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Archive for March, 2016

Remember when Ezra got an award from his school? Coming right up behind him is Zoe – getting an award for being a ‘Good Citizen’ last night. We couldn’t be prouder. I love how creative and independent this one has been lately – while I was gathering cardboard to make a Purim Carnival Cutout board, she was sneaking away with her own piece and created her own ‘Rapunzel princess disguise’ (and then had to face time the grandparents and trick them of course!)

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This museum of design is a favorite of mine, and I love that the kids got to visit during a more ‘interactive weekend’ when they could use a special pen throughout the exhibits.

There was a show on how patterns can be made via computer programs (in the Immersion Room), some info on how Pixar movie animation is done, a lovely blue room of birdcages (my fave) and Thom Brown Selects  room of reflective shoes and mirrors.  If you come to NYC – this museum housed in the previous mansion of the Carnegie family is definitely worth the trek uptown.

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Ezra and another museum goer have a pattern-off

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the end result appears on the walls!

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the blue birdcage room was soothing

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yeah I’ll take 2 please..

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spinny chairs in the basement

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Thom Browne selects

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Zoe turned 6 back in January and I was able to capture her excitement in a little movie clip, as well as her new enthusiasm for dancing (for hours!) to klezmer music, and Ezra’s progress on the drums! Enjoy..

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Who knew there was such a lovely sprawling forest in our borough of Queens, with hiking trails and everything?

 

Spring seems to be right around the corner… milder temps, and nature blooming.

 

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this last photo by gregkessler.com

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Remember our blog post about this great place?  Just 10-20 blocks from our home stands the home of Louis Armstrong (and Dizzy Gillespie lived nearby to here as well). E was much smaller in our previous post – but now he’s all grown up and headed there for a school field trip with the school’s concert band members.  I finally got a shot of that blue kitchen that I’m always raving about, and Ezra was able to try his hand at blowing a trumpet in the basement of Satchmo’s home!

 

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It seems we are hitting a lot of plays, movies and are doing some general theater-going these days.  I guess the kids feel like they’ve seen lots of museums, and now are old enough to sit through shows.  We went to a BAM Family Film day and caught a great movie: The Secret Society of Souptown – Zoe even tolerated subtitles!

And Ezra and I got tickets to Rain the Beatles Tribute band – if you close your eyes during this show you really will swear you are listening to the Beatles perform and WOW the King’s Theater has been through such an amazing restoration.  We could stare at the ceiling all day!

Lastly while just strolling around midtown the kids bumped into Phillipa Soo who plays Eliza Hamilton in the new show Hamilton.  We keep hoping to get tickets to THAT show soon – as the kids have all the tunes memorized already.

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the amazing King’s theater

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lovely gold hearts in Time’s Square

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Eliza Hamilton!

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Balloons at BAM

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our friend Jacob in a bubble at BAM’s ‘Bubble Man’ show

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gripping movie scenes at BAM

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Believe it or not I found these oldies but goodies in my phone. Proof that it had at one point been nice and warm (and that I need to upload pix more often) – and then POOF the season passed and we were back to big, warm coats and fires in the fireplace. This was our last excursion to the beach in late September, back at the place where we were married and where we now like to take the kids – to keep it in our life and memories more long term. We had a chance to book some space there again for this upcoming summer and – how can we resist? The tradition keeps on.

These days the weather really seems to be warming up… maybe an early spring after all?

back to the beach where we were married

back to the beach where we were married

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The waves really were bigger than my husband.

The waves really were bigger than my husband.

friends put out this lovely “last grasp at summer” spread on one last warm night

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