Hi everyone! Summer is coming to an end, but my family decided to go to the beach one last time. We drove out to Robert Moses State Park on Fire Island. To get there, you take a causeway, which is a series of bridges over the bay! It was really cool.
I have a really cute sand mold that makes sea turtles! I had so much fun visiting the sea turtles in Costa Rica in 2014, so I made a whole crew of them. You can see them very well in this photo, but you they are the little ball-shaped shapes in front of me.
As the sun got lower in the sky, I took off my sunglasses and took my bucket to collect shells. There are so many beautiful shells on the beach! I think the scallop shells have a pretty shape, but I love the purple color of clamshells.
Just before my family left to drive back to New York City, I made a sandcastle using my shell bucket. It's fun figuring out just the right mix of sand and water to make the perfect castle.
Before long, it was time to head back home. I put on my sunglasses and looked around, memorizing how the beach looked. Sometimes we go to a more local beach in the fall and winter to take walks, but this would be the last summery visit until next year. Goodbye beach!
Do you have any activities that you only do in the summer?
During my friend Nora's visit, we had a lot of fun together. One afternoon, we decided to blow bubbles in the courtyard!
The truth is that, at first, we tried blowing bubbles in the living room. The popped bubbles kept leaving sticky, soapy messes everywhere, so our parents made us take the bubbles outside. We didn't mind though, because it was a really nice day out! I loved seeing the bubbles float around on the breeze.
Nora and I had a lot of fun together on her visit. I'm so sad she had to go home! I really enjoy having her around. Thanks Nora, for a great long weekend!
One awesome thing about living in New York City is that lots of people come and visit because it is such a fun and exciting place. At the end of August, my friend Nora came to visit me. She's from Canada and loves our city. I had to go to a group meeting on her first day, but we decided to meet up in front of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and walk through Central Park. The weather was perfect!
We walked through the park talking about all our favorite things. One thing Nora and I have in common is a shared love of the Swallows & Amazons series. Of course, a must in the park for two girls obsessed with adventures on sailboats is Conservatory Water. There, you can rent model sailboats to sail around the basin! So cool, right? Nora and I loved watching the boats.
After watching the boats and chatting, we stopped by the Loeb Boathouse to use their bathroom! I saw this beautiful flower and asked Nora to take a photo of me next to it. Isn't it pretty?
Once we were refreshed, we headed west toward Bethesda Fountain. Nora's family *loves* Bethesda Fountain, so I took a photo of her in front of it to give to her parents. Of course, the Angel of the Waters on top of the fountain isn't in focus, but you get the idea.
We decided to rest again near the fountain. It's so fun to watch all the people go by! We saw a lesbian couple in their fancy outfits taking wedding photos! We wanted to run up to them to say we're both from two-mom families, but we were a little shy, so we just smiled at them instead. We also helped a few different families by taking their photos in front of the fountain.
Nora loves adventures. I had to take her climbing on the rocks! They are probably Manhattan schist, a special kind of rock in Central Park. City kids love to climb on them - and so does Nora!
I was having so much fun with Nora! After we climbed on the rocks, we stopped by Strawberry Fields. Strawberry Fields is a special memorial to John Lennon, the famous musician. We didn't take any photos because so, so many other people were posing for their own photos!
Strawberry Fields is on the west edge of the park; we had officially made it all the way across Central Park! We celebrated with cold lemonade before going into the Eloise exhibit at the New York Historical Society. We didn't take photos there, but it was great! We learned so much about one of our favorite storybook characters.
Nora and I had a fantastic time together. By the time we were standing on the platform to take the train home, it was already getting dark. Hurrah for friendship and hurrah for Central Park!
Have you ever shown your friends around your city before?
Hi everyone! Summer is winding down. My mom really loves the beach so we tend to go a lot each summer. On my most recent visit to the beach, my parents took me and my new friend, Maia! We drove out to Jones Beach on Long Island and enjoyed the sunset; it's our favorite time to go to the beach because of the magical light.
Maia is so nice. Like my friend Coral, she's from New Zealand. She loves her traditional Māori culture. Maia's family is from Tauranga, a beautiful city on the seaside of New Zealand's North Island. I'm looking forward to getting to know her better!
I love going to the beach with my family and friends. It was really nice enjoying the setting sun!
Hi everyone! It's me, Inky! I keep forgetting to finish my posts about my spring break trip with my friend Brooke and her family. On the last day of our cruise, Brooke was very, very excited for Officer Pin Trading night. We each had a lanyard with pins on it to trade. Brooke's had a big Elsa charm and mine had a big Moana one. I had never been to a pin trading event before, but Brooke definitely made me feel included and excited too!
We had a long day at sea to enjoy first though! We played Jenga in our stateroom in front of our big porthole window.
Then we went and saw Beauty and the Beast in the theatre on board the ship. It was so cool! I had never been inside a movie theatre on a ship before. Plus, Beauty and the Beast is one of my favorite fairy tales. I loved all the songs in the Disney version. After the movie, we posed with a big statue of Mickey.
It was finally time for the pin trading event after dinner. The officers wore their clean white uniforms. They looked great! I had so much fun, even though I didn't know much about pins. Brooke knows how to spot the counterfeit pins and she was showing me lots of little tricks and telling me facts about the pins.
After the busy event, it was time to head to bed. The next morning, we would arrive in Florida again.
I had a great time on my first Disney cruise! I didn't blog about it, but Brooke and I had fun playing at Castaway Cay and swimming with dolphins at Atlantis in the Bahamas. I'm so glad Brooke invited me to join her family! It was sad to roll our bags off the boat and into the big arrival building. After a bus ride, we were already back on the plane to New York. See you again soon, Disney Dream!
Celebrating Pride is so important! My friends and I decided that we should have a mini-celebration in the park. I met up with Reine and Sol to cheer for people of all genders and sexualities. It was a lot of fun - people came up and talked with us about their own families and stories.
Sol lives in Soho with her mom and dad, but she wants to support everyone even if she doesn't have a direct connection to the queer community. She wore her Rainbow Dash shirt!
Reine is a new friend of mine. She plays ukulele really well and was entertaining everyone with her music. She wore rainbow tights to celebrate!
As for me - I have two moms! I have a Mom and a Mama. I was marching to show the diversity of families. Families can come in any shape and size, but all of them are beautiful!
Before we left the park, we stopped for a snack. Reine had some melon slices and I had a can of green tea.
Sol brought dumplings!
Celebrating the diversity of families is a great way to celebrate in the month of June! What is your family like?
Happy Summer! My family decided to kick off the summer season with a local Pride celebration and quickly followed that up with a trip to Fire Island! This year, I tried out a new tent. There weren't many bugs on the beach (perhaps because it is early in the season), so i unzipped the door to my tent and snoozed until the sun was rising high in the sky.
I love Fire Island! It was very hot in New York City this weekend, so it was nice to drive out to the island and feel nice and cool in the ocean breeze. Fire Island is a barrier island off the south shore of Long Island. Cars are not allowed on most of the island, so we took a ferry there! It was so cool. As soon as my family pitched our tents, I ran to the water!
Since Fire Island is a National Seashore, it is important not to take the shells you find on the beach off the island! I spent some time with my friend Simona painting shells and selling them to earn money for ice cream; I'll have to take photos of us doing it the next time we are on Fire Island though. Fire Island is lots of fun because kids can run around more freely than in the city. I love having more independence and it was great to see Simona's family's house!
I love collecting shells. I did a lot of it because the waves were pretty high and the water is very cold. Big clam shells are the best for painting, so I got a bunch of those.
Tossing a beach ball on the beach is also fun- but it's also pretty hard because the wind keeps blowing my throws off course! Oops!
I also built a sand... well, it wasn't a castle. It was more like a big termite mound! So yes, I built a sand termite mound! It was lots of fun. I love to squish the wet sand between my toes!
After two full days playing on the beach, selling shells, visiting the playground, and eating lots of yummy ice cream and pasta with artichoke pesto- it was time to head back to the city. I had a fantastic time! I have a few more photos that I will post later. They're of me with Simona!
Happy World Oceans Day! Today I am celebrating the diversity of our Earth's oceans. One of my favorite shows is called The Octonauts. It's about a group of intrepid explorers who aim to explore, rescue, and protect the world's ocean life.
Last year I dressed up as Shellington Otter, my favorite Octonaut, for Halloween. Shellington is a professor who studies the myriad differences and similarities between all the creatures of the ocean! He is basically a park ranger for the ocean!
One special thing that my Mom does with me involves our toy Shellington Otter! Mom and I take turns taking our toy Shellington on trips and photographing him in different locations. Shellington Otter has been to several different countries- but he always loves the beach!
I love our oceans. I have been to the Atlantic Ocean, the Pacific Ocean, and the Black Sea. Someday, I hope to visit all the oceans in the world! If you're interested in learning more about oceans, check out www.worldoceansday.org!
I love the summer! My family does more things together since work is more relaxed for my moms. Summer is also fun because it is Pride Month! The United States celebrates Pride Month in June to celebrate and honor the Stonewall riots that took place in June 1969. The past year has been very fun; last year, President Obama designated the Stonewall Inn as a National Monument! As many of my readers know, I am a big, big fan of the National Parks Service. Hurrah!
I meant to go take a picture in front of the Stonewall Inn, but my family has been pretty busy so that will have to wait until later in the month. Instead, I am participating in local Pride events! I like to carry my rainbow flag and wear my Pride tee. This year, June seems a bit colder than usual, so for this photoshoot I paired my outfit with a new cardigan.
I am very proud to be the daughter of lesbian parents! I love having two moms. They both love me very much and I learn so much from them. I have lots of friends. Some of my friends have two moms like me, some have two dads. Some have one mom and one grandma, or one mom and one dad. What matters about a family is not the gender of your parents or caregivers, but how much love you have for each other. Love is what makes families grow!
Are you proud of your family? What are some of your favorite things that your family does together?
On the second day of our cruise, Brooke and I woke up when the sun came streaming in our porthole. We were so excited to continue our adventure on the sea!
We ran to the porthole and all we could see was water in every direction! It was like that part in the movie Moana, when her chicken Hei Hei realizes he's in the middle of the ocean! It was so beautiful.
Before our cruise, I had never seen the ocean from the middle! Of course, I've looked out the window from the plane to or from Europe, or seen the water from the beach- but neither one of those experiences was the same as seeing the sea from a boat! Wow!
The lights in the hallways were a weird yellowy color, so please excuse this photo! Disney cruises have lots of theme nights. One of them was pirate night! The housekeeping staff passed out pirate bandannas and dinner had a festive pirate theme! It was so fun.
Another fun Disney cruise tradition is decorating your stateroom door with magnets! Do you like mine?
I was having such a good time on the boat that I didn't even notice the ground rocking beneath my feet as we cruised through the water. I had been worried I'd get seasick, but luckily, it wasn't a problem. Phew!
Hello hello! If my trip to Disney World with Brooke was fun, the next segment of our trip was amazing! After four days at Disney World, we set sail on the Disney Dream cruise ship. Brooke and I were both very excited, as neither of us had ever been on a cruise.
The first order of business was lining up on the deck for a lifeboat drill. We learned what to do in an emergency. It was a little scary, but luckily we never had an emergency after all. Phew! Still, I am glad the cast members on the cruise prepared us, just in case.
Once we got settled in, we went to the pool! It was very sunny and warm on the cruise. Brooke and I had so much fun splashing in the water and being silly together.
After we swam, we hung out on the deck watching the ocean. We hoped we'd see a dolphin swimming by, but we never did. That didn't stop us from looking though!
One thing I loved about sailing on the Dream was the AquaDuck! The AquaDuck is a water slide that goes around the pool deck. You have to climb up lots of steps to get to it, then you slide in a tube all the way back down. It was so fun! Brooke and I rode together and laughed and laughed.
After riding the AquaDuck and swimming, Brooke and I relaxed on the pool deck so that we could watch Inside Out on the big screen above the pool! Brooke and I actually saw the movie together at the movie theatre when it first came out, but we were excited to see it again!
Even though we had only been on the cruise for Day 1, Brooke and I were ready to declare our trip a success!