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Ok how many moms out there cannot stand the question “are you getting enough sleep?” when you first had your babies?  At first I thought this was a kind gesture; making sure mamma is taking care of herself.  But then it very quickly dissolved into the always berating topic of whether or not you ‘properly taught your child how to sleep’ – as if sleeping is teachable? Of course I say this NOT coming from a place of researched science but instead from experience: I’ve always been that person who – as soon as my head hits a pillow – I think of everything going on in my own world, as well as in the world at large.  Anxiety? Creative imagination? Too much or too little exercise?  It shouldn’t have been at all surprising that my own babies didn’t love sleep – and then being tortured with all the expectations via books, well meaning friends/relatives, and forgetful older parents who insisted that their kids ‘slept just fine’ (and did their own homework without prodding, and were potty trained by age 1) – well it was just pouring salt on the wound.

My mamma friend Nia posted this gorgeous shot (below) of her little princess found again basking in the warm luxury that is the adult bed (my kids seem to think my bed is infinitely softer and warmer than theirs). She posed the question: “anyone else dealing with this?”  Many of us are, and many of us know the day will come that they won’t be so close and warm in our cozy beds anymore so … why fret the occasional tip toeing in after a nightmare?

Since our playground is made up of parents from everywhere, I often was reassured by a mom from Ghana or Columbia or India that ‘this sleeping alone thing is purely an American obsession, where you have the luxury of a big house’.  Hmmm – a new way to think about this.

Now I just have to get our dog Louie off my pillow.

 

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Mocha Mommy found her little one in the big bed again!

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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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Our end-of-summer ritual … going to the Goshen Fair.  It’s not often that our family separates – but this time Zoe was hell-bent on seeing all the cute animals and Ezra wanted to hit Lime Rock for their annual Classic Car Show.  So my girl and I got a day on our own:

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She and her new friend Luca had walkie talkies, and spoke through these even when only a foot apart from each other!

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As the weekends here grow colder (yes, they already are!) we joined some friends to try on some ‘glamping’ (glamorous camping) in the woods.   I basically lived in the one pair of corduroy pants,  fleece and scarf that I packed – and my bathing suit was largely ignored.  But this was not the case for my husband and Ezra who braved the (slightly warmer) pond to try on some new and crazy water sports!  This is the last week before school starts here in NYC and – I have to say – this summer went by far far too quickly.

(a special thank you to the Marten family for letting us join along for the fun!)

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waking to fog on the lake.. or is that frost?

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Zoe practices her gymnastic skills on a slack line by the kids’ tree tent

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The Martens have a way of decorating tent entrances!

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Ezra and Zoe love playing in here..

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caught a fish!

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jet ski!

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Yeah, there was even a water jet pack to try on .. and of course my husband tried it

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While Zoe was doing her garden camp, Ezra tried on drama camp at an Astoria School.  Serious  Fun offered a chance for kids to pull together a play in 6 weeks.  Some kids tackled sound and lights, others painted backdrops and gathered wardrobe.  Ezra got to hone his acting chops – as “Mike” in Homeroom – and we are so so proud of his solo!  What a talented cast!

See it here:

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the crowd grows while anxious kids stay behind the curtain

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kids managing music and lights

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decorations outside in the halls make you feel like you are really in the school with the play!

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Zoe spent the summer learning all about reducing, reusing and recycling.  This fun little day camp happens in Ezra’s regular school – where a garden is situated on the roof.  Zoe got to join this year and grew vegetables, did her own garden designs, and met a lot of friends.  At the end of it all they had a ‘cafe night’ with pot luck and healthy foods from the garden, as well as a reading and performance by our little lady herself!  I’m so proud of her.

 

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kids running the lemonade zone

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Zoe and others made table decorations from recycled milk cartons

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singing their hearts out!

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and a reading by Zoe .. about how much her dad helps her : )

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Wayyyyyy on the far west side of 42nd street there is a small plaza with a ‘big man’ slide (as Zoe likes to call it.) Frankly if you live in NYC, Times Square is the last place you want to deal with walking through .. but I was curious about this slide myself. So we braved the throngs of tourists and walked all the way over to the water/12th Avenue to see the artist’s rendition of a playground slide.  Remember how Ezra adored these figures on the subway platform here?  Full disclosure: I don’t like this artist’s previous work where he abused an animal – but these figures are definitely a better route:

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