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Well I haven’t been here for many years, but I’ve always loved the mansions on the bluff at Newport RI.  We walked the ‘cliff walk’ with the kids just a couple weekends ago .. and took in the stellar ocean view and fresh sea air.  More mansions will be opening up again with the warmer season coming.  I can’t wait to some day tour and share my knowledge of the Rosecliff with the kids (where the first Gatsby movie with Mia Farrow was filmed) – my favorite mansion tour!

Zoe does some cartwheels –
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strange yellow moss on rocks along the cliff walk

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Cousins Alison and Stella took us to the Mitzvah Garden near there synagogue, where we learned a thing or two about collecting water in rain barrels and planting vegetables for summer!  I plan on using some info I gleaned about keeping purple martins around with bird feeders .. so that they will linger to eat all our bugs!

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Ezra getting zen with some small planting

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There’s probably no bigger feat than getting this whole entourage (that is my husband’s family and relatives) to enjoy the same activity and move around at the same place and same pace, yet they always seem to amaze me and do it so well.  Which is ideal for us since Ezra and Zoe love spending so much time with their cousins.  And on a hot day – gazing at cool pools filled with polar bears, penguins, riding the tram or carousel and feeding lorikeets is pretty much all we wanted to do.

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Sorry again that I’ve lagged in posting photos but this past April Spring break week has been so full of activity, my camera and phone were back burnered.

We spent a lovely first 2 seders with cousins Alison and Stella (remember they came to see US here?)  Kansas City is amazing!  I love the Nelson Atkins Art Museum (although it was so warm outside we stayed with the Claes Oldenburg sculptures outdoors) and we had a lovely 2nd night seder outdoors – which I always love.  (It happened before a few years ago in Maryland!)  More pix of the Kansas City Zoo are to come..

 

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new game with cousins .. make like a mannequin while moms shop!

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Ok a graveyard doesn’t necessarily sound like a gorgeous spring-time outing, but this cemetery was amazing!  Not only are the grounds bursting with new growth and flowers, but there are famous characters buried here such as Leonard Bernstein, Boss Tweed, Charles Ebbets, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Louis Comfort Tiffany, and Horace Greeley.  We had to bring Zoe’s friend Hazel along who – at the tender age of 5 – is already VERY ‘into’ scary movies and cemeteries.  I hope to return here for a proper tour on a day that the green trolley buses are moving around giving tours.

 

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It seems we are hitting a lot of plays, movies and are doing some general theater-going these days.  I guess the kids feel like they’ve seen lots of museums, and now are old enough to sit through shows.  We went to a BAM Family Film day and caught a great movie: The Secret Society of Souptown – Zoe even tolerated subtitles!

And Ezra and I got tickets to Rain the Beatles Tribute band – if you close your eyes during this show you really will swear you are listening to the Beatles perform and WOW the King’s Theater has been through such an amazing restoration.  We could stare at the ceiling all day!

Lastly while just strolling around midtown the kids bumped into Phillipa Soo who plays Eliza Hamilton in the new show Hamilton.  We keep hoping to get tickets to THAT show soon – as the kids have all the tunes memorized already.

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the amazing King’s theater

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lovely gold hearts in Time’s Square

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Eliza Hamilton!

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Balloons at BAM

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our friend Jacob in a bubble at BAM’s ‘Bubble Man’ show

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gripping movie scenes at BAM

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In the last few days of our winter break we did some exploring right outside of our city… and came across Hudson Beach Glass. The kids loved watching the glass blower (I LOVE the rack of glass pumpkins!), and we later stopped at Homespun Foods for an amazing yummy lunch.

Now we are a little blue to be back to the grind and to our regular routines – but colder weather is moving in so that it really feels like winter! Clearly the snow in the photos below show that NYC has some winter catching up to do ..

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