Thursday, January 15, 2015

Top of the Rock, Field Trip

Jackson went to the Top of the Rock today. His favorite part: the elevator.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

overheard, Jackson

"I ate three bites of meatloaf, a bite of squash, and now you are ASKING ME TO EAT A BITE OF BANANA?!"

Saturday, January 10, 2015

for the record

January 10, 2015 the first ever time Cade won Uno vs. Jackson and Jon.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015


Before Christmas, I asked Cade if we were "going to party hard this Christmas?"

He answered, "No, we're going to present hard."

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Halloween, 2014

Superheroes still going strong.

Jackson, Flash
Cade, Thor

Top two photos by a guy in Windsor Terrace who sets up a backdrop on his front stoop and takes pictures of kids. He gives you his card with a number on the back and you email him the next day for the photos. How cool is that.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

scare fail

Ignore the fact that Cade is trying to kill a baby tree - wait for the part where Jackson tries to scare me and Nonno. Lol.

Sunday, October 5, 2014


Jon to Cade: "What does C-A-D-E spell?"

Cade: "Myself."

Thursday, September 18, 2014

soap box derby camp

Ever since we moved to this neighborhood, we would watch for weeks in the summer as boys and girls would gather to design, hammer, build, bend, paint, decorate and test out the soap box race cars they built themselves. Then every September they would close the street and there would be a race down 17th Street.

This Spring, Jackson was finally old enough to participate.

He went for a week over the summer, and was so psyched to learn how to use power tools, saws, hammers, take trips to the hardware store, and choose his paint colors. He loved the actual race, even though Jon had to run next to him and push him when he ran out of speed.

Here is an article in the New York Times about this year's race.

firsts - day of school, 2014.

Jackson starting 2nd Grade, Cade starting Kindergarten!

And some past first days here, here, here (love Cade in the background of that one) and last year.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Hoist the main sail.

In August, Jackson, Cade, Sammy, Papi, Bebe, Carmen, Jon, Uncle Darin and Auntie Nikki took a sailing outing around beautiful Newport and Jamestown. I don't think they could've asked for a better day:  
and some classic Cade: 

Thursday, August 14, 2014

We ♥ Fire Island

Friday night, Ferry there: 

Sunday night, Ferry back: 

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Can't wait til we're back in Jamestown with Cousin Sammy! Maybe this time Jackson will put his bathing suit on at the beach.

black and white fire

While Cade was watching a cartoon, he repeatedly asked "What's the white stuff?"
After he asked 15 times, I looked up and explained that it was fire. He asked why it was white. 
I had to explain that it was in black and white. Cade had never seen anything in black and white and couldn't make sense of it. 
Kids these days.

-by guest blogger, Jon Milott

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Happy 5th birthday, Cade!

Dear Cade,

Happy 5th birthday, my dear, sweet, funny, cute, LOUD little boy!

And now you are 5 - and now you are for sure not my Baby Cade any more. This breaks my heart but then you fill it again with your smile, your fake-photo smile, your raised-eyebrow smile, your throw-your-head-back-and-laugh smile.

I find it appropriate that you were born Fourth of July weekend, since you are quite a little firecracker.   When you run, you sprint. When you sing, you shout. When you dance, you get down. You know what I mean?

You have a natural inclination to defy me, which, I'm sure you can imagine, is pretty frustrating. When I ask you to do something, more often that not, you shout NO! before I can even finish my sentence. Not nice! But then you'll walk in the room and say, "Mama, I LOVE YOU!!!!!!!" and throw your hands out in the air like you are on a Broadway stage, and I wonder where you came from.

You had a great year, at your Pre-K school, every day you would tell me what you learned, very matter of factly - "Mama, first there's the eggs, then the crysallis, then the caterpillar, then the butterfly. That's the life cycle." One day, Jackson and I were in the kitchen and you were at the top of the stairs. Jackson asked me a question, "Are butterflies insects?" and you yelled down, "Butterflies ARE insects!"

You have quite a collection of stuffed animals in your bed, and depending on the temperature, you will cover them up with an assortment of bandanas and blankets. Of the 4 feet width of your bed (which you are about to grow out of any day now), you sleep on 16 inches and your stuffed animals take up the remainder of the space.

You love to bike, dance, play with Superhero's, be read to, and you're so so so close to swimming on your own. Your favorite food - mac and cheese. You claim to LOVE bananas but every time I give you one, you have three bites then say you don't want it anymore.  You'll still spend an hour in the bath, and you'll still yell bloody murder if water gets in your eyes, but the other day you had a shower and it didn't terrify you.

You also are Mr. Innocente when Jackson is getting in trouble - "Yes, geesh, Jackson, you have to shut the refrigerator door after you get the milk out!" like you're the most perfect, expert little kid when it comes to remembering to shut the fridge door. Or, piping up, unasked, "I didn't do that! Mh-mmm, not me."

I love you to pieces buddy. You are the best, I love you and I love you and I love you.


Letters on your 4th, 3rd, 2nd, 1st and 6 mos. birthdays.

wheelbarrow + piece of cardboard for cushioning = great fun