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.. and playing with the bull. We even stumbled upon the first paved street in ‘New Amsterdam’ called Stone Street that I didn’t even know existed! Must explore some more now that spring is on… especially the Frances Tavern Museum and Battery Park City playgrounds!

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For Earth Day the kids went to Flushing Town Hall in Flushing Queens, to learn a little Srijan Dance! Look out Bollywood… here we come:
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We went to the Ritz Carlton downtown on Easter Sunday just because the weather was nice enough to do so. There was an egg hunt for kids… 500 eggs and 12 of them were golden eggs that were supposed to hold something special – although we never found out what. We were asked to leave one particular roped off area to go to another side – told that would be the only side that the ‘gate’ would be opened and kids would be allowed to go in and collect eggs. We followed the rules: I told my kids to have fun and try not to knock anyone over. Sadly many other parents hadn’t passed on the same message. While the supervisor from the Ritz Carlton was making announcements and counting down from 10, tons of other kids swarmed the surrounding gates and walls – jumping over and collecting all the eggs before most other (smaller) kids could. It is shocking that the parents sat idly by and took their kids’ photos while they did this – ignoring the security guard’s warning to stay back.

Ironically there was a story on NPR the next morning – talking about how compliance sometimes doesn’t work. That breaking the rules is often a necessity. And I struggle with how to teach this to my kids – or even to myself for that matter. Maybe the neatest way is to allow “breaking the rules” for competition that looks like it could go rogue – like an egg hunt? Go after what you want? When does that apply and when does it not? The NPR story pointed out the people who were told to return to their desks when the North Tower was hit on 9-11 — how do you know when to be compliant and when to trust intuition and at what cost?

It seems hardly appropriate to compare an egg hunt to the Twin Towers going down but – HOW does one know whose rules to follow, let alone try to teach this to small children?

In the end my kids got one egg each – but when Ezra heard a smaller girl crying behind him, he generously handed her his only egg. A gesture that is such a bigger winner than getting a golden plastic egg. The mother returned with some Cadbury eggs for my kids and said they were the nicest children she’d ever met. How can I not feel this is a bigger reward and better lesson for them to learn?

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Brooklyn Flea on Saturday – weather getting toasty.

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I had no idea that my husband was such a Lincoln enthusiast…so there was no leaving DC in the week of April 15th without seeing Ford’s Theater first. There’s a house across the street (Petersen House) where Lincoln officially passed away, and we were able to tour it before finally heading back to our host’s house. The line moved quickly but Zoe still hammed it up by using the yellow rope to make ‘princess hair’. You’ll notice her mouth was still stained from ice cream. We loved the huge tower of Abraham Lincoln books ..
Have a great weekend (end of Passover, Easter, etc) !

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We were up at the crack of dawn to see the White House – a tour that kept Ezra entertained (but Zoe was a bit bored by the rugs and china – in her eyes, this was all there was to see.) We got to catch the Cherry Blossom Parade, ran to the Freer and Hirshhorn Galleries, and even managed to jump on a carousel and enjoy the outdoor sculpture garden by the fountain. The weather was amazing so we just couldn’t fathom going indoors…

Ezra proudly wears his junior ranger badge -

Ezra proudly wears his junior ranger badge –

Minutemen and inflatable characters in the Cherry Blossom Parade

Minutemen and inflatable characters in the Cherry Blossom Parade

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the escalator heading to the lower level of the Hirshhorn Gallery

the escalator heading to the lower level of the Hirshhorn Gallery

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hanging near tourists and a silver tree

hanging near tourists and a silver tree

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We had Passover indoors AND outdoors this year. After the kids did a play about Moses parting the sea and the 10 plagues, Zoe offered to get up and sing some Frozen tunes. Even though she didn’t have all the lyrics down, I couldn’t have been prouder of her performance AND her chutzpah! The weather was so nice that we had the 2nd half of our seder under the stars… what a great way to finish off the first night’s seder.

I couldn't be prouder!

I couldn’t be prouder!

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our seder leaders

our seder leaders

out on the deck for dessert and more prayer and songs

out on the deck for dessert and more prayer and songs

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a sweet drawing of all of us..

a sweet drawing of all of us..

cousins!

cousins!

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