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Enjoy this season of renewal and beginnings.  As my rabbi so aptly put in an email to me this a.m:

“Dig down and give – to your partner/spouse/child/parents/extended family/ lover/ friends/community,
The Big World Out There that Needs Your Help SO MUCH!!”

 

Photo from Design Megillah

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Ok how many moms out there cannot stand the question “are you getting enough sleep?” when you first had your babies?  At first I thought this was a kind gesture; making sure mamma is taking care of herself.  But then it very quickly dissolved into the always berating topic of whether or not you ‘properly taught your child how to sleep’ – as if sleeping is teachable? Of course I say this NOT coming from a place of researched science but instead from experience: I’ve always been that person who – as soon as my head hits a pillow – I think of everything going on in my own world, as well as in the world at large.  Anxiety? Creative imagination? Too much or too little exercise?  It shouldn’t have been at all surprising that my own babies didn’t love sleep – and then being tortured with all the expectations via books, well meaning friends/relatives, and forgetful older parents who insisted that their kids ‘slept just fine’ (and did their own homework without prodding, and were potty trained by age 1) – well it was just pouring salt on the wound.

My mamma friend Nia posted this gorgeous shot (below) of her little princess found again basking in the warm luxury that is the adult bed (my kids seem to think my bed is infinitely softer and warmer than theirs). She posed the question: “anyone else dealing with this?”  Many of us are, and many of us know the day will come that they won’t be so close and warm in our cozy beds anymore so … why fret the occasional tip toeing in after a nightmare?

Since our playground is made up of parents from everywhere, I often was reassured by a mom from Ghana or Columbia or India that ‘this sleeping alone thing is purely an American obsession, where you have the luxury of a big house’.  Hmmm – a new way to think about this.

Now I just have to get our dog Louie off my pillow.

 

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Mocha Mommy found her little one in the big bed again!

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Remember when I started this blog and this little nugget was starting kindergarten at age 5?  Well now he’s headed to middle school and well – in all the summer craziness I forgot to post anything about his August birthday.  But being the now older and cooler kid that he is, he’d be ok with that.  In fact, he’d prefer that because nowadays anything is ’embarrassing’ and social media with his baby pix on it?!  A tween’s nightmare.

BUT I just have to post a little before (at age 5 nervously chewing on his helmet strap) and after – and a lovely quote that our friend at Mount Custard blog put on IG account about her own son (who is very much like Ezra, and in fact they are good friends). img_1253Screen Shot 2017-09-08 at 12.30.08 PMattachments

“Eleven is trying on sunglasses in the H&M men’s department and knowing exactly what you want. Eleven is hugs that also serve to check your height against mine; eleven is catching up. It is capable of laughing at yourself more than you laugh at me, and being more gracious than I am at times. Eleven hungers for joy, for independence, for an iPhone. Eleven is still waiting, but it waits with style.”

I would add that Eleven will still hold my hand while walking, kiss me unabashedly before running into school, and tells me he loves me often – thankfully.  I’ll enjoy it all for now … because I know it won’t last forever.

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Well yes, we are already back at it.  This summer really did just fly by and now we are back to the grind again.  Ezra is entering middle school/6th grade and Zoe is loving 2nd grade.  I can’t believe how quickly these kiddos are growing … can you?

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big kids hanging on our front stoop

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Zoe carefully laid out her outfit the night before

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she’s back with the gang! Zoe, Enna, Rosalie, Annisa, Kensington and Paris

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Our end-of-summer ritual … going to the Goshen Fair.  It’s not often that our family separates – but this time Zoe was hell-bent on seeing all the cute animals and Ezra wanted to hit Lime Rock for their annual Classic Car Show.  So my girl and I got a day on our own:

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She and her new friend Luca had walkie talkies, and spoke through these even when only a foot apart from each other!

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While Zoe was doing her garden camp, Ezra tried on drama camp at an Astoria School.  Serious  Fun offered a chance for kids to pull together a play in 6 weeks.  Some kids tackled sound and lights, others painted backdrops and gathered wardrobe.  Ezra got to hone his acting chops – as “Mike” in Homeroom – and we are so so proud of his solo!  What a talented cast!

See it here:

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the crowd grows while anxious kids stay behind the curtain

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kids managing music and lights

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decorations outside in the halls make you feel like you are really in the school with the play!

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Thankfully I work with a bunch of creative science folks who like to geek out about things like creating a way to view the eclipse.  Using paper plates and then cereal boxes to make pinhole viewers – and then finally someone gave us some glasses to try!  I love large New York crowds when they all share in the same experience like this one…

And meanwhile back at home my kids were doing the same in a local park!

 

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trying hard not to look

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co-workers with cereal boxes and paper plates

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meanwhile back at the park… Zoe made her own viewer with a cereal box

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