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Our Hanukkah party brought out a lot of people! A party of 115 folks… And what an excellently fun and diverse group we are. I loved the mass candle lighting the most, and of course Zoe loved the face painting.

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Hope you’ve had a good start to the festival of lights –
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To send them to camp, or to NOT send them – that is the question every summer. On one hand it seems like a lot of unstructured time, and on the other hand the summer goes too quickly and we miss them as soon as September hits. Then an article like this one comes along and gets us excited about exploring the city again, for yet another summer. Go ahead, click the link. You know you are curious.

Zoe can just craft and create for hours

Zoe can just craft and create for hours

Ezra has been working on this grape vine tent all spring - summer hang out?

Ezra has been working on this grape vine tent all spring – summer hang out?

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We made a long and crazy road trip to Rochester – where the weather was balmy enough for a day (or 2) to hang in the hot tub. Cousin soup! It was a weekend of hiking and playing in the woods, and of course AMAZING FOOD and performances. Zoe cried when we headed home because she already misses all her big cousins wanting to carry her everywhere!

this road trip starts off a little crazy!

this road trip starts off a little crazy!

reading Harry Potter

reading Harry Potter

drawing like a mad-woman.. as always

drawing like a mad-woman.. as always

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cousin soup!

cousin soup!

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making and finding shelters

making and finding shelters

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a reenactment of the Passover story - blue sleep bags make good seas to part!

a reenactment of the Passover story – blue sleep bags make good seas to part!

Ezra plays violin while Zoe showed us her ballet moves

Ezra plays violin while Zoe showed us her ballet moves

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This creative momma had another baby! Beautiful little August came into the world August 2nd, and we were invited to their excellent home with the lounge in the garage —

Ezra was so moved by what the rabbi said during the service. At one point he looked at me with tears in his eyes and said “mommy I’m crying a little and I don’t know why – maybe ’cause the baby is so cute?”

I think he was responding to the rabbi’s request to have the two older brothers hold their new baby and promise that they will share their toys, teach him to be safe, etc. Zoe enjoyed riding a tricycle that looked like one that I USED in the 70s! Ok basically I took these photos because Zoe actually chose to wear something that wasn’t pink, for the first time in years!
It was a lovely time.

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The kids have been doing monthy Extreme Yeladim Jewish learning classes with Rabbi Wood (who we are nuts about) at the Reform Temple of Forest Hills. It’s a lot of hands-on learning about the Torah and holidays – and this month they learned about family and respecting parents through drama and acting! Ezra was shy for about 10 minutes and then he and Zoe launched into some major involvement . They worked together ‘as a machine’ with their peers and ended the class with a play put on about having a new sibling. Interestingly enough, our upstairs neighbors Ezra and Sam were there and – since they are twins – there was much debate as to whether or not there should be 1 or 2 babies in Zoe’s belly. (Yes, she played ‘the mom’.) She was hilarious with a handkerchief stuffed under her shirt!

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We had Passover indoors AND outdoors this year. After the kids did a play about Moses parting the sea and the 10 plagues, Zoe offered to get up and sing some Frozen tunes. Even though she didn’t have all the lyrics down, I couldn’t have been prouder of her performance AND her chutzpah! The weather was so nice that we had the 2nd half of our seder under the stars… what a great way to finish off the first night’s seder.

I couldn't be prouder!

I couldn’t be prouder!

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our seder leaders

our seder leaders

out on the deck for dessert and more prayer and songs

out on the deck for dessert and more prayer and songs

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a sweet drawing of all of us..

a sweet drawing of all of us..

cousins!

cousins!

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