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This year we had a Purim Carnival at our synagogue, and then an Easter egg hunt on our alley.  I did something my mom taught me years ago… created bunny prints with a stencil and sifted flour.  And Zoe and I created a picture board for the Purim carnival together (although it later turned into a bean bag toss to win tickets!)

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ooo scary unkosher food costume!

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our photo booth

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yumm!

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Kate Bly and her little Haman

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my mom’s tradition – marking the gardens where eggs are hidden

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Well it’s that time of year again: time to make a poster board covered with information for the Science Fair at Ezra’s school. We like to do this as a Feb break project. When trapped indoors in the cold it’s always fun to turn to science for some lessons! Last year’s science project (documented below) involved making casein from regular hot milk and vinegar. Basically you can make plastic out of mammalian milk, which in the end pretty much grossed me out. But Ezra got a good lesson from it and even got a yellow ribbon on his board! This year we are going to try our hand at making BUTTER .. with a lot of shaking. I hope. Stay tuned! (And to see more on casein, click here.)

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In the last few days of our winter break we did some exploring right outside of our city… and came across Hudson Beach Glass. The kids loved watching the glass blower (I LOVE the rack of glass pumpkins!), and we later stopped at Homespun Foods for an amazing yummy lunch.

Now we are a little blue to be back to the grind and to our regular routines – but colder weather is moving in so that it really feels like winter! Clearly the snow in the photos below show that NYC has some winter catching up to do ..

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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 Quinceañera party to wear one of these dresses

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

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One weekend evening there was a ‘last hurrah’ of sorts at the lake – where everyone brought a dish for the potluck and bluegrass music entertained the crowd. When everyone pitches in to pick the flowers and create the candle path, it really feels intimate and cozy. The kids took one last dive off the dock with a bit of hesitation – all of us wishing the day at the lake could last forever.

look who was hanging out for dinner

look who was hanging out for dinner

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splash!! (this pic by Greg Kessler)

splash!!
(this pic by Greg Kessler)

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If you can’t get out to buy one… try this trick. A clever friend set this up during a Pictionary party and it gave me the idea to do the same with a small metal step ladder in our own home. Zoe LOVES her new painting station. Magnets on the side make a great way to dry fresh paintings!

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We were back at the Museum of Modern Art seeing the Matisse exhibit – although frankly on weekends the exhibit is too crowded for kids. Instead we stopped in to the kid friendly Cut Out workshop going on near the media center, and explored our “Matisse selves” with paper and fabric:

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