So the weekend with the babes was incredibly active filled with a lot of socializing! We had a picnic in Battery Park planned with a friend and her son for Saturday but when the rain started to come down, we decided to make it a regular play date at our house instead. I decided to invite another friend with her daughter over so my daughter, Naturale, wouldn’t feel outnumbered by the boys. Over lunch with my kiddies where I was enjoying a fresh squeezed OJ I was explaining the change of plans to them and my daughter looks at me and says, “Mama! Why don’t we just make it a party?!?! Start texting EVERYBODY!” And I said, “Why not?”
We wound up with about 12 kids and 10 adults at our house starting at 2pm. I squeezed a large watermelon to make fresh juice and we made fresh watermelon margaritas and went through a case of Prosecco! I cooked angel hair pasta and chicken with sautéed broccoli and carrots, roasted butternut squash and Tzatziki! I had such a good time watching everyone milling about having fun, eating, drinking, dancing, the kids racing around screaming and playing!
After the first batch of margaritas were made, I had to taste it fresh out of the blender with the watermelon juice in there. But after tasting it, I was satisfied that it wasn’t what I wanted. The rest of the day and night was a breeze, between my delish juice (I made cantaloupe juice too…really sweet but a nice treat) and having my avocados to lean on, I was totally satiated by the love and communion in my home. The party ended a little bit after 1am! I was totally exhausted the next day but it was well worth it! And a blessing from the gods, or myself actually, that I didn’t have to deal with a hangover!! This cleansing thing rocks!!
The next day was definitely a bit of struggle, but I got a second wind in the afternoon. Silvia, one of my closest mommy friends, and I took our 4 kids to this great outdoor house music party called Mr. Sunday. It is in the backyard of a huge house in Carroll Gardens on the Gowaus Canal. The music was slammin’, they had a dance floor with a disco ball hanging from the trees above, a bar, a Mexican food stand, picnic tables and a little sandbox/Bocce Ball court.
We brought bats, balls and a jump rope with us and all the kids made friends with the other cool kids whose hip parents took them to this hoppin’ Sunday afternoon par-TAY! While the mamas got their grooves on the kiddies organized a little limbo action to the groovy grooves… another smash hit of a day blending the gap between kiddies and grownups…all while keeping it clean!
Arul Goldman is the Founder and Director of SanaVita.