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Hope you have a great and healthy holiday season … See below, our scenes from a little family round up that kept Chanukah, Christmas, family and fun in mind.   Stay warm – and we hope to see you in the exciting next new year and new decade!

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By night is was cold and by day, warm enough for a swim!  We met a sunning seal here and there were lots of monarch butterflies flying through.  But thankfully all the tourists were not around – so we had the beach to ourselves for a photo session with gregkessler.com !  Now if only we could get the photographer in the photo some day..

 

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Wow was I impressed when the kids got home from Sunday school with these awesome menorahs that they made by hand! Dovetailing and all! And of course we had to add a little Italian ‘mozzarella and tomatoes’ with delicious pressed olive oil to the mix, along with E&Z’s dad’s BEST and most crispy latkes.  This amazing recipe is from grandma – and they are a favorite even to our neighbors (who sniff them out while we are cooking). See below – our neighbor Eesha  – whose mom says she ‘didn’t even get her coat off before eating them’.        ; )

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Director of Community Affairs at our synagogue ‘Souks’ lends Ezra a hand..

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little Eesha means business with her latke eating skillz!

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We were feeling thankful for health and friends this year.  Our friends rounded us up in the ‘cation house‘ for a feast that included a lot of fun, folks and laughs.  We hope that your holiday was just as cheery!

 

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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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We had a great little segue into fall … with leaves slowly turning color, and another somewhat balmy Halloween night.  Even though it was a school night – kids were out in droves collecting candy on our street.  Bye for now October… it’s been a LOT of fun.

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autumn light outside..

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and inside (Louie on the footstool)

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teachers walking the kids around the block on Halloween day

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and some even dressed up!

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Zoe and classmates got pumpkins to decorate

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Neighbors on our street lookin’ good!

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Stranger Things…

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and ‘Eleven’ from Stranger Things

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Zoe and buds

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Neighbors ready for the crowds with candy

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E was ‘watermelon man’ with Herbie Hancock’s tune playing from under his costume..

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end of the night candy swap

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I have no idea how I forgot to post these pix of our trip to this amazing museum in San Francisco.  We got a rainy day on the last day of our trip and this location was just the right dose of fun for older and younger kids.  The claymation studio kept Ezra occupied and of course Zoe loves to draw and make movies (and a music video studio!) as well.  My favorite room was a space where kids could scan their car, building and truck drawings and then see them come to life in a ‘city’ projected all around the room!

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projecting moving fish on to a sandbox.. makes it come to life!

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we always love constructing with these foam blocks

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making clay characters for movie making

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and .. action!

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I LOVE this room where the kids’ drawings come to life on the walls!

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Ezra programs a bot to move around a maze

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learning some coding

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Isn’t it nice that Passover and Easter are coinciding again?  We are away from our ‘alley egg hunt’ this year, so I’ll miss creating bunny prints – but back soon with photos from this amazing season of renewal.  Enjoy and Peace, Paz, Pax, Happy Passover, Buona Pasqua to all…

 

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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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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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