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My little gymnast ..

Wow it’s already spring, and there’s been so much improvement in everything.  Zoe’s splits and back walkovers are so sharp after a whole winter of practice, and Ezra’s band is sounding so wise and weathered already .  And clearly the move into the season of more light and flowers is making it all seem like we are wrapping up the school year already (not so fast, still another quarter of grades to go.. but close?)  Here’s Zoe at her gymnastics competition this Saturday – she did great!

 

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there she goes on the bars!

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see her to the far right?

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now she is a pretzel!

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A hang out for Louie!

In our old neighborhood of Long Island City there’s a new little cafe… for humans and pets alike!  We love sipping hot chocolate at Chateau Le Woof and watching Louie make new friends (below is Frankie).  The park across the street gets super muddy as the weather warms so this is a perfect spot for dry paws.

 

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Overall it’s been a fairly mild winter.  I am just finally getting to blog these pretty pix of Cornwall, CT .   We were surprised to wake to a snowstorm after a week of 50 degree weather in the city.  The kids had only one snow day off from school this year – and it felt as if they had a snowball fight in the morning, and then a melted yard by afternoon.  In a sense I am happy to see hyacinth and tulip buds already emerging in our front yard… but this day in the snow was definitely a peaceful and fun one:  IMG_4695IMG_4709IMG_4710IMG_4711IMG_4713

Jazz Standard

Remember years ago, when we went here to see young musicians before (and my kids loved eating ribs?)

Well now Ezra is actually one of the performers!

Jazz Standard Youth Orchestra is an excellent program that Ezra loves and takes part in every Sunday.  The kids practice in the a.m., then a quick break before getting right back to the stage on Sundays 2-3pm.  It’s so fun watching this group of kids grow together and work together to make the music happen.  One ‘yelp’ reviewer said it best in his review of the Sunday performances:

“As the great jazz trumpet player, Albert Camus, said, “Real generosity toward the future lies in giving all to the present.” Today I saw kids showing generosity toward the future by giving all to the present–on stage at the Jazz Standard. 

I attended a kids jam session at the Jazz Standard on a Sunday at 2 PM and I believe it’s a regular gig. The kids ranged from 10-15 year old. That’s significantly above the other jazz lovers I know who range from 100-150 years old.  And the kids were terrific. Yes, they were nervous, but in the best way possible, because they couldn’t hide their passion for the music. Here’s the best part…they organized themselves, offstage and onstage without adult supervision. Another impressive part was seeing how they learned to communicate with one another and coordinate the music so it didn’t run away from them. 

The food was pretty good too featuring bbq brisket, burgers, mac and cheese and other stuff kids like. Kudos to the Jazz Standard for supporting the kids by giving them a platform at one of the world’s great jazz clubs.”

You can see a clip here on Ezra’s open instagram feed (gotta love the 2 kids tag-teaming on the piano, the one performing is only 11 ys old!)

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A trip back to CMA

Remember the Children’s Museum of Art? Hard to believe I was just posting that ‘Zoe is finally big enough to enjoy this place’ and now .. I fear both my kids are starting to transition out of the big room full of flubber, crayons and tiny chairs. BUT they did still love painting and making clay-mation characters in the stop-action claymation room. And we loved the exhibit on book art!

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kids making maps by tracing on a lightbox

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always game to paint!

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has his sensitive artist face going here..

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so much book art!

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We have a thing for bird watching, and this was a perfect time of year to catch young chicks springing up in the low brush around the water. We also saw gators, iguanas and more sunshine than we could fit in our suitcases for the flight home. Now with snow coming our way, I wish I could be back there:

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can you spot the gator in there?
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A couple of weekends ago we got to run away to Florida to see Bubby and the grandparents. We couldn’t have had better timing – the northeast was getting hit with freezing temperatures and even our time-oblivious kids were feeling as if the winter was going on forever. Best of all, we got to see my dear friend Cleveland get married in Miami, as well as the Design District which we loved! So much to enjoy with the eyes and the stomach (great food and tacos everywhere!) I’m already wishing I could get back there, soon.

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this silly little monkey peeking at me through seats on the plane

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enjoying the grandparent’s new outdoor area

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exploring Miami’s Design District!

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.. and exploring art museums

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Love these cars on the side of a parking garage

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and the reason why we are here… Cleveland and David got married!

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with a romantic fire work display and all..