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We took off to upstate NY for the long fourth of July weekend.  Ezra and Zoe stayed with cousins and grandma and grandpa … they found a strawberry patch behind Aunt Becca’s house!  I don’t think I’ve ever eaten berries sweeter than this.  But we had to eat them quickly – no preservatives in these bad boys.  They got soft within a day.  They were just too tasty NOT to eat them.  After this picking session, my husband and I took off for wine tasting in the Finger Lakes region (more photos to come)!

 

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photos by Greg Kessler Photography.

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WSF always has an indoor event where we can visit multiple tables and learn about various fun science tips and facts!  Once again we dragged grandma along (although she was easy to convince to come) to see how gravity works, how to engineer pedestals that withstand earthquakes and recreate the ‘glide’ of a flying squirrel.  Best of all we got to bump into E and Z’s dad while he worked (and sometimes stand in as models if he needed) –

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creating a parachute man and watching him fly out of the chute!

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Zoe tries her ‘flying squirrel’ made of fabric and popsicle sticks

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and of course, pink tape

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giant patterned blocks

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Once again E and Z’s dad was hired to shoot a week of fun science events around the city, and we had grandma in to help with staying on top of things while parents were working like crazy.  The WSF had some great outdoor activities – like exploring the water life around our local park (Gantry), as well as an amazing Star Gazing event later in the evening in Brooklyn! I think we were wiped out after a whole day of activity but were happy we could show grandma the ropes on the WSF!

 

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grandma helping us fish the east river!

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Ezra under his night umbrella while star gazing

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How did this year fly by so quickly? I can’t believe it’s nearly June… JUNE!!
Well we tripped out to ‘cation house again for some of the weekend – where we saw a car show and met the neighbor’s dog Kumi. The sun poked its head out for a bit so that the kids could hone their kayak rowing skills, and then we needed to get back to the city for a busy week of E&Z’s dad working days and nights. If the blog goes a little radio silent for a bit, we will be back soon after the crazy work spell is over! Meanwhile some shots from our Instagram feed:

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traffic on the Whitestone Bridge getting out of town

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a car just her size!

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Lily of the valley

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a found nest in a fallen branch

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Ezra took this great shot of Kumi the dog

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The kids loved exploring Art Tech last week – a pop up event of kid art and technology activities that they could explore.  For some reason the ‘large ball pit’ is so much more challenging than little balls.  I love how hands-on everything was … making cars in the ‘Velocity’ learning zone, racing them down various tracks, building structures with gears and brackets, and a wall that had pivoting tiles that react to your shadow.  Tomorrow is the last day to try this out so check it out while you can!

http://cmany.org/classes-and-activities/events/artech-adventures-art-technology/

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this wall’s tiles move when a shadow passes over! So cool! attachments-5attachments-6attachments-7attachments-8IMG_7461

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Even though the temps were warm, we could do a few wintery NYC things like ice skating in Bryant Park.  A February-break staycation is always fun when you get to catch up on city outings like this, and the rink wasn’t even crowded with tourists shockingly!

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beautiful views of the NY Public Library and surrounding buildings

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Zoe finally standing and skating on her own (well, sort of)

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folks in their business attire pop out for a quick turn on the ice during lunch hour

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Quick! one last loop before the Zamboni comes out!

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It did snow, and we had a snow day off from school (kids were thrilled).  I unknowingly took our new dog Louie out in the snow without a sweater… yes, I’m use to shedding dogs with fur .. so had NO idea how cold this poor boy would be.  Now I know.  He survived me like a trooper.

Other than socializing Louie as best we can, and getting him use to living with us – we keep our fingers on the pulse of various local protests, sometimes stopping to photograph them.  The city is alive and pulsing as always, but often it’s too cold to stay out there for long!

And the irony: this weekend will be unseasonably warm so we will plan on doing some grilling!  Enjoy your weekend.

 

Scenes from our Instagram feed for those who follow our blog instead:

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His cursive writing skills are coming along nicely! They no longer teach this at school, sadly. Ezra learned it himself.

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spontaneous snowball fights erupt at the Met Museum in Manhattan

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our block looking pretty in snow again

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Zoe thrilled to get this birthday gift in time from the grandparents

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marches and more marches .. a daily occurrence here in NYC. We love the creative posters.

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those box of food companies that deliver to your door? Yeah we tried those. Yum, and the kids make them from start to finish! I love this routine…

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multi-tasking hugs and homework

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when the kids and their dad leave for a bit, he stares at he door for what seems like hours.

 

 

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