We went to Boston’s Children’s Museum this week as part of our Summer of Us fun. The best part? The Arthur green screen room when Z was IN an episode!
Hydrangeas in bloom.
Summer = ice cream dripping down your fave shirt and not caring one bit…
Speaking of… obviously we have a lot of laundry with the addition of a newborn to our family, but this is a photo of where I per-treat stains. Kids. are. messy.
We let Z stay up to watch belated fourth of July fireworks one night, she loved them and now asks to watch fireworks almost every day.
The most amazing tuna tartar appetizer.
Have a great weekend all!
Last summer when we took Z to our favorite park to fly a kite, she had a blast. We knew this year would be even better now that she’s older and could (potentially) fly a kite on her own so we added to our Summer of Us list. Over the long holiday weekend we paid a visit to Brenton State Park to fly a kite!
Getting the kite ready…
…Daddy helping to get it in the air…
…and flying the kite all on her own – success!
A few notes if you go this summer:
– Brenton Point State Park is on Ocean Drive in Newport, RI where Narragansett Bay meets the Atlantic Ocean. It’s easily a day trip drive from Boston, about an hour and 30/45 minutes.
– It’s a great kite park because of the winds because of its location right on the ocean. Be prepared with a sweatshirt or sweater, it can be chilly there even on the hottest summer days.
– There are public restrooms available during park hours (sunrise to sunset) from Memorial Day through Halloween.
– Bring a picnic along with your kite and make a day of it. There are quite a few places to get great take-out lunch in Newport, a few of our faves are:
– Rosemary & Thyme, a great French bakery that serves sandwiches starting at 11:30am.
– Peaceable Market, right on Thames St serving sandwiches and salads.
– Flo’s Clam Shack, if you’re looking for traditional fried fish, this is the place but go early, this place gets packed!
– Blue Rocks Market, really great sandwiches and pre-made salads and food. It’s also a little market with all sorts of yummy treats!
– Ash Mart, looks like just a convenience store from the outside, but they make great, traditional sub sandwiches. Go here if the line is too long at Blue Rocks, it’s just across the street.
My Z is a girly girl, that comes as no surprise. So, once she realized how much she loved wearing dresses, she has requested them non-stop! Since most of our days include playground and backyard playing (sand! dirt! mud!) they aren’t always the best choice, but she does have a small collection of cute, wear-anywhere dresses. Here is one of her faves:
Hair bows – Forever 21 (there are 2 because we’ve been doing a lot of pigtails lately) / Blue Dress – Tucker & Tate (similar) / Bike shorts (that don’t usually show, but are worn to cover up her diaper, she’s a lady!) – Target / Silver Sandals – Saltwater (these are the best! They’re cute enough to be dressy but durable and waterproof enough to wear anywhere – including puddles and splash pads)
We have a hurricane blowing through today, so our Independence Day is looking a lot like this…
Hope your long weekend is great!!
Other than my cute husband, my favorite export out of New York is the bagels. They are just…better than anywhere else – it’s the water, they say. So whenever my in-laws visit they always bring a few up for us to freeze and enjoy later. And since we don’t eat them very often, when we do, I prefer to go all out with plenty of cream cheese. My fave is a whole wheat bagel with veggie cream cheese. But it has to be real veggie cream cheese, like from an actual bagel shop – the kind you get a the grocery store barely qualifies as having veggies in it, they look more like shavings of freeze dried unidentifiable vegetables. So what do I do? I make my own! It’s simple and I highly recommend it the next time you treat yourself to a New York (or local!) bagel.
It’s easy to make yourself, just grab your favorite veggies and softened cream cheese. For this batch I used a green onion, carrot, and celery. I also recommend a little lightly cooked broccoli and finely diced green or red pepper as options, too.
I chopped the onion and celery and shaved the carrot. Mix with your softened cream cheese, spread on your bagel…