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Just before New Year’s Eve, we made a trip to Kansas City for cousin Stella‘s Bat Mitzvah! Aside from the joy of watching Stella lead a service and turn 13 on the same day, we also got the added bonus of some time to dart out to get some yummy BBQ and see the American Jazz Museum. Now that Ezra has made the move to Louis Armstrong Middle School, it was extra fun seeing all the info on our own musical great in the museum – while also learning about the (new to us) Kansas City jazz scene. Of course in the end, Zoe was sad to leave the cousin crew – and we can’t wait to see them again.

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enjoying the Jazz Museum

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and some of its instruments

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and of course, the bat mitzvah girl herself!

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Mazel Tov cousin Stella!

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Zoe was too sad to leave, and tried to hide in the hotel coat closet ; (

 

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I’m trying to take a new approach to winter: if you can’t beat it, join it!  It was hella cold on Thanksgiving – like 8 degrees where we were in Connecticut.  But I figured out if I had all the right warm clothing on, a refreshing walk in the snow can really clear your head. The kids loved following a frozen stream and then whittling their found branches into walking sticks.

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the whole gang!

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the lake was starting to thaw by Saturday

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yay some sunshine!

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dreary weather but good hiking

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Zoe loves eating snow

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whittling away

and the better shots, by my husband:
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We had such a great time that we decided to return on the weekend.  So glad we did.. the good weather and fun wouldn’t stop:

 

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Zoe ‘modeling’ on a dune

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inside the barn

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upstairs the girls play with Barbies in the loft!

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blue crabs everywhere on the beach

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even Louie is relaxing into beach mode!

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Once again we tripped off to Bridgehampton Barn – and right in the middle of the hurricane week.  Somehow shockingly we got a day of sun and strange misty, foggy weather.  We love going to this beach – where we married – to toss bread crumbs or do ‘tashlich‘ for the High Holidays.  I wrote about tashlich for my synagogue’s newsletter this year, because it’s a special tradition that me and the family like to do on Rosh Hashanah.  It’s especially nice to do it at the beach – a pensive place when all the tourists are away, as they tend to be gone when September comes around.   This 2 day break was really restorative!

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Ezra pulled this bench to this spot, and felt inspired to draw!

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outdoor breakfasts and beach

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the waves got so large!

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a calm inlet away from huge waves for the littler ones

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Some indication of what we’ve been up to in these last few weeks of summer… sorry we’ve been too busy to blog!

 

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Zoe playing around at Plane View Park by the Airport

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we are growing so many cucumbers and tomatoes!!

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Our birthday boy visiting a sunflower field in the Rochester area

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and racing with his cousin Jake on his birthday!

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meeting California kids while crabbing in Cape Cod

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A quick romp in the ocean near East Sandwich and Plymouth Mass

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and visiting the chip factory!

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we found some great hiking in Mass that accepted Louie on a leash

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and of course, E always finds the best cars

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then back to school!

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come and see our recent excursion to Plymouth Mass, Zoe’s sewing with my lavender and my graying hair ..  on Instagram!

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There was a weekend day that was just too hot… like ‘don’t know how to walk outside’ kind of hot.  We convinced the kids to get into our air conditioned car and drove to the city – it was that hot.  And we spent the day indoors at The Met, where the kids love the Revolutionary War paintings and floor of knights’ armor. But currently there’s an interesting show on display called Heavenly Bodies and The Catholic Imagination – a thoroughly engaging show featuring couture fashion that’s been inspired by the Catholic church in some way, shape or form. There are vestments donated by the Pope that are shown in the basement as well, but we weren’t allowed to photograph those. Zoe and I loved the more modern homages to religious life upstairs anyhow: the Dolce and Gabbana collection of nun-like black dresses, and of course who wouldn’t marvel at a set of paper-thin wood wings? And the environment (the Met’s room of Renaissance and Medieval religious art) couldn’t be more perfect, especially with choir music piped in.  We were transformed out of the (heat wave) hell outside, that’s for sure.

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