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I would be remiss if I didn’t have some Eiffel Tower pix, of course – and more shots of Paris light on buildings.

On a side note I have to say, my two kids were just amazing about walking 28,000 plus steps a day and trying on all sorts of new and exotic foods while we walked.  They are so much fun to travel with… already can’t wait to do it again!  IMG_2533IMG_2545IMG_2553IMG_2554IMG_2572IMG_2573IMG_2574IMG_2575IMG_2576IMG_2577IMG_2579

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Somehow I don’t mind the cold as much if I’m somewhere as gorgeously scenic as Great Barrginton, Mass.  A friend had her lovely, newly renovated home to offer to us (thanks, Lorena!) so we seized the opportunity to get some much needed downtime just the four of us, in nature.  I love how Zoe connects so well to animals and it’s not at all surprising that Woody (the neighbor’s pony) really loved Zoe.   And – as always – Ezra managed to find a jazz band in town where he just stepped in and jammed with them.  Check him out drumming at this local consignment shop: click here.

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We missed the boat (or ferry? pun intended) on getting out to Governor’s Island this past summer. However as it turns out it’s really nice to get there in the fall.  The cooler temps means that the kids have more tolerance of being outdoors on the slides and walking around in the sparsely shaded areas … and the small/new trees were starting to turn!  Best of all .. kids could walk around the abandoned houses (now turned into temp gallery spaces) and trick or treat for candy, which was a pleasant surprise. And the sprawling displays of pumpkins can’t be beat.

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I love this tradition we have of having our own party in the alley for Halloween.  Residents came up with their own ‘station’ to have in back of their home or in their garage.  We made a photo booth of sorts (selfie station) and there was a cookie decorating zone, a ‘chocolate (fountain) bar’, potions-making station, apple bobbing area .. and of course we had to finish the fun all up with a ‘make a mommy into a mummy’ out of toilet paper contest.

 

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By night is was cold and by day, warm enough for a swim!  We met a sunning seal here and there were lots of monarch butterflies flying through.  But thankfully all the tourists were not around – so we had the beach to ourselves for a photo session with gregkessler.com !  Now if only we could get the photographer in the photo some day..

 

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When Zoe started this theater camp, I’m not sure she was as thrilled with it as she was last year.  But little by little she made more friends, got a key role as a mischievous moth, and stole the show with her onstage cartwheels.  In the end she made a few new friends, and got over her stage fright !

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what a fun and crazy crew!

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This boy gave a big portion of his bar mitzvah $$$ gifts to the local food pantry where he volunteers, and they sure did stock up on necessities for fall!  We can’t believe how much they could purchase with his donation .. I’m so proud of my boy for paying it forward.

 

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