Another thing that we often find hidden among highrises are very old churches.
The Church of St. Paul the Apostle) is 150 years old and once dominated the block. Now it's dwarfed among highrises and only visible if you're standing right on the same block.
After their teeth were sparkly clean, we found our way back down to Greenwich Village.
Ernest & Celestine. I highly recommend it to my friends with young children. It was nominated for Best Animated Feature Film this year at the Oscars.
Then we made our way to a chess store we walked past a few months back. Holden has really gotten into chess this year. He's in Chess Club at school. Ella also has chess taught in her class once a week. We had originally planned just to look at all of the amazing chess sets they have for sale but it turns out they have a room off the back where people pay to play chess. We watched for a couple minutes and the owner quickly got Ella and Holden to sit down at their own table and play a game.
Holden got it into his head that he and Kevin were going to leave the apartment early on Sunday morning without the girls and go play baseball. He was so excited that he came into our bedroom at 5am fully dressed. Poor Kevin tried hard to get Holden to go back to sleep, but the two of them eventually left before 7 o'clock. Which was fine with me because then Ella and I got to do what Kevin never lets us do: sleep in for me and watch cartoons for Ella. After a leisurely shower and taking my time getting ready (something I never get to do with the boys around), Ella and I headed over to Starbucks for a late coffee and breakfast. Then we hopped a subway down to Macys at Herald Square to see their big annual flower show.
I think Holden's grand plans of spending the day with his dad was really a ploy to get Dad to buy him a new baseball bat.
How do you say no to that?
Our family reunited that afternoon at a theater called Urban Stages. We surprised the kids with an afternoon play about a girl named
Ella Lucy who loves science and just wants to conduct experiments all day but feels weird because all of her friends are wearing pink and playing with American Girl dolls.