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New addition to our family

Welcome our new sweet, rescued friend Louie. He is about 4 years old and mostly schnauzer (maybe a schnoodle as he may be mixed with poodle?) Not only is he NOT a chewer and house trained, but also sweet and a super snuggle bug. He will sit in your lap and keep you warm all day. And he’s hypoallergenic! No shedding! This mamma loves this!

It was high time we caved to Ezra’s constant begging for a dog and all the responsibility that comes with it (which he is doing so very well at upholding).  Now we just have to figure out what to do with Zoe’s overwhelming desire to have a hamster or a cat ; (

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Birthday Girl

Some little 7 year old lady had a bit of a ‘camping, donut decorating, s’mores’ themed birthday party that was cozy and fun!  We moved the furniture around so that we could accommodate a tent with holiday lights, as well as room for small tables to decorate donuts on. We played ‘pin the cherry on the ice cream’ and had the guests decorate a giant card for Zoe when they first arrived.  And of course a game of Twister in the mix doesn’t hurt either!
Happy 7th birthday gorgeous little gal!

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Danbury Duckpin Lanes

While en route home we stopped off at a duckpin bowling alley in Danbury Ct.   Haven’t heard of duckpin?  This was such a part of my Massachusetts childhood (see here.)

This bowling alley seemed to be frozen in time… somewhere in the 60s!  It was great to feel like I was a kid again – tallying our own bowling scores without that screen overhead and sitting on this amazing fiberglass molded bench that I want to take home!  Add the photos of bowling teams in bee hive hairdos and the holiday decorations from my childhood and I felt like I was sitting in a movie set.  And oh yeah, the kids love bowling with smaller balls and pins at the same time –

 

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do you see the abominable snow man there in the upper right?

And back to the snow..

Happy New Year!

We got back from sunny Florida and headed to Connecticut for a great NYE party.  By the next morning there was enough blanket of snow to go out for a New Year’s Day fat burning snow hike.  We had our new friend Jem the rescue dog in tow for a walk (owned by our friend Tom) and explored the snowy fields and frozen lake, and a tree full of frozen-in-time icicles!  Back to the grind..

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walking the road with friend Brad

 
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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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End of December round-up

Well here’s what’s been going on here: we had a dusting of snow that lasted for all of a couple of hours and then melted away as rain within the same day.  It was pretty enough to photograph but didn’t linger long enough to turn into snowmen.  My Jewish kids were once again tapped for their acting skills – as Zoe played the Grinch in the school play just as her brother did 3 years ago.  I’m glad the school hung on to that backdrop that I made all those years ago!  This year was spruced up with a sled made from the janitor’s cart – it was Zoe’s favorite scene, riding in that thing.  We got to squeeze in a kid-version mash up of Swan Lake and Nutcracker called ‘Ballerina Swan‘.  Zoe loves posing with the dancers!

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Zoe’s classmates from front left: Haitia, Isabella, Grace and Annissa

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The pre-holiday Holiday

Well it was time again for the ‘Trotto Holiday roundup’ as we’ve done in years past.  My kids got gifts in Chanukah wrap paper and their cousins decked out in red and green and tore open gifts in Santa paper.  The food was delicious and the company was great.  And our newest addition to it all – Angelo – was surprisingly chill for a tiny guy at the table.  He even tried to keep up to conversation.

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gift pile growing

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cousins with the same refusal to get a hair cut

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thanks Aunt Semi for the cool photo disguises!

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little Angelo gets in on the action there to the far right