Tag: sam


Bear Mountain Zoo and Trailside Museum

This is the second time in recent memory we’ve visited the Trailside Museum and Zoo at Bear Mountain. I said it then and I’ll say it again: what a treasure! And this time, we got to see the bears, too! But […]

cooking, entertaining

Brisket Supper

After all this travel and work, it was a pleasure to settle in for a long MLK Jr. weekend and do a little cooking. I made two recipes from the wonderful Canal House Cooks Every Day book, brisket and — […]


To MoMA, for Design and Art

As has been our custom over the past few years, we headed to Manhattan on New Year’s morning, for a little sightseeing and lunch. This year, we added the Museum of Modern Art to our itinerary. Greg was interested in […]


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 […]


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 […]


Sam’s Fashion Sense

Today, she requested a braid in her hair, and permission to roll up her jeans to show off her minion socks! Related posts: Christmas Chic Getting Dressed: A New Milestone Reached


Storytime at Kindergarten

I am a class mom. Who would ever think I’d be writing those words! The job doesn’t entail much, but I do get to come and read stories and help with events. It’s nice to see Sam at school, among […]


Birthday Party: Sam Turns 5!

Happy Birthday to Samantha! We threw another brunch party, with bagels and bloodys. And what is now becoming my famous strata. Entertaining: Breakfast Strata recipe Cocktails: Best Bloody Marys For entertaining, we asked Lisa Karrer to come and make musical […]


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


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


Twin Jammer!

Today on the boat: Twin Jammer, with Sam going solo! First, a little dock and swim action. Then, her solo voyage. Well, not solo, but without an adult. She was so proud of her bravery! Related posts: Sam’s First Swim […]


Sunset Cruise

For today’s sunset cruise, we went upriver and explored a couple of coves just north of our property. Mae got the chance to drive! Blurry, but we took this photo because the house is for sale.  Before Instagram filter: After: […]


Sam Gets a Big Girl Bed

Whoa! The time has come to say goodbye to the crib. Sure, it was a toddler bed for a while. But we are now graduating out of toddler-dom and into childhood. (Yes, I am weeping.)  We got a new memory […]


T-Ball for Sam!

Well, what do you know. Sam is playing T-Ball! We decided to sign her up mainly because we are decidely not sporty, and we thought it would give her a chance to see if she is. The jury is still […]


A Tree Climb!

Could be the first, unless I missed something. Honored to say it was our sour cherry. Related posts: Tabletop Christmas Tree 2012 The Tree Is Up at The Farm Sour Cherry Preserves Recipe Pickled Sour Cherries: Recipe


To the Doctor, for a Checkup (and Shots)

A well visit for our little four-year-old. Hearing, check. Vision, check. Immunizations, check. Related posts: Sam’s First Trip to the Doctor Trees in Bloom at the Farm De-Christmas-fied at Last Brrr! Turning Blue at the Pool


Playing Checkers

One of Sam’s (many) Christmas presents was a chess-checkers game. Greg has been enjoying teaching her some strategy: Related posts: Merry Christmas! Sam’s First Swim Playing in the Sandbox Merry Christmas!


Family Fun on Sunday Night

Pal-ing around with the family on a Sunday night. Related posts: Sunday Night Supper Sunday Night on the Patio Sunday Night at Murasaki with Samantha Sunday Night Supper: Beet Salad and Roast Chicken with Chickpeas


Hi, Cozy Girl

This one on the couch, and a bolognese on the stove? That’s a good winter afternoon. Related posts: Photos from an Afternoon at the Pool Sam Sits Up Sunday Afternoon in the Garden Playing in the Sandbox


Quiet Family Dinner

First, a bit of Legos with Dad, then a mussels-chorizo dinner on our own. A nice evening to wind down the holidays. Related posts: A Quiet Weekend at the Farm Family Dinner: We Are Doing This Thing At Sibley Park […]


Lego Fun

Sam likes to build, as she says, “a tall, tall tower” with her Legos. Related posts: Playing with Blocks on the Porch ‘MohDanDat’ Eating Her Peas Sam at Didier Dumas Patisserie


A Trip to See The Nutcracker

Sam has been practicing the Nutcracker ballet all semester, so we thought it would be fun to take her to see a children’s version in the city. An hour long version by the New York Theatre Ballet at the Florence […]


Watching Day at Ballet

An embarrassment of photos of Sam doing her ballet class and their version of “The Nutcracker.” I would guess this post is for family only. Snow Queen: Related posts: Sam Graduates from Ballet Sam at Ballet At OVI, Watching the […]