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We went back to gorgeous Connecticut and all the nature that it has to provide.  We hiked around the Housatonic Falls a bit – which looked so much like the moon with fresh ice water running over it.  The kids were real patient about posing for their dad’s photos – in some cases they even got into the Swiss cheese holes in the rocks for the shot!
Zoe loved posing as a wood sprite on tree stumps (her dad’s shot is better but my less professional version from my iPhone is below).  We also explored a dairy farm  where fresh chocolates are made from the cow’s milk!  Of course this got us in the mood for some ice cream that came from another dairy farm down the road.  How did Zoe fit that whole ice cream into her belly you may ask?  Well, mom helped at the end.

 

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some pix of our summer thus far –

 

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beach going in Long Island

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lots of tomatoes from our garden – and lots of water trips to stave off the heat

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The cousin crew enjoys Brooklyn for a day

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Zoe didn’t want to let Ezra go to the Grand Canyon without her

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showing Tali midtown and the Rockettes!

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took cousin Tali out for tea in the big city

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Zoe saw Niagara Falls with Aunt Becca and cousin Tali!

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al fresco back yard movies are the best

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large flowers sprouting in our front yard

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a new cousin Angelo was born

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lemonade stands

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friends back from long trips

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trying out the longest slide on Governor’s island

 

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Zoe got her ears pierced!

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Zoe’s penchant for dresses and sandals never ends

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Ezra has been making and photographing his own breakfasts

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and miraculously this boy got to Hamilton for his birthday!

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In an effort to relive my 10th birthday (yeah – denying my new age), my family and I went to Cape Cod for a weekend.  I have fond memories of eating lobster and riding go-karts in this neighborhood – and while much of the terrain has changed since I was younger, we did manage to find fun NEW things to do.  Like this amazing boardwalk beach in East Sandwich: not only was the stroll on the boardwalk over wetlands amazing, but the little inlet near the ocean proved to be a fun stomping ground for kids chasing feisty hermit crabs.

You’re never too old to find new traditions I guess:

 

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over some sand to an inlet

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low tide exposes the layers that are normally under sea!

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walking the boardwalk to the ocean

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a long trek over what NORMALLY is wetland, but we were there for low tide

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the big blue ocean!

 

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My husband and I made a quick trip to Toronto together – alone for a couple days – a first in many, many years!  We were surprised that we actually didn’t bother visiting as many museum and art shows as we thought we would.  Instead we kept indulging in Toronto’s fine restaurants.  I guess we had forgotten how lovely it is to eat undistracted, at any hour, without concern of other little hungry bellies or picky eaters (thankfully our kids are not too picky, but it was nice to eat whatever we like without little hands in our plates!)

We checked out Canoe Restaurant, Bar Raval and Byblos Restaurant to name just a few.  We are officially hooked on Canadian dining!

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Bar Raval is architectural eye candy inside

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a whimsical ‘sand’ house with macrame window screen over the door

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so many tall buildings I thought I was in Hong Kong!

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Toronto has the best ‘graffiti’ and outdoor murals

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figs used for the delicious fig salad at Byblos

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chef making my fig salad at Byblos

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Jeweled Rice at Byblos

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my husband takes me on a date with a view – traditional Canadian eats at Canoe Restaurant 

 

 

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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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