Monthly Archives: June 2014

Weekend Scenes

This is the ‘Sean’s-first-scrimmage~hockey championships~Asbury Park~knife throwing~pool swimming’ episode of Weekend Scenes.

Life is not perfect, but perspective helps. This is good living πŸ™‚

Cotsen Children’s Library

Someone tipped me off to Cotsen Children’s Library by telling me that she read my blog and knew a place I should take the kids. I love hearing both things πŸ˜‰ It is on the dreamy campus of Princeton University and any trip that gets you more of Princeton is a very good thing.

DSC00992 DSC00991The Library boasts rare collections and very special children’s books. They have ancient toys on display and it is a quiet and magical place. The bookshelves, meant for children, are stocked with classics and beloved books.

Mikey put on a puppet show for Sean and another little girl. I read them Zathura and they perused many of their favorites. Cuter reading nooks, you just don’t find.

“I have always imagined that paradise will be
a kind of library.”

β€” Jorge Luis Borges

Swartswood State Park

We did not spend Memorial Day at the beach (oh the horror!), but at one of NJ’s beautiful State Parks. If you don’t visit the parks – start now πŸ™‚ We planned on visiting Hopatcong State Park, but were turned away due to the park being full. Thanks to our smartphone connectivity and good advice from a park ranger we ended up in Swartswood State Park.

It was our first visit, it was very nice and we will return in the future. We’ve even scoped out the picnic grove we’d like to utilize – a shaded spot near the beach and the play park. I think we will have a BBQ on the outdoor grills provided at each spot. You should too.

No matter where you are, look up your state parks and add them to your Summer Bucket List. Please tell me you have one?! πŸ˜‰

‘To me a lush carpet of pine needles or spongy grass is
more welcoming than the most luxurious Persian rug.’

~Helen Keller

Brother Love

When Sean and Ethan engage in something together, it is super-adorable. A 14 year age span forgotten for a few magical moments.

DSC00859 DSC00857 DSC00856I love ‘brother-love’ of any type…

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But these two Make. My. Heart. Float.

I don’t believe an accident of birth makes people sisters or brothers. It makes them siblings, gives them mutuality of parentage. Sisterhood and brotherhood is a condition people have to work at.
~Maya Angelou