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I’ve been depressed that August is drawing to a close. I can’t believe how quickly this summer is passing – and kids are going to be in school again soon. Although honestly it’s almost better to have them in school while we work on our new house. I’m afraid they’ve seen wayyyyyy too much of Home Depot this summer.

In these last weeks we’ve been trying to see more of friends (who are now out of day camp). A little game of Twister, a trip to South Street Seaport. We went to the Imagination Playground downtown, where kids are encouraged to use giant blue foamy blocks to create something together. I wish school could be like this for the kids .. instead of books and sitting still, some time to work in teams and create something. At least we can get them to this once in awhile – while the weather is still nice.

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Yup, even E and Z’s dad likes to dig here.

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Brooklyn Flea on Saturday – weather getting toasty.

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We went back to the Natural History Museum to check out the show on Poison – but we didn’t get much further than enjoying the mammal exhibit and canoe on the ceiling again. Feeling a bit sluggish and cagey this start of Feb and I’m not sure why. In some ways it’s almost better to stay out in the cold and enjoy the strangely beautiful brick ruin on the south east corner of Central Park (seen in the photos below.) And of course a trip to FAO Schwartz to play on the ‘Big’ piano always gets the kids going. You’ve got to get there quick though. I hear they are breaking it down and building a new one on the ground floor – so enjoy Tom Hank’s original ‘stomping ground’ before it goes!

Wanna see more beautiful pix of snow in our city? Check out this great blog post.

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We found the best little playground just outside Harvard Square. Nothing gets Zoe and Ezra going more than a whole ton of sand to frolic in – not to mention that there are pulleys and pails all over Cambridge Commons Playground to play with. Check out the cool front gate with the ‘mini-door’ for kids. It’s no wonder Zoe napped for about 2 hours on the ride home to NYC!

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Today is Ezra’s 100th Day of School – a day that is celebrated by kids making a poster of 100 things, and presenting it at school. It was kind of hysterical seeing a sea of small kids practically sailing to school this morning with their large poster boards in hand, the cold wind pushing them along. I wish I had time this a.m. to photograph Ezra’s poster of a brain bursting with 100 star stickers, his ‘one new thing learned each day’. But alas, the a.m. is too frantic and crazy for me to remember to pull out a camera.
Instead I think this photo says it all. Last week Ezra climbed to the top of the ‘spider web’ (as he calls it) in his old school. It use to terrify him to do this. He was so proud. Really – where does the time go? I know it’s such a cliche but they really do grow so fast.

And because it’s Friday and because I’m still obsessed with teepees, making things of cardboard, and having fun indoors while it’s cold – here’s our weekly list of beautiful things:

— Got a big box? Make an indoor slide.

— Turn that old dress into a teepee!

— So much beautiful wood… look at that headboard.

Paper maps of various cities.

— I love these painted floors

Amazing hats, and the studio – don’t you just want to live in there?

— Some fun photos of my old neighborhood.

An amazing discovery – nanny turned photographer who left gorgeous photos behind.

— Stylish rebels: best dressed men ever.

— This weekend is Purim! We are breaking out these costumes again and hope to try this hamentashen recipe – yum!

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Of course, no trip to DUMBO is complete without a ride on Jane’s Carousel – right outside of the playground. Really, does is get any more magical than this restored 1920s carousel in a giant glass box on the water?

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We had an unseasonably warm week – getting up to 70 degrees, which is so rare in March. We thought we’d get to the playground at Gantry but in the end we also did some kite flying behind the Pepsi Cola sign with the really warm breezes off the East River. I love the view of Manhattan behind Ezra and his kite. And I couldn’t help but document Zoe’s love of her frog boots – put on backwards of course – now that she insists on doing everything herself.
Have a great weekend!



behind Ezra is the United Nations and Chrysler building


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