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Lots of water-play and hay ride fun…

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For the first time ever we all slept in a tent together. On the hard ground. Under the stars. We woke up to the sound of water babbling just by our campsite – the kids can play in nature forever. We banned ipads and electronics, and the older kids discovered they liked to find low hanging branches where they’d create woodland shelters. Our campground at Rip Van Winkle in Saugerties, NY has a heated pool and hay rides at 4 pm on Saturdays to keep kids further entertained. It was a great way to start summer!

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our sleeping quarters

our sleeping quarters

even the dolls have sleeping bags

even the dolls have sleeping bags

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finding fun shelters

finding fun shelters

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lots of critters

lots of critters

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getting solar power to charge up the parents' phones

getting solar power to charge up the parents’ phones

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She is a bit of a terror lately … this 3 to 4 year old mark is tough.

She still manages to make her way to my bed each night, a habit we cannot seem to control. But she sure is cute when she wakes in the morning – a big warm ball of fuzzy little obstinate girl. Just waking to her world of new experiences, I can almost see the gears in her head moving when she puts some words together and (smart little thing) says “Bo-ker Tov” instead of good morning as soon as her eyes open. Then she jumps off the bed and tries to catch the sun spots in her mouth, and I realize how new she is to the world. How can I expect so much from her?

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“um yum yum .. I eat all the spots like cookie monster” she says

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It has been some time since our neighbors put some love into the little area behind our building. We got some paint and plants and freshened up our ‘urban back yard‘ – just in time for summer meals outdoors. I created another mural for the building and someone even provided a book case that we turned into raised flower beds! Check out this pin for more cool ideas of how to reuse a tire in your garden.

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the (shirtless) commitee hard at work

the (shirtless) commitee hard at work

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A local tire shop let us upcycle these as planters!

A local tire shop let us upcycle these as planters!


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a book case filled with soil makes a great raised bed

a book case filled with soil makes a great raised bed

using a new sprinkler like a microphone.. hours of fun

using a new sprinkler like a microphone.. hours of fun

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While we still haven’t had a sit-down tea party here (yet), we did get to stop in on Alice’s Tea Cup on the upper west side. It was too hot outside to enjoy hot tea but Zoe loved the sweet flower shaped sugar cookies (and all the princess dresses)! Later she stole my phone in Central Park to take pictures of her feet, and then met a friend in the fountain at the Time Warner building.

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We had a rare and wonderful opportunity to go to the circus one rainy afternoon (thanks to Ezra’s friend Brad, and family). We’ve been to the circus before but it’s a kid pleaser whenever we go. This one in particular kept the kids engrossed with dogs doing tricks, pretty white horses parading around the ring, and a troupe of stunt bikers from China with excellent costumes! The NY Daily News raved “The new edition of the 35-year-old circus known for a single ring and audience-friendly intimacy is filled with polished acts and fun facts.” No lions, no elephants and no shooting anyone out of a canon. It just goes to show that when it comes to kids, sometimes less is more.

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Photos 7 and 8 from bigapplecircus.com

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I think everyone heard the news about the window washers who were stranded on the Hearst building. When we looked up (from the floor where I work in the same building) we couldn’t see them – and when I look out I can just see this lovely view of Central Park. I imagine that the view of the park is even better from the outside and from 20 floors higher but – I definitely would NOT want to be dangling from scaffolding to see it.

My old boss Gayle King at Oprah Magazine tweeted from a few floors up – while workers cut away at the glass and rescued the 2 men. Just another average day in New York!

looking up to find the workers ..

looking up to find the workers ..

my view of the park.. and the workers were stranded even higher!

my view of the park.. and they were even higher!

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