{summer fun} a birthday weekend

We celebrated my birthday a couple of weeks ago. We had these big plans to go to the city and spend the day at Central Park. But then decided to just stayed local. We are always rushing places, even on the weekends {outings, classes, parties, Mass} so it was nice for a change to have a lazy morning just hanging out in our pajamas until noon without having anywhere to go. I needed that. And I think the boys needed it, too. We spent the morning just hanging out and skyping with my family in PerĂº. Then grabbed some of my favorite food for a late lunch at the park.

There we just relaxed, ran around, played tag and discovered a new favorite activity for the boys: throwing rocks. I know, all kids love to throw rocks but I didn't know they were going to be so entertainted. And when I say "they" I mean the three of them, daddy and sons. We walked around the park and found the perfect spot by the water. We spent a good amount of time just looking for rocks {they had to be the right size and shape you guys}, picking them up and throwing them.

At home we had a quick dinner and the boys sang me happy birthday on a donut. Yes, no cake and it was perfect. After the kids were in bed I spent a couple of hours doing my meal preparation for the week and then ended the night with a movie with M.  It was a very low key,  simple but lovely and productive! birthday. And I wouldn't have had it any other way. Happy weekend!


{summer fun} jets game

Summer is not "officially" over until next week so this could still be considered some Summer fun. M got tickets {for free} for the opening game of the Jets two weekends ago and of course we had to go. I'll be honest and say I was very tempted to tell M to just take the boys.  Football is definitely not my thing. Being from a South American country I never knew about football until I came to the US and although people have explained the game  I just don't get it. I don't find it exciting neither interesting. No offense. Also, we already went to a game last year and I didn't like. It was crowded and loud. A little bit chaotic. I understand all that is part of the experience but I just don't get it. For the record I haven't been to a Soccer match either {which I imagine must be very similar}. I just don't like crowds, and loud ambiances and chaos.
However the boys love football. L has gotten into it much more after he played last year and M is already teaching G how to throw the ball. And so I thought it'd be nice to go all together and experience it again. Who knew, maybe I'd like it this time, right? Right?
{We got there just a few minutes before the game started}
{Mets towels were given away. G saw the fans cheering with their towels and he did the same}
{G got overwhelmed at times with all the loud noise. I got overwhelmed, too}
{We witnessed a play that ended up in a touchdown. Of course the crowd went crazy.
G surprisingly didn't get scared this time and jumped and screamed with daddy and
L celebrating the point. I remained seated. Yeah, definitely not for me}
{then a little someone lost interest so we had to entertained him with something else}
{L on the other hand was really into it and watched attentively the game}
{Picture with Snoopy where neither kid is looking at the camera of course}
I still don't like football, but I enjoyed the time spent with my boys doing something they like. I even wore a Jets t-shirt. There is no pic but I did. And that's a big deal considering first, I'm not a Jets fan and second I haven't wore any team t-shirt ever. Not even a Peruvian soccer shirt. Ever. The things I do for my boys. :)


{summer fun} adventures at the poconos

Going on a little vacation the last week of August before the new school year starts has become a family tradition. This year we decided to keep our little getaway short and sweet and opted to head to the Poconos area for an adventurous weekend.
 {We were surrounded by nature all weekend}
 {G was not afraid of the heights}
We spent our first day at a water park and the boys were in heaven. L loves everything water and G, too. However I expected G to be a little more reserved with all the big slides. Well, I was wrong. Of all of us G was the most fearless and wanted to go down on all, like all, the water slides. My little daredevil.
 {G cracked up all the way down. As soon as we hit the pool he kept saying "again, again"}
 {G loved this one, too.You can't see but L was between M and G}
Next day we went for some mountain adventures. M experienced the 4,000 feet zip line. He said the view was amazing and took a little video. I'd have liked to do it together with him but someone had to stay with the kiddos. L and I decided to try the smaller zip line. It was a little hike to get all the way to the top, and once there the view down was scarier than I thought. I was a little nervous and L seemed fine but when it was time to jump, after my count, L held back. It was too late for me to go back, I was already zip lining. And it was great. L didn't want to do it so M took his place.
{That's us at the top of the platform}
While we did all of this, G patiently waited for us doing what he knows best lately, collecting rocks. I was pleasantly surprised with how patient and good he was the whole trip considering we did a lot of walking and going up and down hills, without a stroller.
So G could experience some adventures, too we took him to the Euro Bungee. He did it like 6 times and threw a little tantrum when we told him it was over and we had to go.
L did the free fall. G wanted to do it, too. M didn't allow for many reasons but one of them being we didn't want him to think it's ok to jump from high heights. He may want to do the same at home and that will be very dangerous.
{L tried the climbing wall, too}
{Lots of walking. On our way to the Mountain Roller Coaster}
{This was the Mountain Roller coaster. While I was a little nervous and afraid, G kept screaming "rapido mama, rapido". He wanted to go faster}
The third day we spent it doing some shopping. We could have completely skipped this to be honest, because the outlets were packed. At least I got a good deal on sneakers for the boys. On our way back home we stopped at the Delaware water Gap.
 {L admiring the view}
 {Wherever we go he takes his trains with him}
We had a great time. It was a nice to be away for a few days, get a change of scenery, be outdoors and active. For the most part the boys were in a good mood and were very cooperative. I guess another sign they're growing. Snif.