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Here we are saying “so long-for-now” to neighbors who are moving to the other coast for a go at a new career, and enjoying the first warm day during Memorial Day weekend. A neighbor then drove in with his ‘kit car’ that took him 2 years to make. Of course you know who had to climb in and give it a test drive!

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ecstatic to get a try behind the wheel

ecstatic to get a try behind the wheel

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our broken down garage served as a DJ booth for the day

our broken down garage served as a DJ booth for the day

our neighbors made this lovely 'thank you' cake

our neighbors made this lovely ‘thank you’ cake

Malachy shows up in his 'block party duds'

Malachy shows up in his ‘block party duds’

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Lots happening here these days. I got some work with this amazing organization, which feels so very morally glamorous. When it rains, it pours (work) in the summer time when it comes to publishing life. It’s bittersweet because as much as I love my work, I also love hanging with the kids when they are out of school. At least – this summer – they have an alley full of kids to play with. In fact, I feel a tiny bit ignored when I do come home and they are frolicking with everyone else except me! But it’s a great thing – it reminds me of when I was young and could just bang out the back door and play with friends until the next meal time.

Here are some pix from ptrotto and inaseow instagram – Enjoy the long weekend everyone!

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Zoe and Mia think this dog Zeek is a living doll

Zoe and Mia think this dog Zeek is a living doll

Ice cream parties are already starting!

Ice cream parties are already starting!

sweet Hazel in her crown

sweet Hazel in her crown

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Ok it’s a little embarrassing that this happened several weeks ago – you can tell by the photos that we were still wearing coats outdoors and the trees still didn’t have any leaves on them!  We’ve been to the Tribeca Family Fest several years in a row, and this time around we got to be part of the cooking session with Angelo Sosa from Anejo!  We learned to put some pomegranate or smoked pumpkin seeds on our guacamole, and of course a street fair isn’t a fair unless Zoe has her face painted.

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It seems like only yesterday that these were the tiniest little caterpillars in a jar (a gift from my boss when we realized we purchased the wrong kind of fuzzy critters for a photo shoot). I think all those pink petals on our front walk make the butterflies very happy –

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Yup, my kids were at it again! See it herehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ORLgDFXbRzU

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Mother’s Day was a beautiful balmy day that encouraged us to go to the beach BUT .. our alley tempted my kids to stay.  Neighbors set up a pool, we sat around and chatted, and lounged all day while the kids were happy.  How can a Mother’s Day get better than that?

my mother's day 'swag' made by Zoe

my mother’s day ‘swag’ made by Zoe

pancakes for breakfast

pancakes for breakfast

breakfast in the yard with my peeps

breakfast in the yard with my peeps

neighbors put out the most tempting pool

neighbors put out the most tempting pool

Ezra, Malachy and Tancredi gear up for another water gun and water balloon fight

Ezra, Malachy and Tancredi gear up for another water gun and water balloon fight

lovely gifts on the mantel

lovely gifts on the mantel

lilacs!  my fave

lilacs! my fave

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fuzzy spring trees

fuzzy spring trees

water gun wars after dinner

water gun wars after dinner

trees blooming out our window and tourists stop to take pix of it!

trees blooming out our window and tourists stop to take pix of it!

lilacs!  my fave!  the whole alley smells of this..

lilacs! my fave! the whole alley smells of this..

balance bike buddies

balance bike buddies

I love our morning commute to school... no more snow!

I love our morning commute to school… no more snow!

the lovely garden at Zoe's school

the lovely garden at Zoe’s school

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