Posts Tagged ‘ocean’

another September, another Rosh Hashanah at the barn where we were tossing tashlikh into the ocean and contemplating all the ways to improve ourselves this year… starting with some self healing in nature and tooling around Long Island:




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We were hellbent on frolicking in waves while we can … even Louie enjoyed the beach in Sagaponack and smelled like sea air for a weekend.  Zoe loved having mosquito netting .. er, ‘princess canopy’ .. on her bed.  I don’t think we could find a better spot of ‘moving water’ for Tashlich!  (Don’t know what tashlich is? Click here).  The waves were huge like the day we got married in this same spot and – I’m not lying – the sky really was that pink during sunset hour:



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Ok I’m realizing my blog is becoming about the constantly changing temperatures here but COME ON! We’ve gone from snow storm to sudden 70 degree spring day so it’s definitely worth mentioning, right?   When I look at my previous post and see all that snow, and then realize that I’m about to post some “trips to the beach images”, I’m reminded of how crazy this Feb weather really has been.

But more importantly: we’ve found a new beach.  We drove to the Fire Island Lighthouse after a friend recommended this hike to the shore via the more inland parking lot area.  And what a nice surprise this all was!  We spotted deer who lingered just 10 feet from the path, and learned that our new rescue dog (who hails from Nebraska) is as in love with the sea as we are!  The only downside: we were NOT the only ones with this brilliant idea – the beach was packed with other beach combers in late Feb!  Go figure..


Louie loves the shore as much as we do


beach was full of people in late Feb!


hello deer!



Zoe just had to shed her coat

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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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In an effort to relive my 10th birthday (yeah – denying my new age), my family and I went to Cape Cod for a weekend.  I have fond memories of eating lobster and riding go-karts in this neighborhood – and while much of the terrain has changed since I was younger, we did manage to find fun NEW things to do.  Like this amazing boardwalk beach in East Sandwich: not only was the stroll on the boardwalk over wetlands amazing, but the little inlet near the ocean proved to be a fun stomping ground for kids chasing feisty hermit crabs.

You’re never too old to find new traditions I guess:


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over some sand to an inlet

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low tide exposes the layers that are normally under sea!

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walking the boardwalk to the ocean

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a long trek over what NORMALLY is wetland, but we were there for low tide

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the big blue ocean!


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While I don’t yet have shots of the kids frolicking in colorful leaves, rest assured that fall seems to already be upon us. Unlike last year (I remember it being warm, or downright HOT until Halloween last year) we are getting cooler weather and leaves sticking to the car windshield already. Believe it or not, I already got what seems like the flu or a chest cold – that has knocked me out so hard I couldn’t even blog. Or take pictures. Or play with my kids. So I apologize for the slow posting but thankfully there was another mamma on hand with iphone and Instagram (thank you Ina!) She took these cute shots of E and Z and their friends Lea, Mia and Brad romping in cornfields – and one very last romp on the beach – while we went back to the Bridgehampton barn where me and my husband were married. And just as on our wedding day, the waves were huge and rowdy in an oddly soothing way that could lull you to sleep on the beach.

Photos by Ina Seow

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Deborah Wasserman started a great program here in Jackson Heights; one that keeps kids making art even when budget cuts and academic rigor take over some public school curriculum. Her Art For A Start classes have yielded some pretty remarkable projects that I last saw exhibited in a local cafe – and this time some beautiful ‘Ocean Dioramas’ caught our eye while passing by the window of a local pharmacy. Ezra loved these ‘fish tanks’ (as he likes to call them) and now wants to create more ‘box art’. Anyone who has known me since college knows how much box art I created in my day so – needless to say, I’m thrilled. These dioramas were created by various students aged 5-13.
Check out Deborah’s website at http://www.artforastartny.com and hang on to your shoe boxes, beach bits and blue paint for the next rainy day. Get inspired:

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