Sunday, November 2, 2014

Seven Lakes 2014

Arosha and Grandpa.Last week we went to Seven Lakes for a picnic and some pictures. T. Oksana did not feel well, so it was just us, kids and d. Borya.

Autumn.We got to the lakes relatively fast, although there was a little bit of traffic in Manhattan. Then by the lakes we lost about 25 minutes trying to find a place where we usually stop. It was a gorgeous sunny day, so we were happy to be closer to nature at last.

Colors.We had a small picnic pretty much right away — I took some boiled eggs, baked potatoes, bread, kolbasa, tomatoes, cucumbers and celery. We got a little cold while eating, but warmed up afterwards.

Throwing stones into the water.The autumn colors were past the peak, but the nature was still very pretty.

Washing shells in the lake.We went down to the water. Arosha and I were throwing stones of all sizes into the water, and Anюta tried to do the same without much success.

Anna with Dad.Arosha and d. Borya found some worms and other insects — both of them love exploring nature. They also found a woolly bear caterpillar, which Arosha really wanted to take home for observation. D. Borya said that the caterpillar was about to turn into pupa and encase itself into cocoon. Unfortunately, Arosha might have squeezed it a bit too hard while picking it up, so it did not survive the road to Brooklyn.

Lake Welch.They also saw some wild berberis, and Arosha really wanted to try some. We did not let him, but I had dried berberis at home, and he ate some and really liked it. It’s funny that he always wants to try everything he sees outside, and one of the first questions he asks when he sees things is whether they are edible or not.

Walking.Anechka also enjoyed our trip. I am so glad that we are able to get out of the city from time to time.

Autumn colors.We stopped at Red Bowl restaurant in Williamsburg on our way back. Haven’t been there in a while, so it was nice to chat with David and Vivian and to eat their delicious food. Danya went for Peking Duck as usual and I got steamed sea bass with tofu. Yum!
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Sunday, November 2, 2014

Halloween 2014

Our lemon and our tiger.This year Arosha decided that he wants to be a lemon. I asked him a few times before ordering a costume, but he did not change his mind. I think it’s a cute idea. There was pretty much only one lemon costume available online, so I did not have much choice. It turned out to be OK. Not great, but not too bad either. Arosha’s favorite color nowadays is yellow by the way.

Anюta has gotten Arosha’s old tiger costume. She looked cute in it, although she did not fancy the hood all that much.

YUM!It was pretty cold outside, but at least it was not raining. I put Anechka’s costume on top of her jacked and a hat, so she would stay warm.

Arosha liked trick-or-treating with Rachel in local stores last year so much that he wanted to repeat the same thing this year. I tried to arrange for Rachel and her little brother to join us, but they decided not to go at the end. I also invited Alex, Arosha’s new classmate, but they also bailed on us at the last moment. I think it might have something to do with the fact that Arosha and Alex fight sometimes, and his mom was not sure how the whole thing will go. Oh, well.

Grandpa and Arosha.Anyhow, after I picked Arosha from school, we put on his costume on the playground (on top of the jacket and a green hoody), and went to get some candy. I mostly stayed outside with Anюta, so Arosha went to the stores by himself. He got less candy than last year because he visited less stores. It was not as much fun for him since he had no company, but he still liked it. He even got a $1 bill from a random lady at Subway store, and we spent it on the kid’s rides by the Pizzeria.

We were finished in about an hour and went to the playground. D. Borya joined us there, but we only stayed there for about half an hour, since it was getting really cold.

Little tiger.And in the evening we met up with our neighbors — a 10 year old girl Nicole and her mom. We joined them last year for trick-or-treating around the building, and did the same this year. Nicole was wearing a mermaid costume, but unfortunately I did not take any pictures in the evening.

We started from our wing of the building, then proceeded to the part where Danya’s parents live, and I left Anechka with t. Oksana.

Grandpa with grandkids.Arosha had a blast. He was running around happily, and even though many people did not open their doors, there was someone giving out treats on almost every floor in each wing of the building. It took us almost two hours to go through, and I felt like a squeezed lemon at the end.

He got a lot of candy. We still need to go through it and sort all the chocolate things out for Danya’s work, since none of us eat chocolate at the moment (Danya and Arosha don’t like it, me and Anюta can’t have it on account of her eczema).

Mom.All in all, I am happy with the way the day went. Arosha was waiting for the Halloween for a long time, and anticipation was increasing the closer to October 31 it was getting. I wonder what costume he’ll pick out next year.
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