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We’ve been so sidetracked by packing and moving and unpacking, we nearly forgot to enjoy the season and the changing leaves. Thankfully Central Park never disappoints, and is only a quick 20 minute subway ride away. I can’t believe the skating rink is already open, and we even spotted our Astoria neighbor Big Bird hanging in the park ..
(By the way that last photo is of our new street and house under some red leaves!)

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these were really pink and yellow...!

these were really pink and yellow…!

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We got to see an amazing light exhibit in DUMBO last weekend… a nice last weekend of balmy weather topped off by projected light art on Manhattan Bridge. Can’t beat it! Check the video here: http://online.wsj.com/articles/new-york-festival-of-light-in-brooklyn-rivals-times-square-1415299739

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Still a few things to be finished, still quite a few boxes unpacked. But we are settling in nicely and it’s feeling like home. And what a cozy lovely home it’s gonna be.

I have to say – some people have asked me why I haven’t blogged about the renovation, with before and after photos and all – but this has all been such hard work and more stressful than I anticipated. I have a renewed appreciation for anyone who can enjoy revamping an hold home. Not for the feint of heart!

So for now here are some sunny, cheery, semi-finished, semi-moved in and lived in shots:

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Our friends in Astoria did up their house, with a movie projected on a nearby building and everything! I guess we have to step up our game next year, now that we have a home to decorate:
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... and there was a giant spider web on our block!

… and there was a giant spider web on our block!

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Well it was a can of crazy here late last week, but somehow miraculously (with the help of grandparents) we managed to get kids in costumes and out to parties. Four parties in our ‘alley’ alone! By the way, the ‘alley’ is our back drive, filled with children and great neighbors, and described by others in the hood as the equivalent of moving ‘into Sesame Street’. You will hear a lot about it on the blog I’m sure. What a great, warm receptive group of neighbors we have. Ezra was a Dinobot and Zoe was one of the thousands of Elsas on the street… but I still think she was the prettiest. Who needs candy when all this other fun is going on?

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Once in awhile Zoe gets the urge to have me paint her tiny finger and toe nails, and Ezra just cannot resist getting a little attention along with her. When he asked to have his nails painted pink, my husband and I felt compelled to make him aware of the fact that other 8 year old boys at school may find this unusual, or ‘girlie’(even though we try NOT to buy into gender stereotypes: they ARE out there and he has just started in a new school.) I let Ezra know that if he wanted to take the color off, I had remover — and all he had to do is let me know.
I was pleasantly surprised the following day after school – when we asked him if anyone liked his nails, he said ‘yes’ and that he even inspired another boy to paint his nails as well! Do you remember this silliness in the news when Jenna Lyons painted her son’s nails on the JCrew site?

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We try to get out and about – while our house is now riddled with boxes and things are tucked away. Washington Square Park in the NYU-Greenwich Village area of Manhattan has the best rope-play area these days… which looks even prettier with fallen leaves around it. And I love that someone always rolls a baby grand piano out to the park to play it, or leave it for someone else to play!
(Check out the park’s piano man and music scene in this clip here.)

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