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

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Seriously Ezra has to consider being a goat farmer… he is THAT GOOD with goats. He sang quietly to a goat named Clover for about 20 minutes and won him over. I think Clover even tried to follow us home. (Some shots from the weekend:)

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I miss the littles, but I am certain they are having a great time since the adults/counselors there are unable to take/send photos. They must be so busy! I love that they get a little tennis and a little swimming each day – something that is easier said than done here in NYC. Here are a couple of sweet photos from this week – the kids making a sand city again (photo by SangDok Baak) and a friend who dropped in on lunch (by Loren Bevans).

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We are moving… not the blog: our family. Is moving. It’s a happy move – not far from where we are now. So there is no hiccup in the kids’ lives really. They are near the same streets, the same friends, even get to walk and go to the same schools. We just get a house, and a yard and SPACE. That always elusive thing in NYC – space. I feel like I won the lottery. I have to pinch myself when I wake in the morning and remember it’s really going to happen. And at the same time I feel tremendously anxious about the quantity of things to pack. Last time we moved it was basically my stuff, my husband’s things, and about 4 boxes of Ezra’s toys and clothes. Now we are 4 people with scads of memorabilia and belongings.

What stays? What goes? This is what I’ve been spending my week pondering while the kids are away. They can’t see me toss it or – as Ezra said a few weeks ago when he donated some toys – it’s like watching me toss their babyhood away (so poetic he is – and heart breaking!)

And of course I’m a mom so I can barely part with school art and awards and toys and clothes that still smell like the newborn that my kids were just a minute ago. Do I take a photo and toss it? Donate it? With a move to a bigger home it’s so tempting to just drag it along ..

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photo by Johnny Miller Photography

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Ezra loves making shelters for the cats, and is a natural goat-whisperer. Zoe loved getting into her stars and stripes dress with the other girls for fourth of July, and making badges for camp with ‘grown up’ sharpie/markers. The list of things to do in the country is endless..

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