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some pix of our summer thus far –

 

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beach going in Long Island

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lots of tomatoes from our garden – and lots of water trips to stave off the heat

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The cousin crew enjoys Brooklyn for a day

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Zoe didn’t want to let Ezra go to the Grand Canyon without her

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showing Tali midtown and the Rockettes!

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took cousin Tali out for tea in the big city

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Zoe saw Niagara Falls with Aunt Becca and cousin Tali!

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al fresco back yard movies are the best

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large flowers sprouting in our front yard

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a new cousin Angelo was born

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lemonade stands

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friends back from long trips

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trying out the longest slide on Governor’s island

 

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Zoe got her ears pierced!

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Zoe’s penchant for dresses and sandals never ends

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Ezra has been making and photographing his own breakfasts

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and miraculously this boy got to Hamilton for his birthday!

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Over a decade ago I lived near here (had a small apartment just a couple blocks away) and I loved walking by the weeping willow on 9th Street. While strolling through the East village, the kids and I bumped into this old haunt again –

Some history from their website: The 9th Street Community Garden was started in 1979 by Augustine (Nin) Garcia on a large fenced-in vacant lot on the northeast corner of 9th Steet and Avenue C in The East Village, New York City. It is graced by a large weeping willow tree, evidence of an underground stream.

Today, the garden is one of the largest community gardens in New York City, having expanded to encompass one acre. It contains a stage and barbeque area, seating areas, fish pond, grape arbor, gazebo, Japanese garden, wisteria arbor, herb garden, and brick-lined walkways.

I am always wondering why we don’t do this to the vacant lots in Queens.. maybe they are purchased too quickly now that real estate is so hot in NYC?

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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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This is NOT a paid ad — but just a full admission that my girl (and her cousin Stella) are pretty nuts about American Girl Dolls.  When cousins Stella and Alison came to town there was no denying that a trip to the AGD Cafe was in order, and we all had a lovely time (including the dolls!)  Alison and I have to admit that the food was pretty yummy and having the dolls seated at the table – well that just made Zoe’s day. Extra special thanks to Stella and Alison for the cafe date and to cousin Eve for the American Girl Doll that Zoe loves to tote around!

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hooray for cousins!

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mmmm dessert is chocolate mousse in a flower pot!

 

 

 

 

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It was maybe exactly 10 years ago that me and my husband first went to this amazing place, with my belly full of Ezra and the summer stretched ahead of us.  We finally got to return – and this time with a grown Ezra and little Zoe. My kids love flowers and gardens and wide open spaces so this weekend romp was a hit.   Zoe loves the little pink playhouse with its own lavender gardens. By the time we made it to the Coe Hall Historic House I felt as if I were roaming around some place in Europe and it’s no wonder.. it was totally created to look like an English Castle by its first owners.

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Our neighbor and friend (and great art teacher!) Deborah had a show at Socrates Sculpture Park.  It was so nice to contribute to her work by donating clothing to ‘clean’ in the river, AND the kids helped her carry loads back and forth to the water and then to the line.  Being part of the art!  There were other amazing pieces on display there for the summer including a baby grand piano that’s been turned into a home for bees!

 

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A few weekends ago we went to Alley Pond Park Adventure Course to explore the new ropes course and zip lines. While Zoe wasn’t old enough to go on, Ezra and his dad had a try at climbing into the tree canopies, walking across ladder bridges and then ‘belay-ing‘ down with a harness and some trainers holding on from the ground! I have to tell you – I was so proud of Ezra and how easily he faced this challenge. Fearless really: which is great considering what an intense school year it’s been for him (already at 4th grade!) I’m happy to see him face more and more challenges each day, almost effortlessly.

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