Cousin Rachael in Central Park

Cousin Rachael came into town Monday to stay with us for a bit and check out some graduate school programs in the city. Rachael has not been to New York since she was 12, so we are happy to show her around again. Henry and her instantly became buddies. It was a perfect autumn day to take our guest to Central Park and walk around for hours.

Autumn Walk in the Park

Today I took Henry to see Hansel and Gretel’s Halloween Adventure at the Marionette Theatre in Central Park. The handcrafted marionette puppets played out a supposed dream by Hansel and Gretel after they return home from their adventure in the forest. Henry seemed to enjoy it, but also claimed “it was scary” and held on to my arm as we watched.  After the play, Henry was happy to lead me on a long walk through Central Park. I hadn’t been to Belvedere Castle or The Ramble for a long time, so his enthusiasm was appreciated.


Weight Training

Out for our morning exercise/basketball practice, Henry and I spotted a boot camp for kids taking place. Henry wanted to give it a try and the trainer, Jerry, guided him through some of the exercises. We hope to go for a complete session soon.

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Henry tackles the weight bench with Jerry spotting him.

First Fall Saturday

Henry and I stopped at the Mmuseumm in August. He has been talking about it several times since so we decided to take a leisurely stroll and stop in again today. It is a really interesting tiny museum that sits inside an old freight elevator that opens to Cortlandt Alley. The ally itself is used as a set for many movie and photo shoots. Years ago I walked by the area on my way to work every day and sometimes stopped to try to figure out what movie was being filmed and spotted a few celebrities too.

Washington Market Park shows a few movies outdoors at the end of September and last week Henry and I went to see The Princess Bride. Henry really liked Andre the Giant. Mark was able to join us for The Karate Kid this week. It is a nice, free event in our neighborhood.

Hangin’ With the Ladies

Henry spent the end of the week playing with his girlfriends. Isla and Jessica came into town for a short visit on Thursday. Henry and Isla hadn’t been together since last year so they were happy to be reunited. Friday, Henry spent time with Aubrey and Halsey in Prospect Park. We are happy this has become a weekly event.

Picnics and Festivals

We are filling up the last few weekends of summer with plenty of activities. Friday evening, Henry was reunited with a few of his daycare friends at a picnic in Battery City Park. It was nice to see Wren, Sigourney and Aubrey (with parents) for some play time. We hope to continue the reunions semi-regularly as more of the families from daycare return from summer trips and other obligations.

Saturday, we went across the river to Eamonn and Emily’s neighborhood in Jersey City for La Festa Italiana. This is an annual event that raises money for the Holy Rosary Church. It is much like a street fair/carnival with better, more authentic Italian food, cheap wine with peaches and gambling involved. Henry had fun hanging out with the grownups and winning an alien from a baseball throw.