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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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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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Our synagogue is in the middle of what is now a large, thriving Chinatown. We love going to the New World Mall which has at least 3 floors of all the possible Asian foods you could possibly want. Just near our table we found Korean-Chinese, Japanese, and Vietnamese dishes to choose from. Check out the choices here. I hope to make this a regular habit ..

by the TV segment on the screen over this counter, Anthony Bourdain has already been here

by the TV segment on the screen over this counter, Anthony Bourdain has already been here

the dumplings are made right in front of us, and the ladies are entertained by our kids

the dumplings are made right in front of us, and the ladies are entertained by our kids

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Laoma Ma La Tan big bowls - shot from Meso Hungry

Laoma Ma La Tan big bowls – shot from Meso Hungry

Chengdu happy meal shot from queens.brownstoner.com

Chengdu happy meal shot from queens.brownstoner.com

we feel like we have been transported to another world with amazing food!

we feel like we have been transported to another world with amazing food!

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