We went to Madison Square Park and environs to sample the food and music at the Big Apple Barbecue Block Party. There were chefs/pitmasters from all over the country and opportunities to try all different regional styles. Even Henry, who’s sometimes a picky eater, couldn’t resist the ribs and pulled pork.
We had lunch on New Year’s Day with Eamonn and Emily at Hop Lee in Chinatown. Henry had an opportunity to take some of the pics himself.
This past weekend, Henry, Mark and I attended the Annual Cookie Walk, (although this was the first time we heard of it and attended it). It was a fun holiday event in which church parishioners at St. Nicholas of Myra Orthodox Church, bake a variety of holiday themed cookies and sell them to raise money for their church. Henry was able to gather as many cookies as would fill a Chinese food takeout box. He also crafted a snowman from marshmallows. Currently, Henry is very intrigued by snowmen and really wants to build one. He ended up eating one instead.
Henry and his cousin Mae really hit it off the first night of our visit. They hugged, bathed, and ate together. When Mae was not around Henry often repeated “Where is a Mae?, Where is a Mae?” and “I miss Mae, I miss Mae.” Minus a few episodes of yelling “No!” and “Mine!”, they had a fun time together.
Henry’s birthday is today. If the first two years go this fast, he will be a teenager in no time. As his mother, I will continue to feel nostalgia every September 5th, while his anticipation for his birthday will grow when he learns what it means.
Today, we had a short celebration with cake and asked Gabe and Jake to come help sing Happy Birthday. Tomorrow, we will have his party with his friends in the park (crossing our fingers that it does not rain).
Last night Henry encountered boiled crawfish on the menu for the first time. So far he finds them more hilarious than delicious. He enjoyed my demonstration of how to peel them and suck their heads but couldn’t bring himself to actually taste.
Dinner at Jaeger’s.
We visited Eamonn and Emily’s new apartment in Jersey City for Easter Sunday. Eamonn’s brother Colm brought their parents who are visiting from Minnesota. We joined them for Easter dinner along with our mutual friend Jessica Ho. Henry provided great entertainment and had us all singing (see video) with him during the wonderful meal that Emily put together. Henry enjoyed lots of ham and running up and down the apartment’s long hallway.