Day 2 in New York City


Waiting for the Delacorte Clock to strike eleven.


The reason we went to see this was this penguin, who features prominently in “I am Pangoo”, a book Leo got this summer. The penguin didn’t talk to Leo, but he thinks he saw him move a little bit.

Leo being accosted by Pippi

Leo is being accosted by Pippi Longstocking at the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre. Looks like he’s enjoying it.

Pippi at the Swedish Cottage

These marionettes put on a full musical, complete with Rockettes-style leg kicks.


We spent the rest of the day at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. One highlight was their Christmas tree display.


Leo and Sophie stood very still as they studied the tree.


One of the angels.


Doing his best to look fierce.

Hansel and Gretel at the Met

We got to see a terrific art show at the Met GalleryNew Yorker illustrators interpreting Hansel and Gretel. We probably spent a good half-hour there talking about all the pictures and reading the Roz Chast retelling panel by panel (slightly edited for my four-year-old). I especially loved the creepy witches by Ana Juan , the Christoph Niemann “Weight Watchers” (what if Hansel and Gretel were fat – what should the gingerbread house look like then?), his Post-It Note Hansel & Gretel (you have to see it — the yellow Post-It crumbs are all around the gallery), and Eleanor Davis’s 3D Witch House. That one was Leo’s favorite. He went right home and acted out all of Hansel & Gretel with dolls and even used the tablecloth to make a a witch that envelops the children.



Day 1 in New York City


Leo and I took the train down to Penn Station. The conductor let Leo try on his hat.


In the dining car (see the hot dog?) enjoying beautiful fall foliage in Connecticut.


Visiting Christopher Robin Milne’s stuffed animal collection, now known to us all as Kanga, Winnie, Eyeore, Piglet, and Tigger. The collection is on display at the New York Public Library on W. 53rd. Visit it now while you can.


Leo doing his best lion impression. Outside the American Folk Art Museum


The Ana Juan banner above Lincoln Center. Leo and I liked how it looked like Hansel & Gretel were moving.

Leo – Star of the Day


Leo’s preschool is doing something where each child is the “Star of the Day”. Today was Leo’s day and he got to tell the class about some photos he’d brought in. In turn, the class all drew pictures and told stories about Leo. Here’s what they said:

  • Leo and me play outside. Leo is kind. -Sophia
  • This is an excavator. Leo is rescuing someone. He’s a helper and very kind. -Aidan
  • I like to play with Leo. We like trains. -Thomas
  • Leo is very kind and happy and he likes to play with me and Sofia. -Lara
  • Leo likes blue. He’s funny. Pink is his bestest color. -Lauren
  • Me and Leo be good friends and he talks at me and he plays with me and we go all around and I like Leo. – Sofia
  • Me and Leo are playing with a toy boat. Leo is great at playing. -Cole
  • We play outside me and Leo. He’s good to clean up nice and he is happy. -Anna
  • I like Leo because he plays with me. -Eoghan
  • Leo is a nice friend. I like playing outside with trains with him. – Alex
  • I like to draw with Leo. Leo loves pink. -Lia
  • Leo is a really nice kid. I like playing with Leo ouside, like kicking the ball. – Reid
  • I like playing in the sandbox with Leo. -Olivia
  • Leo is the best in the whole wide world. -Annika