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Archive for December, 2016

What’s better than having Chanukah and Christmas land in the same week? Visiting both sets of grandparents in Florida for a few days!

We love blue skies and really miss them here in dreary and gray NYC.

Add on some great excursions like a trip to a Manatee Lagoon,  Jupiter Inlet LighthouseWakodahatchee Wetlands and of course – the pool and beach – and you have kids sobbing on the plane that they have to leave.  I’m missing the warm temps right about now as well.

Have a great start to a new year everyone!  May your year be full of sunshine like our photos below:

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peaceful walk through bird and alligator life (and iguanas!) at Wakodahatchee Wetlands

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sea spiders in tanks at the Manatee Lagoon learning center

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The Lighthouse and its views, along with gorgeous trees on the groundsimg_6194

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And lots of beach and pool time

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Well here’s what’s been going on here: we had a dusting of snow that lasted for all of a couple of hours and then melted away as rain within the same day.  It was pretty enough to photograph but didn’t linger long enough to turn into snowmen.  My Jewish kids were once again tapped for their acting skills – as Zoe played the Grinch in the school play just as her brother did 3 years ago.  I’m glad the school hung on to that backdrop that I made all those years ago!  This year was spruced up with a sled made from the janitor’s cart – it was Zoe’s favorite scene, riding in that thing.  We got to squeeze in a kid-version mash up of Swan Lake and Nutcracker called ‘Ballerina Swan‘.  Zoe loves posing with the dancers!

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Zoe’s classmates from front left: Haitia, Isabella, Grace and Annissa

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Well it was time again for the ‘Trotto Holiday roundup’ as we’ve done in years past.  My kids got gifts in Chanukah wrap paper and their cousins decked out in red and green and tore open gifts in Santa paper.  The food was delicious and the company was great.  And our newest addition to it all – Angelo – was surprisingly chill for a tiny guy at the table.  He even tried to keep up to conversation.

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gift pile growing

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cousins with the same refusal to get a hair cut

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thanks Aunt Semi for the cool photo disguises!

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little Angelo gets in on the action there to the far right

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My husband and I love this walkable city full of history (and great food!) We love it so much, we seriously considered moving here a few years ago.  We had a chance to get back  last weekend and – with the kids in tow – had lots of fun revisiting the birthplace of the constitution, the Liberty Bell, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

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visiting the night market in City Hall

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riding to the Philadelphia Museum of Art in a trolley!

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Zoe gets a closer look

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she can never resist a photo with gals with big hair

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is pretty fabulously diverse. It’s why we moved here. It’s why we raise our kids here.

That’s Ezra to the right in a photo taken by his dad (below). His last school – and most of our neighborhood – is predominantly Spanish speaking or Asian/South East Asian and Bangladeshi, Hindu, Muslim and Chinese.

My in laws joke that if they want to travel the world, all they have to do is come and visit us.

We all live on top of each other with the same goals: love our kids, stay well, help our kids thrive. When I travelled to India and South East Asia that was my takeaway – we all seem culturally different but we really have so much in common.
And kids in Ezra and Zoe’s classes are hungry for knowledge .. future doctors and lawyers and teachers. The gratefulness for opportunity is palpable – when you cross a border or an ocean to do something new for yourself you don’t sit around waiting for opportunity. You find it and take it. It’s a great vibe to be around.

Recently everyone’s been seeming and feeling a little scared, even if here legally. It’s ironic to me that the President elect is from Queens. I think he’s lost touch with his origins – but then realize that I’m assuming something that younger New Yorkers experience. Maybe he grew up in Queens when Archie Bunker’s character was developed? See here.

It never occurred to me that having my kids in a dual-language Spanish speaking program (or that our neighbors have their kids learning Chinese) would be an ‘elitist’ endeavor. I thought growing globally was a ‘looking toward the future’ thing that we were all on board with. It’s ironic how you perceive ‘success in the future’ as one thing, and then it can in theory shift so quickly. I can’t imagine now that we know how to access global information so readily, we would want to shut it out so thoroughly. But only time will tell.

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and scenes from Zoe’s Multicultural Day Celebrations at school:
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