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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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I’m always at a bit of a loss with what to do on Christmas Day. This year I did something I was always curious about: we explored Manhattan while everyone else was in unwrapping gifts. As I had hoped, the tourist crowds were minimal and we could see the windows and lights on Fifth Avenue without having to struggle to see over other heads!
We then checked out the huge tree at The New York Palace Hotel before heading downtown for lunch. Best of all we got to do another holiday mitzvah – while strolling downtown we ran into a family who were feeding the homeless community in Tompkins Square Park, and Ezra wanted to jump in and help! He and my husband handed out food before we headed home for the night. I think we now have a new tradition for December 25.

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and heading downtown to the East Village we found this cool 3D graffiti:

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handing out food in Tompkins Square Park:

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and we are winding down December with the last of gingerbread-house making at school, visits to see family in Boston (note the New England tree with lobster, fisherman, and lighthouse ornaments) and a trip to Brooklyn where Industry City had a great ‘Mexican Christmas’ party and display of blinky snowmen. I for one am looking forward to a quieter winter break before New Year’s Eve…

Some scenes from Instagram:

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for Zoe, more is more when it comes to house decorating

for Zoe, more is more when it comes to house decorating

so many snowmen!

so many snowmen!

if she could, she would definitely have a QuinceaƱera party to wear one of these dresses

if she could, she would definitely have a QuinceaƱera party to wear one of these dresses

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During the last 2 days of Hanukkah we visited family in the Boston area – and after another session of gift-opening we got outside to do what Bostonians do: bump into history everywhere! We went to see the Wayside Inn while the weather was temperate and we could do a short hike around outdoors. Ezra loved seeing a musket loaded by a minuteman. And we visited a small schoolhouse where the poem ‘Mary Had a Little Lamb’ was written!

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We stepped out to DUMBO again and enjoyed the last of the longer days before dusk settled in … the kids still love running around the glass enclosed carousel and climbing on the sculpture around Brooklyn Waterfront Park. But frankly the temps got too cold to hang outdoors for much longer and we finally put the fireplace to good use again! Note that we moved the furniture around so that our toes would get the heat…

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Oh hello there sorely neglected blog. I’m sorry I haven’t come here in awhile … school schedules whipping up a frenzy, some new cold weather colds coming on in the house already and general switching-out-summer-things-for-winter sweaters kind of activities going on. Truth be told I haven’t had much time to stop and enjoy the colors this fall, except for this weekend (and that was a darn good hike). It’s been a go, go, go kind of month – I hope to take more of November in while it’s here – and before the snow comes. Enjoy the weekend.

from beyondtheplate.net

from beyondtheplate.net

Botanical garden. Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (2010) by Colleen Leonard

Botanical garden. Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (2010) by Colleen Leonard

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moxie fab world

moxie fab world

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We are trying to take in all the foliage viewing that we can, before it’s gone. What are YOU up to this weekend?

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we made it to the top!

we made it to the top!

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