Bits of Our Weekend: Vol. 217

This weekend was warm – so we thought. But we’re near the ocean so temperatures are never too extreme. Then we ventured to the “Valley” and we quickly went from 81° F to 99° F. Luckily our friends have a pool. Quinn was thrilled.

I had purchased water blasters for all the kids. The photos don't really show how far these things could go.

I had purchased water blasters for all the kids. The photos don’t really show how far these things could go.

Quinn took her battles pretty seriously.

Quinn took her battles pretty seriously.

So did Daddy.

So did Daddy.

Barbara gave each kid a nice inner tube for some "chil-laxing."

Barbara gave each kid a nice inner tube for some “chil-laxing.”

Quinn's favorite thing is jumping into the pool.

Quinn’s favorite thing is jumping into the pool.

It's a splash fest.

It’s a splash fest.

the "kids" played ball.

the “kids” played ball.

Liam and Cody demonstrate how high these blasters could shoot.

Liam and Cody demonstrate how high these blasters could shoot.

A great weekend with friends. It’s always a success if someone falls asleep on the way home.

Bits of Our Weekend/vacation: Vol. 216

We spent the last week in New York, visiting our friends Angela and Oz and her parents. This was Quinn’s second trip to New York, although she doesn’t recall the first visit.

DAY 1 – Long Island Aquarium

We started off the first full-day with a trip to the aquarium. It’s a small aquarium, but Quinn enjoyed herself.

This sea lion gave an entertaining show.

This sea lion gave an entertaining show.

These butterflies were so beautiful and many of them almost flew into us.

These butterflies were so beautiful and many of them almost flew into us.

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Surprisingly these penguins come from South Africa.

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We ended the day with some ice cream.

We ended the day with some ice cream. Oz’s was filled with great ideas.

DAY 2 – Long Island Children’s Museum

There were so many hands on activities, including building.

There were so many hands on activities, including building.

A little drum session with Baba.

A little drum session with Baba.

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Quinn made this sun catcher that hung in our car the rest of the trip – although there wasn’t much sun to catch.

DAY 3 – Manhattan

We took the train in from Long Island . From Penn Station we walked to Central Park. I have to be honest, it was challenging for Quinn – she’s not used to this much walking.

Quinn loved this old fashion carousel.

Quinn loved this old fashion carousel inside Central Park.

Creating gigantic bubbles.

Creating gigantic bubbles.

On our way out to Strawberry Fields, we ran into a street performance.

These guys called themselves the "Afrobats". Their names still makes Quinn laugh when she says it.

These guys called themselves the “Afrobats”. Their names still makes Quinn laugh when she says it.

Brave guy to walk down stairs on his hands.

Brave guy walking down stairs on his hands.

A dancer working for tips.

A dancer working for tips.

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We met up with friends (why didn’t I take a photo?!) at the Mighty Quinn Barbeque restaurant.

Quinn wasn't a fan of the BBQ - but I thought the brisket was good.

Quinn wasn’t a fan of the BBQ – but I thought the brisket was delicious.

We ended the night with Mr. Softie

Rainbow cone

Rainbow cone

DAY 4

The first thing on our list was to go to Totonno’s for pizza. We’ve tried twice in the last ten years, the first time they weren’t open and the second time, we were too late – no more pizza. The only make a certain amount of dough and when it’s gone – they close their doors.

The pizza was delicious.

The pizza was delicious. Made with fresh mozzarella. We paced ourselves and got a small.

Quinn ate two slices; she loved it so much.

Quinn ate two slices; she loved it so much.

Visiting family.

Visiting family at Pastosa’s.

Then we to an old favorite, for traditional Sicilian pizza in square slices.

L&B's famous square pizza, Italian spumouni

L&B’s famous square pizza, Italian Spumoni. Quinn didn’t care for the nuts in her spumoni – good thing they had strawberry ice cream too.

Our drive back to Long Island took two and half hours due to an accident on the highway. But we were still happy we made it to Brooklyn.

DAY 5 – Adventureland

Oz suggested we go to Adventureland amusement park to give Quinn a fun day. He didn’t realize how much she enjoys rides.

Quinn giggled and laughed through each fast ride.

Quinn giggled and laughed through each fast ride.

These parks really reel in the kids, Quinn so wanted to play game to win a prize. Oz and dad strategized and decided to play a game where they were the only competitors, guaranteeing that Quinn would get a prize.

Rainbow fish with Oz.

Rainbow fish prize with Oz.

Quinn loved the bungee jump so much she did it twice. This kid just loves heights and speed.

Quinn loved the bungee jump so much she did it twice. This kid just loves heights and speed.

We had a wonderful dinner with Aggie and Angelo. And Quinn found a new friend in Nick. Earlier that day she had ask me, “why does that kid go to work everyday?” Nick is 23 year old, but still a kid in Quinn’s eyes.

Quinn showing Nick videos of herself.

Quinn showing Nick videos of herself.

DAY 6 – Statue of Liberty

Quinn had studied the symbols of America in kindergarten and really wanted to see the Statue of Liberty. We asked several of the families that we traveled with to China to join us. Everyone traveled, the Cathermans came from Pennsylvania and Nielsen’s from upstate NY.

We tried to get the kids to hold up their arms like the Statue of Liberty

We tried to get the kids to hold up their arms like the Statue of Liberty

It was drizzly and the kids were tired from getting up early. So they weren't entirely pleased.

It was drizzly and the kids were tired from getting up early. So they weren’t entirely cooperative.

After lunch we worked off some energy at the park.

After lunch we worked off some energy at the park. Quinn with Stephanie and Howard.

Our last attempt at a photo. Finally a smile from Cadie.

Our last attempt at a photo (Stephanie, Quinn, Cadie and Howard)

We had a terrific trip and Quinn really enjoyed herself. She didn’t remember our first visit. And was actually surprised to see a photo of herself with Angela and Oz displayed in their house. “How did they get my picture?” she asked.  She didn’t realize we took the photo in their house at our last visit.

I think this trip will be memorable. Quinn’s photos will be coming later. It will nice to see her perspective!

Bits of Our Weekend: Vol. 215

We had a nice lunch with Mona and Sherwin. We are also busy that we planned our lunch in April for June. 

Mona considered adopting Quinn’s newborn baby. . Sherwin wasn’t so sure about it.

Mona and Quinn played tick tac toe and drew while we waited for food.

   

We wandered around the farmer’s market in front of the restaurant. Quinn found the lady selling chicks. 

Fortunately for Quinn, mom wants chickens so she can have fresh eggs. Story to be continued….

Last Day of Kindergarten

It’s hard to believe how quickly this year went. It’s amazing to see that Quinn can write brief sentences, sound out words and express herself in English. And can write simple characters and speak full sentences in Chinese. We now converse in Chinese! Things I didn’t expect at the beginning of the year in August. I’m looking forward to giving Quinn some fun time, although we she’ll still have a pretty regular daily schedule of camp (while we are at work).  Here’s to a fun summer!

Thank you cards to her teachers and teaching assistants.

Thank you cards to her teachers and teaching assistants.