Sunday, October 26, 2008

Rock Rat

You know those kids who spend all day working on the same boulder problem, mostly for an excuse to hang around at the base and shoot the shit? Ada tried that out the other day -- running around the (very flat, very safe) base of a climb while Thor, our friend Elizabeth and I did a little climbing. We weren't absolutely ready to let her get up on the rock so Thor decided to give her a little taste of what climbing is really like:
"Again! Again!"


Mr. Apples is a Stone Ridge classic. Fall wouldn't be the same without apple picking in Mr. Apples' orchard.

In another post I'll put up a picture of his sign, which is pure genius. In about 1999 he painted ".com" on the sign in rough, black letters.

He's also apparently a communist, which was entertaining for Thor when he came to Mr. Apples when he was a kid. Although Ada isn't ready to argue for the benefits of a free-market economy (and really, is anyone these days?) she still had fun running between the trees shouting, "apple! apple!"

Sophie, the daughter of our friend Tamara (and the future fashion mentor of Ada) helped Ada choose the right, perfect apple. Ada was a bit too busy wondering why her evil mama stuck a crazy side ponytail on her head. So, so wrong.
Nonetheless, Ada soon picks up the idea... "Apple! APPLE!"

There are just so many to choose from... hmm, which one seems more rotten and wormy? That's the one I want to munch on.

Storm King

A few weeks ago we went to the Storm King Art Center near Newburgh, NY. It was an unbelievably perfect day to stroll through and climb on art. Ada and Thor communed with Andy Goldsworthy's Winding Wall, which is extremely cool although hard to capture with an iphone camera.

After all that excitement, Ada needed a little solitude.

And then it was time to party again. I don't think Henry Moore would mind that she crawled around in his sculpture, do you?

I'm sure a time will come when Ada is just way too cool to go walk around a sculpture park with her parents but luckily that time hasn't arrived. She may not be able to fully absorb the layers of meaning, incredible craftsmanship and importance of many of these pieces, true. Instead she just had fun. One of her new words is, "wow!" Wow.