Pizza and a Big Puzzle

After our morning trip to Bear Mountain, we headed home for a lazy Boxing Day. We did a big — 100 piece! — puzzle, a Christmas gift from Sarah to Sam. Then Hunna dusted off his homemade pizza recipe and […]


Merry Christmas 2016!

A wonderfully quiet, laid-back day, with gifts, breakfast and a brisk walk around Rockland Lake. Santa brought Sam a robot! Hunna wins the wrapping contest once again. Just gorgeous! Hunna, Sam, Boo. Post-present relaxation. Sondra and Leigh join us for […]


Christmas Eve 2016

We scored a last-minute guest to Christmas Eve services and dinner. Welcome to the Farm, Boo! Sondra, before the 4 p.m. service. Owen preaches. A star hangs above the entrance to the church.    Sam, in festive Christmas attire. Our […]


Winter Party at Kindergarten

A few parents and I helped out with the winter party at Samantha’s kindergarten class. Crafts, stories and cupcakes. What a way to celebrate! Here, a pop-up book on the 12 Days of Christmas! Paper lanterns… a craft I designed […]


Christmas Pageant 2016

My little angel is growing up! This year in the Christmas Pageant, she was a “lead angel,” and led the procession down the aisle to “Glooooooria,” twirling as she went.    No room in the inn. Ready to go, Sam? […]

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First Snow of Winter

We woke up to a winter wonderland! First snow of the season! Snow angels were a requirement, naturally. Winter at the farm.      One last holdout from the garden: Down by Charlie’s house, evergreens! And then a fire and some […]

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Visiting Herman Miller

  The new Herman Miller flagship store is rather more like a home than a retail space. A foyer of sorts welcomes you, then you make your way along an avenue that opens into rooms; an office, a living room, a […]


A Christmas Sunday

  A very Christmas-y Sunday. Church, cookies, stockings! First, at church, we got to ring the handbells during the service!    After church, Sam and I made some gingerbread men. (Recipe here: Gingerbread Cookies.) And in the evening, I finished […]


Watching Day at Ballet

Sam’s ballet semester comes to an end with a performance of the Nutcracker. And Sam got to play Clara! Warning: many cute photos of little girls dancing ahead. Related posts: Watching Day at Ballet Sam Graduates from Ballet Sam at […]


Messiah Sing!

The annual Messiah Sing at Grace Church is a don’t-miss on our holiday calendar. And this year, we finally came bearing our own scores! Hallelujah! Related posts: Messiah Sing and Advent Party! Messiah Sing Blessing of the Animals The Annual […]


Back Yard with Bambi

Dancing around the yard with Bambi! Related posts: Lunch at the Yard House At the Yard House for Lunch Garden Update and Sam on the Bambi Blanket Planting Bulbs in the Back Yard


Concert at Franklin Street Park

A lovely evening at a different sort of concert! This one was held in the Franklin Street Park between Depot Place and Franklin Street in South Nyack. The Old 97s put on a rockin’ show. Best part? We could see […]


Slide the City!

What a crazy fun thing to come to Nyack! The Slide the City company set up a giant slip n slide down Main Street from Midland to Franklin. The whole town came out! I guess toward the end of the […]


Magic Show at the Library

As part of the summer reading program at the library, kids got to choose two events to attend. We picked a magic show as one of them. And guess who got to be an assistant? Abracadabra! Related posts: Sam’s First […]

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The Last Concert in the Park

The last one of the season, for us at least. It was the Old ’97 Band, and it was a good’un! Fierce! Sammy and Mommy: The crowd: A beautiful night. These concerts just make our summer. Related posts: Concert in […]


A New Hammock for The Porch

The girls had hammocks down at the cabin in Tennessee, so it was only a matter of time before we were asked: “Where can I hang my hammock?” The perfect little spot!  (Please ignore that rat’s nest of an ottoman. The […]


Visiting Greg’s Office

A stop at the DWR headquarters in Stamford. What a wide open, modern space. I suppose we should expect no less! The kitchen: The coffee station is a dream!   Dad’s desk: Related posts: Caprese Salad with Prosciutto Decorating the […]


Zootopia for All!

We’ve become quite the fans of Zootopia this summer. I would gander we’ve watched it at least 10 time, perhaps more. It’s really quite good, and not just for a kids movie. It’s good for anyone. If you haven’t seen […]


Sam at the Doc

A trip to the doctor! It’s been so long now that I can’t even remember why we went! Must have been a fever. All was well, though, so we went ahead and did our last vaccination. All done til tetanus! […]


Summer Day at the Pool

A relaxing (if hot) summer day. Started with a walk on the rail trail! Then off to the pool. Little girls! Floating! And some snacks! And a beer for mom. Cheers! Related posts: Relaxing at the Pool Photos from an […]


Friday with Sam

A typical morning with Sam… having breakfast: fruit first, then oatmeal, then yogurt! Then upstairs for brush teeth, get dressed and comb hair. Sometimes, when she’s ready before I am, she plays with the phone — and this morning, the […]


Summer Supper at the Farm

A wonderful summer day with the cousins. Pool! Bubbles! Teepee! And a good meal around the table. The girls playing at Oratamin:    And, back at the house, Bambi, bubble machine and teepee: Figs and feta: Famous SCF chicken, cowboy […]


Dinner and a Movie

A cousins day! First, a showing of the BFG, then supper at the Farm. Wow. When did tickets creep up to $16! It’s been a while, I guess. Mae playing pokemon: Grammy and the girls! Sarah, Jane, Lala! Home, trying […]


Concert in the Park!

A banner evening for one of our favorite summer activities! So happy to have Sarah and the girls in tow! No more of these nasty! Those Sponge Bob ice pops are gross, and they have gumballs in them! Gigi! Greg […]


Supper at The Ranch

Tacos! An easy dinner at the ranch before Lala and Sarah head off to Broadway for a couple of days to see Hamilton!    Good times. Related posts: Supper at the Ranch Sloppy Joe Supper at the Ranch Saturday Supper […]


The Headband Game!

My family is a bunch of dorks. And it makes me so proud. A rainy morning at the cabin and Sarah breaks out “Headbands.” You put this on your head. Everyone else knows what you are. You do not. So […]