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I had my kiddos back with me for only a week – but I love when we can slowly and calmly take the subway into the city, and if the park is quiet we have the best laid back experience of the city. Ezra loves watching the boats (and now wants a remote controlled boat for his birthday!) Zoe has taken to sketching while in her stroller, and of course we always love finding strange new (fuzzy) nature in Central Park. And we can’t leave this area of the park without crawling all over Alice and her Wonderland folks first.

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Okay truth be told I’ve been following Jeff Koons since the early 90s and I was very ‘eh’ about his work. But who could resist taking kids to see all these enlarged inflatable structures on a Saturday afternoon? I thought everyone else would be at the beach but as it turned out, the museum was bustling. When Koons was married to an Italian porn star they made a couple pieces that included he and she in the photos – so we were warned at the door that the 3rd floor may be a little ‘racy’. But the kids basically ignored naked body parts for the much more intriguing giant blob of Playdoh (inspired by Koon’s son, made of aluminum and it took 20 years to build!) The room of illuminated vacuums was oddly soothing, and I still cannot figure out how the stacked white chairs with inflatable pool toys could’ve been produced… it’s baffling. I love how all the tour guides wore inflatable bunnies on their heads.
I’m now sold on Koons’ work – who knew I’d become a fan 20 years into following him?

(BY THE WAY this is post #600 for me… can you believe I’ve had this much to say? Thanks for following!)

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Wow what an amazing 2 weeks – with some great kids who got along seamlessly for all those days and nights. And a special thanks to our hosts for putting up with us under foot for all that time! For memory’s sake here’s a recap via instagram photos by Ina Seow:

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Making journals

After all this fun, I hope they recorded it well enough to remember it all. If not, they can always come to this blog for a reminder!
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Our kids had this nutty habit of getting in line for the lake ice cream give away… 2 hours before it started! I couldn’t believe the tenacity – normally we cannot get these kids to wait for anything! After filling up on ice cream (E loves the sorbet in a coconut shell) we can get them to relax and paint before dinner.

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A trip into town..

To the farmer’s Market, Bianca’s store and the local potter -

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