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Our 84 year old neighbor made the interesting point; that kids no longer get ‘home ec’ classes at school.  She worried that this made kids good at ‘books’ but not good at cooking, sewing, building.  I thought about it every time she came around with knitting needles and offered to show me how to ‘cast on’ again (I always forget this).  And learning from her is so much nicer than trying to watch a youtube video.  When a home-schooling friend posted to Instagram images of her daughter at sew-camp — I had to call in our local sewing master Loren to have a ‘sew camp of our own’ for a night.  The kids loved learning how to use a sewing machine; threading it and  making fun stitching patterns on fabric.  I hope to do it again soon!

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our friend Alice in Columbus OH area got us excited about this idea..

 

And our own attempt to a sew camp:
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Well it seems our little muffin cannot tolerate gluten like some of us do.  We have to start a GF (gluten free) home and frankly, I’m somewhat excited to see how it may improve the health of all of us.  Surprisingly it’s a lot easier to do this than – say 10 years ago.  So much GF food is available these days and – as it just so happens – it seems Zoe is eating mostly GF anyhow (perhaps her body already knew?) She loves hard boiled eggs and seaweed for lunch, and balks at the idea of eating a sandwich with it’s bread – so half the battle is won for us.  It’s just new to my husband and I – who for years have said with pride “our kids will eat anything!”  Now sadly – our dumpling outings may be curtailed a bit – but all for a good reason.

This little trooper is done with tests and ready to eat gluten free!  And in the photo mix below; see her using my yellow sweater in a new way while snoozing in the car ride home from upstate.  (Sleeves as pants! This girl comes up with the most interesting ideas sometimes… )

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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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Well.. GMA asked us to return again and this time they asked us if we had some antique furniture that needed restoring.  Boy were we happy to hear this request!  We’ve had a great pair of chairs in our basement play area – which we found on the curb and knew were in great shape (but needed some love).  We never got around to ‘the love’ so were happy to hear they might revamp them for us.  They stripped off all the old paint and stained the lovely wood and even reupholstered the cushions with a wipe-able fabric!  We are so pleased, and the whole experience of being on TV together… well that was priceless.

See our chairs ‘before and after’ and the whole segment here!

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once again we run into George!

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some behind the scenes ‘miking’… eek I have on so much makeup ‘for the screen’

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in the elevator Ezra met Dak Prescott from the Dallas Cowboys

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Did it seem like it was winter just a day or 2 ago?  That’s how it goes here in NYC – cold to hot.  Usually we like to enter this museum (AMNH) for all the great science exhibits but on a day as hot as this one… the sprinklers outside are just too enticing!
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Meanwhile Louie has taken to lounging wherever it’s cool and Zoe is finding more creative reading spots:

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Last weekend Ezra went to see George Clinton and his notorious P Funk band play at Flushing Meadows. When Ezra saw the drummer offstage, he commented that he loved his ’32nd beats’ and the drummer was so pleased that he had to sign a drum stick for E! See more about the drummer  Benzel Baltimore here: http://georgeclinton.com/family/benjamin-benzel-cowan/

Clearly my boy loves hanging with the band.

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Remember when we ran into this couple getting married at The Met Museum? Well they decided to have a wedding party (years later) this past weekend at the lake. What a pretty location and amazing time we had! Our toes were in the water, lights twinkling over tables on the dock, and I got to tie a lot of nature on to vases (with twine) to decorate – and everyone made a dish to share (including that huge pile of yummy cupcakes.) What an amazing start to summer.

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Zoe convinced me to ‘wear some flair’ – feathery earrings!

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