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While Zoe was doing her garden camp, Ezra tried on drama camp at an Astoria School.  Serious  Fun offered a chance for kids to pull together a play in 6 weeks.  Some kids tackled sound and lights, others painted backdrops and gathered wardrobe.  Ezra got to hone his acting chops – as “Mike” in Homeroom – and we are so so proud of his solo!  What a talented cast!

See it here:

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the crowd grows while anxious kids stay behind the curtain

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kids managing music and lights

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decorations outside in the halls make you feel like you are really in the school with the play!

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Zoe spent the summer learning all about reducing, reusing and recycling.  This fun little day camp happens in Ezra’s regular school – where a garden is situated on the roof.  Zoe got to join this year and grew vegetables, did her own garden designs, and met a lot of friends.  At the end of it all they had a ‘cafe night’ with pot luck and healthy foods from the garden, as well as a reading and performance by our little lady herself!  I’m so proud of her.

 

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kids running the lemonade zone

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Zoe and others made table decorations from recycled milk cartons

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singing their hearts out!

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and a reading by Zoe .. about how much her dad helps her : )

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Okay I know I mentioned that we’ve been having rainy weather, but when the sun did come out this summer it was GLORIOUS!

It’s nice when you can get to a museum in the summer time, that also has a ‘cooling off’ feature in its art.  This was the case with the outdoor installation titled LUMEN by Jenny Sabin Studio. Not only beautiful to experience, sit under and walk through –  but also spritzes water on you at various intervals!  The kids seemed to love this ‘sprinkler art’ – as they called it.  (Have a great weekend!)

 

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Zoe took this amazing shot!

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Not only am I super proud that my husband has a show up – until Sept 25th – but then my son and his band ‘E3″ got to play under my husband’s photographs!  The band members are Elliot, Emma and Ezra (plus a music teacher from Ezra’s old school) and they were amazing!  They packed the house at Gallery E 77 – Check out the clips from opening night here:

VIDEOS:
Green Day Holiday:

Rolling Stones Paint it Black:

Ben E King Stand By Me:
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Our 84 year old neighbor made the interesting point; that kids no longer get ‘home ec’ classes at school.  She worried that this made kids good at ‘books’ but not good at cooking, sewing, building.  I thought about it every time she came around with knitting needles and offered to show me how to ‘cast on’ again (I always forget this).  And learning from her is so much nicer than trying to watch a youtube video.  When a home-schooling friend posted to Instagram images of her daughter at sew-camp — I had to call in our local sewing master Loren to have a ‘sew camp of our own’ for a night.  The kids loved learning how to use a sewing machine; threading it and  making fun stitching patterns on fabric.  I hope to do it again soon!

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our friend Alice in Columbus OH area got us excited about this idea..

 

And our own attempt to a sew camp:
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Last weekend Ezra went to see George Clinton and his notorious P Funk band play at Flushing Meadows. When Ezra saw the drummer offstage, he commented that he loved his ’32nd beats’ and the drummer was so pleased that he had to sign a drum stick for E! See more about the drummer  Benzel Baltimore here: http://georgeclinton.com/family/benjamin-benzel-cowan/

Clearly my boy loves hanging with the band.

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It’s blooming everywhere and the smell of lilacs on the alley is amazing!  Ezra got some great closeups of tulips on a nearby lawn and my husband cut some excess cherry tree blossoms to put on our mantel.  Warmer temps mean that Zoe gets to show off some flare around her uniform, and even Louie is enjoying the warmer breezes.

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mmmm lilacs

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a bending tulip shot by Ezra!

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dewy tulips

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showing off her spring style

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sniffing while riding on Northern Blvd

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