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We had Passover indoors AND outdoors this year. After the kids did a play about Moses parting the sea and the 10 plagues, Zoe offered to get up and sing some Frozen tunes. Even though she didn’t have all the lyrics down, I couldn’t have been prouder of her performance AND her chutzpah! The weather was so nice that we had the 2nd half of our seder under the stars… what a great way to finish off the first night’s seder.

I couldn't be prouder!

I couldn’t be prouder!

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our seder leaders

our seder leaders

out on the deck for dessert and more prayer and songs

out on the deck for dessert and more prayer and songs

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a sweet drawing of all of us..

a sweet drawing of all of us..

cousins!

cousins!

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Just back from spending the first night of Passover with cousins in the DC area – where everything is blooming a little faster. Cousins romped in the driveway, and we checked out the cherry trees blossoming in Chevy Chase. Some clever little boys even set up a lemonade stand and reaped the benefits of a lot of foot traffic. Ezra is already excited to do this again in the next few months.

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With warm weather comes more people traffic here in NYC. And more people traffic means more “people watching”. As a lifelong voyeur maybe this is why I’ve always loved New York. Cup of Jo blogged about a lovely way to take your mind off your own troubles yesterday; a way that combines prayer and people watching. And I was lead to this page of beautiful images of moments caught in the streets. It’s making me excited for this new season where we all bump into each other again, after being cooped up for so long. After a very long winter it seems New Yorkers come out from indoors smiling and unreasonably happy to strangers (not the city-dweller stereotype); making it even more fun to be here.

We are taking off for a little down-time and for a lovely Passover Seder with family on Monday night. We are looking forward to seeing family and new scenery in general. I hear we should be seeing a lot of cherry blossoms and warmer temps where we are going – which I’m excited about (even if I am now already a bit homesick!) Click on our Instagram button if you want to see our photos over the weekend and ..

Have a great weekend.

Photo from Cup Of Jo and http://www.humansofnewyork.com:

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.. we were on a mission to find some hot chocolate, and stumbled upon the Ritz Crystal Room at Remember When Antiques. The kids were just happy to peel off snow suits and settle in to a hot cup of cho – but the adults enjoyed checking out all the clothes and items from the 40s and 50s. It looked like an old theater house to me… and there were still a lot of holiday decorations abound; like sugar plums from the 40s that I seem to remember seeing at my grandmother’s house way back when.
How do they keep the dust away from these little tchotchkes? I do love the dresses…

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From after Christmas and before getting to my dad’s bedside – some silly photos of elf ears (and silly wigs) that made me chuckle. Unknown-1

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Can you believe it’s almost 2014?
I can’t – this lovely year flew by so fast.
Happy and healthy start to ’14 to all.. Enjoy!

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On Christmas day we stayed indoors for the most part because that warm spell was broken by the coldest snap ever! Our friends invited us to their house for a little dinner, and because Lea and Mia’s mom is from Germany we felt a little bit of German Christmas in the air. The exception of course was the ‘Simon’ game under the tree – that was a piece of my own past!

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making cheese 'carnations' with the cheese cutter..

making cheese ‘carnations’ with the cheese cutter..


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and OH  how we LOVE to fondue for dessert!

and OH how we LOVE to fondue for dessert!

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What napkin? I don't need a napkin...

What napkin? I don’t need a napkin…

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The weather was unseasonably warm during the beginning of this week … all the way up to near 70 degrees! As I drove back from Boston I saw people in Central Park wearing only tee shirts and shorts – in late December. We decided it would be a perfect balmy night to see the crazy over-the-top holiday lights in the Dyker Heights section of Brooklyn. The light show didn’t disappoint and for the first time we could get out of the car and walk around, without freezing.

Hope you are enjoying your week everyone!

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While we don’t celebrate Christmas at home, we know and love a lot of people who do. When we were in Boston we went back to cousin Paul and Sophia’s house and enjoyed all their holiday decorations. And the relatives even left a couple gifts under the tree for the kids! We got whopped with 8-12 inches of snow which the dogs (Max and Mia) loved looking at – from the windows. I think the snow got too high for little dogs to even stand in!

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Ezra got the lead part in his school play, The Grinch Who Stole Christmas! He put on at least 3 shows yesterday – 2 during the school day and then one big one for parents and friends at night. I think he may’ve forgotten some lines at the end but … I really couldn’t tell! He was so good at acting his way through whatever mistakes may’ve happened that everyone loved the show and wanted to take a photo with ‘the star’ at the end!

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Ok I confess – I created this stage set last year so I’m really glad E got to act in front of it this year!
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His crazy ‘Grinch pose’ – I love it!
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