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.. then came the colder winds, and blew the leaves all away.

Oh well, it was so nice while it lasted.  One blustery but sunny day in Kissena Park in Queens, we got to walk around and enjoy all the color before it all blew down.  Autumn is so brief this year, and yet it came late (first week of November).  Our cheeks were rosy and kids were tired after being blown around on their scooters, and then daylight savings time ended and we all got a good night’s sleep.

How is your week going?

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Well, before school started we ran off to Connecticut again (and to the Hamptons too but that post is to come). Trying to get as much lake, beach, outdoors as we can before the weather shifts. School has been gently ramping up again – I’m pleasantly surprised by how responsible Ezra is being about his work and Zoe always loves the challenge. Let’s hope it continues. Meanwhile we let the kids choose their ideal meal on this dreamy weekend…

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the kids have a dream dinner of grilled pizza, burgers and dogs!

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Tom doles out treats to Louie (left) and Jem

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Zoe and Luca put their life vests on, jumped in a canoe and paddled off! These little adventurers forgot to ask their parents about this…

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Well yes, we are already back at it.  This summer really did just fly by and now we are back to the grind again.  Ezra is entering middle school/6th grade and Zoe is loving 2nd grade.  I can’t believe how quickly these kiddos are growing … can you?

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big kids hanging on our front stoop

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Zoe carefully laid out her outfit the night before

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she’s back with the gang! Zoe, Enna, Rosalie, Annisa, Kensington and Paris

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November

Well this month has started off with a bang yes? With election results not quite what some of us had hoped for but then again, the future always seems to be in discord and full of surprises, right?

A public figure so vocal about his misogyny, anti-Muslim, anti-Mexican, anti-handicap, anti-climate change is just shocking. I hope he can be subdued..
But now that it’s all been said, we cannot even trust the subdued.

I know we are not the only people who witnessed frightened children on Wednesday morning – many of whom couldn’t understand how the school-yard bully somehow came out on top. Because name calling and making fun of people – that’s something that we adults try not to do, and try to teach our children not to do.
It was a hard lesson to try to teach… that sometimes the person picking on people comes out on top?

I feel like I do when my kids get into a class with a ‘meh’ teacher: like I have to work harder to be constantly on the pulse of what is going on, and not let a single thing slide. Watching, reading, ready for action. When my kids luck out with a great teacher for the school year, I can sit back and coast with the confidence that someone is working with my kids on a similar wave length to that of my own.

Now there will be no auto pilot for awhile – I guess that’s the most tactful way I can put my feelings down about all this post election grieving and anxiety.

For now I hope to stay buoyant with a walk or hike (hopefully) this weekend to look at foliage, before it’s gone.

Try to enjoy the weekend friends.

photo by Amber Waterman/Sun Journal

photo by Amber Waterman/Sun Journal

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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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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 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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