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What are you up to this weekend? Does it include lots of television, friends and cheesy nachos? While we aren’t the hugest football fans, we do like to partake in a good Super Bowl Party. AND Ezra had a random half-day at school yesterday so we got to beat the crowds (barely) when we made a run to Times Square for Super Bowl Boulevard. Check out this crazy huge Toboggan Run engineered by GMC! And of course there were lots of silly promotional photo opps and football fans abound to enjoy.

The temps here may get up to a balmy 20 degrees so – who knows? Maybe we will get outdoors again .. enjoy your Super Bowl weekend.

this image courtesy NFL

this image courtesy NFL

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can you tell Ezra is about to lose those 2 front teeth?

can you tell Ezra is about to lose those 2 front teeth?

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Well we’ve finally cleared out my dad’s apartment and it’s this chair (his favorite recliner) and this silly painting (that my parents have had since I was born) that I will miss the most. Neither fits into my apartment nor my decor but I had to record it ‘on film’ for posterity’s sake. A big thanks to friends who have reminded me of sweet little things that my dad use to do – that I never thought twice about, but entertained many people nonetheless. An example: he use to call me his ‘gorgeous hunk of cheese’ – a name that I think came from a running joke about my mom’s friends referring to Magnum PI as ‘such a hunk’ in the 80s. I’ve run across Valentine’s Day cards and birthday cards with this way of addressing me … and cannot part with them. And in the meanwhile I still imagine him sitting on this chair under the boat scene, watching tv or playing a harmonica for my kids. I feel both relieved to have some of these duties finalized, and saddened that he won’t be there anymore. What a strange thing grief is.

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We love the Museum of Modern Art in midtown, and especially love it for developing its kid zone/media lab in the back. The Isa Genzken Retrospective was a colorful, splashy exhibit that kept my kids entertained (as well as the parents.) If you remember we’ve been to their material lab before (see here) but this past week they revamped the space to have it focus on movement. As always Ezra loved the stop-motion animation program – and Zoe just wanted to frolick outside in the garden.

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The art museum in our ‘hood just got a new facelift (and a lot of work on the inside as well.) I had no idea that this building was the original site for the UN. An exhibit in the museum paid homage to this fact, and while we were there we bumped into a local/Jackson Heights home-grown theater act. Theatre 167 performed scenes from ‘The Jackson Heights Trilogy’ throughout the museum – utilizing some of its revamped interiors as part of the play. It was fun to find the actors who were carrying rolling suitcases with them throughout the museum, so that you could spot them. (And it was really fun seeing all our neighbors at the museum acting and watching!)
We LOVE the panorama’s new entrance from the ground level (see our previous visit here) and of course the Tiffany Glass show is always fun, especially now that it has its own new redesigned room.

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Here in NYC we are seeing a lot of snow … although it only added up to 7 inches and the kids didn’t get a day off for sledding as they had hoped. But on the walk home yesterday Ezra pointed to this corner and said “mamma it’s as pretty as a beautiful painting, isn’t it?”. And on that note, we did get to a couple art museums this weekend which is probably WHY he is comparing life to paintings these days. Hope to post more on that soon!

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Last week when we were in the Boston area for Papa’s funeral, the weather was crazy. It seemed fitting seeing as Papa was born in the first week in March and his mother use to say he was as ‘unpredictable as March weather’. We had some crazy January weather that bounced from balmy and warm to a foot of snow and back again. Finally most of the piles of snow have melted off the sidewalks here in NYC but the light on the snow in my brother’s yard was so pretty. And our dachshund friends Max and Mia proved to be great therapy dogs (they got lots of pats that week) during a trying time.
I’m hoping this weekend allows us to get outside again (here you’ll see that only Ezra and cousin Sophia braved the snow, while Zoe and cousin Paul stayed inside.)
We hope you enjoy your weekend.

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pat me, and your blood pressure will drop - I promise!

pat me, and your blood pressure will drop – I promise!

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How could I not post about today’s most exciting event: Zoe’s 4th Birthday! The creator of this fun fairy image wants to remain anonymous but I had to use it. Our fickle four year old still cannot decide if she likes fairies, princesses, Minnie Mouse, Hello Kitty, Dora or Doc McStuffins the best but heck, who needs to choose?

Happy birthday sweet little girl!

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