Friday, April 18, 2014

Missing Grandpa

Ellie and sweet Willow...missing Grandpa.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Smiley Folks on a Sad Day

My dad passed away this morning, so we are in Vermont helping with arrangements and just being together. His death wasn't unexpected, but it was certainly sooner than we all would have liked. But even among the tears, you can't keep a silly girl down. This picture from lunch today makes me smile. A lot.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Last Vacation Pics

We're home now, after a bouncy flight that made Gabe throw up and me burst into tears upon landing.  Oy.  Two feet on the ground for a while, please.

It's cold and rainy in New York, but in a (brilliant?) quirk of scheduling we go on vacation again in 6 weeks.  I think we're going to be okay. 

Monday, April 14, 2014

In Their Natural Habitat

Little Fish

Look what Daddy taught Ellie to do this week!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Date Night

We left the kids with Mommom and Poppop to sneak away for a couple child-free hours. Of course we went back to our favorite waterfront restaurant for more grilled artichokes, followed by "The Grand Budapest Hotel."  Dinner and a movie and still home by 9:30. We are rock stars.  

Meanwhile, in Tarrytown

Our neighbor sent this picture from our garden. Spring is coming! Spring is coming!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Another Beach Day

You'd think we'd be sick of this already.  You'd be wrong. 

Out of the Pool!

See, mom?  Sometimes we get dressed and leave the pool!

Then we go right back.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Pool Buddies


This kid. He just kills me.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Birthday Selfie

On our way to the pool, again, because we have absolutely nothing else we need to do. I love vacation.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014


There's been some mild concern around the Schneider household this winter that Ellie's hair may have turned straight. Let's just say Florida has alleviated some of that concern. 

Chocolate Covered Frozen Bananas

Mommom, you may have created a monster.

Monday, April 7, 2014


Someone just got to enjoy a two-hour lunch on the verandah at Houston's.    Grilled artichokes, you complete me.  The kids loved watching boats pass through the drawbridge, and Gabe devoured some fried grouper.  'Atta boy.   It was such a civilized, lovely lunch.  Who are these kids and what have they done with my children?

Sunday, April 6, 2014


We have found the cure for this endless winter -- getting the heck out of  Dodge. 

Me and My Girl

Monday, March 31, 2014

Dad and His Boy

Friday, March 21, 2014

Proper Spaghetti Technique

You'll notice I didn't take a picture of his sister shoveling spaghetti into her mouth by the fistful.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Happy St. Patrick's Day

Sure, the kids are only 1/8th Irish, but we're not gonna let that stop us!

The whole posse.

What, doesn't every St. Patrick's Parade start with the Headless Horseman?  I love this town.

Aunt Bess and Baby Betty.

It may have been a touch cold.

How many licks to the center of a Tootsie Pop?  The world may never know.

Look!  All four (five!) of us in one picture!

Friday, March 14, 2014

Birthday Round Up

Just finally getting around to posting some pictures from Gabe's little birthday party. 

Barnyard Cousins!

All the girls, in descending age.  On a related note, Gabe needs some boy friends.  And oh my god....Ellie is insane for cheese puffs.

Stick the skull on the dinosaur fossil!

Better luck next year?

Happy Birthday, Gabey!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014


Our little friend Penn had his birthday party this past weekend at the Greenburgh Nature Center.  Thanks to his mom for sending this picture of the kids getting much closer to a snake than I would want to.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Bunk Beds

Look who's super excited about her new bedroom furniture! We scored a whole Pottery Barn bedroom set off Craigslist a few weeks ago, and Todd and Brian put it all together this weekend.  Now we just need to paint and hang some pictures on the wall.  It finally doesn't look like Ellie and Gabe sleep in a 19th century flophouse!

Of course, with order in one room, comes complete chaos in another.  The soon-to-be nursery is making me break out into hives.  We've got a long way to go...

Picky Picky Picky

Despite Brian's best efforts, Eleanor still won't eat french fries.  That's okay.  More for us.

Sunday, March 2, 2014


I did make the dinosaur cake, but at the last minute Gabe insisted he wanted to blow out his candles on the purple cake.  There's no arguing with the birthday boy.

Roar!  Thanks, Pinterest!  

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Happy Birthday, Gabe

Dear Gabe,  
Today you turn three.  How is that even possible?  I woke up early and came downstairs to sip some coffee before the madness starts.  You're going to help me make your cake in a couple of hours.  A dinosaur cake, as you insist.  It's going to be messy, and you're going to want to stir the batter for hours.  That, and ask if you can lick the bowl every 10 seconds.  Your sense of time could use some work.

You're a joy and a terror, as only a three-year-old can be.  You frequently tell me you love me, but just as often imperiously tell me you're not going to play with me anymore.  You love your sister and will obligingly pretend to be her kitty whenever she asks, meowing and crawling around the house driving the real cat mad.  This year is going to rock your world as you learn how to be a big brother, and I know you're not going to love every minute of it.  But I'll love you enough to make up the difference.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014


Is there anything cuter than a bunch of 4-year-olds at dance class?

The class is only 45 minutes long, so Gabe and I generally hang out in the hallway, making a mess with the water fountain and generally being a nuisance.  But sometimes he lets me linger by the window to the studio...and watching the class just about kills me.