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Not only does this family know how to glamp, but they throw a pretty great summer Luau party too!

The Martens had us greeted with ladies holding fresh flower leis at the front, tiki sculptures around the pool, pineapple infused vodka drinks and great food in the back .. oh and of course, more swinging around in the aerialist’s trapeze swing like during Halloween’s party!

Thanks again for a great time Barbara and Sean! (and thx Barbara for some IG pix!)

Feeling a bit like Fantasy Island right from the start: IMG_8225IMG_8227

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and keeping the poolside fires going: IMG_2812
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so much yummy food!

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and specialty drinks

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I’m kind of overwhelmed with how quickly the kids are growing.  I don’t know if I’ve ever written that before – but especially now that Ezra approaches age 12 in August: there seems to be so much more responsibility coming around the bend.  He’s already talking about High Schools to apply to, and we are running into his friends moving around on their own on the NYC subway system.  (I am close to letting him get to Time’s Square for camp each day on his own, but just cannot bring myself to it yet.  It’s great to have theater camp there, but it’s also a known fact that all the strangest New Yorkers are walking around that area of town – in case you are ever acting as tourist there and wondering about this..)

When we went to the beach on 4th July, the kids made dinner for us, and then cleaned up the house before we left.  I’m shocked to see that even all the ‘toddlers on the lake’ in Cornwall are suddenly seeming like teenagers !

Even Zoe moves around on her own lately.  We gave her a few dollars for the Cornwall rummage sale and let her roam freely to shop for a few hours with a friend.  She found a very excellent twin version of Louie for just a dollar!

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Remember our friends, the fun Marten family who treated us to some ‘glamping’? Well they put on a super fun Halloween party at their home – with a magician, aerialist, and amazing food! And of course their family and friends are always fun as well.  After that, we felt the urge to decorate our own front door and as always – E and Z’s dad got some great annual Halloween costume portraits .. have a great weekend everyone!

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zoe hangs with a skeletal pianist

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Ms Marten has her own little Dorothy too!

 

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I love the juice boxes wrapped as mummies and infusion bags of frozen red punch

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yes, they had an aerialist at the party!

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mozzarella and olive ‘eyes’

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and then days later at our own home before Halloween night…

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Austin Powers, yeah baby!

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And Dorothy with basket of Toto (Louie was too tired for the role)

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Well, before school started we ran off to Connecticut again (and to the Hamptons too but that post is to come). Trying to get as much lake, beach, outdoors as we can before the weather shifts. School has been gently ramping up again – I’m pleasantly surprised by how responsible Ezra is being about his work and Zoe always loves the challenge. Let’s hope it continues. Meanwhile we let the kids choose their ideal meal on this dreamy weekend…

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the kids have a dream dinner of grilled pizza, burgers and dogs!

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Tom doles out treats to Louie (left) and Jem

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Zoe and Luca put their life vests on, jumped in a canoe and paddled off! These little adventurers forgot to ask their parents about this…

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Remember when we ran into this couple getting married at The Met Museum? Well they decided to have a wedding party (years later) this past weekend at the lake. What a pretty location and amazing time we had! Our toes were in the water, lights twinkling over tables on the dock, and I got to tie a lot of nature on to vases (with twine) to decorate – and everyone made a dish to share (including that huge pile of yummy cupcakes.) What an amazing start to summer.

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Zoe convinced me to ‘wear some flair’ – feathery earrings!

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It did snow, and we had a snow day off from school (kids were thrilled).  I unknowingly took our new dog Louie out in the snow without a sweater… yes, I’m use to shedding dogs with fur .. so had NO idea how cold this poor boy would be.  Now I know.  He survived me like a trooper.

Other than socializing Louie as best we can, and getting him use to living with us – we keep our fingers on the pulse of various local protests, sometimes stopping to photograph them.  The city is alive and pulsing as always, but often it’s too cold to stay out there for long!

And the irony: this weekend will be unseasonably warm so we will plan on doing some grilling!  Enjoy your weekend.

 

Scenes from our Instagram feed for those who follow our blog instead:

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His cursive writing skills are coming along nicely! They no longer teach this at school, sadly. Ezra learned it himself.

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spontaneous snowball fights erupt at the Met Museum in Manhattan

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our block looking pretty in snow again

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Zoe thrilled to get this birthday gift in time from the grandparents

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marches and more marches .. a daily occurrence here in NYC. We love the creative posters.

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those box of food companies that deliver to your door? Yeah we tried those. Yum, and the kids make them from start to finish! I love this routine…

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multi-tasking hugs and homework

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when the kids and their dad leave for a bit, he stares at he door for what seems like hours.

 

 

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Ezra and his dad were invited to GMA for a father’s day grill off … which was postponed to the last day in June.  Their challenge was to create a side dish to compliment the main dish  (which was Tony Roma ribs).  They made Ezra’s great grandmother’s potato salad with some minor changes like mustard mixed in with mayo, home grown dill and keeping the skins on the red potatoes.  We won a grill and a year’s supply of ribs!  And best of all they got to meet the GMA crew:

 

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Ezra gets a moment with George

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from our TV at home I catch Ezra peeking at the camera!

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