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I think we are. But we were happy to tag along with our friends this past Sunday – to see the New York Botanical Garden’s Haunted Garden. Lots of crazy ideas here for how to carve (or stack) your pumpkins into nifty sculptures. We have 2 last pumpkins to carve/paint or stick with these cool decorators that Bubby found… and then it’s over. Pumpkins – prepare to become soup!

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We’ve had a fun and fortunate summer .. fortunate in that many of our friends have invited us to peaceful retreats to the country. And it couldn’t come at a better time since there’s constant noise and smells (and today crazy heat!) coming from the busy street below our city apartment! Etta and Audrey had us out to their grandparents’ house where the kids could run through grass, play on swings and fish at the VERY local pond. Ezra and Zoe couldn’t get enough of their plants and the garden, where Ezra invented ‘chocolate mint sandwiches’ (basically the leaves from the chocolate-mint plant folded into a triangle and eaten right there by the garden.) Audrey loves to wear her bunny ears and hop around – heck I love the ears too. And of course there was a session of s’more making at night – how could we go without one?

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It has been some time since our neighbors put some love into the little area behind our building. We got some paint and plants and freshened up our ‘urban back yard‘ – just in time for summer meals outdoors. I created another mural for the building and someone even provided a book case that we turned into raised flower beds! Check out this pin for more cool ideas of how to reuse a tire in your garden.

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the (shirtless) commitee hard at work

the (shirtless) commitee hard at work

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A local tire shop let us upcycle these as planters!

A local tire shop let us upcycle these as planters!


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a book case filled with soil makes a great raised bed

a book case filled with soil makes a great raised bed

using a new sprinkler like a microphone.. hours of fun

using a new sprinkler like a microphone.. hours of fun

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I’ve been volunteering at Ezra’s school and have been helping a teacher who – as it turns out – just may be Ezra’s teacher next year. She’s wonderful, and finds all sorts of outside activities with the kids so that they can get involved with the community and enjoy its diversity. A few weeks ago she took them to an Indian restaurant for lunch (I loved being in her classroom in the a.m. while she played tabla music to ‘get them in the mood’.) This week she volunteered the class to clean up a vacant lot near our house. The kids had to clean out the trash and then plant perennials that will hopefully cheer up the neighborhood for years to come!

Ms Wilches and her students get to work!

Ms Wilches and her students get to work!

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Zoe insisted on wearing white for gardening.. ?

Zoe insisted on wearing white for gardening.. ?

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We surprised grandma and made an impromptu visit to the Rochester NY area for her birthday. The kids were thrilled to wake up to her garden again – this time blanketed in autumn leaves – and Zoe even found some lavender lingering..

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We went to Rochester New York to visit grandma and grandpa – and Ezra is nuts about their garden. He loves picking sugar snap peas and blueberries, and loved sharing his new gardening knowledge and skills with his little sister. Nothing beats having city kids who fully appreciate a romp in the yard and grass in the morning. I’m pretty convinced that my city kids tend to take this in more than their country cousins – who have it at their fingertips all the time. That said I do remember when I was younger – my brothers and I would get frustrated when my parents shooed us outdoors and took us away from our toys.

Do your kids still use the backyard, or is it a struggle to get them out?


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