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Once again we tripped off to Bridgehampton Barn – and right in the middle of the hurricane week.  Somehow shockingly we got a day of sun and strange misty, foggy weather.  We love going to this beach – where we married – to toss bread crumbs or do ‘tashlich‘ for the High Holidays.  I wrote about tashlich for my synagogue’s newsletter this year, because it’s a special tradition that me and the family like to do on Rosh Hashanah.  It’s especially nice to do it at the beach – a pensive place when all the tourists are away, as they tend to be gone when September comes around.   This 2 day break was really restorative!

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Ezra pulled this bench to this spot, and felt inspired to draw!

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outdoor breakfasts and beach

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the waves got so large!

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a calm inlet away from huge waves for the littler ones

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come and see our recent excursion to Plymouth Mass, Zoe’s sewing with my lavender and my graying hair ..  on Instagram!

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Zoe also attended a theater camp this summer, the same group that Ezra enjoyed last year. We were so pleased to hear that she got to act as an ‘old lady’ – as she’s been good at this for years (at age 2 she use to pretend she was a librarian with glasses and a cane!) Not only did Zoe get to color her hair silver gray for every show, but she also had 41 lines to memorize and an ‘imaginary dog named muffin’. Best of all, she added an English accent to her character’s traits (and kept it up for the whole show!) Kudos Zoe!

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Ezra and Zoe both took part in theater camp this summer (Zoe’s post soon to come..!)

Ezra had to audition for this Wingspan program.  He went into a casting call in the spring; drumming and singing ‘You Know I’m No Good’ by Amy Winehouse and wowing the crowd.  When he was accepted, we were so proud but also excited to see what new Manhattan “acting kids” Ezra would get to know.

They were a fun and kind crew, and – as it turns out – so thoroughly jazzed about theater that they do this kind of thing all year ’round.  For Ezra and I it was fun to catch the E train to Times Square every morning to get him to the theater district (although my feet wore out quickly with the arduous commute, it’s pretty rare that a kid goes to camp in Times Square every day!) For Ezra, it was exposure to more creative middle school-aged kids, who don’t mock each other for wanting to sing and dance.

‘Dancing’ – it turns out – is the hardest thing Ezra had to do.  He can sing, he can drum, he can act… but all that dancing nearly broke him.  In a sense he was happy to rise to the challenge but it was challenging for him to stick with it in the beginning of the summer.

The end result was this delicious little rendition of ‘James and the Giant Peach’ – a favorite Roald Dahl book brought to life on the stage with some fun singing and dancing.  I love the very ‘Wes Anderson’ costumes and props, and in the end Ezra got a glimpse of theater life on the great White Way. I’m proud of him for seeing it through – and next year he claims he wants “race car or drumming camp”.

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Someone’s birthday is rapidly approaching, and all he wanted this year was another trip to the Lime Rock Race track.  Look at the smile on this boy’s face! (in his imagination he’s owning all these cars.. )

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Ahhh you know we love this place, and don’t get out there as often as we use to.  I’m really hoping to carve more time out this summer to enjoy my favorite routine of  “First lake time, then feast” :

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I’m kind of overwhelmed with how quickly the kids are growing.  I don’t know if I’ve ever written that before – but especially now that Ezra approaches age 12 in August: there seems to be so much more responsibility coming around the bend.  He’s already talking about High Schools to apply to, and we are running into his friends moving around on their own on the NYC subway system.  (I am close to letting him get to Time’s Square for camp each day on his own, but just cannot bring myself to it yet.  It’s great to have theater camp there, but it’s also a known fact that all the strangest New Yorkers are walking around that area of town – in case you are ever acting as tourist there and wondering about this..)

When we went to the beach on 4th July, the kids made dinner for us, and then cleaned up the house before we left.  I’m shocked to see that even all the ‘toddlers on the lake’ in Cornwall are suddenly seeming like teenagers !

Even Zoe moves around on her own lately.  We gave her a few dollars for the Cornwall rummage sale and let her roam freely to shop for a few hours with a friend.  She found a very excellent twin version of Louie for just a dollar!

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