This weekend we went into Chinatown to see some of the Chinese New Year Celebrations.

We saw lions and dragons EVERYWHERE. Big ones, and as you can see, a few little ones too! :)

But we really go to play with the fireworks.

Every year we always buy these overpriced tubes of exploding confetti to set off in the streets. And Andrew LOVES it.

A few of them have these parachutes inside that float down with chinese blessings on them. When he asks about them, I tell Andrew they say “Andrew is a crazy guy!” This year he didn’t fall for it. “Mom! You can’t read Chinese!”

I love this photo above. Each boy having their own reaction to Chinese New Year. Andrew’s feet barely on the ground…loving it with all he’s got. And Isaac is not impressed at all. In fact, at one point he stood up just to wipe all of the confetti off his stroller. Ahem. Better than last year though! Last year we had to rush home because it brought on a HUGE meltdown.

Me, my awesome long legs, and my little sport.

And then we found this. Dave and I have both heard of the little-Mario-coming-out-of-a-pipe tile work, but we’d neither seen it in person. Until yesterday. :) New York is so rad.

On Sunday we ran some errands in the city and stopped by this park with giant rocks to climb.

And a lovely, breezy (COLD!) pier to explore.

It was a good weekend. And after some brainstorming about my weekday-morning funks last week, I have a few tricks up my sleeve for today. Monday morning, you don’t scare me.

First on my list. Watch this video 5 times.

Hope you had a lovely weekend!

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I stopped teaching Kindergarten in 2005 to become the mom of two crazy boys here in Brooklyn. At first I thought being a stay at home mom meant that I needed to pour all my time and energy directly into my sons, but I realized somewhere along the way that being a rockstar mom meant not only taking good care of my boys, but also taking good care of myself. And taking good care of myself means pursuing something creative...just about everyday. I started Made In Brooklyn to motivate myself in my creative goals as well as share my work with others and perhaps inspire them in their own creative journeys.
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9 Responses to weekend

  1. kirsten says:

    Love the video! And the Mario. So funny.

    This Monday morning I keep willing myself to tidy up the crazy mess, and ending up at the computer. Sigh.

  2. Mama V says:

    awesome video! you should now add ‘videographer’ onto your list of secret talents!

    wait, do i see that the boys finally have real winter coats? REAL winter coats?! whoa.

    we were hoping to go to chinatown on saturday but chinatown on a regular day feels a lot like times square, so we were unmotivated for that option. what say you — is it manageable during the new year?!

    • Robyn says:

      wait a minute! They had real winter coats before! :) But…yes…these are new ones. And I intentionally bought them several sizes too big so they could last several seasons….but I think I got them WAY too big. Alas…

      We stick to the side streets in Chinatown….just out of the buzz. There are side streets that are still blocked off to traffic, but don’t have many people. And the fireworks are sold everywhere. We were down by Bayard and Mott.

    • Robyn says:

      oh! And Dave shot that video! :)

  3. Mama V says:

    hah hah. forgot to mention that i usually pull the same trick on our boys whenever we open up a fortune cookie. things like, “you will be wise if you listen to your mom and dad” are no longer as effective now that lucas can read.

    also: have you guys seen the new silent film The Artist? might be up Dave’s alley?

  4. Robyn says:

    Yes! Of course! He had to see it right away and was sort of bummed we couldn’t get there on opening night (it opened over Thanksgiving weekend and we were out of town). But we went into the Angelika Theatre to see it. He LOVED it. I thought it was really beautiful and interesting…but I didn’t love it as much as he did. :)

  5. Susan says:

    Dave is way overdue for a full-length silent film, I think ;)

  6. Cathy says:

    I’m always very surprised to see how little winter you get… but is that a guy wearing shorts in one of the pics?
    I love the Mario. Is that the only one or are there many around town?

  7. I loved seeing your Instagrams last weekend of all the Chinese festivities.

    LOVE LOVE LOVE the Andrew dance video! :o)

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