These pumpkins have been staring at us, uncarved, for two weeks. It seemed wrong to head out trick-or-treating without carving them. This is the fastest pumpkin carving I’ve ever done.
As we called the kids into the living room for a “Fry Lodge news announcement,” we were pretty anxious. Kristine and I had carefully prepared our talking points all morning. I had even practiced a little speech while in the shower. We were about to tell Henry and Ruby that, effective Tuesday, they would be attending PS3, the public school up the street. Though we are convinced this is absolutely the right thing to do for our kids’ education and our family overall, we were prepared for a negative reaction. Much to our relief, they were both excited. Henry even said, “That’s where I’ve wanted to go all along.” Phew. We’re excited about the switch. PS3 has a great reputation among New York schools. Academic performance is high, art is incorporated into all the classes, and there is a strong sense of community, with lots of parent involvement in school activities. And to top it all off, it’s an even shorter walk to school.
The princess, as popstar.
We went pumpkin and apple picking today with our favorite New Jersey family, the Sells. The pumpkin selection at Battleview Orchards was fine, but the highlight had to be the fresh apple cider donuts at the Battleview Country Store. Followed by Vic’s famous pizza. Thanks for a great afternoon, Sells.
Tonight was a great date night. After a dinner snack, Kristine and I went to Rebel Rebel Records to shop for some $2 albums. It was a ton of fun. We purchased some oldies but goodies, including Carly Simon, Linda Ronstadt, The Smiths, Bryan Adams and Elliott Smith. When we got home, our baby sitter told us that our children are the sweetest kids she’s ever met. We needed that.
When I was six, I’d wake up at 5am on Saturdays to start watching cartoons. I could easily go til noon without a break. And I remember the guilt that would set in when my dad would give me a disapproving look as he told me that he and my brothers were outside moving the corral. I now find myself giving Henry and Ruby the same look as I witness them playing Minecraft on the iPad every spare moment they can find. It’s insane. They would rather play that than eat. I need a corral to move. Henry tells me you can do that in Minecraft.
When you buy something in NYC, there’s a variable beyond price and aesthetics: how many blocks you’ll have to carry it. It’s nice to finally have a reflective surface at Fry Lodge besides the front of the medicine cabinet and the windows after dark. Guess which member of the Fry Family Quartet is the happiest.