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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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I feel like last October we ran amok with wayyyyy too many pumpkin outings. This fall we are wrangling with a beast of a house renovation and tons of packing so this may be one of the very few pumpkin posts for this year. Let’s see how it all goes with getting out of Home Depot and into the fall foliage this month. Meanwhile here are some shots of our trip back to Hank’s, where we at least got a taste of the season (and some pumpkin and apple-cider donuts – yum!)

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Before school started – we enjoyed a leisurely pot luck and BBQ at the lake last weekend. It all ended with the kids sending paper lanterns up into the night sky – something that we tried to do at the beginning of the summer but it was just too windy. On this perfect night they finally took flight:

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This creative momma had another baby! Beautiful little August came into the world August 2nd, and we were invited to their excellent home with the lounge in the garage –

Ezra was so moved by what the rabbi said during the service. At one point he looked at me with tears in his eyes and said “mommy I’m crying a little and I don’t know why – maybe ’cause the baby is so cute?”

I think he was responding to the rabbi’s request to have the two older brothers hold their new baby and promise that they will share their toys, teach him to be safe, etc. Zoe enjoyed riding a tricycle that looked like one that I USED in the 70s! Ok basically I took these photos because Zoe actually chose to wear something that wasn’t pink, for the first time in years!
It was a lovely time.

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Lots of excitement outside our apartment building door this past weekend. It’s the end of Eid – we’ve posted about this before. There are tables set out where women are putting henna patterns on hands, and iftar boxes are being sold. We are not moving far, but I will miss being in the thick of this. Often I feel transported to another place, for sure. Humans Of New York caught some shots of the festivities going on in Flushing Queens – gotta love New York City for all this cultural exposure. I had never heard of this holiday before moving here. Eid Mubarak!

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Our 4th of July was a little rained out… but nothing beats a giant beach ball to cheer the kids up.
Zoe is obsessed with me making her into a sand mermaid whenever we are anywhere near sand –

We decided to let the kids linger in CT for the week – a move that always breaks my heart a little as I hate to spend time away from them, yet at the same time they need the fresh air and space to grow. ‘Camp’ started with a visit to the local farms and animals, and lots of lake time. I’ve even asked the counselors to keep sending photos but … I assume they have their hands full. More pix to come soon – and meanwhile here’s a start of photos from my iphone:

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