On July 2, our sidewalk was finally done. Let the record show this is something we wanted to fix, along with the chain link fence, as soon as we moved in. (We’ll have been here five years this coming Labor Day.)
I was a little obsessed with getting the kids’ handprints into the cement, but Dan, our construction manager, advised against it. Instead I scratched a little “2015”–only days later wishing I’d done it in Chinese. O well!
This was the look of it Friday morning before we went to PA (this year’s holiday falling on a Saturday made for a short long weekend!):
Despite looking rather large, I think they are the paw prints of the stray cat that Yoshi got into a fight with! Or, the fox husband has also seen on our street.
Yoshi the morning we left, too:
Sister and family arrived about the same time we did in PA. That afternoon we all went to play tennis. The kids did okay, till I managed to hit a ball right at Tashi’s butt.
It was overcast but VERY muggy. Still, the kids managed to sit on the sidelines a bit while we played. But tennis is when Arjun, a few courts away, got bitten up on his face and legs while hunting for stray balls in the grass (you’ll see how this affected his mood, understandably, in subsequent photos).
Sister went and got a pingpong table for July 4 proper—since the weather was meant to be a washout most of the day. Unfortunately the table came without instructions! Either on paper or online. So, it ended up being a big puzzle in the basement to solve (I stayed upstairs working on Gonggong’s music).
In the afternoon, just as it cleared up, we headed over to Grace and Carl’s house—kids who grew up with Rohan and Arjun and who moved to Swarthmore a couple years ago. They have a trampoline… and Grace’s friend was equally beguiling to Tashi and Rio. I think the highlight of the trampoline was watching these two 13-year-olds talk!
Watching “13 Going on 30″:
Sparklers supplied by sister:
Fireworks supplied by town:
Pingpong in the morning before brunch in the city (because, four hours later, the table was completed the day before!):
The mini pool table too:
(Priyanka, sister’s husband’s cousin, took the photo in front of our usual spot, Beau Monde.)
We took a short walk afterward before getting into the car to drive back up to Washington Square Park.
Back at home—the shelves are stained!
So is the front window:
With the nice view of the Port-a-Potty in the front yard!
The kids have been at taekwondo camp all this week—just for the week—one of the five camps they’ve got this summer. I haven’t gotten a photo yet. But they like it if only for the 15 min drive there and back—we’re getting lots of Harry Potter books-on-CD time. (Tashi is also reading the books, thanks to sister’s set of them.) Also, the theme this week is Jedi knighthood. Amy and Liam are also there, along with Kaitlyn and Owen from Ivy.