We went to Brooklyn Bridge Park on the weekend. Getting there and back on public transport wasn’t too bad, but obviously travelling with two young children (one being a toddler) can be very tiring. We didn’t bring our small stroller with us this time because it would have been one extra thing to carry on the train/subway. My super mum powers emerged at the end of the day when I had to carry my toddler on the 20 minute walk in the heat back to the subway.
We had a great day. The kids played in the Water Lab, the giant sandpit and the playground. We found a spot in the shade near the volleyball court and we had a lovely picnic with our friends. We got some great photos and made some memories. My daughter was so tired that this morning she slept in until 8:30 am. HAHAHA, 8:30AM is considered sleeping in since I had kids.
OMG! Best bread ever! Crusty on the outside and soft on the inside. Same four ingredients: flour, yeast, salt and water, but baked in a French/Dutch oven. The other bread I made does not even compare! Don’t get me wrong, it was good, but this one was amazing. Will definently make again!
The berry jelly slice. I haven’t made this slice in a very long time. It’s very easy to make and the kids loved it. The base part is normally a lot thinner, but I had to make do with the baking pan that I had. The base is dense and goes well with the jelly (jello) and berries on the top. It was a hit with my 6 year old especially.
I’ve also been doing some bread baking for the last 2 months. It’s good simple bread. Flour, yeast, salt and water.
I was also lucky enough to be gifted with some home made French baguette, made by a lovely French lady. Both of our husbands work for the same company and we both relocated to the USA at the same time. The above photo is not of her bread though. Her bread was amazing.
I know I’m not American, but I embraced the 4th of July! Our town had organised celebrations at the local park. We had a lot of fun. The kids got to ride pony’s (which they loved), there were jumping castles, fire trucks, toy trains, balloons and games. There were also fireworks in the evening.
I love the town we live in. They always organise events for the community. I’ve been to more community events here in the U.S than I ever went to back home. They always seem to have something fun going on here. I don’t remember it being like that back home where I lived, but it could simply be that I never made the effort to find out. I also worked weekends back in Australia. So that may have had something to do with it too.
I have big feet for a woman. I am 6’2 (and a half :P) so I guess it comes with the territory of being tall. I use to wear a size 12, but depending on the brand of shoes I can be between size 12 and 13. It’s not easy finding cute shoes in my size. Regular shoe stores in Australia usually stop at a women’s size 11. It can be very depressing going shoe shopping. I’ve stopped browsing in regular shoe stores, because they usually never have my size. Back home in Oz I use to shop at Long Line Shoes (they specialise in larger sizes) or I would buy online from BareFoot Tess (I think they were bought out by Long Tall Sally. I haven’t bought anything from them since they changed to long tall sally). Converse have some great unisex styles in large sizes that I have bought too. I love converse. I’ve found that they normally run a half size larger than other brands. So a size 12 fits perfect on me, but its probably more like a size 12.5.
So as you can imagine, I’m very excited to have discovered that Payless here in the USA carry my size! I bought a few cheap pairs and I’m actually very happy with them. I bought them online. Sometimes stores will sell larger sizes online, but not have them in store.
Anyway, here they are. I intend to buy many more pairs. I love the sparkly sandals. I’m going to buy a few more sandals but in different styles. The closed shoes are very comfy. They are a tad wide for my narrow foot, but still okay. I fit a size 13 at Payless. They don’t seem to sell sizes above 13.
Another cool building, right? Lol
I’ve recently started following Mommy Tang on YouTube. She is awesome and hilarious. She has Asian recipes on her YT. I tried this out the other day. It’s kind of a raw vegan kimchi style dish. I enjoyed it.
So the school holidays have officially started. On the weekend we took the kids to a park in Lyndhurst.
The park has a small splash pad ($1 entry) a very large playground (with swings, slides and other fun stuff for the kids to play on) picnic tables and a kiosk. It is right next to Lyndhurst train station. There is limited parking spots right opposite the park and next to the train station.
I think we went on a Sunday at about 1pm. It was a hot day, but when we got there it wasn’t very busy. There seemed to be more people there at 3pm when we left for the day. I liked that it wasn’t very crowded actually. It was a very relaxed and family friendly atmosphere. With the splash pad, they give you a wrist band and you can enter the splash pad as many times as you like.
There are many places to sit and eat lunch at this park too. I brought a picnic lunch and we ate it at one of the many picnic tables. We did buy the kids Italian ice as a treat from the kiosk. So water, playing and sugar, the kids were happy.
I wonder if there is any place similar here to Blaxland Riverside Park in Sydney? I really should have taken the kids to that park more often. I took it for granted. Didn’t realize how good it was while I lived there! Lol. The suburb that I live in back home is actually planning on building a mega park. I really hope they put in a splash pad type thing.
S eating her Italian Ice (it’s the same thing as sorbet, right?).
Where every candidate is as shit as the next.
On Wednesday I had to go to the Australian consulate in NYC so that I could vote. We caught the jersey trains, the path and then the NYC subway. I didn’t go alone though. My husband took us all in. If I had to catch public transport on my own I think I would have ended up full of anxiety and curled up in the fetal position somewhere. Everything looks the sameto me. It’s like a maze.
I think this photo is at Hoboken?
This is Grand Central, maybe? I’d be a terrible tour guide, right? I’d just take you to boring places in NYC like train stations and my husbands office, haha. I do love architecture and old building though. Hence why a lot of my photos are of buildings.
This is S on the subway. Travelling like she’s been doing it all her life. She was cool, calm and collected (unlike her mother). A very lovely gentleman gave me his seat on the subway. L and I shared it. I think the gentleman could see the look of exhaustion on my face. Thankyou you beautiful, kind man!
That’s a band aid that’s in the shape of a crayon, cute isn’t it? So my little miss had to get some shots at the pediatrician today. My husband took her. He said she was a star. Just pouted and didn’t cry at all, lol. The doctor also gave her a book to keep, which she was very happy about.
My kids pedeatrician is so nice. She is also good at her job and very thorough. From my understanding, here in the USA you have to take your child to a pediatrician. Back in Australia you normally take them to your General Practitioner (GP) and they refer you to a pediatrician if they think the child needs it. That’s what most people do. I like the US way better. Pediatricians are experts in children. My kids pediatrician is so good with the kids. She is the best and most caring doctor I have ever taken my kids too.
When S got home from the doctors she had a big nap. Which is becoming a rare occurrence these days. When she woke up she was happy and shouted, “me feel good!”. Haha, she’s an awesome kid. Not only does she not cry after getting 2 injections, but she isn’t phased by them and shouts to the world that she’s feeling good! Love that kid. She’s a little legend.
She’s watching Sarah & Duck at the moment, but she spent most of the morning and afternoon playing outside. Chasing bubbles, digging in the garden, going down slides, playing in the sprinkler. I love watching S play. She is very independent. We have officially started potty training today. She has been using the potty on and off for the last 2 months, but I was just waiting for a less busy time of the year to start officially training. She had one little accident today while she was trying to run to the potty. She’s done number 1’s and 2’s in the potty! Clever little girl. She’s definently ready.