While in NYC our family went to the Guggenheim Museum to see Hilma af Klint: Paintings for the Future. We love sharing art of all mediums with Mario and we were especially looking forward to this exhibit, since during her life time, af Klint kept her groundbreaking paintings largely private. She rarely exhibited her work and was convinced the world was not yet ready to understand her paintings and vision; af Klint insisted that much of the collection exhibited at the Guggenheim not be shown for twenty years after her death, ideally in a spiral temple, which uncannily is quite similar to the Guggenheim. The exhibit literally feels as though Hilma af Klint found a portal into the future - she began creating her radically abstract paintings in 1906 when she belonged to a group called "The Five", a circle of women who among other things often found inspiration in séances. Her art truly was ahead of its time - her paintings are abstract, bold, spiritual, geometric and as colorful as a rainbow. We more than loved the exhibit and experiencing Hlima af Klint’s groundbreaking paintings. Mario also loved exploring the cylindrical Guggenheim Museum and it’s spiral ramp - what an amazing day we had in NYC!
I love all holidays and I especially love Halloween! We love dressing up and Halloween is the funnest because we get dressed up in costumes and Mario loves getting candy - he really loves getting candy! Every year our family dresses in a theme; this year Mario wanted to be Plankton so I was Mr. Krabbs and my husband was Spongebob Squarepants.
Halloween Day fell during Mario's Fall Break at his school in Germany, so we decided to take him to New York to trick-or-treat since we had so much fun doing the same last year. Mario’s excitement was not misplaced as he got a bag full of candy including his favorite: 'Gobstoppers' and ‘Dum Dums’. Mario also loved seeing the houses decorated beyond his spookiest imagination - we had a spooktacular Halloween in Brooklyn!
Enjoy Mario (aka Plankton) trick-or-treating in Brooklyn on HaLLoWeeN!
While our family was in the US for Mario’s fall break we explored parts of upstate New York along the Hudson River and stopped at Lawrence Farms Orchards to get Mario a pumpkin for Halloween. We visited the farm a couple days before Halloween so there weren’t that many pumpkins left, but we did manage to find a perfect small pumpkin for our hotel room. Lawrence Farms also had Apple picking and many other fruits and vegetables, including Winter Squash, Gourds, Grapes, Peppers and Corn. We had a fun afternoon exploring the farm and getting a delicious apple pie before heading back into New York City - plus Mario really was happy to have a pumpkin for Halloween.
Mario loves exploring the world; one of his favorite places in the world to explore is Brooklyn, New York. Mario loves Brooklyn because my husband and I tell him stories about living in Brooklyn and how we met each other at a friends birthday party in New York City. Mario loves the open space to run around in Brooklyn Bridge Park and he remembers (mostly through photos and stories) his first two birthday parties at Jane’s Carousel in Brooklyn Bridge Park. Mario not only loves hearing our stories about New York but he is happiest making his own memories there as well. I, of course, couldn’t resist taking a photo of Mario on Washington Street in DUMBO in front of the Manhattan Bridge, the most Instagrammed spot in all of Brooklyn because that is a photo for the memory books!
Brooklyn, Mario Loves You!