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What does Zoe do when Ezra is away at camp by day and she’s bored? Get creative of course!
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and of course when Ezra got home, he also had to contribute:
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For Max’s birthday the ‘Leo boys’ took a fishing excursion to the great wide ocean off the coast of Brooklyn.  While they didn’t catch anything edible (and compassionately threw many back to the sea) they came home smelling like briny fisherman and had a great day in the sun..!  We couldn’t help but think my dad would’ve loved this trip;

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.. at a laser tag location in Massachusetts with another friend from school!

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.. and playing with the bull. We even stumbled upon the first paved street in ‘New Amsterdam’ called Stone Street that I didn’t even know existed! Must explore some more now that spring is on… especially the Frances Tavern Museum and Battery Park City playgrounds!

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For Earth Day the kids went to Flushing Town Hall in Flushing Queens, to learn a little Srijan Dance! Look out Bollywood… here we come:
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Cornwall CT is only 2 hours away, but tends to amass about 7 additional inches of snow for every couple of inches we have in the city. And since it’s a fairly untouched place, we get to return to it blanketed with snow even if nothing has fallen for a few days. The kids loved this – we even squeezed in a science experiment for Ezra to take back to school. Did you know if you throw boiling water into the air at 10 degrees fahrenheit – the water will turn to snow in the air? I didn’t!

We also met a very adorable bear dog at the ski slopes and now my kids want a Newfoundland – yeah, in a city apartment. That could be an entire blog unto itself.

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dog and Zoe ... about the same size!

dog and Zoe … about the same size!

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she wants another sloppy kiss

she wants another sloppy kiss

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Before the trees go bare, we got to Central Park to climb on rocks and enjoy the turning leaves. The first is a photo of the park from my office… from overhead I could see that patchwork of tree foliage and had to get the kids there before the colder weather comes. This past weekend was so temperate that the kids could still remove their shoes and hang in the sandbox! I love Central Park this time of year when it reminds me of a scene out of a Woody Allen movie. So magical.

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you can see the office building I work in here, with its diamond shaped windows!

you can see the office building I work in here, with its diamond shaped windows!

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If we haven’t already posted enough about this great place (remember we were here last summer?) here’s some more art from this year’s Figment Show taking place next to a baseball game set in the 1800s!

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when she bounces on the balls, they squeak!

when she bounces on the balls, they squeak!


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Whew! Spring Break and traveling is over … but the weather here had been SO amazing that we just could not seem to justify hanging out indoors. (At least not until temps dropped this week.) Of course Zoe is not only obsessed with the little sister of Ezra’s friend Lea (asking ‘see Mia?’ every morning when she wakes up) but she also now has a thing about patting animals or just seeing live animals in general. So with that fueling us – we took a short trip to our local Queens Zoo. I have to say – I was hugely impressed with this little zoo. I think I’ve spent so much more time at the larger zoos (Bronx) and had been frustrated with how distant the animals are. (As much as I love to see them roam freely it can be rough pointing out a camouflaged animal to a toddler for the first time.) The Queens Zoo seems to have exhibits that are built around the viewer’s paths, without trapping the animals in small pens. And what an amazing aviary they have! Just a walk on the inside of the dome was great – and viewing birds in their habitats was a bonus as well. There’s a petting zoo at the end, and a fun playground area with a migration theme that got my little birds ready to fly home (only 30 blocks from us by bus or train.) Thanks to Lea and Mia for reminding us of this local fun!


Sadly this big guy frightened Zoe away!

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After a couple days home for spring break in Queens, we decided to take a road trip to see E&Z’s grandfather in Boston.
While there I finally got to take the kids to my favorite museum: I remember this place from numerous field trips when I was growing up in Boston. I couldn’t wait to take Ezra to the biology floor to see the models — I remember being as interested in this section as he was. One new exhibit was an area where one could even bike with a skeleton! The kids also loved the giant ball sculpture, an area about shadow and perspective, the dinosaur zone – and Ezra’s favorite part was where you could build your own fish and then watch it ‘live’ on a series of screens that depicted its virtual life (eating, and being eaten by other fish)! The current gecko show is pretty great too. There just isn’t enough time in a day to cover this place… we had so much fun.

Ezra loved learning how the escalator works!

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