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Hello winter. You are awfully long.

Good thing us NYC kids got some great museums to go to – to take away the winter blas with some color (rather than fly off to somewhere tropical, not always possible!) We spent a dreary gray day at the MoMA and loved the explosion of color. I love seeing all the really young art enthusiasts… my kids are not alone in their love of art, that’s for sure!

Have a great weekend.
This Frantisek Kupka painting should brighten your mood:
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Mayor Bill de Blasio and First Lady Chirlane McCray were excited to open their doors in the spirit of the season for the Gracie Mansion Conservancy Family & Community Holiday Open House.

New York City families and residents were invited to visit Gracie Mansion to learn about the history, view the “New York 1942” art installation, and see the Mansion dressed for the holidays.

A new exhibit, New York 1942 is the second in a series of installations and includes artwork, documents and objects focused on 1942, the year Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia moved to Gracie Mansion.

We loved the Christmas trees filled with hand cut paper ‘people’, and another that was made entirely out of books in the book room! The gingerbread version of the mansion (and free cookies and hot apple cider) wasn’t too shabby either.  My favorite however are the cityscapes cut from black paper and put on the mantel pieces of all the fireplaces.

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Remember the last time we did this?  We were back at it again, using an old painting and replenishing it with our own creative paint strokes. This time we bought some glitter so that Zoe could make it shiny. We are pleased with the way it came out and how it looks near our dining room! Next time you get to a flea market or estate sale, pick up a cheap ugly painting and try your hand at this yourself! In this case we used some old house paint (quite dried out and clumpy as you can see in the details) to mingle with the glitter!

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Our neighbor had the brilliant idea of having a show where parent bands and kid bands play .. in a duel to the death!  Just kidding – it was a peaceful playoff, with a surprising amount of ‘sportsmanship’ and I was tickled that mamma Dana even did a few songs with her band.  She had a song titled “I Don’t Want To Feed You Anymore” about how hard it is to find foods that your kid will eat.  Some of the lyrics were ‘why won’t you eat the yolk?!”  Young ones Potty Mouth and then Duchess performed, leading up to Ezra’s crew (now called ‘After School Special’) – check out this link and share it… and notice we have a new bassist (Andrew in the green tee!)

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6-8 year old Potty Mouth

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mamma neighbor Dana from No Fun singing about feeding kids..

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and about growing old and creaky

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and our band with their new member Andrew (in green) on bass!

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Every year my side of the family rounds up to do some gift opening and general holiday cheer.  This year we were even gifted with a little dusting of snow from Mother Nature… not enough to keep loved ones from traveling, but enough to make the setting seem perfect.  And tonight, we start our own Chanukah candle lighting …

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Hi all.  Not much happening here other than the standard crunch that is December – with all its holiday parties and concerts, and prepping for the holiday candle lighting at home.   At first our Japanese Maple outside turned slowly… and I was glad it did.  I felt like I could glance out my window at these fire engine red leaves forever, but now they are falling and making way for the winter.  Clues that the holidays are near are abound!  We look forward to having lots of cousin time ahead… more to come soon.

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view from our stoop

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Louie hiding like ET , seeking heat in the pillow pile

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Zoe and her friend excitedly chatting on walkie talkies about holidays

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we are gearing up!

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can you see the squirrel under Santa, enjoying our neighbor’s lawn ornaments?

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cousin Angelo’s first reaction to his tree lighting 

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Some other fun Halloween activities that we were partaking in last week:  some ‘Boo at the Zoo’ at the Bronx Zoo was one of many things we did.    Ezra has been receiving some school vouchers as a middle schooler – from Urban Advantage – a really cool way that kids can get credit in class for joining in learning sessions at gardens, zoos and museums around the city.  Yet another great reason to get out and enjoy all that the city offers!

There was an amazing docent at the gorilla house at Bronx Zoo who filled us in on how these animals are rescued and reintroduced to the wild.  The whole session actually made Ezra and Zoe (zoo skeptics who assume all the animals are cruelly caged up) rethink their disdain of zoos.  This particular zoo is now heavily guided by the Wildlife Conservation Society, and really strives to keep animals in their most naturally seeming habitats – putting animals that would really exist together in the same large ‘spaces’ instead of in cages.  Ezra got super close to a baby gorilla and pretty much fell in love. It’s inspiring to see this zoo model!  And it didn’t hurt to have magic shows and halloween costumes in the mix either.

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