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Cousins Alison and Stella took us to the Mitzvah Garden near there synagogue, where we learned a thing or two about collecting water in rain barrels and planting vegetables for summer!  I plan on using some info I gleaned about keeping purple martins around with bird feeders .. so that they will linger to eat all our bugs!

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Ezra getting zen with some small planting

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We’ve had the cold weather visit us again… which means more museum going for us.  The Jewish Museum has a funky collection of art by Jewish artists – anything from robots to bicycle art can be viewed here, as well as a whole floor of older and new relics and Judaica  (menorahs galore!) from Israel and around the world.

 

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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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