While en route home we stopped off at a duckpin bowling alley in Danbury Ct. Haven’t heard of duckpin? This was such a part of my Massachusetts childhood (see here.)
This bowling alley seemed to be frozen in time… somewhere in the 60s! It was great to feel like I was a kid again – tallying our own bowling scores without that screen overhead and sitting on this amazing fiberglass molded bench that I want to take home! Add the photos of bowling teams in bee hive hairdos and the holiday decorations from my childhood and I felt like I was sitting in a movie set. And oh yeah, the kids love bowling with smaller balls and pins at the same time –
do you see the abominable snow man there in the upper right?
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Happy New Year!
We got back from sunny Florida and headed to Connecticut for a great NYE party. By the next morning there was enough blanket of snow to go out for a New Year’s Day fat burning snow hike. We had our new friend Jem the rescue dog in tow for a walk (owned by our friend Tom) and explored the snowy fields and frozen lake, and a tree full of frozen-in-time icicles! Back to the grind..
walking the road with friend Brad
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What’s better than having Chanukah and Christmas land in the same week? Visiting both sets of grandparents in Florida for a few days!
We love blue skies and really miss them here in dreary and gray NYC.
Add on some great excursions like a trip to a Manatee Lagoon, Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse, Wakodahatchee Wetlands and of course – the pool and beach – and you have kids sobbing on the plane that they have to leave. I’m missing the warm temps right about now as well.
Have a great start to a new year everyone! May your year be full of sunshine like our photos below:
peaceful walk through bird and alligator life (and iguanas!) at Wakodahatchee Wetlands
sea spiders in tanks at the Manatee Lagoon learning center
The Lighthouse and its views, along with gorgeous trees on the grounds
And lots of beach and pool time
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Well it was time again for the ‘Trotto Holiday roundup’ as we’ve done in years past. My kids got gifts in Chanukah wrap paper and their cousins decked out in red and green and tore open gifts in Santa paper. The food was delicious and the company was great. And our newest addition to it all – Angelo – was surprisingly chill for a tiny guy at the table. He even tried to keep up to conversation.
gift pile growing
cousins with the same refusal to get a hair cut
thanks Aunt Semi for the cool photo disguises!
little Angelo gets in on the action there to the far right
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My husband and I love this walkable city full of history (and great food!) We love it so much, we seriously considered moving here a few years ago. We had a chance to get back last weekend and – with the kids in tow – had lots of fun revisiting the birthplace of the constitution, the Liberty Bell, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
visiting the night market in City Hall
riding to the Philadelphia Museum of Art in a trolley!
Zoe gets a closer look
she can never resist a photo with gals with big hair
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is pretty fabulously diverse. It’s why we moved here. It’s why we raise our kids here.
That’s Ezra to the right in a photo taken by his dad (below). His last school – and most of our neighborhood – is predominantly Spanish speaking or Asian/South East Asian and Bangladeshi, Hindu, Muslim and Chinese.
My in laws joke that if they want to travel the world, all they have to do is come and visit us.
We all live on top of each other with the same goals: love our kids, stay well, help our kids thrive. When I travelled to India and South East Asia that was my takeaway – we all seem culturally different but we really have so much in common.
And kids in Ezra and Zoe’s classes are hungry for knowledge .. future doctors and lawyers and teachers. The gratefulness for opportunity is palpable – when you cross a border or an ocean to do something new for yourself you don’t sit around waiting for opportunity. You find it and take it. It’s a great vibe to be around.
Recently everyone’s been seeming and feeling a little scared, even if here legally. It’s ironic to me that the President elect is from Queens. I think he’s lost touch with his origins – but then realize that I’m assuming something that younger New Yorkers experience. Maybe he grew up in Queens when Archie Bunker’s character was developed? See here.
It never occurred to me that having my kids in a dual-language Spanish speaking program (or that our neighbors have their kids learning Chinese) would be an ‘elitist’ endeavor. I thought growing globally was a ‘looking toward the future’ thing that we were all on board with. It’s ironic how you perceive ‘success in the future’ as one thing, and then it can in theory shift so quickly. I can’t imagine now that we know how to access global information so readily, we would want to shut it out so thoroughly. But only time will tell.
and scenes from Zoe’s Multicultural Day Celebrations at school:
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