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With all that’s been going on here, I’ve been slow to put photos on the blog (sorry, neglected you again blog!) A couple of weekends ago we had a night of snow that trapped us behind a couple feet building up on our back door. After a LOT of shoveling, the kids got out and ran around a winter wonderland of an alley. It all melted quickly but it’s now flurrying again! Hope your weekend is white – or at least wonderful – too.

 

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my morning workout

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cars buried

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hot maple syrup in cold snow

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a lovely sunset with icicles

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and by end of day a hawk came to visit us in our tree!

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When the weather gets this cold, there’s nothing better than something hot and brothy. After Sunday School we love exploring the food shops around Flushing’s Chinatown and someone at our synagogue recommended Sentosa. What a find! Their shrimp and green bean dish along with noodles in broth is amazing, and we loved the ‘Indian pancake’ in a chicken coconut broth. I’m already having a craving for more!

 a crisp blue sky over Chinatown

a crisp blue sky over Chinatown

Zoe has her own technique for eating noodles

Zoe has her own technique for eating noodles

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and lastly a trip to a Chinese bakery for almond and raspberry breads!

and lastly a trip to a Chinese bakery for almond and raspberry breads!

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We hung out in Cornwall CT again with friends, and my boys were inspired to jump into the lake on New Year’s Day. I don’t quite understand this tradition, but they like it (and my husband has done the Polar Bear Club at Coney Island before so .. this one is more manageable for the kids it seems).

I’m not really a resolution person, but some things came to mind that I’d like to try to practice this year (no pressure, I’ll just try!)

– remember what great “partners in crime” me and my husband are to each other
– stop cleaning the house so much!
– have more dinner parties cuz hey, they’re fun
– don’t bark at the kids; no sense in making their day stink too..
– have patience
– stop eating and drinking things that just taste ‘eh’. If it’s scrumptious, then pig out and enjoy.

Here are some Jan 1 moments via our instagram feed:

Zoe and Squeak really reduce blood pressures by the fire

Zoe and Squeak really reduce each other’s blood pressures by the fire

my boy thaws in the heated car after his leap!

my boy thaws in the heated car after his leap!

a forgotten fall chore is now deer-ice cream

a forgotten fall chore is now deer-ice cream

Brrrrrr - I'll stick to being cameraman, thanks!

Brrrrrr – I’ll stick to being cameraman, thanks!

a pretty dusting of snow when we arrive

a pretty dusting of snow when we arrive

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and we are winding down December with the last of gingerbread-house making at school, visits to see family in Boston (note the New England tree with lobster, fisherman, and lighthouse ornaments) and a trip to Brooklyn where Industry City had a great ‘Mexican Christmas’ party and display of blinky snowmen. I for one am looking forward to a quieter winter break before New Year’s Eve…

Some scenes from Instagram:

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for Zoe, more is more when it comes to house decorating

for Zoe, more is more when it comes to house decorating

so many snowmen!

so many snowmen!

if she could, she would definitely have a QuinceaƱera party to wear one of these dresses

if she could, she would definitely have a QuinceaƱera party to wear one of these dresses

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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.

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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.

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Just in time for Hanukkah – a little segment about ‘Kindness’. Click here and Enjoy:

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