Saturday, August 25, 2012

The view from here

This is the view I've had since I hurt my knee + surgery. People's behind.

Oh, yes yes, every now and then they wait for me, and clap and laugh "wow, you're so fast!". Whatever they say. Me and my crutches we are BFFs by now. Except for it is more a love/hate relationship. Love that they can get me places. But hate....well, hate them, really.

It's been extra busy with our friends in town and my surgery - like, INSANE is more the word. But we've had SO much fun, and I'm so happy they came to visit us.

Olivia had the best time playing with her little friends. We'll miss you guys.....come back soon!

Since I can't go fast nor far, we've been keeping it easy, staying close to home. Luckily we've got tons of great park in walking waddling distance from our apartment. This weekend, it's been nice to unwind a bit, take it slow.

Olivia is turning into a little girl, and dare I say (close your ears hubby), a little artist. She draws everywhere she can (yep, you know what that means), whenever she can and with such focus. I love watching her lost in her drawings.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

While I was balancing on one foot....

So I lied - the trip to the orchard wasn't the only thing that I photographed from our trip. To be honest, I really wasn't planning on taking any picture - you can imagine how taking pictures from holding crutches and trying to stand on one foot might not be the smartest of ideas. 

But when we arrived at this little farm and I saw the kids faces as they hopped on the horses.....well, there I was, balancing on one foot while taking pictures. Thank goodness for post editing so you can't see how crooked these pictures where when I took them ;)

 So anyway, here are a few pictures of pure horse riding happiness :)

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Heaven on Earth

Our vacation plan was as such - go up to Boston with the family + anders, Kat and their kids to see Troels run his triathlon, and after the weekend we'd go to the catskills where we rented a little cabin in the mountains.

And technically, we did all of this. Except for that I hurt my knee in Boston 10 minutes after we arrived at the hotel room, spent the whole night in the ER, and ended up with crutches for the rest of the vacation. Needless to say, I didn't take many pictures at all.

 But luckily, midway through our car trip to Boston, Troels had the brilliant idea to stop at an orchard so the kids could stretch their legs and we could all do something fun. And really, we had a blast. For me it was the highlight of the trip - and not because it was the only thing I did ;)

 The place we stopped at was called Rose Orchard. It was paradise.

The kids fed the animals there: pigs, goats, and even a puffy chicken. How I wish I had managed to take a picture of that puffy chicken so you could see it too ;)

We ventured in the orchard to pick peaches and blueberries.

When we had enough, we came back to the big barn building and had a quick lunch there....mostly made out of homemade ice cream :)

Like I said - it was really heaven on Earth.

Friday, August 10, 2012

The visitors

One of the great things about living in New York is that people ALWAYS want to come visit - so when we moved in, we had one requirement, that is a incorporated mini-fridge for cocktails
a pullout bed for our friends to sleep on. And we put that little couch to good use this August before Troels' best friend Anders came for 3 weeks with his little family. That's right people. 8 people. Including 4 kids under 4. In a two bedroom apartment. For 3 weeks. Crazy? Yes, you can call us that indeed :) It's been a lot of fun getting the kids together - all four of them slept in the same bedroom and it felt a bit like summer camp :) Lucky for us, it didn't rain so much so we were able to just haul everybody outside to enjoy the great outdoors of NYC ;) We had some lovely picnics in the park right next to our apartment.

We also ventured out to Brooklyn to the new Water Lab at Pier 6. It was a bit of a hike to get there - long walk in the burning sun with no shade for the kids. But the minute we got there we forgot all about it....that place is magical! Kids get to play and experiment with water....we could have stayed there for hours. Wait. We did. :)

I mean, look at these kids. Look at these smiles :)

Battery Park organizes some great activities outdoors in the summer - like the drumming session by the river where anybody can join. We couldn't stay very long, but it was so much fun!

So yeah - maybe having 8 people in a NYC apartment was a crazy idea. But man, do we have good memories to hang on to now :)