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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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