We met Elana at a little restaurant in Brooklyn called Bocca Lupo, which was the perfect choice (thank you to our friend Jamie for the recommendation!). It had a lot of other children in it, and they were clearly accustomed to feeding families- they took our order for the boys as we sat down so that the boys could have food right away, gave the boys little cocktail glasses with straws for their water, and gave us a bench by the window to sit on, which the boys loved.
|at the bar, waiting for our table|
|my attempt at more artistic photography|
|Benjamin trying out his new job|
|Asher driving the truck|
We were going to head straight to the transit museum, but Elana wanted to take them down to the water to see if there were any ships. We never made it to the water, but had to stop at a playground. If we ever try to walk past a playground without stopping, the boys go totally crazy in the stroller. They kick and try to bust out of their seats. Since we'd been in the car for a couple of hours and then they had sat quietly at lunch, I figured they need to get some exercise.
They ran around like wildmen, with huge grins. They enjoyed the attention they were getting from Grandpa Nick and Aunt Elana, too.
|"Are you talking to me?"|
|Bear loves slides|
|In love with that snaggle-tooth grin|
We were really pushing our luck by the time we got to the museum. We almost left and just rode the subway around town but decided it would be safter to go to the museum. We waited on line for a while, then explored the old trains they have.
|Asher and Grandpa Nick on the train|
|Grandpa Nick and Benjamin|
|Nearing the end of his rope- lying on the floor in protest|
|Driving the bus|
|Our other bus driver|
I bought them M&Ms as a treat, and we got in the car and I fed them M&Ms as we drove over the Brooklyn Bridge and into Manhattan.
The final stop on our trip was at my friend Amanda's new apartment. She and her boyfriend just moved into a big, lovely building in Chelsea. She was out picking up snacks for us when we got there, so the boys just ran around the lobby and hallways. They were definitely tired, but they were still in good moods.
At Amanda's we saw Amanda, her sister Abby, Amanda's boyfriend Brad, and our family friend Ellen.
|Drinks and snacks|
|Monkeys on the bed|
|Monkeys having fun|