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Saturday, 27 December 2008

On Going Home Again

It's been more than a year since we moved from our much-loved neighborhood in Baltimore.   We've taken many opportunities to visit, staying with friends, arriving just in time for this neighborhood event, or that birthday.  It isn't easy, but I've noticed a few things:

  • Our daughter still sometimes refers to the our old neighborhood as "our Real place", but is very comfortable also in "our New place".
  • When we visit friends, several of whom have children the same age (because something was truly in the water that year) who she's known since they were 3 and 4 weeks old, the kids pick up right where they left off - as if they'd never been apart.
  • She is comfortable meeting new people in the old neighborhood, and loves telling her neighborhood 'aunts' and 'uncles', as well as her godparents and various other friends-who-are-like-family, what she's been up to in the intervening months. 
  • There is always a place to stay, and we try to rotate so as to avoid overstaying our welcome at any one place.  We also try to be good guests; bringing something with

Wednesday, 03 December 2008

Hikes With Baby - Gap Mountain, NH

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Gap Mountain, just outside of Fitzwilliam, NH, is the perfect mountain for hiking with a baby on your back.  With a decent walking stick and good shoes (and, of course, a sturdy and comfortable backpack carrier), it's just steep enough to feel like more than a walk in the woods, but still easy enough that you won't mind your center of balance being thrown off by 22 lbs of toddler on your back.  It takes about 90 minutes to get from the parking lot up to the top of the mountain and back.

It had rained a few days before we got there (the day after Thanksgiving), so unfortunately there were too many icy rocks near [...]More

Saturday, 15 November 2008

Brooklyn Children's Museum

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The first weekend the new Brooklyn Children's Museum opened, we called our neighbors up (their son is just 4 weeks younger than D) and both families headed over to check it out.  From where we live, it's either a 5 minute car trip or 4 subway stops, and HOLY COW, it's great.

I'm honestly not sure how educational any of it is, because the only part really worth taking a 17-month old to is the Totally Tots area that is specifically set up for the 5 and under crowd.   There are vague obligatory nods to teaching concepts in this [...]More

Wednesday, 05 November 2008

Of Corn Mazes and Lessons Learned

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in the corn maze
For a number of reasons a few weeks ago, I found myself the sole adult in an unexpectedly long, twisting, and narrow corn maze with seven toddlers.  First, in my defense - and that of our friends, who are the rightful herders of several of the toddlers - the maze had been advertised as a "tunnel" and didn't look long at all.  It didn't look long because it was folded in and around itself much like a MAZE.

Should you find yourself in such a position, yelling "wait!" like a fool while picking corn stalks out of your hair, (while the rest of the responsible adults are either laughing themselves silly [...]More

Tuesday, 21 October 2008

Please Touch

The Please Touch Museum in Philadelphia just relocated to an amazing new building (Memorial Hall in Fairmont Park).  We were able to attend the invite-only day prior to the museum's opening last Saturday.

As usual, I had to haul my son out kicking and screaming and wailing.  I'm sure the howls of "I DON'T WANT TO LEAVE*" will echo off the amazing marble atrium for years, but that's just because the museum is so excellent.

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I'd say that most of the (exhibits? play areas?) stuff has a bottom age limit of 5 years, [...]More
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