Tuesday, June 30, 2015

New York Day 1: Governors Island and Manhattan

Next up: family time! We drove back to New York and went to visit Steve's brother and our soon-to-be sister-in-law Ari. Ari had to work during the day, but Adam was able to find a little time to hang out with us, which was great.

The first day we headed to Governor's Island. The island has a long military history, but within the past few years has been restored into a family-friendly destination. It is a 15-minute ferry from Battery Park and costs $2. Once you are on the island there quite a bit to do.

 
Adam was nice enough to watch the girls for 45 minutes while Steve and I took a bike ride together around the island. The island is now 172 acres, but was originally only 69 acres, before material was deposited from excavating a part of the subway back in 1912. So it is pretty easy to cover the island on a bike in a short amount of time. Part of it is still being renovated and is scheduled to be done next year.


There are cool art installations on part of the island as well as a putt putt course.


Some of the original buildings.

Newly manicured landscaping in front the main building.

Eloise loving the day.

Interactive art.

 
 They had interesting playgrounds for kids. This swing looked like a bird's nest. 

Harriet flying her kite. 

 
Resting on the hammocks with a beautiful view of Manhattan with the Freedom tower in the background. 

Back in Manhattan, we pretty much only had time to visit the 9/11 memorial before heading back to Brooklyn. The place was packed with tourists, as you can imagine. We had a great day and by the end we were all exhausted.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Back to Connecticut

At the beginning of this month, we took a trip to Connecticut and New York. We did this same trip almost exactly two years ago. Although this time we reversed the trip. We flew into New York on Saturday and headed to John and Louise in Connecticut straight away since logistically it worked out better. This time the trip was a bit different since there were two new kids since last time. We had a wonderful time, as usual. It was fun to see improvements and how much the landscaping had changed since we were last there.

John and Eloise sharing a sweet moment book reading.

We went on a hike one day to get out of the house and explore.

Mae and Harriet are exactly two years apart had a great time together. Mae went back with John on the train on Sunday night so we were there with Louise and baby Olive until Tuesday.

So we did a little sightseeing on Monday. We went to the White Memorial Conservation Center, but we forgot to take pictures. The girls really liked it and they had an interesting museum about nature geared towards kids. The weather was a little iffy so we didn't hike around at all. We drove to the nearest big town, Litchfield and tried to shoot Eloise out of a cannon.

Action shot! The girls loved hanging around the house and playing with all the new, fun stuff.

Some new landscaping on the grounds.

Harriet loved baby Olive.

We went out to ice cream in Bantam. Weird tidbit, the Arethusa Farm Dairy is owned by the people who own Manolo Blahnik. Really diversifying, I guess.


On Tuesday we headed to Brooklyn, but before we left Connecticut we came across this weird structure.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Hippo for Olive


I made this seamless hippo for our friends' baby Olive. It was fairly quick to make and my favorite part is the sweater. There are 3 animals total in this pattern (hippo, elephant and rabbit) and I hope to make them all soon. It was fun to give her a book with a hippo theme along with the toy.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Twinsies

Eloise on the left, Harriet at the same age on the right. This sweet comparison was sent to us by our daycare provider.