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Well it’s been a mild winter so far, and today the temps are in the 60s – which I’m kind of digging.  But tomorrow we are meant to have a snow day off… will it happen?  Will we have another day like the one shown below.. which was back in the beginning of January and blew away within a day?  Or will it linger?  And I wonder how our new friend Louie will cope with snow –

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Well here’s what’s been going on here: we had a dusting of snow that lasted for all of a couple of hours and then melted away as rain within the same day.  It was pretty enough to photograph but didn’t linger long enough to turn into snowmen.  My Jewish kids were once again tapped for their acting skills – as Zoe played the Grinch in the school play just as her brother did 3 years ago.  I’m glad the school hung on to that backdrop that I made all those years ago!  This year was spruced up with a sled made from the janitor’s cart – it was Zoe’s favorite scene, riding in that thing.  We got to squeeze in a kid-version mash up of Swan Lake and Nutcracker called ‘Ballerina Swan‘.  Zoe loves posing with the dancers!

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Zoe’s classmates from front left: Haitia, Isabella, Grace and Annissa

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is pretty fabulously diverse. It’s why we moved here. It’s why we raise our kids here.

That’s Ezra to the right in a photo taken by his dad (below). His last school – and most of our neighborhood – is predominantly Spanish speaking or Asian/South East Asian and Bangladeshi, Hindu, Muslim and Chinese.

My in laws joke that if they want to travel the world, all they have to do is come and visit us.

We all live on top of each other with the same goals: love our kids, stay well, help our kids thrive. When I travelled to India and South East Asia that was my takeaway – we all seem culturally different but we really have so much in common.
And kids in Ezra and Zoe’s classes are hungry for knowledge .. future doctors and lawyers and teachers. The gratefulness for opportunity is palpable – when you cross a border or an ocean to do something new for yourself you don’t sit around waiting for opportunity. You find it and take it. It’s a great vibe to be around.

Recently everyone’s been seeming and feeling a little scared, even if here legally. It’s ironic to me that the President elect is from Queens. I think he’s lost touch with his origins – but then realize that I’m assuming something that younger New Yorkers experience. Maybe he grew up in Queens when Archie Bunker’s character was developed? See here.

It never occurred to me that having my kids in a dual-language Spanish speaking program (or that our neighbors have their kids learning Chinese) would be an ‘elitist’ endeavor. I thought growing globally was a ‘looking toward the future’ thing that we were all on board with. It’s ironic how you perceive ‘success in the future’ as one thing, and then it can in theory shift so quickly. I can’t imagine now that we know how to access global information so readily, we would want to shut it out so thoroughly. But only time will tell.

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and scenes from Zoe’s Multicultural Day Celebrations at school:
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some pix of our summer thus far –

 

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beach going in Long Island

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lots of tomatoes from our garden – and lots of water trips to stave off the heat

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The cousin crew enjoys Brooklyn for a day

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Zoe didn’t want to let Ezra go to the Grand Canyon without her

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showing Tali midtown and the Rockettes!

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took cousin Tali out for tea in the big city

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Zoe saw Niagara Falls with Aunt Becca and cousin Tali!

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al fresco back yard movies are the best

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large flowers sprouting in our front yard

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a new cousin Angelo was born

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lemonade stands

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friends back from long trips

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trying out the longest slide on Governor’s island

 

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Zoe got her ears pierced!

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Zoe’s penchant for dresses and sandals never ends

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Ezra has been making and photographing his own breakfasts

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and miraculously this boy got to Hamilton for his birthday!

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It helps to have a pro (E and Z’s dad) take the photos… especially when the gardens are not yet blooming and not quite photogenic!

More shots of the mad dash to find eggs and candy in our yards!

(Greg Kessler photos)

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Asher mixes Purim with Easter

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shaking out one last egg!

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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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When the weather gets this cold, there’s nothing better than something hot and brothy. After Sunday School we love exploring the food shops around Flushing’s Chinatown and someone at our synagogue recommended Sentosa. What a find! Their shrimp and green bean dish along with noodles in broth is amazing, and we loved the ‘Indian pancake’ in a chicken coconut broth. I’m already having a craving for more!

 a crisp blue sky over Chinatown

a crisp blue sky over Chinatown

Zoe has her own technique for eating noodles

Zoe has her own technique for eating noodles

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and lastly a trip to a Chinese bakery for almond and raspberry breads!

and lastly a trip to a Chinese bakery for almond and raspberry breads!

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