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Hey does anyone remember this post from last year? I don’t know that Zoe has changed much physically in this year but I do know she talks a lot and doesn’t sit as still in the same chair.

Happy Birthday Monkey! My sweet girl is already 3 – I can’t believe it.

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At times we complain about how noisy our neighborhood is, and about the things that don’t work in the community. But then there is a moment like this … where neighbors, friends and strangers all convene in the same little park and put together ways to make money for the victims of Sandy – and it just confirms that we are raising our kids in the right place.

Aside from being the hot spot to donate blankets, clothes, flashlights, batteries and water – Playstreet – (a street devoid of traffic, now becoming a permanent community plaza) became a site for a bake sale where everyone brought their home baked goods to sell for the cause. There were sweet and savory things: delicious Indian food, sloppy Joes, bags of home popped popcorn – even Justin Bieber cupcakes! And look who joined in to sell pumpkin cookies? Some little girls created a manicure stand, and one sweet little boy even dragged out his toys and books to sell – all handing the money over to buy more flashlights, batteries and water. I hear that over $4000 in all was collected over the weekend. Way to go Jackson Heights!

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We went back to our friend’s house for a fun halloween party. This time it wasn’t snowing (like last year) so we were able to whack candy out of a skull piƱata outdoors. Then we fished for prizes in the bathtub and got to show off Halloween costumes (although Ezra quickly shed his in order to play ‘pin the spider on the web’). This week of ‘no school and all candy’ is drawing to a close soon I think. I wonder how the kids will cope with next week’s return to routine? And daylight savings time this weekend?

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In our small apartment she has found a zone of her own

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Whenever we are a little bored it is easy enough for us to visit a skinny little island that lies between Manhattan and Queens. Best of all, it has a little tram that is the most exciting mode of transportation for the under 6 year old set. We took a ride on it and viewed some busy streets of Manhattan. Then we rode back to Roosevelt island and stopped for ice cream – enjoying the plentiful fields of grass there.

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Aside from the thought provoking show on the 6th floor, the MoMA hosted a Pop Up Adventure Play workshop for kids (in the basement of the research area) where kids could build a shelter out of recycled materials. This is about the most exciting thing Ezra can do on a rainy day… and it was a perfect activity that kept him occupied while his sister napped in the stroller. At first he built his first shelter – and some little girls liked it so much that he offered it to them and announced that he would build an extension and become their neighbor. (Thank you Pop Up Adventure Play for reminding us of how simple play can be with the most basic materials.)

Sadly I was not allowed to take photos in the Century of the Child exhibit but it had some great things on view for adults – like some of Ms Montessori’s handmade toys and a vintage Barbie House. See the website here and walk through the last century of how children have been perceived by adults culturally, and how it plays into marketing toys and childhood.

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Although it’s not quite the one year anniversary of EzraZoe blog, we are getting near to it. And my very first blog post was one on Ezra’s birthday — so when Ezra turned 6 last Saturday, I couldn’t help but think of these photos and how big he and his friends (and sister) have grown since only last summer! This year Ezra wanted to do something low key and intimate for his birthday – and we were so happy to oblige. On the night before his 6th birthday we poured over his ‘5th Birthday Book’ that I made for him last summer, and talked about how much he’s grown. I made him cupcakes with cars on top (still an Ezra favorite) after putting he and Zoe to sleep, and got his gifts ready for the next morning. He was so excited to wake to his special solar panel gift in the morning — yes, he’s obsessed with solar power lately and plans on designing solar powered cars when he grows up. What curiosity will be next?

Just a tip – to make the best ongoing gift for your kid’s birthday simply print out photos from birth on, staple them together and write something memorable (or simple) on each page. It’s a gift that kids never tire of … a book about themselves!

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