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Happy New Year!

We got back from sunny Florida and headed to Connecticut for a great NYE party.  By the next morning there was enough blanket of snow to go out for a New Year’s Day fat burning snow hike.  We had our new friend Jem the rescue dog in tow for a walk (owned by our friend Tom) and explored the snowy fields and frozen lake, and a tree full of frozen-in-time icicles!  Back to the grind..

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walking the road with friend Brad

 
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What’s better than having Chanukah and Christmas land in the same week? Visiting both sets of grandparents in Florida for a few days!

We love blue skies and really miss them here in dreary and gray NYC.

Add on some great excursions like a trip to a Manatee Lagoon,  Jupiter Inlet LighthouseWakodahatchee Wetlands and of course – the pool and beach – and you have kids sobbing on the plane that they have to leave.  I’m missing the warm temps right about now as well.

Have a great start to a new year everyone!  May your year be full of sunshine like our photos below:

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peaceful walk through bird and alligator life (and iguanas!) at Wakodahatchee Wetlands

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sea spiders in tanks at the Manatee Lagoon learning center

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The Lighthouse and its views, along with gorgeous trees on the groundsimg_6194

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And lots of beach and pool time

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Well here’s what’s been going on here: we had a dusting of snow that lasted for all of a couple of hours and then melted away as rain within the same day.  It was pretty enough to photograph but didn’t linger long enough to turn into snowmen.  My Jewish kids were once again tapped for their acting skills – as Zoe played the Grinch in the school play just as her brother did 3 years ago.  I’m glad the school hung on to that backdrop that I made all those years ago!  This year was spruced up with a sled made from the janitor’s cart – it was Zoe’s favorite scene, riding in that thing.  We got to squeeze in a kid-version mash up of Swan Lake and Nutcracker called ‘Ballerina Swan‘.  Zoe loves posing with the dancers!

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Zoe’s classmates from front left: Haitia, Isabella, Grace and Annissa

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Well it was time again for the ‘Trotto Holiday roundup’ as we’ve done in years past.  My kids got gifts in Chanukah wrap paper and their cousins decked out in red and green and tore open gifts in Santa paper.  The food was delicious and the company was great.  And our newest addition to it all – Angelo – was surprisingly chill for a tiny guy at the table.  He even tried to keep up to conversation.

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gift pile growing

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cousins with the same refusal to get a hair cut

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thanks Aunt Semi for the cool photo disguises!

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little Angelo gets in on the action there to the far right

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Are you looking forward to turkey and pumpkin pie?  I sure am.

If you have any spare time and want to create the cool banner in the photo below, check out the instructional here.

We hope the world is happy and at peace for a long weekend and have a great holiday –

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We had some tombstones and skeletons that we bought at the store (as well as last year’s fuzzy spider) and sadly they all got swiped from our front lawn a week ago! Enter: the challenge to make some decorations that would live INSIDE our house and away from the elements (and sticky fingers). Zoe and Ezra made bats out of paper and a ghost to hang from the tree, and I made some big eyes to look down at potential thieves. It was fun getting some time to do things from scratch – like trying our hands at carving pumpkins. E and Z’s dad is the pro at instructing us on this .. Look how proud these little artist are! And roasting the seeds at the end is the best reward.

the objects that disappeared from our lawn!

the objects before they disappeared from our lawn!

our more creative option to keeping the decorations inside

our more creative option to keeping the decorations inside

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so proud

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roasted with salt, brown sugar, and curry powder!

roasted with salt, brown sugar, and curry powder!

Rocky and Unicorn enjoy the decorations before moving out to get candy - photo by gregkesslerphoto.com

Rocky and Unicorn enjoy the decorations before moving out to get candy – photo by gregkesslerphoto.com

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Since we have only a limited amount of time after school and work today (Monday) we decided to have a Halloween ‘carnival’ of sorts in our alley for the kids.  As it turned out the weather was amazing and cooperated until about dinner time, when the skies opened up and rain drove us all indoors.  Our house provided a bean bag toss (like this easy one to make), and there was a Diwali station where kids could henna their hands.  We created a photo booth, and other neighbors set out chalk stations, apple bobbing, karaoke and ‘Boo-sket ball’ hoop.  In each station, kids could earn a ticket (or many) for participating and scoring.  At the end of the alley tickets could be cashed in for treats – including berries, pretzels and access to the chocolate fountain!

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since the Indian festival of lights is happening now as well, a neighbor created a station where hands were henna’d

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the chocolate bar has treats for tickets

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‘Rocky’ is ready for Halloween

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Zoe as a unicorn!

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