Checking off my Summer Bucket List // Storm King

This past weekend I ticked the first item off my summer bucket list, me and the boys took a ride up to Storm King, a 500 acre sculpture park and widely celebrated as one of the world's best.  It wasn't the most economical summer activity, at $18 a person to enter, but it was an amazing, must see for anyone in the area.  Since it's not right near the train station it's not super simple to get to from New York City, but they offer a few different packages to get you in the door, check out the website for more info.  Once you're there, you can rent a bike, or just stroll around the beautiful grounds and take in the art.  

If you are bringing your kids, I would advise to plan for the day, pack a picnic (I would pack a picnic even if kids aren't involved), plenty of snacks and water.  We brought our wagon and it was key.  Ollie loved running around, but we strolled around for almost three hours, so the wheels were a necessity.  I saw some stressed parents, looking at our wagon with envy.  Be sure your camera and phone are fully charged, because I'm sure you'll want to snap a million pictures, because as you can see this place is so cool!! 

Storm King
Storm King
Storm King
Storm King
Storm King
Storm King
Storm King
Storm King

12 Tees for Your Little Rockstar

What's more all American than a good summer concert?  And to look like you belong at a concert, you need the gear, that includes your little.  I've found and rounded up 12 classic rock and roll t-shirts to make your tiny groupie to rock all summer long.

Rockstar Toddler Tees

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Things Ollie Says

This kid of mine!  Life with him keeps getting better and better.  Two and half is the best age!  Oliver can carry on a conversation.  The silliest things pop into his head at any given moment.  He can't hang up any FaceTime call without hugging and kissing each and every person on the other line.  Oliver is about 90% potty trained!!  Woo Who!  He thanks me every day for making him dinner and he is obsessed with baseball.  His favorite toys are the silly little toys he gets from McDonalds or Walgreens.  Ollie takes the better part of an hour to put to bed.  He likes to fake cry then watch himself doing so in the mirror.  Seriously.  He is just so fun and I am so lucky to be his mama.  Now, some of the silly and hilarious things I've heard come out of Ollie's mouth lately.

Kids are funny

We went shopping at Old Navy the other day and he told his dad: "We went to Old Lady, Dad."

We sat down to dinner the other day and Ollie say's, "Okay guys, let's talk."  /   we say: "what do you want to talk about?"  /   Ollie: "school."

I came home from work the other day and he ran up to me and said, "Oh!  I like your dress, mom!  Nice dress!"

A muppet came on a comercial and Ollie says: "Name!(?)"   /  I say: ugh...Bob.  /  Ollie: Bob Seger!  

Not sure where he got this one, and I've been trying to get to the bottom of it.  When he is having trouble climbing on to our bed he says, "I'm not drunk, mom."

The other day he was driving is battery powered VW bus around, abruptly stopped and exclaimed, "I got to get gas!"

Kyle talks about baseball to Oliver on the daily.  When asked who his favorite Tiger is, he has said "Ian Kinser" (lead-off batter and 2nd base) since the beginning of the season.  The other day, Kyle got him out of bed and unprompted the very first thing Ollie says: José Iglesias, favorite Tiger.  /   Kyle: What about Ian Kinsler?    /   Ollie: Huh...No.  José Iglesias.

photo: A. Fatouros Photography