Archive for November, 2011

While in Upstate NY we went to a place where I haven’t been since college – Letchworth State Park. This is a HUGE park of water falls and drastic (almost dangerous) sudden drop-offs that make you want to keep the kids off of the low, stone walls near the edge. Back in college I had fantasies of trying to parachute off the same edge and into the watery canyon. But now I got to revisit the place with my kids and take in all the beauty on a very misty day that reminded my husband and I of photos we’ve seen of China, like this one.

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Thanksgiving Upstate

We had a great Thanksgiving in Rochester NY with grandparents, great grandmother, aunts and uncle and cousins. The food was amazing, Grampa made his incredible upside-down apple pie, and the weather was so mild that we were able to play with the dog (Kasha) outside without piling on coats. The ‘turkey centerpiece’ was a gourd decorated with color paper, pipe cleaners and pom-poms: created by ‘the cousins’ last year for the table. Add candles and Challah on Friday and we had the perfect Thanksgiving-leftover Shabbat.

How was your Thanksgiving weekend?

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Tickling Zoe

Well my 5 month freelance gig is up and I am back to working from home… which is delightful because I get to do this much more frequently:

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Have a wonderful Thanksgiving everyone.
We leave you with more photos of our weekend in the country –

When the weather is reasonable and we need a quick brisk walk while in Cornwall, this is always an easy excursion; down the road to see and pat the animals.

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Even though the weather has been fickle (downright balmy) and barely deserving of a roaring fire, we wanted to make use of some of the dryer firewood by nightfall when it got colder. After bringing all that firewood indoors, it felt so rewarding to make S’mores. Zoe tried her first, and loved it!

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EZ weekend part 2

We had the most delicious, unseasonably warm weather on Sunday that allowed for hiking and romping through HUGE fields in Cornwall. The outdoors is really the best science class, isn’t it? We found a porcupine and dried pods on a tree, explored an old house, and Ezra and Brad even discovered an old truck on the edge of a field.

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EZ weekend

This past weekend we went to visit friends in Cornwall CT. Ezra and Zoe love to spend days with their friend Brad, explore the woods around the house, and see animals at the farm down the road. There were s’mores to be eaten, hiking to be done, firewood to take in, fallen trees to explore and even some bones to discover in the forest.

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Yay! Ohdeedoh.com chose Ezra and Zoe’s bedroom as a contestant in the Small Kids Big Color 2011 Contest! Please feel free to pass this news along to your friends and ask them to click here to vote for us. Voting is only activated for 48 hours so don’t delay, and thank you! (And if you want to submit your own colorful room, check out the submission form here.)

UPDATE: you have to sign up with the ohdeedoh.com audience which is quick and painless (and auto-prompts when you click on the fill-in circle to vote – then do their survey.) Also use FIREFOX instead of Safari and you’ll be able to vote. Thanks again!

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Well this morning my very bright husband noticed that maybe the reason why smartfurniture.com was having their ‘win an Eames chair’ contest is because this movie about Charles and Ray Eames is in theaters today.

I’ve always been nuts about this designing duo. The LA Times put it best in an article which included this nice and neat little summary:
Charles was an architect who never practiced, Ray was an artist who gave up painting. Together, colleagues say, they brought joy to modernism as they tried to make the best in design accessible to a cost-conscious mass audience. “The best for the most for the least,” was their motto, and they believed it.

Can ya see why I love them? Making beautiful things accessible to the masses .. and this was decades before the renewed idea to recruit designers to make more affordable lines for stores like Target. And yet I think this documentary (narrated by James Franco by the way) has some interesting tid bits about the Eames duo like their saucy affairs and tumultuous relationship. I for one am going to try to get a date night with my very bright husband and catch this on the big screen. Yeah, I’m a design geek like that.

And just for kicks, check out the Eames’ own movie on the “Powers of 10” by clicking here. Always a good way to get yourself to not sweat the small stuff and to look at the big picture.

Perfect for Friday. Enjoy the weekend!

Photo of Ray and Charles Eames from the loc.gov website

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Baby mess

One person who got me totally inspired to start blogging was Naomi over at taza-and-husband.blogspot.com. I don’t know what it is about stylish Mormon mammas who manage to look great, stay in step with art and design trends and juggle a house full of kids at the same time, but I’m obsessed with reading all about it. As if Naomi and her husband weren’t adorable enough (along with their English bulldog Kingsley), they had to go and make the cutest baby Eleanor – which now has me more transfixed than ever. In any event, I find it somewhat reassuring when the very perfect Naomi admits that her house is a mess – and that it’s nearly impossible to stay on top of baby traipsing through the house with food bits falling off of said baby’s clothes, and pawing at the toilet paper like a crazed cat. I know all this too well. In fact, I should some day photograph ‘before and after’ scenarios of what our apartment looks like when I leave for work – and what it then looks like at about 6 pm when I return. Helloooo Armageddon. Anyhow I leave you with this post and the reassurance (to other moms out there) that you’re not alone in wondering when the tidying might end. Age 5? Age 8? Age 18? Never?

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