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While they still do not yet have names, it was fun to welcome 2 new little kittens to the Cornwall house. Brad picked them out and loves them to bits… two sweet little sisters who entertained the kids for a good part of the weekend. I’m just glad the kids know to be gentle with them because the cats were easily wiped out – perhaps by all the new stimulation? We are still pitching names… know of any good ones?

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Since hurricane Sandy cut our Feb break short, we went to Cornwall again and romped in the snow with friends. A snow fort, eating clean country snow, lots of hot chocolate and of course, more snow angels.

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I guess being from NYC I don’t get to see a lot of snow. In the last couple years there’s been a day here, a day there – when the snow falls deep enough to warrant suiting up in snow suits and finding a hill to sled on. So forgive me if I post more gratuitous shots of snow again. Snow blanketing everything – little mysterious paw prints in the snow (what animal walked through here last night?!), and using all that snow as an excuse to get Zoe an adorable hat.
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I’ve always wanted to try this trick – but not with city snow. We heated up some maple syrup and poured it into snow-packed fry pans while the snow was very fresh. So fun!

Here comes more snow! Quick, find a kid project..

Here comes more snow! Quick, find a kid project..

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Zoolander?

Zoolander?

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Brad got an ice cream maker for Christmas and was generous enough to share it with all of us. Since the snow was really coming down for the days following Christmas, we were even able to fill the ball with fresh snow instead of ice cubes! Just load it with cream, crushed mint/chocolate bark (snow and salt in the outside chamber)and then set the kids to kicking it around for 15 minutes. Stir it up a bit and then roll it around for another 15 minutes and voila! We had mint chocolate chip ice cream for dessert.

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mmmm Crush up Kirkland Peppermint Bark for great flavoring!

mmmm Crush up Kirkland Peppermint Bark for great flavoring!


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Some friends of friends were kind enough to invite us out to their home for dinner. I was stunned when I saw this treehouse in their yard – on the edge of the forest behind their house. They had it built for their boys who had since grown up and abandoned it – but I still had to visit it and let my kids climb around. I have a fascination with tree houses – and have since I was about 5 years old. I think I’ve never forgiven my parents for not building one in our backyard while I was small (and begged for it incessantly) but now that I’m old enough to understand what it would take to build one – that intense desire to make something safe but magical for your kids, and then have it be abandoned so quickly … I can almost understand why tree houses don’t get created often enough. This one was high high off the ground – and together the kids and I fantasized about how we would finish off the interior with books and wallpaper alla the ‘Magic Treehouse’ book series. If only we could ..

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