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After we went camping , we went to Saugerties to check out the town. We stopped into Lucky Chocolates for ice cream and discovered their fun collection of chocolate treats. While Zoe ate homemade blue berry ice cream, Ezra loved checking out cases of chocolate nuts and bolts, dogs and cats, horses, shoes and they even had pretty little crystal cream flowers in a variety of colors. When we were seated outside the kids loved viewing the miniature amusement park in the store front window … while the parents nibbled on salted caramel covered in dark chocolate – yum!

Have a great, safe and dry 4th of July!
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We had a rare and wonderful opportunity to go to the circus one rainy afternoon (thanks to Ezra’s friend Brad, and family). We’ve been to the circus before but it’s a kid pleaser whenever we go. This one in particular kept the kids engrossed with dogs doing tricks, pretty white horses parading around the ring, and a troupe of stunt bikers from China with excellent costumes! The NY Daily News raved “The new edition of the 35-year-old circus known for a single ring and audience-friendly intimacy is filled with polished acts and fun facts.” No lions, no elephants and no shooting anyone out of a canon. It just goes to show that when it comes to kids, sometimes less is more.

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Photos 7 and 8 from bigapplecircus.com

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Before heading back to the city we took a short hike through the woods in Mendon area – where we filled our lungs with fresh air, saw some horses on the trail and found young butterfly milk weed. We even had to wear hats – here comes the cold!

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While in the Rochester area we checked out this farm for some autumn fun… because fall just isn’t FALL without some pumpkin picking and doughnut eating, am I right? There were a lot of play horses and things to ride on, a giant slide off of a mountain of hay, and don’t even get me started on the doughnuts (and warm cider!)
We loved it – although we could’ve done without Corny the Clown soaking us with his tractor hose in 40 degree rainy weather at the end of our visit. I now see where my fear of clowns comes from.

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I found these older photos in my camera and nearly didn’t blog about them. You can see that it’s spring and the leaves look like new fuzz on the trees. Zoe was still sporting her cozy stockings. But now that Ezra is almost done with school (one last day to go) I found this little spring-time ‘date’ alone with Zoe to be so much more meaningful. While Ezra was at school, this day could be all about Zoe and her love of animals and her desire to pat a horse or cow daily. You would think this would be hard to come by in the big city, but then I realized Central Park is chalk full of horses feeding by the Plaza Hotel. And only steps away the petting zoo in Central Park has sheep and a fun alpaca to feed. Best of all – I was able to show Zoe the ‘polar bear’s tushy’ (as she likes to call it). I’m not lying when I say I’ve tried FOR YEARS to get Ezra to see this when we visited the zoo … and either the polar bear wouldn’t swim near the glass, or Ezra would grow bored and melt down. Finally I got a shot of the bear’s wonderful feet on the glass – a moment I always wanted to share with a child since it brings the kid out of any viewer when it happens.


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This weekend we went to see our friends in Cornwall CT again (see here and here) and helped them spring clean. During the weekend we were able to squeeze in some summery fun like: setting up new camping tents, sleeping for one ‘practice night’ in the tents, grilling salmon and eating purple potatoes, seeing the lilacs and lily of the valleys in bloom, and finding ponies to visit at the farm down the road. I’m already excited to greet warmer weather!

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