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It seems like only yesterday that these were the tiniest little caterpillars in a jar (a gift from my boss when we realized we purchased the wrong kind of fuzzy critters for a photo shoot). I think all those pink petals on our front walk make the butterflies very happy –

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Mother’s Day was a beautiful balmy day that encouraged us to go to the beach BUT .. our alley tempted my kids to stay. ¬†Neighbors set up a pool, we sat around and chatted, and lounged all day while the kids were happy. ¬†How can a Mother’s Day get better than that?

my mother's day 'swag' made by Zoe

my mother’s day ‘swag’ made by Zoe

pancakes for breakfast

pancakes for breakfast

breakfast in the yard with my peeps

breakfast in the yard with my peeps

neighbors put out the most tempting pool

neighbors put out the most tempting pool

Ezra, Malachy and Tancredi gear up for another water gun and water balloon fight

Ezra, Malachy and Tancredi gear up for another water gun and water balloon fight

lovely gifts on the mantel

lovely gifts on the mantel

lilacs!  my fave

lilacs! my fave

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fuzzy spring trees

fuzzy spring trees

water gun wars after dinner

water gun wars after dinner

trees blooming out our window and tourists stop to take pix of it!

trees blooming out our window and tourists stop to take pix of it!

lilacs!  my fave!  the whole alley smells of this..

lilacs! my fave! the whole alley smells of this..

balance bike buddies

balance bike buddies

I love our morning commute to school... no more snow!

I love our morning commute to school… no more snow!

the lovely garden at Zoe's school

the lovely garden at Zoe’s school

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Our local Diversity Plaza is keeping a memorial and communication center up for people still desperately hoping to hear from loved ones back home. They’ve also been collecting donations to help – and Erza and Zoe are donating with some matched $$$s from their grandparents (thanks!) Here are some photos of the plaza filled with candles and little post-it notes of prayers of hope:

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We are back to a more spring-like cold snap today, but a few days ago the temperatures soared up to the high 70s — and Ezra was BEYOND excited that our new alley neighbors wanted to create a lemonade stand with him. I think he was in heaven for a day – we all were. We stayed outdoors and planted things. And Ezra and his crew made enough money to pay back the parents for their supplies, and still have a few dollars in their pockets ! (I hear the ‘competition’ on the other side of the alley donated all their hard earned cash to a charity.) I hope the better weather returns soon!

Malachy, Ezra and Maude get their business up and running

Malachy, Ezra and Maude get their business up and running

taste test - and Ezra keeps wanting to chip a penny off the price to be competitive!

taste test – and Ezra keeps wanting to chip a penny off the price to be competitive!

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The 'competition' on the other side of the alley offered baked goods!

The ‘competition’ on the other side of the alley offered baked goods!

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This girl I tell ya … she loves to perform. Although we are a family of so much mixed ethnicity – she decided to simply wear a spring flower dress to match the backdrop!

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Believe it or not the kids biked all the way to Citi Field and back – 2 miles each way from our home – and checked out Opening Day. There was a bouncy house, balloon animals made on the spot, and face painting… what better way to welcome the spring weather?

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