Ezra is quite animated in this segment, and Zoe has the theme song down! … enjoy!
Archive for December, 2015
Posted in Fun in NYC, Holidays, Kid style, Parenting, Travel, tagged Bergdorf Goodman store, charity, Christmas day, christmas tree, family, family fun, feeding the homeless, holidays, kids, lights, Manhattan, mitzvah, NYC, ornaments, parenting, The Palace Hotel, windows on December 29, 2015| Leave a Comment »
I’m always at a bit of a loss with what to do on Christmas Day. This year I did something I was always curious about: we explored Manhattan while everyone else was in unwrapping gifts. As I had hoped, the tourist crowds were minimal and we could see the windows and lights on Fifth Avenue without having to struggle to see over other heads!
We then checked out the huge tree at The New York Palace Hotel before heading downtown for lunch. Best of all we got to do another holiday mitzvah – while strolling downtown we ran into a family who were feeding the homeless community in Tompkins Square Park, and Ezra wanted to jump in and help! He and my husband handed out food before we headed home for the night. I think we now have a new tradition for December 25.
and heading downtown to the East Village we found this cool 3D graffiti:
handing out food in Tompkins Square Park:
Posted in Alley life, Fun in NYC, Holidays, Parenting, Queens Life, tagged children, Christmas eve with friends, city life, flowers, Jewish life in secular world, kids, lawns, parties, party, Queens, santa dress up on December 28, 2015| Leave a Comment »
Ha ha ha… I thought all our holiday activity would be over after Hanukkah, but somehow the December festivities just kept going this year. Our neighbor had an open house on Christmas Eve where my husband and I had a ‘mistletoe photo opp’, and then friends in Astoria had a little Secret Santa gift swap for the kids. Shortly after this, another neighbor asked my husband to pose as Santa at midnight Christmas eve (although he’s not certain the kids involved were convinced, he had a good time trying)! We joke that this was one (of a few) holiday mitzvahs that we did this year.
The weather was so unseasonably warm that crocuses and tulips are cropping up around the neighbors’ lawn holiday decorations.
It’s been a unique December, that’s for sure!
Posted in Beautiful Things, Parenting, tagged children, Dr Oz, electronics, health, holidays, iphones, kids, looking at your phone, parenting, take a break, wellness on December 18, 2015| Leave a Comment »
Did you know that Americans look at their phones more than any other group of people on the globe? (see it here).
I know, here I am enjoying social media and I do tend to Instagram like a mad woman – but this upcoming week I just may have to reel it in a bit, now that I know this (photo and article found on Getty/drozmag.com).
To drive the point home further, check out this hilarious account by Louis CK about how parents spend too much time documenting their kids’ recitals, instead of really watching.
Enjoy a tech-free weekend, if you dare.
Posted in Holidays, Parenting, Travel, tagged autumn, Boston, children, Colonial, fall, hiking, history, kids, Little Red schoolhouse, Longfellow's, Massachusetts, minuteman, musket, nature, parenting, Redstone Schoolhouse, Sudbury, Wayside Inn on December 15, 2015| Leave a Comment »
During the last 2 days of Hanukkah we visited family in the Boston area – and after another session of gift-opening we got outside to do what Bostonians do: bump into history everywhere! We went to see the Wayside Inn while the weather was temperate and we could do a short hike around outdoors. Ezra loved seeing a musket loaded by a minuteman. And we visited a small schoolhouse where the poem ‘Mary Had a Little Lamb’ was written!
Posted in Beautiful Things, Holidays, Home Shuling, Jewish Life, Queens Life, tagged candles, chanukkah, children, december, face painting, family, fun, hanukkah, holidays, Jewish life, kids, menorahs, parenting on December 14, 2015| 1 Comment »
Our Hanukkah party brought out a lot of people! A party of 115 folks… And what an excellently fun and diverse group we are. I loved the mass candle lighting the most, and of course Zoe loved the face painting.