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?