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A Quiet Friday Morning with a Book

Here’s our lad quietly reading his New York book as Mommy and Daddy go about the morning routine of getting him dressed and ready for school.

Of course, Nyan being Nyan, halfway through he demands to see the picture on the back of the camera. “Look. Loooook!”

And later he explains that he “wants to go to New York in a book.” Which, come to think of it, is exactly what he was doing. Smart kid.

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Posted by on November 2, 2013 in Video


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Today’s photos: Nyan Thomas’ first art gallery

On Friday evening, we headed to an art gallery featuring some great photographs of Karen freedom fighters, in the mountains of southeast Burma. We met some great people, including some fellow Burmese, and Nyan Thomas made friends with, well, just about everyone, including Luke, who is about 8 years old and was totally enamored with the little man. His mom told us later that as she was putting down to bed that night, “he expressed the desire to have a little brother like [Nyan]. He was really taken by his sweetness. Good job, mama and papa!” Aww, thanks! We try our best.

Some pictures from the event:

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Posted by on April 30, 2012 in Photos



Merry-go-round (with video and pics)

To celebrate Nyan Thomas’s return to New York, I took the day off on Monday and we all headed down to DUMBO, the cool cobblestoned neighborhood down along the river, underneath the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges. Last fall they opened up a merry-go-round – a restored carousel first built in the 1930s, and one of the few (if not the only) carousels listed on the National Register of Historical Things. Some photos, and a video, of our afternoon (click on photos to enlarge):

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Posted by on April 10, 2012 in Photos, Video


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Dragon in Chinatown

The other day, we had an appointment near Chinatown in Manhattan, so I left work for a bit while Beatrice and Nyan came in from Brooklyn. Afterwards, I headed back to work while they strolled through the city and came across some sort of dragon parade. (I must confess that I’m not at all sure of the meaning or significance, but it looks pretty cool nonetheless). Some pics from the scene:


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Posted by on March 4, 2012 in Photos



Dim Sum!

Earlier this week, we rented a car and headed down to Chinatown in Brooklyn for a midweek midday dim sum feast. We found this sprawling banquet hall of a restaurant that was jam packed with Asian families munching on their dim sum. The food was good, and your humble blogger’s dining companions were, of course, top notch.

Our boy enjoyed the stimulation – so many new smells, sounds, and people to see and charm!

Of course, his new thing is to have his fingers in his mouth at all times…

So daddy decided – for better or for worse – that two can play that game:

It was a touch chilly out, so we bundled him up before we strapped him into the stroller. The kid was happy to vamp for the camera, too…

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Posted by on March 1, 2012 in Photos



Today’s photos: Nyan’s big weekend

It was a big weekend for young Nyan Thomas, with lots of visitors, activities and fun. (Yes, it messed up his sleeping schedule a wee bit, which led to him being wide awake at 4am this morning… his parents were not crazy about that, but it was still a fun weekend…)

First off, he got to meet Aunt Jill, Uncle Phil and the Dunn cousins, all visiting from Chicago for the weekend. Here he is having dim sum with Jill:

And on Saturday afternoon, Grandma L. arrived! She’s here til Thursday and has been having loads of fun with her grandson.

We all went to the 9/11 memorial too. Nyan spent the whole time strapped in to the baby backpack thingie hanging from my chest and napping.

And that, of course, meant another subway ride for the young man:

And there was plenty of hanging out time at home, too, with piggyback rides…

and admiring the baby in the mirror…

and trying out the sound-blocking headphones we got him for his upcoming plane ride. Quite possibly the best picture of young Nyan yet:

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Posted by on November 20, 2011 in Photos


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The ‘NY’ in ‘Nyan’ doesn’t stand for New Yorker…

… but you may be forgiven for thinking so after you learn how quickly the young man took to the New York subway system…

Last Sunday, Beatrice was meeting a friend in Manhattan for a late lunch. I just assumed she’d leave Nyan with me – give us boys an afternoon of bonding over, I dunno, football and other manly type things. But as she was getting ready to leave, she asked, “Should I take Nyan?”

We just sorta stared at each other, pondering, the question hanging in the air. You see, he hadn’t yet been on the subway, period. No real reason, other than perhaps us being protective (overprotective?). We worried a bit about the germs, but mostly about the cacophony of clanging and banging that comes with the trains. Would it freak him out?

After a few seconds of pondering the question, we both agreed that it was time to give it a try: time for Nyan to ride the rails. We loaded him into the Baby Bjorn, packed the diaper bag full of diapers, bottles and other goodies, and off they went.

Did he fuss? Did he freak out at the noise? Did he cry the entire time?

Let this picture speak a thousand words:

No, dear reader, he did not mind one bit. Well, that’s not entirely true: at first, he was indeed fussy. But, Beatrice quickly realized, that’s because she had loaded him in to the Baby Bjorn facing her – thinking he would want the security and comfort of being nestled very close to his mommy. Nope, not our boy. He wanted to see what was going on! So she flipped him around in the carrier and he spent the entire ride looking around the train car, making faces at the other passengers, and generally charming everyone.* Beatrice took a couple of self-portrait pictures, but was having trouble with it, so a lady across the way offered to take some snaps.

After seeing how relaxed he was on the subway, I think it’s fair to say that our boy is becoming more of a New Yorker with every passing day, for better or for worse. (Really, though, as long as we can keep him from growing up a Knicks fan, it’s all good, I say.)

* This being New York, of course, some people were immune to his considerable charms. Like a lady sitting a few feet away who saw Nyan and snorted, then said derisively to her friend (though of course loud enough for Beatrice to hear): “Humph! I would never take my baby on the subway. Think of how dirty it is!” Yeah, yeah – stuff it, lady. Our boy needs to see the world, and that starts with Manhattan and the N train on a Sunday afternoon.

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Posted by on November 17, 2011 in Photos


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