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Hello winter. You are awfully long.

Good thing us NYC kids got some great museums to go to – to take away the winter blas with some color (rather than fly off to somewhere tropical, not always possible!) We spent a dreary gray day at the MoMA and loved the explosion of color. I love seeing all the really young art enthusiasts… my kids are not alone in their love of art, that’s for sure!

Have a great weekend.
This Frantisek Kupka painting should brighten your mood:
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Before and after the cruise we had some mini excursions that turned out to be a lot of fun and learning.  Before boarding the cruise, we tooled around Disney World on a grayish but mild day (in the following days Orlando had a cold snap, and we were happy to be on the open seas heading further south!)

We took the monorail around to visit many Disney World Resorts like Animal Kingdom Lodge, Grand Floridian Resort, and the Polynesian Village Resort – which were all decked out for the holidays.  And I’m not lying when I tell you that Zoe fully expects to have a wedding in the Disney Chapel, which terrifies me ($$$).  Full size ginger bread houses and pool time were the norm.  
Then, on the other side of our cruise after disembarking – grandma and grandpa joined us to explore the Kennedy Space Center. We were amazed by all the new research being done and strives to get us to Mars by 2030 (and I was impressed by how many women scientists and astronauts who are leading the research on this!)

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Zoe is driving this bad boy!

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sliding from floor to floor

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a view of my family doing some simulator riding (I chickened out)

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I just cannot keep up to all the photos we have from our cruise!  One of the highlights for me was being able to dock in Cozumel Mexico, and walk around a bit on foot to find great little food stands and local culture.  At first we disembarked with the cousins and got a great photo opp, then we went our own ways and walked around.  We walked far enough off the beaten path this time that we stumbled upon a local beach cafe – where lots of local residents seemed to just take a break by walking right into the ocean in their clothes; no bathing suits required!  The way the buildings are painted, the graffiti and the little food vendor bikes and trucks are so charming.  We hung out on hammocks and ordered fish tacos and sopa de lima which I haven’t had in years!  Then the boys snorkeled, and Ezra claims he even saw an eel while swimming!  I’m pretty sure we have another trip to Mexico on our travel agenda now.

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My little muffin chose to do a quiet weekend in the country, playing with a friend’s cats (and Louie) for her long MLK weekend birthday.  She has a new interest in karaoke and singing, so we added a mic to the scene and had a lot of fun.  Today is really officially her birthday, and she is toting 20 gluten free cupcakes to school to celebrate with classmates (and may even convince us to have a 3rd party with ‘the Hazels’ as well).

I am so proud of this fearless, funny, constantly surprising little gal who is growing too fast!  We love you Zoe!

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Ours was a quiet start to the year – just being back from the cruise and all, we simply gathered with a small group of friends and rang in the year.  Then headed home for some much needed Zzzzzs.  Let’s hope this upcoming year is as sensible as that night!

 

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dads chatting

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Elliot the lead singer for the band, gets ready to pop!

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based on all the spray paint cans behind Ezra, it’s easy to tell a graffiti artist lives here

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5-4-3-2-1…

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Disney Cruising!  Yes, we set sail to the Caribbean – in part for grandma’s milestone birthday that happened in Oct.  The weather was delicious and the food supply flowing, and that giant AquaDuck water slide there on the top of the boat was a hit with the kids.  (Take a sample ride in this video here.) Disney really knows how to keep the kiddos entertained … and thank you g’ma and g’pa for the amazing memories! (and thank you to Becca and Greg for the additional pix!)

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ahhhh I miss the dinner-time sunsets and our family happy hours

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Castaway Cay has beaches, waterslides, sting ray tours and even a play zone for kids

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cousin Jake’s 12th bday lands on Christmas so, we crowned him with a napkin to start the day

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the mommas get a well-deserved glowing holiday bevy and break

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Zoe got to chat to princesses about hair tips, and I’m sure other princess pointers

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we were on the ship for Christmas so .. the lobby was done up so festive!

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on the open seas for a day or two .. but then stopping in some super fun ports.

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we have these 2 to thank for such an amazing vacation!

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Back on board for Pirate Night!

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Pirate Night went on real late, and was topped off with fireworks (I’m surprised my kids stayed awake for it!) gregkesslerphoto

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strange beasts on the beach when we dock in Cayman Island

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the kids love making the pictures in the halls come to life – by scanning their cards to solve mysteries

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sun freckles are the yummiest

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docked again for Cozumel (that blog post to come) and Castaway Cay fun

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we loved the entertainment like ‘Buckets and Boards’ – the kids got a chance to get on stage and bang a bit

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(and of course Ezra also performed at the kid’s talent show a couple days earlier!)

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Remember the last time we did this?  We were back at it again, using an old painting and replenishing it with our own creative paint strokes. This time we bought some glitter so that Zoe could make it shiny. We are pleased with the way it came out and how it looks near our dining room! Next time you get to a flea market or estate sale, pick up a cheap ugly painting and try your hand at this yourself! In this case we used some old house paint (quite dried out and clumpy as you can see in the details) to mingle with the glitter!

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