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In a gesture of hope I packed away the kids’ snowsuits… not far out of reach, but cleaned up and put away hoping they won’t be needed. And of course, it is right now snowing again. Argh. When will this winter end? I noted that last May Zoe was still wearing sweater tights and a long sleeved shirt so .. what was I thinking?! Enjoy the weekend –

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Well shortly after writing about our blustery snowy day, we started to see a bit of a thaw here in NYC. As my family in Boston deals with breaking a snow record with their 108 inches of snow as of Sunday, we are started to see tiny buds of tulips coming up on the front lawn and the alley is wet from all the melting snow. Will it last – or is this just March being tempestuous again? I dread the idea of a rogue snowstorm in April!

Zoe splashing in what USE TO BE snow!

Zoe splashing in what USE TO BE snow!

thank you Ina Seow for this instagram pix

thank you Ina Seow for this instagram pix

my husband treated me to these beauties, now in full bloom already.

my husband treated me to these beauties, now in full bloom already.

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While we went to Target to get Zoe her prize for sleeping in her own bed, a snow storm hit and we needed to stop somewhere warm and cozy to eat. What better cold-weather dish than broth and noodles in this the more authentic Chinatown of Queens? We did a bit of walking around to find an underground ‘mall’ of more restaurants, and discovered how dumplings are made. Biang’s panda prints and green dumplings are hands down the best!

LOVE these panda prints on the walls of Biang

LOVE these panda prints on the walls of Biang

such a cold and blustery night

such a cold and blustery night

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some remaining bits of Chinese New Year

some remaining bits of Chinese New Year

Zoe checks out the dumpling making

Zoe checks out the dumpling making

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this basement mall of food feels more like a trip to Hong Kong

this basement mall of food feels more like a trip to Hong Kong

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Hello again semi-neglected blog! Much going on here back in NYC. We had a storm, then a thaw, a snowy trek to Target to get Zoe her well-earned prize for learning to stay in her own bed in her new(-ish) bedroom. There’s been applying to schools and studying for standardized tests, and in the midst of it all we found a tiny slow leak under our shut off valve so … enter the city workers!! I was amazed these guys could dig down so deep in frozen dirt and Ezra loved the snake of new copper piping going in!
(photos by Greg Kessler)

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Their visit was too brief, and some were feeling under the weather – but clearly Ezra and Zoe enjoyed it. If I’m not mistaken it seems by the photo below that Eve even let Zoe style her hair, and Solomon was as always the teaching ‘big cuz’. Next time we hope to have more time and take them out for dim sum (one of their favorite meals) in Flushing. Have a great weekend!

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My husband and I like to celebrate a little earlier (or later) than Valentine’s Day, in order avoid all the chaos of the actual holiday (battling for reservations and dealing with over-decorated restaurants with mediocre ‘prix fix’ menus is not for us). This year we discovered Butcher Bar in Astoria – where even my mostly vege-pescatarian husband was tempted by great smoked meat. The Beef Candy sandwich was amazing – I’m already craving another.
Enjoy your weekend and happy Valentine’s Day!

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If you can’t get out to buy one… try this trick. A clever friend set this up during a Pictionary party and it gave me the idea to do the same with a small metal step ladder in our own home. Zoe LOVES her new painting station. Magnets on the side make a great way to dry fresh paintings!

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