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Archive for January, 2012

Before our shoot we had to scout a location at Central Park – and it happened to be balmy and rainy. What an odd winter we’ve been having; going from freezing cold to spring like days all in the same week. This particular day was misty and sort of mossy and green, and it was a weekday so the park was empty (which is rare). I felt like we were in another country – the man making giant bubbles made it all the more surreal.

a strange single sun beam hit one small patch of buildings, making them appear gold

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My husband had an exciting project, working for a company that we really believe in (see our post here to see Ezra’s main source of exercise). We rounded up Ezra and Zoe’s friends to get some exercise in the sun and took their photos. It SOUNDS that simple, but it was really a little crazy (and a little cold outside). In the end we got some beautiful photos – the ones you see here are just some snapshots but I’ll have to post my husband’s final results some day soon. We had nearly 30 people involved and it felt like quite a collaboration. A big ‘thanks’ to all our wonderful friends (and especially their parents) who braved the cold and tourists to help us in Central Park:

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My husband has a photo shoot on Sunday that involves a lot of active kids – and I’ve been put on ‘wardrobe’ duty. It’s been kind of fun actually. We will have lots of photos of it to follow next week, but meanwhile my house has been taken over by piles like this:

Have a great weekend, and let’s hope it’s dry and sunny!

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Bragging rights..

Our little ‘Explorer of the Month’ – pictured here with his school principal. We couldn’t be prouder!

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This is seriously the best kept secret in New York. While it’s an ideal play spot for kids under age 5, I still think Ezra would get a lot of mileage out of many of the toys. The Heimbold Family Children’s Learning Center is on the 4th floor of the Scandinavia House on Park Avenue – and requires a membership if you visit on weekdays, but costs only $8 to visit on Saturdays. There’s a play store, kitchen, lego area, dress-up area, wood train, giant mushroom to sit in and even clogs to try on! Zoe and her friend Mia had a great time while their big siblings were still in school for the day. I will have to take Ezra here sometime to test drive the trains and the lego table. Heck, he’d probably love the clogs too.

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We were sledding right behind The Met on Saturday – so it was too easy to escape the cold by ducking in to see some art. The kids indulged me and were well-behaved while I checked out the Islamic and Persian Art galleries. We then visited the Roman antiquities where the kids sketched a few sculptures (I’ve been dying to do this with them for years… yeah, still a bit early but fun nonetheless). After all that hard work, we went to the Egyptian gallery to run around. We ran into our friend Maggie who was getting married in the gallery .. isn’t her dress lovely? It was put together by her sister, the super mom who I’ve mentioned before here.

Sporting his Met pin..


the end result

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What could be prettier than Central Park blanketed with snow? I couldn’t stop taking pictures.

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After our romp at Matrushka’s Toys, we got a bite to eat at Gypsy Joynt. This is a fun restaurant that serves pizza and a variety of salads, including one called ‘Get Roasted’ (roasted winter vegetables over greens with dressing). It comes with one of their 11 homemade dressings, and was so good that I recreated it when I got home to NYC. An ideal light winter meal. We tried to explore Railroad Street (which is right across the road from Gypsy Joynt) but it got too cold very quickly – so we stopped in SoCo for a hot beverage while waiting for one of the dads to pull the car around. We hope to explore this area again when the weather warms up!
Have a great weekend and stay warm –


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Cornwall CT is only about a half hour from Great Barrington Mass – so we thought we’d get out of the house and check out the Berkshires. It was too cold to really move around outdoors so we stopped into only a few places, then headed back to our fireplace. We bought a couple things at Matrushka Toys and Gifts, where the owner was lovely about letting the kids play with the toys. I feel thankful that we have the kind of kids that handle things gently in toy stores!

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It was only 10 degrees outdoors but the kids loved collecting firewood, playing with tops in a fry pan, seeing a light layer of snow, and creating a fort out of a bunk bed. And the lake that you saw last posted here was frozen solid – so we even ‘walked on water’ (as Ezra likes to call it).


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