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.
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?
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
And Gabe starts preschool next week. It's going to be an adjustment - all of us learning our new routines and how to get everyone dressed, fed, out the door, and back again. Dressed, fed, out the door, and back again. That's the story of my life.