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Papa Paul

I’ve been neglecting the blog. My father passed away – suddenly. Heartbreaking. I would cut and paste my eulogy but it doesn’t seem right yet, until after a service maybe. For now I thought I’d mention to those who don’t yet know, he’s gone – and we miss him.

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My dad has been unwell, and things have been stressful. I had to leave “my littles” behind in NYC and go ahead to Boston for a few days. Coincidentally an old friend lives nearby and offered me a room to stay in. Her company and her inspiring house kept my mind off of hospital stress; offering a reprieve from it all.

Efharis Alepedis is an old friend and a phenomenal jewelry designer. Her sister Betty Alepedis-Stoukides makes gorgeous paintings and leather jewelry from Greece – where she lives fulltime. And Effy curates all these amazing things in her home in such a sunny way, I had to photograph it all. I do love her ongoing collection of jewelry by new designers… so inspiring! The cut leather necklaces and paintings on the wall are Betty’s. The sea urchins and silk worm cocoons are Effy’s favorite materials to work with. And all the other pieces labeled with pencil on the wall (and cut wood necklaces and bee/honeycomb ring on the table) are work by young designers that Effy and Betty find and enjoy. One of my all time favorites is the white china plate that she hangs in her kitchen. With perfect disks cut out of it, the resulting necklace hangs next to it.

I couldn’t help but include a shot of the streets and houses around her home… so ‘New England’ .. I felt like a kid in my old neighborhood again.

See some of Effy’s beautiful finished pieces here

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Here already?

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Happy Halloween!

Now get out there and get some candy!

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he waits for his electric scooter to charge...

he waits for his electric scooter to charge…

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Paul as Santa's helper

Paul as Santa’s helper

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the tree at night

the tree at night

sweet sleep over

sweet sleep over

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She wanted to be a ‘purple princess’ and he wanted to be an ‘electric car‘ for Halloween. One can’t help but make these requested costumes from scratch right? I mean, you can’t really find a ‘car costume’ at the store – and Zoe has so many purple tutus and wands and wings and crowns…

It’s amazing how our neighborhood pulled together and created a party in the park to make up for the cancelled Halloween parade (police not available to monitor it now that the hurricane has taken all their attention.) Here in the city we ‘trick or treat’ by going door-to-door to the stores on our main street. Then we went over to a friend’s house in Astoria Queens to hit the houses on side streets. Our friends Brad, Lea and Mia joined us, and the kids had so much fun collecting enough candy to take us through the winter!

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and goodbye to the cousins until Thanksgiving. BUT we haven’t had to say goodbye to the cold –

Here’s a parting photo by Uncle G:

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On a quiet rainy Sunday we got to go with E and Z’s dad to work. While my husband photographed this event, the kids took in this new visual stage play presented by China National Theater for Children at the Skirball Center at NYU. It was such a treat – the costumes were incredible and the stage set was so vivid. Both Zoe and Ezra were transfixed through the entire 90 minute performance. Even 2 year old Zoe didn’t protest once or try to run in the aisles as she usually does. It was a story about each animal of the Chinese Zodiac with a message of conservation at the end (a hint: the dragon is a symbol for ‘water’ in China), and the kids got to make their own masks out of recycled materials during a craft session before the show.

Zoe is ready for her first trip to the theater:

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And a side note …

Lately I pour over gorgeous mom/family blogs (like this one) and get green with envy that their lives seem so perfect. I wonder how these stylish, attractive moms can have two or more kids and still look great while running after them all, posting about cooking (which I rarely do) or crafting – and have their homes look pristine in the background of their photos. I do have to be honest – my children (as lovely as they are) DO drive me completely crazy at times. This weekend it really hit a new high while my husband was away. I think Spring Break was intense as well – as it seemed I had to do a lot more ‘refereeing’ between Ezra and Zoe than ever before. They are sparring more and more these days — now that they are old enough to love yet thoroughly annoy each other as all siblings do. I have two younger brothers: I know this all too well.
I think we tend to get out of the house so much because by 9 or 10 a.m. everyone is melting down or bored so … finding a new diversion ALWAYS works to keep kids (and parents) from losing their minds. It always makes the kids more calm, happy, connected to each other and us. Maybe other families find the opposite to be true but frankly our excursions are my way of coping with stir crazy kids (and tiring them out for hopefully a decent night’s sleep, which totally was NOT working this past weekend). Below is a photo that caught a rare moment where they were enjoying each other and not fighting. Zoe even allowed Ezra on her bed for the first time.
I hope to see more of this although I wonder; will it slow down our excursions and my blogging?

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