Thursday, July 10, 2008

Catching up

Sorry about the lack of posts lately. The last couple of months have been crazy busy here. Two weeks of travel for Curt, one week for me, two sets of parents visiting, and July 4 at the beach. And now that Curt works in an actual office with actual people--and, as far as I can tell, back to back meetings all day long--he can't break to do quick posts during the day like he sometimes used to.

So here are some pictures to catch you up on the past few weeks. As Curt mentioned earlier, he didn't take any pictures during his mom's visit, but here are some that Jane took with her camera. Loren had a great time going to the Central Park Zoo and just generally hanging out with Nana and Kracker.

Two weeks later, Curt's dad and Valerie came up for the weekend. Our big excursion was to The Cloisters, the Met's medieval collection up at the far northern end of Manhattan. We forgot to check the subway repair advisories before we went, so the trip turned into something of an odyssey involving multiple subway trains and shuttle buses. And Loren mid-subway ride saw my sunglasses on my head and decided that she NEEDED HER SUNGLASSES RIGHT NOW. And proceeded to scream herself nearly to vomiting for the remaining 20 minutes of the subway ride. Never mind that she won't wear the sunglasses for more than 30 seconds when we do remember to bring them. Luckily most of the people around us seemed to be sympathetic rather than irritated. And did I mention it was about 95 in the shade that day... Anyway, when we finally got there, Loren enjoyed exploring the "castle", especially the outdoor cloisters and fountains and cafe. She didn't care about the art, which meant Curt and I didn't get to see the collection, but we've been there once several years ago and Cal and Valerie did get to enjoy it while we chased Loren. When we left, Loren said "that was really fun" at least we didn't drag her all the there only to have her be miserable!

Loren and I check out a fountain:

Loren and Granddad climb on the rocks on the way back to the subway:

For 4th of July weekend, we went to my grandmother's condo at the beach. Unfortunately only Friday the 4th had nice sunny weather for the beach, but on the other days Loren got in some outdoor time in between the occasional rain.

At the beach with Bobby:

With Ken, Great-aunt Marie, Grandpop and Grandma:

And we did get to see the famous Sea Bright dolphins, which have become a world famous phenomenon, once or twice a day from the pier behind my grandmother's place as they swam up and down the river. The parking lots in town were full of curiosity seekers.

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