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.
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.
We met Stella and her parents in Central Park today, followed by some fun at the sprinklers outside Hayden Planetarium at the Natural History Museum. Stella and Henry are really good buddies and they spent lots of time running around and sweating in the hot sun. Needless to say, both kids were pretty worn out afterwards.
More highlights of my family’s visit are seen below. Saturday we had a picnic at Sheep Meadow in Central Park. Sunday, we went to a barbeque in Brooklyn at Miranda and Alex’s house. They were great hosts and the kids played and played and played. Although most of our activities were centered around two-year-olds, my sister Julie and nephew Blue were able to sneak away for a night in Times Square and also attended a Yankees game on Sunday night. We missed them all a lot when they left Tuesday afternoon.
We were invited to a superhero themed birthday party in Central Park on Sunday for a family friend’s son, Evan. This was right up Henry’s alley as he, like many boys his age, is currently very interested in superheroes and all the powers they possess. There was also an amazing marble slide at the Billy Johnson Playground within the park.
Today, I ran a half-marathon, Grete’s Great Gallop. I haven’t run this race for several years as it was previously held in the hottest part of August and I had never done particularly well. Luckily, the schedule has changed, and it was a perfect fall day for running. I ran a PHPB (Post Henry Personal Best). The hills of Central Park are never easy, but knowing my two favorite people were waiting at the finish inspired me to push through. Henry, Mark and I played on the Sheep Meadow afterwards and enjoyed listening to an Irish folk band near the bandshell.
As a sidenote, the race is named after Grete Waitz who was a nine-time NYC Marathon champion. She died of cancer in 2011. You can see more details about the fundraising efforts on the Fred’s Team homepage. I did not raise money, but definitely believe in the cause.
We attended the Central Park SummerStage concert today where Dr. John was scheduled to perform but he cancelled at the last moment due to illness and was taken to the hospital as a precaution. Opening act, New Orleans folk-rock group Hurray for the Riff Raff, put on a good show so we enjoyed ourselves anyway. Get well soon, Dr. John.
We went to an annual birthday picnic in Central Park for friends which allowed Henry to attempt rock climbing again. With my assistance, he reached an altitude of about 5 feet.