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For all those who thought my father-in-law Zaydie was um… well, I guess I’ll let you say it.

“Zaydie is hot!” (Portia)

“Zaydie is cute!  Single?  :-)” (Becky)

“And Zaydie…not only is he a brave chaperone, but a quite handsome one too.” (Auds at Barking Mad)

“Handsome Zadie” (Chris)

I’m sure you’ll completely understand if I don’t weigh in on my father-in-law’s hotness. Oh my gosh. That was embarrassing to just write. And I don’t want to disappoint any ladies out there but yes, there is a grandmother (Bubbie). And yes, she’s adorable too. Look at them.


Meanwhile, after Zaydie chaperoned Dylan’s class trip to the aquariumMarinka had the audacity to suggest that maybe they never went to the aquarium at all.

“How come there are no pictures of the fish? This sounds like a huge scam to me. I think he just took the girls to Central Park. Or to a bar.”

Oh Marinka, here’s your proof. In your face.



Ok, well these pictures MIGHT have been taken at the window display at the Ralph Lauren store in the West Village.

But whatever. Fish are fish. I’m sure the aquarium was totally the same.

When not at the aquarium or the Ralph Lauren store, Dylan pretty much spends her time at the playgrounds now that it’s finally warm.

We often bring toys for the sandbox and they end up scattered around and we go on a search and rescue mission before we go home.

But the other day, we could not find our plastic, green crab.

We looked everywhere. We were about to abandon our crab toy when Dylan finally found it under one of the jungle gyms. She started loudly shouting…

“I have the crab! I have the crab!”

which unfortunately sounded very much like “I have crabs! I have crabs!”

Which seemed so enormously inappropriate for a 4 1/2 year-old to be screaming. Or anyone for that matter.

Poor green plastic crab. Never meant to cause so much trouble.

Maybe we should find him a nice home at the aquarium. Or the Ralph Lauren store. Crustacean choice.

mama bird notes:

3179082971_5e4aaf5872_m1I’m running an awesome giveaway in the month of June from Blue Bunny® ice cream! Each week, one totally lucky mama bird reader will win a carton of ice cream (plus one pack of novelties from the Blue Bunny®menu) delivered to their door every month for a year! Yes, that’s right. Ice cream for a whole year. And the winner can mix it up or get the same kind every month.

And if you haven’t tried Blue Bunny®, it’s super fabulous with cool flavors like Monster Cookie, Homemade Turtle Sundae and Bunny Tracks. And I heard Bunny Tracks leaves Moose Tracks in the dust.

To enter this week, just leave a comment and tell me your favorite or funniest memory of ice cream as a kid. Or you know, for the very lazy, just write, “I scream for ice cream.”

83 Responses to yo mamas! free ice cream!!

  • Stephanie (Tyler's Mom) says:

    Ice cream is my best friend!!! I start to salivate a little when I hear the ice cream truck come through the neighborhood…is that weird?!?!

    My favorite memory is of the “firecracker” popsicles…you know the red, white and blue ones….so yummy! That was the only kind of popsicle I would eat and still to this day, it holds a special place in my heart! LOL

    Kelcey…love your blog!!!

  • Jennifer H says:

    You might want to put some cream Mr. Crab, too, before you toss him into the bag with all the other crabs. Or whatever it is that makes that kind of thing go away.

    That was hilarious! If it’s embarrassing, it’s guaranteed that a kid will yell it.

  • Peta says:

    Love your blog!! Here’s my memeory: 9th (???) Birthday party at Jan’s Ice Cream Parlor in Brooklyn (some years ago….); does it disqualify me if I tell you that it was the PURPLE bicycle I got that is the clearest part of the memory?

  • Portia says:

    Thanks for the quote btw…and yes Bubbie is adorable too! They look like a young couple! Attractive indeed.

  • Marinka says:

    Why are your inlaws the same age as I am, but look better?

    Bubbie is a beauty. I think her name should be changed to “Bubbles”, though, because that is in keeping with her youthful looks.

    also, DUH, I want the ice cream. When I was a small child in Russia, I had the best caramel ice cream (and I had so very little, because I was a sad Jewish girl, behind the Iron Curtain) and years later when we were visiting England, I found it again. It was life changing. Of course a few years later Dulche de Leche came to America, and my BMI hasn’t been the same.

  • first of all…. your MIL totally looks like she could be an older sister… I had to really stare at that picture!

    secondly… I spotted the bathingsuit in the window before I spotted the fish… and the sidewalk just beyond… I cracked up… that was pretty clever!

    Thirdly, best ice cream memories as a kid… I lived on Museum Mile and my friends and I would either skateboard over to the Gugenheim (or skate over in our supercool sneaker skates!) where we would meet the Good Humor Man who was always parked on the corner. I almost always had a Chocolate Eclair. Sometimes we would skate a bit further to the Met where the Italian ice truck was … love NYC chocolate Italian Ices. As a kid it was my dream to rollerskate down the Gugenheim spirals…. a dream that, sadly, never came true!

  • LittleJ says:

    Mmmmm… can’t relate to the ‘hottie’ father-in-law but I’ll take my best shot at the i-scream.

    Best memory is making ice cream at home – chocolate and vanilla. The flavors were not very glam, but we thought making your own ice cream was equivilant to having super hero powers. Simply the coolest (pun intended)!

  • Inna says:

    mmmmmm ice cream. My favorite memory was eating popsicles and getting my tongue stuck at each initial bite. I used to eat 3 or 4 in a row just so I could get my tongue stuck. Yeah, I was a weird (and slightly chubby) child.

  • wa says:

    Let’s see–I’m assuming you don’t mean the kind of ice cream memories that almost resulted in fat camp, right? Then I’d say it was going to Dairy Queen in the family station wagon on hot summer nights.

  • Terra says:

    The Crabs..HILARIOUS. I love reading all your stories! When is the big move? My favorite popsicle as a kid was the BOMB POP I think it was a lot like the firecracker…

  • Cathy says:

    Since ice cream is my favorite food, my favorite childhood memory is that I could eat it all the time then and NOT get fat. That’s definitely not the case now.

  • Robyn says:

    I NEED this (I am pregnant, after all). My favorite memory is when my mom was pregnant with my sister. We ate hot fudge sundaes almost every night for months, thanks to her cravings. Clearly, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree…

  • christy says:

    Oh my god Kelcey you made me laugh so hard I have tears running down my face! Freaking hysterical! I’ve got crabs!!!HAHAHA!!!

    And that picture – wowzers – she looks just as hot as he does. They do NOT look grandparents. Good genes in your whole family!

  • Ann says:

    Favorite Ice cream memory? My dad “tasting it to see if its okay” AND BITING OFF HALF THE CONE.

    Oops, that’s only happy in retrospect.

  • I am not lazy – but I am at work and expected to…um…work – so I’m taking the easy “I scream for icecream!”

    Okay – one quick one – I used to come home from school and have a pint of ice cream as a snack. I’m not kidding, I’m well known for my ability to inhale ice cream. Luckily – I was never more than a little chubby at times, but I really dodged a bullet there with all of my ice cream binges…

  • Crystal says:

    This isn’t the first story I’ve heard of where the little kid screams they have crabs…mine have done it too!
    Ice Cream memory? It had to be one of my birthdays, there was an olde timey ice cream shopee that had the singing quartet and EVERYTHING! They got kinda upset when my friends and I started an ice cream food fight in the store…

  • Julie says:

    Such a cute picture of Zaydie and Bubbie. We all scream for ice cream here. By the way, I was going to turn you in on the fish picture since I know that it is Summer in that picture and we all know she didn’t go on the trip. Thank goodness you confessed.

  • Mary says:

    I love ice cream! I once lost a tooth biting into a black rasberry ice cream cone….who loses a tooth biting ice cream??

  • Meg says:

    When I was 2 or 3, my mother was having ice cream at a diner-type place, and I sneezed rather violently and violated her ice cream with my nasal excretions. I haven’t lived it down yet….

  • Bubbie says:

    Their Zaydie is HOT. My favorite ice cream was a fudgesicle when you got two whole sticks to yourself. XO Bubbie

  • Suzie says:

    Ohhh, Baskin Robbins ice cream….so good! Although i was allergic to milk when I was little, so I got stuck with “Dacquiri Ice” which I though was SO cool because it was a “grown up drink”. I love ice cream… all of it! 🙂

  • Alison says:

    The Mr. Softee jingle as the truck rolled to a stop in front of my parents’ house, and all the neighborhood kids would run outside for cones.

  • Gayle says:

    Hi! I found you through a Blue Bunny tweet!

    My favorite memory of childhood ice cream is hearing the ice cream truck’s bells and running for money from my mom!

  • Jen says:

    Love the fish pics!
    My favorite ice cream story is not my own … my cousin told me when she was a kid, eating ice cream with a friend … a bird pooped on her friend’s arm and she thought it was ice cream and LICKED IT OFF! AGGGH!
    Otherwise, I have nothing but fond memories and total love for practically any kind of ice cream!

  • Mama Bee says:

    I’ve got to second Gayle and say that my favorite memory is hearing those bells on a hot summer day and running your tail off to go find enough change to buy a popsicle or an ice cream!

    It just isn’t the same today with those big child-molester vans that drive so fast that you’d have to already be standing at the curb, money in hand, to MAYBE catch them in time to snag a drumstick!

  • jordan says:

    I totally love ice cream. and I also totally love green crabs. I wish i have a stuffed orange crab that rides on my dash board of my car. his name is STD.

  • Susan @ 2KoP says:

    I’m thinking free ice cream delivered to my door is not going to help with my diet, but I still want to win.

    My favorite ice cream memory is Orange Pushup. I loved the mechanism, the ice cream, the whole package.

  • Meghan says:

    I found it highly effective to lick the top layer of each pint of ice cream while my sister (who never wanted little sister cooties) was watching. This guaranteed they were all mine!

  • ErinB says:

    I don’t know what this post was about…I read free ice cream and it all went out my mind. I have no great stories about ice cream other than I have eaten my fair share!! but I would like to win to give it to my pregnant sister :-} she needs it!!

  • Selfish Mom says:

    OMG, when I was little the Mister Softee man knew just how long to idle outside of my grandmother’s house, enough time for her to find the change and for me to run screaming out the door!

  • johanna says:

    Funny how chicken and half of all vegetables won’t go down into this pregnant belly willingly…but ice cream, that goes down EVERY single night without one flinch! I was probably 10yo when my ice cream cone-vanilla with one of those fake cherry red glazes hardened on top- fell to the ground in the Dairy Queen parking lot of Willimantic after 1 eager lick. I cried like I’d just been shot! Grammy got me a new one of course 🙂

  • Jean E says:

    I scream for ice cream in all flavors!!! Your girls are lucky to have such happy and fun grandparents.

  • Daphne says:

    I have no need of the newest lip coloring, but ice cream of the month is right up my alley. I need me some ice cream fo’ sho’!

  • Aunt Marcia (Guess Whose?) says:

    Is Bubbie actually Rick’s mom or Zaydie’s Trophy Wife? Couldn’t decide between Hagen Daz butter pecan or chocolate-chocolate chip. I bought a quart of each; ate them at the same time and thought I was having a heart attack all day. But it didn’t stop me from doing it again…and again…

  • I totally love ice cream. My favorite ice cream memory was riding ponies at my uncle’s farm in England and getting ice cream cones on horseback from the local truck – – the village homemade ice cream truck to boot! Aaaaah!

  • Sarah says:

    We’d love the monthly ice cream!

    My family always got soft-serve cones with the chocolate “shell” on them, and I got the kid size while my parents got adult size. When my dad was almost done with his cone, I’d still have a lot left and he’d always ask, “Do you want to trade NOW?”

  • KidSafe Mama says:

    Okay, Kelsey you got me…between Zaydie and Bubbie and ICE CREAM – i am compelled to comment. First – B and Z are the most adorable and wonderful people – and ice cream – i have no favorite memory – it is still a daily occurrence – can’t imagine a day without it. Got my kids hooked too. (It is in the food pyramid….)

  • Becky says:

    i definitely scream for ice cream. I love how excited the kids get when they hear the ice cream truck coming from far away. sometimes we can hear it a whole half hour before it gets to our street.

  • Jeanne says:

    When I was really young, before the advent of Mr. Softee, boys in white shirts with bow-ties used to ride around our neighborhood on bicycles with a big wheeled freezer box where the front wheel should be. If you were lucky enough to have a nickel, he would open the hatch, and you could choose from Brown Giants, Fudgsicles and Push-Ups. Then, as you stood there, the ice cream already starting to drip down your hand, he’d ride away, ringing his bell to attract more customers.

  • melanie says:

    i just remember that i ALWAYS got some on my nose. and i must not have a very sensitive face because i wouldn’t know it until someone would point it out to me. how embarrassing!

  • tracey says:

    My thighs are screaming “NOOOO!!!” but I DO scream for ice cream…

    I’m sure your father-in-law is TOTALLY loving the attention. 🙂 I’m sure his wife is ready to throttle him as he does the strut. Poor woman! 🙂

  • Vicki says:

    OMG OMG OMG I love ice cream!!! I am a baskin-robbins mint chip girl all the way. Such a ghetto ice cream, but it’s my dad’s fave too, so I guess I inherited it.
    We went to the beach last weekend and we lost the yellow crab. We didn’t really lose it, it was just buried in the sand, but try using logic on a 2 year old screaming “where cwab! where cwab!” at the top of her lungs. Luckily we camped out far away from the other beachgoers…

  • Terrell says:

    Soooo many memories… My Mom would get a craving and send my dad out on hot summer nights to get her a Choc Milkshake at Huntley Farms…they made their own fresh ice cream. I would go with him and that’s where i discovered Mint Choc Chip and to this day it has to be green or it doesn’t make the cut! Now look what you’ve done…I have to go find me some! Z & B – They’re even cuter in person! XOXO Auntie T

  • francine Kasen says:

    Don’t let that pretty face fool you. Bubbie can kick the competition’s butts! My favorite ice cream story is the one that’s ahead of me!

  • Jessica says:

    My favorite memory is recent actually. Blue Bunny makes a flavor called Peanut Butter Panic and my family is obsessed with it. So obsessed that my daughter said, “I don’t want to live in a world without peanut butter ice cream.” Hilarious.

  • Jules says:

    I remember walking to Dairy Queen as a kid and thinking we had to walk miles to get there.. but as an adult I realized it was 2 blocks away. It was worth the walk regardless!

  • Kristin says:

    I was wondering why I could see pavement through the glass – oh, and Summer gave it away too. My childhood memory is of course the Good Humor Man coming through the neighborhood. I liked the orange push-ups! (probably the only kid in creation that opted for those and not the ones with candy inside, which, recently, I had, and the candy was quite small inside – barely there! Boy was I disappointed – and they don’t seem to make the orange push-ups anymore. : (

  • amy says:

    I scream, you scream, we all scream for ICECREAM!!

    I’m not always so lazy–just today after a weekend of Relay for Life here in MD. . . but we are icecream lovers and eat it nearly every day.

    Three cheers for a great contest!!

  • E Bruckhart says:

    I remember helping to crank ice cream at our end of the year school picnic. totally delicious! 🙂 thanks for the fun and yummy giveaway!

  • ShallowGal says:

    My favorite ice cream memory was the time I won a free year of Blue Bunny IceCream from Mama Bird Diaries.

    Hindsight is always 20 /20. I’m almost positive that’s what that means!

  • BrooklynBaby says:

    When I was a little kid, my best friend and I would wait for the Bungalow Bar Ice Cream Truck
    get a couple of pops, eat ’em then rub the sticks on the ground to sharpen them to a point.
    Ice cream and a weapon… what can I say; no one comes between me and my ice cream 🙂

    These days, my ice cream of choice is Super Chunky Cookie Dough from da Bunny!

    Thanks for the contest.

  • valmg says:

    My Mom used to buy the Carvel Cherries Jubilee cake when it was on sale once a week and put it in the freezer. Sometimes she’d have 3 or 4 in there. This cake is vanilla ice cream, cherries (not a fan) and chocolate crunchies on the outside (love em). I used to sneak into the freezer and eat off all of the crunchies. Once I told her I dropped the cake and they fell off. Once I told her the cake didn’t have any. After that she got wise.

  • Becky says:

    I’m thinking you are going to have a record number of comments on this thread! Who doesn’t want free ice cream:-)
    by the way… I scream for ice cream too;-)

  • Becky says:

    now you are just mean! Posting another even BETTER picture of Zadie?!? Geez woman!
    Seriously they look like they are in their 40’s!

    Ok getting off your HOT father in law and now just thinking about ice cream!!!

  • Betsy says:

    I have a very cute picture of Samantha sound asleep in her stroller. She fell asleep mid-lick. Aparently dripping ice cream goo is not enough to wake a sleeping babe.

  • JoeyfromSC says:

    I have very vivid memories of making homemade ice cream with my parents and brother….I also loved when the ice cream truck came onto our block.

    Visions of kids running with their money in hand come to mind lol

    Thanks for a great contest! I LOVE Blue Bunny!

  • sandy says:

    it is texas it is hot and I SCREAM FOR ICE CREAM….ice cream sandwiches…fudgecycles…cold sweet, maybe with fruit…i don’t care…ICE CREAM!!!

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