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I’m going to miss these summer weekends where our friends ‘fancy up’ an old, worn picnic table, eat from a vintage truck that produces pizza (even GF for Zoe!), and then we swim as the sun is setting.  We do have a few more weeks left so ..  perhaps we will do it again? I hope so!  What are you up to this weekend?

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What a mensch!

This boy gave a big portion of his bar mitzvah $$$ gifts to the local food pantry where he volunteers, and they sure did stock up on necessities for fall!  We can’t believe how much they could purchase with his donation .. I’m so proud of my boy for paying it forward.

 

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The new TWA Hotel!

I don’t really even have to say much here other than .. WOW.  Did this TWA Terminal at JFK Airport really stand still in time like this?  How much revamping do you have to do to an already gorgeous Saarinen design like this?  While dropping Ezra off for a flight (AND upon returning to get him) we had to go into this place twice and enjoy the piped in rat pack music, vintage cars, and ohhhh so much gorgeous Saarinen lines in poppy colors (that red!)  And yes, there is a bar in that plane outside..

Need I say more?  I’ll shut up now and let you enjoy the photos of this hotel that is somewhat of a museum:

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Summer fun ..

How is everyone’s summer going?  Now that Ezra’s big event is over, the summer feels like one great big exhale.  The kids have camps by day but otherwise we’ve had hot and steamy (or sometimes cool and breezy) party nights in crammed urban backyards with friends.

OR lemonade stands and trips to Corona Ice King by day ..

OR more evening fun in the way of outdoor movies in a neighbor’s yard (LOVE Ferris Bueller’s Day Off!)

What have YOU been up to ?  As always – it’s all going by so quickly as summer does:

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Bar Mitzvah Boy!

I have to admit … we agonized about planning this day, for months (maybe years). It’s no small feat putting together a very ‘do-it-yourself event’ for 150 people – but we made it through (we hung 100 balloons, nearly that same quantity in Ezra baby photos, and managed to master uplighting ourselves).  But the most impressive part is Ezra himself, and his bands of musical kids who performed!  Ezra learned Hebrew so quickly (a little more than a year) and then ran a service like a grown up.  We are so proud.  We got so many compliments on his singing/chanting abilities which – I’m assuming is rare during this age when kids’ voices begin to change and crack! (think Greg Brady.)  Anyhow here are some great pix taken by our photographer on that day.  It now seems so silly that I agonized over hanging all my ‘gold and white’ themed decorations when – not only did the uplights overshadow it all – but my boy’s maturity is what really won the spotlight …

(By the way – we painted those recycled wine bottles to make our own centerpieces; and a special thx to grandma, grandpa and Aunt Becca for the fresh flowers! They provided the flowers at my wedding as well. Gotta love family with mad gardening skills.)

the flowers in front of Ezra here are in honor of deceased loved ones – and will continue to grow in the synagogue’s garden in their memory

a portion of Ezra’s money gifts are going to Lion’s Share Food Pantry, where Ezra volunteers every month

clearly, we have a lot of photos of Ezra’s childhood to add to the walls!

Cousin Angelo may grow up to have the same “performance knack” as Ezra

Zoe loves being the MC

the epic slide show put together by Ezra’s dad

and speech crafted by mom

friends and giggles during the slideshow

when the jazz band was done, cousins stepped in so that Ezra and family could dance the Hora

and Ezra got a ride in the chair – mazel tov to my boy!

 

 

Ok – here I am tootin’ my kids’ horns again but… toot toot!  This has been a great school year, after a couple of super challenging school years.  So it comes as a delicious surprise that the kids got a bunch of awards and accolades last week.  Zoe won ‘first place’ in her gymnastics team!  And a day before that, Ezra got an ‘outstanding’ ranking on his NYSSMA audition for drums.  I’m also in shock that they are managing to maintain good grades, even now as the weather warms up and water gun wars are heating up ‘in the alley’ after school.  Have a great weekend!

 

Car show season!

Need I say more?  Every year Ezra considers this akin to Channukah or Christmas;  a day at the Javitz Center to see new car ideas.  Now even Zoe is getting involved! And of course we had to stop and see the exterior of the new ‘Vessel’ building in Hudson Yards along the way:

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