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.
Playing with Aubrey.
Swordsman in a castle.
Friends and parents from daycare.
He won the alien.
The sun beating down on the festival.
Bounce house close-up.
Miranda tries the bull.
Emily almost tries the bull.
Dad throws the ball.
Henry gets his turn to throw the ball.
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.
Getting a lift from Eamonn.
The flipside of boundless enthusiasm for new activities is crushing disappointment when it’s time to stop.
Snot nose in foreground; Central Park’s Lake and The San Remo towers in background.
Mark, Henry and I went to another picnic in the Sheep Meadow in Central Park on Saturday. Aaron, Cara-Lynn, and Sierra Deutsch hosted. The weather has been reasonable compared to the heat wave of the previous week, so it was nice to be able to be outside and socialize.
Henry crawled away from the group and Sierra brought him a plate to play with.
Henry learns to take a joke as Sierra sprinkles grass on his head.
Sierra runs back to the group after giving Henry the plate.
Aaron mixes up fresh guacamole.
Gavin and Henry work on their golf game.
Mimi in the park.
Subway maintenance almost every weekend means long waits in hot subway stations.
This afternoon we attended an annual birthday picnic in Central Park for friends, Emily and Carolyn before returning home to welcome Jacqui’s stepsister, Terra and her family visiting from Wyoming.
Sierra offers Henry a cracker with cheese during the picnic. Henry politely declined, citing insufficient teeth.
Henry enjoys the picnic.
Henry in the grass in Central Park.
Jacqui shows Henry the boats in the lake.
Jacqui, Henry and Sierra in the park.
Guests of honor, Carolyn and Emily celebrate their June birthdays.
Henry, Jacqui and Mimi cross the Bow Bridge in Central Park.
Henry meets Jacqui’s stepsister, Terra and her family. (left to right: Andrew, Emma, Terra, Matt, Henry, Jacqui)