awesome.  Plus, it's on my running route.  I'm not back running (YET) but today the kids and I went for a walk and a little tree climbing.  I also managed to get everyone back and forth from school, and pulled off a family Shabbat dinner.  I rocked today.

"Are you sure this a good idea, mom?"

Checking out the view from the canopy.  She's all of three feet off the ground here.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014


Gabe's First Day

Monday, September 8, 2014

Are You Ready for Some Football?!

Here we go, yo.  He's so proud...

Playground Antics

The Coburn men came down for the football draft.  John keeps pointing out that all his draft stickers were coated in cheese dust and implying David was responsible.  Sure...

This picture just cracks me up.