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We had a great little segue into fall … with leaves slowly turning color, and another somewhat balmy Halloween night.  Even though it was a school night – kids were out in droves collecting candy on our street.  Bye for now October… it’s been a LOT of fun.

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autumn light outside..

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and inside (Louie on the footstool)

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teachers walking the kids around the block on Halloween day

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and some even dressed up!

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Zoe and classmates got pumpkins to decorate

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Neighbors on our street lookin’ good!

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Stranger Things…

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and ‘Eleven’ from Stranger Things

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Zoe and buds

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Neighbors ready for the crowds with candy

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E was ‘watermelon man’ with Herbie Hancock’s tune playing from under his costume..

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end of the night candy swap

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Some indication of what we’ve been up to in these last few weeks of summer… sorry we’ve been too busy to blog!

 

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Zoe playing around at Plane View Park by the Airport

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we are growing so many cucumbers and tomatoes!!

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Our birthday boy visiting a sunflower field in the Rochester area

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and racing with his cousin Jake on his birthday!

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meeting California kids while crabbing in Cape Cod

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A quick romp in the ocean near East Sandwich and Plymouth Mass

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and visiting the chip factory!

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we found some great hiking in Mass that accepted Louie on a leash

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and of course, E always finds the best cars

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then back to school!

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come and see our recent excursion to Plymouth Mass, Zoe’s sewing with my lavender and my graying hair ..  on Instagram!

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I’m kind of overwhelmed with how quickly the kids are growing.  I don’t know if I’ve ever written that before – but especially now that Ezra approaches age 12 in August: there seems to be so much more responsibility coming around the bend.  He’s already talking about High Schools to apply to, and we are running into his friends moving around on their own on the NYC subway system.  (I am close to letting him get to Time’s Square for camp each day on his own, but just cannot bring myself to it yet.  It’s great to have theater camp there, but it’s also a known fact that all the strangest New Yorkers are walking around that area of town – in case you are ever acting as tourist there and wondering about this..)

When we went to the beach on 4th July, the kids made dinner for us, and then cleaned up the house before we left.  I’m shocked to see that even all the ‘toddlers on the lake’ in Cornwall are suddenly seeming like teenagers !

Even Zoe moves around on her own lately.  We gave her a few dollars for the Cornwall rummage sale and let her roam freely to shop for a few hours with a friend.  She found a very excellent twin version of Louie for just a dollar!

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and probably a lot of $$$ as well, but well worth it!  We came in and flew out of San Fran, and built in a couple days to walk around the city and explore.  We couldn’t get enough of the boisterous sea lions who took over a few docks by Fisherman’s Wharf.  And those trees…. those stunning, twisty California trees:

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Golden Gate Bridge shots, of course

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sleepy little jet lagged peanut!

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Dad and Zoe in Hotel Zoe

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Sea Lions crowding the docks by Fisherman’s Wharf!

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some nature posing again, this time at Presidio

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Hi all.  We had a lovely Passover/Spring Break week in a redwood forest!  I love an outdoor seder … but this one just takes the cake.  We worked up an appetite hiking around a bit on Uncle Stan’s favorite path, then returned to food in the most beautiful woods.  In the days following, we explored beautiful Santa Rosa and saw the Luther Burbank Home and Gardens and took in all the gorgeous California foliage we could.  I hope you had a lovely spring week as well!

 

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Isn’t it nice that Passover and Easter are coinciding again?  We are away from our ‘alley egg hunt’ this year, so I’ll miss creating bunny prints – but back soon with photos from this amazing season of renewal.  Enjoy and Peace, Paz, Pax, Happy Passover, Buona Pasqua to all…

 

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