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How is everyone’s summer going?  Now that Ezra’s big event is over, the summer feels like one great big exhale.  The kids have camps by day but otherwise we’ve had hot and steamy (or sometimes cool and breezy) party nights in crammed urban backyards with friends.

OR lemonade stands and trips to Corona Ice King by day ..

OR more evening fun in the way of outdoor movies in a neighbor’s yard (LOVE Ferris Bueller’s Day Off!)

What have YOU been up to ?  As always – it’s all going by so quickly as summer does:

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Wow was I impressed when the kids got home from Sunday school with these awesome menorahs that they made by hand! Dovetailing and all! And of course we had to add a little Italian ‘mozzarella and tomatoes’ with delicious pressed olive oil to the mix, along with E&Z’s dad’s BEST and most crispy latkes.  This amazing recipe is from grandma – and they are a favorite even to our neighbors (who sniff them out while we are cooking). See below – our neighbor Eesha  – whose mom says she ‘didn’t even get her coat off before eating them’.        ; )

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Director of Community Affairs at our synagogue ‘Souks’ lends Ezra a hand..

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little Eesha means business with her latke eating skillz!

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.. then came the colder winds, and blew the leaves all away.

Oh well, it was so nice while it lasted.  One blustery but sunny day in Kissena Park in Queens, we got to walk around and enjoy all the color before it all blew down.  Autumn is so brief this year, and yet it came late (first week of November).  Our cheeks were rosy and kids were tired after being blown around on their scooters, and then daylight savings time ended and we all got a good night’s sleep.

How is your week going?

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We had a great little segue into fall … with leaves slowly turning color, and another somewhat balmy Halloween night.  Even though it was a school night – kids were out in droves collecting candy on our street.  Bye for now October… it’s been a LOT of fun.

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autumn light outside..

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and inside (Louie on the footstool)

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teachers walking the kids around the block on Halloween day

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and some even dressed up!

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Zoe and classmates got pumpkins to decorate

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Neighbors on our street lookin’ good!

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Stranger Things…

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and ‘Eleven’ from Stranger Things

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Zoe and buds

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Neighbors ready for the crowds with candy

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E was ‘watermelon man’ with Herbie Hancock’s tune playing from under his costume..

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end of the night candy swap

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Photos shot by E and Z’s dad – as they are every year.  These 2 are growing so fast!  They are heading into the 7th and 3rd grade, and of course Z is sporting her new cowgirl boots (courtesy of Grandma and Grandpa during their trip to Yellowstone this summer!) Enjoy the start to September everyone ..

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What does Zoe do when Ezra is away at camp by day and she’s bored? Get creative of course!
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and of course when Ezra got home, he also had to contribute:
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I’ve been following Cybele Grandjean on Instagram , and she posted this amazing local bike tour in our hood that follows some jazz greats!  It’s fun to see how much musical history Queens has, and if you want to see our Louis Armstrong post: see it here!

We have heard rumors that Dizzy use to jam in our basement (previous owner of our house promises to dig out some old mail directed to Gillespie at our address), and our neighbors still have old phone numbers of Benny Goodman’s band scratched on to their garage wall.  It’s the reason why we jokingly refer to our back yards as  ‘Jazz Alley’.

Hope this has inspired you to get out and explore!

 

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