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Some snippets of our world this and last week –

in the alley we have some backyard theater, starring Zeek the chihuahua

in the alley we have some backyard theater, starring Zeek the chihuahua

Zoe gets her hair done at FAO Schwarz before they closed in their old location

Zoe gets her hair done at FAO Schwarz before they closed in their old location

neighbors Kev and Maude invite us to their yard before Maude heads off to camp

neighbors Kev and Maude invite us to their yard before Maude heads off to camp

a birthday party at a friend's apartment building where this great garden takes up a whole block

a birthday party at a friend’s apartment building where this great garden takes up a whole block

I don't know how the neighbors got this in their yard but on hot days, we are psyched it's there

I don’t know how the neighbors got this in their yard but on hot days, we are psyched it’s there

Once a year the sun sets perfectly between buildings on 23rd-34th Street (and others on the West side) and here in NYC we call it ‘Manhattanhenge‘. Sadly I missed it this year (which is odd seeing as I work near to here) but I’ve seen it in past years, and it is beautiful. Photos below via instagram :

seeing people in the road with cameras is almost as entertaining as the sun..

seeing people in the road with cameras is almost as entertaining as the sun..

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We ‘won’ an opportunity to go camping in one of NYC’s parks (via the Parks Dept.) I think we were ‘going for’ a night at Central Park, and got a park in Inwood instead. It’s located at 218th st on the west side of Manhattan. We were supplied with tents, s’mores, and new friends – and about 4-6 park rangers who took us on a late night hike! There was a skunk family tip toeing around as we slept, but otherwise it was all quite peaceful. And who knew there is so much Native American history there?
(have a great weekend!)

a lesson on tent set up

a lesson on tent set up

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ahhhh grass

ahhhh grass

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Zoe after way too many s'mores

Zoe after way too many s’mores

late night wig wam exploration

late night wig wam exploration

Start of summer…

Ahh summer we knew you would finally return, hot temperatures and all. But what a difference a year makes. We are still only minutes from Manhattan by train but can catch fireflies after dinner in the alley now. Lots of lemonade stands and random box inventions going on… here are some glimpses via our instagram:

(and remember our friends The Blys? They got another story on their cool garage!)

a new babysitter gives Zoe some summer bling

a new babysitter gives Zoe some summer bling

ahhh I'll just rest here

ahhh I’ll just rest here

rambutans are in season!

rambutans are in season!

the kids made a 'candy ATM' using an old box, and leftover Halloween candy

the kids made a ‘candy ATM’ using an old box, and leftover Halloween candy

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firefly scouting by night

firefly scouting by night

summer naps can happen anywhere, anytime

summer naps can happen anywhere, anytime

the lizard goggles are back

the lizard goggles are back

the 'kid's table' is simply a picnic blanket

the ‘kid’s table’ is simply a picnic blanket

Summer Vacation Starts!

bring it on! Lemonade stands and watermelon consumption starts now…

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Ok Ezra has been dying to see Matilda, so we entered a photo into this Time Out contest … and are now in the finals! We are shocked and pleased! Now all we need to do is drum up enough votes to maybe win. Just click here or go to the link below:
http://www.timeout.com/new-york-kids/things-to-do/vote-for-the-winner-of-the-fathers-day-photo-contest-2015
About 1/2 way down on list check off : Greg, Ezra (8), Zoe (5), Jackson Heights

If we win we get 4 tix to see Matilda….!

Thank you!

(photo credit here)
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Aya’s sweet birthday

Just a gratuitous post with photos of Aya’s pretty outdoor birthday party. I love parties in Flushing Meadow Park with the World’s Fair monument as the backdrop. It was a perfect day for swinging at the piñata and making princess crowns in the grass .. happy 4th little Aya Lucia! (seen here second from the left)

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