Snow before Halloween was certainly a ﬁrst. Saturday was a complete slushy mess. Thankfully we unearthed the stroller blanket and packed Ellis into her cocoon so we could get outside for a few minutes. This year Ellis dressed up as a police woman and Erik and I were her convicts.
I love these fall weekends. Friday we attended the opening of Josephine’s solo exhibition at Sikkema Jenkins. The show looks incredible and we are so proud of how far she has come in her artistic career. On Saturday we took the ferry down to Dumbo for brunch. The East River Ferry has been great. The pier is only two blocks from our house and it’s so much easier to navigate with a stroller than the subway. Today we rented a car and drove out to Long Island for a day of biking and picnics at Caumsett Park with Dave, Simone, and Henry. Ellis is just all smiles and giggles around Sophie.
Ellis and Erik draw in her room every morning while I stumble out of bed, shower and make breakfast. Half of the time she calls out requests for things she wants Erik to draw. Usually it’s her closest buddies (Lulu, Annabelle and Max), Mama and Papa, baby with her bottle, cats, trains and shoes. This morning Ellis surprised us by drawing her own glasses over Erik’s drawing of us. She loves glasses...which is great because I have a strong feeling she’s inherited our less than 20/20 vision. Besides glasses, she also likes her friends to have pacifiers. She’s drawing one on herself in the second photo.
Earlier this month I went to the Bring to Light Festival in Greenpoint. It’s part of the global Nuit Blanche celebration. I went last year and was amazed to see Ellis’ local playground completely transformed. Loved it again this year. The large scale projections were my favorite.
Another weekend has flown by. This one was unexpectedly warm...a nice last gasp of summer. I brought the sandals and picnic blanket back out and we enjoyed two nice bike rides. We are starting to get the hang of biking as a family and looking forward to more rides before winter sets in. After two years of traveling with Ellis in the stroller or carrier, biking is a refreshingly different pace. On Saturday there was a Pumpkin Festival in McCarren Park. Ellis enjoyed decorating her ﬁrst pumpkin. We also made it up to Long Island City and saw a neat sky writing piece.
The past few weeks have been great for Ellis. She’s healthy, happy, sleeping well, not terribly tantrum-y, picking up a few new words everyday, and newly obsessed with drawing. I know other weeks will be a lot more challenging (like the potty training ones) so I just want to pause and take note of these weeks while they are here. I am probably feeling so gushy because she just said her ﬁrst “Love you Mama” when I put her to bed tonight.
We’ve now lived here for over a month and are feeling very settled in. Only a few times have I almost walked up to the third ﬂoor. I hardly miss our old space although I am very curious to see how the new tenants have transformed it. For friends and family who haven’t been able to visit in person, I wanted to share a few photos. One is a pre-cleaning, post-hurricane Ellis photo and another is of our new dining room chairs.