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The kids went away to enjoy the country again… isn’t that what summer is for?

Most parents enjoy their down time but I’m having a hard time enjoying coming home to their empty room, toys standing still in time. I miss them. I often ask my husband if we’ve taken this attachment parenting thing just a bit too far. We are use to being with each other 24-7. Even going to work and school by day is too much time away but we are all adjusting to it slowly.

I imagine some day they will not want to spend sooooo much time with me so I may as well get use to it. For now I like taking pictures of their still room in summer light. Without the kids around to chatter I could actually hear birds chirping outside their bedroom windows this morning.

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see it tidy now folks! Once they are home it won't look like this anymore ; )

see it tidy now folks! Once they are home it won’t look like this anymore ; )

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While Ezra and Zoe were away at ‘grandma and grandpa camp’ – my husband and I got to go on a series of date nights. (I also got to sleep 8 hours uninterrupted for the first time in 7 years, we saw The Book of Mormon on Broadway .. what an amazing week!)

One night we stumbled into the free outdoor movie fest that comes with Smorgasbar at South Street Seaport on Wednesday nights this summer. (If you remember we went to Smorgasburg last summer.. this smaller ‘bar’ version accommodates the hungry moviegoers.) Best of all, the movie being shown was ‘GhostBusters’ and a group of fans came dressed as Ghostbusters. These guys were taking their roles seriously – reciting all the lines to the movie and carrying ghost-busting packs with blinking light parts that seemed to work!

Even though we found ourselves there in the middle of a heat wave, the breeze off the water at South Street Seaport is INCREDIBLE in the summer – and the lobster rolls via Smorgasbar made the night complete.

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While away we found a weekend activity to do at Wegmans – the kids were so excited to get to stir things up on their own and make their own burritos and red quinoa corn salad. I wish we had kid-cooking classes in NYC area that were this affordable because my kids really took to it (and mom really loved eating their food)! After the class was over – Ezra kept telling me he wanted a restaurant for his birthday – HOW do we do that?
(Have a great weekend!)

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grandma helps

grandma helps


Tali ready for the kitchen

Tali ready for the kitchen

even with a broken arm, Jake is not deterred!

even with a broken arm, Jake is not deterred!


ready for his restaurant

ready for his restaurant

.. or at least a TV show?

.. or at least a TV show?

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While upstate we got to visit cousin Jake and Tali’s new house. It’s so big and pretty! There are tiny frogs all around the gardens and koi pond and best of all, Ezra and his cousin could ride the mower around the yard. NOW Ezra really wants a house, and a vehicle to drive around the grounds!

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a yard so big, the kids call it the 'playground'

a yard so big, the kids call it the ‘playground’

tiny frogs to catch! I had to make sure Zoe didn't accidentally squish them with all her affection

tiny frogs to catch! I had to make sure Zoe didn’t accidentally squish them with all her affection

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Before heading up to Rochester (for grandma/grandpa camp) it was SO hot outside that we had to find indoor things-to-do in the city. We were a little burned out on museums one weekend and decided to hit the Sony Wonder Lab on Madison Avenue instead. It’s totally free of charge and kids get to interact with everything from their own customized robots to bubbles on the floor that follow them around while dancing! AND it all comes with air conditioning. Ahhhhhhhh.

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Catch some wall lights?

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Hey there! We’ve been upstate with the cousins; checking out their new house and going to Niagara Falls. We will post some new adventures soon! Hope you are staying cool.

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There always seems to be some new huge sculpture to explore off of Park Ave in midtown (53rd street in this case). At this age it’s easy to entertain my kids with these giant touchable things while we walk through the city.
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That lovely triangle of grass in the corner of Lincoln Center is urban kid heaven – hill, lawn and steps all in one. And then a romp in the fountain makes the day complete.

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I’ve always wanted to bring my kids to this Lincoln Center event .. and now they are old enough to enjoy it. This weekend Ezra was a perfect gentleman and danced with his gal Lea – who was anxious to learn the tango. They started with lessons for merengue, then a line dance or two, and by the time the tango lesson came around Ezra was spent. After lessons the kids got to watch the kids from Dancing Classrooms do their thing:

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I remember back when I was younger and kid-less — I would say I was going to ‘do things with my kids’ that I thought no one else thought to do. Then I became a parent and saw all the reasons WHY you don’t drag your kids to art gallery openings, rave parties, dinner time concerts in Central Park etc. Basically because children don’t tolerate these things well and they will most likely melt down and make your life a little hellish. We are lucky that our kids are somewhat easy going at these things but – let’s face it – if you think back to when you were 2, 4, 6 or 8 years old; didn’t you hate doing ‘adult things’? Throw in the fact that it may be happening around dinner or bed time, the crowd is loud and filled with adults, there’s nothing to touch and play with or the weather is hot and lines are long — you got a couple of cute ticking time bombs on your hands. Which makes the adults a bit anxious.

Thankfully the MoMA PS1 Warm Up is something that my kids can handle for about an hour or so. It’s really packed with (and geared to) the young, college-age art school crowd who get to drink in the sun, dance like it’s a rave, and try on some gourmet food at the food stands inside (we even found raw oysters for sale). And thankfully it starts at 3 pm. It also usually has some kind of enjoyable water feature to keep everyone cool – so that’s a plus for kids. But generally I wouldn’t recommend it for all kids. It’s virtually impossible to move around with a stroller in the gravel in the museum courtyard, and the ramps to the museum are reserved for VIP access. Security never seems thrilled to see us there – BUT I was approached by a couple of typsy college students who assured me that when THEY have kids they’re gonna do ‘cool stuff like this with their kids’. Uh huh. I’ve heard that before.

If this place looks familiar… it’s because we were just here when the weather was cooler and the courtyard was empty.

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glad he had his bathing suit

glad he had his bathing suit


the crowd gets misted from time to time

the crowd gets misted from time to time

giant bags of water seem to activate on a timer and shoot out a spritz of water to the folks below

giant bags of water seem to activate on a timer and shoot out a spritz of water to the folks below

it really helped that Zoe slept through all of this

it really helped that Zoe slept through all of this


stopping for oysters inside

stopping for oysters inside

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