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Cooler weather is already creeping in here, and just a couple weekends ago we made our last treks to beaches and sand. First we camped at Cedar Point near East Hampton, then returned to our barn in Bridgehampton to seal the deal on relaxing before school and work and schedules take over. We got to quickly run into the South Fork Natural History Museum before heading home, and promise to spend more time there next summer.

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We went back to gorgeous Connecticut and all the nature that it has to provide.  We hiked around the Housatonic Falls a bit – which looked so much like the moon with fresh ice water running over it.  The kids were real patient about posing for their dad’s photos – in some cases they even got into the Swiss cheese holes in the rocks for the shot!
Zoe loved posing as a wood sprite on tree stumps (her dad’s shot is better but my less professional version from my iPhone is below).  We also explored a dairy farm  where fresh chocolates are made from the cow’s milk!  Of course this got us in the mood for some ice cream that came from another dairy farm down the road.  How did Zoe fit that whole ice cream into her belly you may ask?  Well, mom helped at the end.

 

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When Ezra is in his summer frame of mind, it’s not easy getting my boy to leave the couch and stop his reading and go off to another place for ‘camp’ daily.  This year we got him into a day camp at the school that he will be newly attending in the fall.  We figured this was a good way to get him familiar with the place and – as it turned out – he got to ‘put his mark’ on the place a bit as well by fixing up the building’s roof garden.  He had a wonderful experience with the Urban Design and Sustainability Program via Beyond Organic Design (see him sawing some wood in the blog here!)  He was so proud of the ‘Amelia’s Garden’ mural that he painted, as well as bird houses he made and we were so amazed by how much compost, gardening, and natural pest removal info he has in his head now!

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Ezra and his friend Miguel explain their dream garden layout.

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noshing on fresh veggies

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showing dad the ropes

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Zoe sneaks a cupcake

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Who knew there was such a lovely sprawling forest in our borough of Queens, with hiking trails and everything?

 

Spring seems to be right around the corner… milder temps, and nature blooming.

 

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this last photo by gregkessler.com

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We hung out in Cornwall CT again with friends, and my boys were inspired to jump into the lake on New Year’s Day. I don’t quite understand this tradition, but they like it (and my husband has done the Polar Bear Club at Coney Island before so .. this one is more manageable for the kids it seems).

I’m not really a resolution person, but some things came to mind that I’d like to try to practice this year (no pressure, I’ll just try!)

– remember what great “partners in crime” me and my husband are to each other
– stop cleaning the house so much!
– have more dinner parties cuz hey, they’re fun
– don’t bark at the kids; no sense in making their day stink too..
– have patience
– stop eating and drinking things that just taste ‘eh’. If it’s scrumptious, then pig out and enjoy.

Here are some Jan 1 moments via our instagram feed:

Zoe and Squeak really reduce blood pressures by the fire

Zoe and Squeak really reduce each other’s blood pressures by the fire

my boy thaws in the heated car after his leap!

my boy thaws in the heated car after his leap!

a forgotten fall chore is now deer-ice cream

a forgotten fall chore is now deer-ice cream

Brrrrrr - I'll stick to being cameraman, thanks!

Brrrrrr – I’ll stick to being cameraman, thanks!

a pretty dusting of snow when we arrive

a pretty dusting of snow when we arrive

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During the last 2 days of Hanukkah we visited family in the Boston area – and after another session of gift-opening we got outside to do what Bostonians do: bump into history everywhere! We went to see the Wayside Inn while the weather was temperate and we could do a short hike around outdoors. Ezra loved seeing a musket loaded by a minuteman. And we visited a small schoolhouse where the poem ‘Mary Had a Little Lamb’ was written!

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