Monday, February 28, 2011

Around town, part 2

Have you guys been to Prudential Center in Newark? There are some really cool things happening there. Besides the impressive concert line up (Ricky Martin, Lady Gaga, Usher, Keith Urban, Sade, etc.), and some great teams playing there (Nets, Devils, Liberty, just to name a few), we found out that they are also hosting Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus.

Well, what can be more fun on a terribly cold winter day than fun day at the circus?

And it was everything a circus should be: lots of amazing trained animals, fun acrobatic tricks, colors, music, bright colors and light. We definitely left the arena with our spirits uplifted. Make sure to get the tickets next time they are in or around town.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Guests in the backyard

Oh, you are going to love this one!

Ladies and gentlemen, the latest addition to our backyard zoo: a hawk. Can you believe it?

I haven't seen one of these in decades, easily, having lived in New York City. So to have one perched on a tree in my backyard was an amazing treat.

Also had me wondering, what is it doing here in February? Isn't it a little too cold?

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Around town

Or sort of... In order to get out of the House, we decided to visit some of the local attractions.

This week, we visited Liberty Science Center in Jersey City. This is a rare treat, since the admission is so expensive. It came to about $100 for 2 adults and 2 toddlers, and that is not including the lunch. But, considering our mental state and the severe case of cabin fever, we thought of it as a mini-vacation.

Now, if you've never been to Liberty Science, it really is a sight to behold. The kids were too young for us to explain some of the scientific principles behind the games they were playing, so we just let them have as much fin as they could pack in a day. And fun they certainly had.

They spent most of their time in two exhibits: I Explore and Wonder Why. Everything in these exhibits is designed for young children, and it very much interactive. When there, children are encouraged to watch, touch, and engage. As always, we were amazed at the inventive ways children found to play.

The biggest hit of the day was the Skyscraper! exhibit. They walked around in awe asking questions about the machinery on display and more than once trying to jump the fences. No joke. After, they built their own little city with blocks using the existing models as an inspiration. Truly amazing.

So, if you are, like us, suffering from cabin fever, during this endless winter, we highly recommend the Liberty Science. Not only did kids have an amazing time, we also got to refresh some of our science knowledge we haven't used since high school. you never know when you might need it.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011


I know it's winter and all, but seriously?!? Is this snow going to stop, EVER? These back to back to back storms are doing a number on my nerves and my physical stamina. I mean, we have 3,000 square feet of driveway!!!

Yes, kids are having a good time, sometimes, but we are a little tired of not being able to get out of the House. Somebody please tell me there is some kind of snow fall record, because otherwise, it's not worth it. And, just so you know, I don't care if I ever see that stupid snow shovel again. I want to move to California.