Henry wore his wolf costume one last time today for Halloween. He wore it to daycare, where Maryellen had a party, and kept it on when he got home to hand out candy and trick or treat for the first time in our building. All the kids in the neighborhood seemed especially jubilant this Halloween. It might be because Halloween really didn’t happen last year due to the storm, or maybe I just notice more because Henry’s involved now.
Just as Mae got her energy back and started feeling well again, it was time for her mom and her to head back to Wyoming. The time together is always too short. While we were happy that Mae started feeling better, Henry’s eyes were swollen and pink by Sunday evening. He was diagnosed with conjunctivitis this afternoon. So far he’s still upbeat and active—just with pink, crusty eyes. We suspect Mae’s virus was misdiagnosed and the eye drop prescription Henry received would have helped her a lot sooner.
Whatever the case, the two cousins had a nice last day together, eating lunch, playing at the park and yelling gibberish at one another.
There were several Halloween events in our neighborhood yesterday. We were intent on joining a small parade that marches down Greenwich Street. This is a chance for all the kids in the neighborhood to dress up and walk to Washington Market while showing off their costumes. Henry and Mae both decided to take their naps shortly after we lined up.
On Sunday afternoon we went for another short walk and discovered a one-room museum, MMuseumm, tucked away in a freight elevator in a small alley in Tribeca. As a belated birthday gift, Julie and I were also able to go to dinner at her favorite dining spot, Les Halles. Thanks to Mark for watching both babies.
Today will be the saddest day of the visit, Julie and Mae are leaving this afternoon.
Julie was nice enough to accommodate my request to bake her recipe for Bee Sting Cake last night. I’d only recently learned of the existence of Bee Sting Cake (or Bienenstich, in German) when I tasted it at the Mercedes-Benz commissary during Octoberfest.
For those who haven’t encountered it yet, it consists of sweet yeast cakes with a custard cream filling and a caramelized honey almond topping.
Our initial plans included going to one park a day. We made it to the park yesterday. It is not easy to get two one-year-old’s out and about at the same time, but also Mae has been a bit under the weather since arriving. She is still a trooper though and really tries to be part every activity. We are enjoying each other’s (sometimes whiny) company nevertheless. (Picture of Julie’s Bee Sting cake to come in a later post).
Cousin Mae and Aunt Julie arrived in New York yesterday afternoon. We are excited to have them here for a long weekend. Henry and Mae got reacquainted by taking a splash bath.