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What’s better than having Chanukah and Christmas land in the same week? Visiting both sets of grandparents in Florida for a few days!

We love blue skies and really miss them here in dreary and gray NYC.

Add on some great excursions like a trip to a Manatee Lagoon,  Jupiter Inlet LighthouseWakodahatchee Wetlands and of course – the pool and beach – and you have kids sobbing on the plane that they have to leave.  I’m missing the warm temps right about now as well.

Have a great start to a new year everyone!  May your year be full of sunshine like our photos below:

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peaceful walk through bird and alligator life (and iguanas!) at Wakodahatchee Wetlands

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sea spiders in tanks at the Manatee Lagoon learning center

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The Lighthouse and its views, along with gorgeous trees on the groundsimg_6194

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And lots of beach and pool time

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My husband and I love this walkable city full of history (and great food!) We love it so much, we seriously considered moving here a few years ago.  We had a chance to get back  last weekend and – with the kids in tow – had lots of fun revisiting the birthplace of the constitution, the Liberty Bell, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

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visiting the night market in City Hall

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riding to the Philadelphia Museum of Art in a trolley!

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Zoe gets a closer look

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she can never resist a photo with gals with big hair

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It was a crazy busy week last week of movie premiers and parent/teacher conferences. We ran off to a friend’s house in the country to enjoy the foliage but it was covered with snow by Sunday! Here are some snaps from IG of some of the highlights :

met Anthony Bourdain while at a peaceful protest in our hood!

met Anthony Bourdain while at a peaceful protest in our hood!

checked out the new movie 'Fantastic Beasts'

checked out the new movie ‘Fantastic Beasts’

so warm outside on Saturday..

so warm outside on Saturday..

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suddenly crazy snowy by Sunday!

suddenly crazy snowy by Sunday!

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We had shakshuka in the sukkah at cousin Stephanie’s house. What a treat! I do love this holiday and eating outdoors for what feels like the last days before the real bitter cold comes around. We feasted outdoors for lunch as well before hiking around Rock Creek National Park a bit. I guess I didn’t realize how many friends and neighbors can build sukkahs in their yards when you live in the suburbs. In the city I’d grown accustomed to just visiting common sukkahs in synagogues or if an apartment building was fortunate enough to have large garden space. And of course what’s best of all is getting to see cousins again for the weekend.

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hooray for cousins!Zoe already pouting about going home ;(

hooray for cousins!Zoe already pouting about going home ;(

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I love Storm King Art Center more than any other excursion to see art outdoors! I finally returned to this favorite place – although it was a bit too early to see the foliage change colors – it was nice and cool so that we didn’t burn up out in the sun all day. The kids love running around Maya Lin‘s ‘Wave Field’ and of course my husband and I cannot get enough of Andy Goldsworthy‘s Storm King Wall. The kids couldn’t stop running with their own reflections at the ‘Mirror Fence‘ and I never tire of seeing the mysterious Nam June Paik face sculptures in the grass.

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We usually drive by the center of Kent Connecticut – but this time we got out of the car and checked out all the great sculpture that’s around.  Some photos that I found in my phone:

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Cooler weather is already creeping in here, and just a couple weekends ago we made our last treks to beaches and sand. First we camped at Cedar Point near East Hampton, then returned to our barn in Bridgehampton to seal the deal on relaxing before school and work and schedules take over. We got to quickly run into the South Fork Natural History Museum before heading home, and promise to spend more time there next summer.

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