the bronx zoo!

yesterday we met up with friends and visited the bronx zoo (a date for me & juju since elle was in school)! we got there when they opened and the whole place was so quiet! the kids ran freeeee like little crazy birds that first hour. the walking paths are really wide and they meander around the zoo in a rather lovely way. it was also the first legitimately cool day here in the city (the kids & i just got back from a visit to utah on monday and that was a different story- BRRRR!)- fall is upon us!!!! we probably could have benefitted from an extra layer of clothing- poor jude had the biggest goosebumps on the walk to elle's school as he tried to take a little stroller nap... but it was rather nice to meander and not swwwweeaattttttt...
wait! last year at the dc zoo (here) elle did just about the same thing- see!? also, snacks are better when they're someone elses. at least that's our theory. jude ate everyone else's food (soooorrrrryyyy friends).
group hug!!!
there were also peacocks all over... jude chased them. that's the closest he came to caring about any animals. the zoo isn't really as cool to my kids as i always think it'll be? i mean, it is, just not the animal part. the rest is amazing;) one day, maybe! at least we had fun!!


disposable camera photos of yore!

we've had 3 disposable cameras for a few years now- 1 for elle, 1 for jude, and a water camera we all shared. we usually forgot they existed, so pictures slowly accumulated month after month and year after year. i used to always have a water camera on hand (this post... and i swear there were others documented... somewhere...). 

well, i finally developed the film from our camera collection, and then a month later finally-finally found a disk drive to pull the photos off the photo cd's! hooray! the only sad part is disk 3 of 3 was blank. so i'll have to scan the actual pictures or something. or not. sounds like a lot of work. (WOW, i've sure become lazy in this digital age. anyway...) here are some of my favorites in reverse order, starting with mike & my jet skiing trip in july!! 
(reminder: jet skiing was the most fun we've ever had. ever.)
then on to elle's camera...
and the white house christmas tree! (you can even see the pictures of elle taking pictures here.)
and nyc with mike's family last fall!
swimming in our old pool!
a visit to nyc last summer...
sprinkles cupcakes.......
and last but not least, our first night in our nyc apartment! don't miss our glamorous sleeping arrangements;) 
now, to see if i can recover those last images...


elle's 1st day of 1st grade!

thursday was elle's first day of 1st grade! (side note: today she has a day off school already! 2 days on, 3 days off... nice!) she went back and forth between feeling excited and terrified. thankfully as we rode back up to our apartment that afternoon she announced, "i'm kind of sad to come home. i'd rather stay at school..." which is basically the best thing a parent can hear after that first day. whew! let's hope this good thing continues.

mike came with us before he headed to work, and jude also came equipped with his lunchbox, workbooks, and a whole lot of enthusiasm for his own school day (just some work time at home with me- sorry, bud!). i felt super proud of myself for not crying... but as jude and i walked to meet friends after the drop-off, i reached back for elle and panicked when i didn't see her! that happened 3 times before i burst into tears on the street. i'm just used to my little sidekick! we summered so hard this year that it's strange not to have her tugging at the stroller or chatting my ear off. i miss her so much already, but it's time. the kids were at each others' throats, and i feel happy and relieved she's attending such a great school. she's also in the same class as her bff, ella, which is amazing.
jude insisted on getting in on the picture action.
next year he technically starts pre-k, which in nyc is all day. ALL DAY!!!! still on the fence if i'm ready for this.
 little bff's!
and then it was time! she grabbed ella's hand, waved goodbye, and faded into the chainlink sunrise.

happy school year, elle belle!!
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