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It’s great to have a husband who is a far better photographer than myself, no?  The pix below were taken by E and Z’s dad, and show my kids’ obsession with the public scooter system in DC!  They couldn’t get enough of riding these things around.  We caught the last of the Hirschhorn “Pulse” exhibit before it came down, as well as the new(ish)  ‘Obama portraits’ at the National Portrait Gallery.  And of course Zoe insisted on a trip to the zoo – since she’s never seen a panda in person (or forgot that she had seen some in this same zoo when she was about 3-4 ys old).

 

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More photos of all the building/engineering outdoors, invented race cars and dinosaurs (from Field Station Dinosaurs, NJ) that we found at the World Science Festival ..
It looks like the girls from Sweet Fine Day were there too! Check out their post here.
Have a great weekend!

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Zoe and her friend Mia catch up to Sid the Science Kid

Zoe and her friend Mia catch up to Sid the Science Kid

Look mom! I'm coloring within the lines!

Look mom! I’m coloring within the lines!

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Our friend Loren had a milestone birthday party in August that not many of us could make it to. Thankfully her sister Maggie (who appeared on our blog when we found her at her wedding here) took it upon herself to throw an autumnal hoedown in the Cornwall ‘cation house to catch all of us who couldn’t make it in August. The weather just got cool enough that we could enjoy wearing cowboy boots, bob for apples, make a horse out of found things, hang the Dolly Parton wig on the door and square dance the night away (with intermittent breaks for vegetarian chili and cornbread). Of course Loren loves to be creating, so she created 7 apple pies for the event – another great way to warm up the house. And even though Loren’s sister Maggie is vegan – she and her husband Grill Master Evan put a pig on a spit and roasted it all day for the carnivorous birthday girl and her guests … now THAT’S love!

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Some time ago we saw the Figment show at Governors Island – and I completely forgot about the photos I took until now. We love Governors Island because the kids always love a ride on the ferry, and the island is ‘car free’ so we can scoot and bike everywhere. The forts on the island are particularly interesting as well.
Of course being such a huge fan of tree houses – I found the piece by Benjamin Jones to be the most exciting piece in the show. You can see it in the photos below and it’s my newest dream house to date. The ‘giant hands’ were great too and Zoe loved the dress up aspect of the day.

(Another momma blogger from our ‘hood posted some images of Figment as well … check them out here – and note I’m not alone in my tree house lust!)

Looking at Manhattan from Governors Island:


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After spending some time in Maine we travelled back down to Martha’s Vineyard. The kids loved the ferry ride and seeing their cousins again (see our previous outing with them here). We often woke to wild turkeys walking in the backyard, and the kids learned a bit about fishing – a hobby and tradition that Papa is happy we are keeping alive!

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We spent Wednesday night staying up past the kids’ bedtimes. Socrates Sculpture Park had their annual Summer Solstice Celebration, complete with a silent disco and LOTS of stations where kids could create things from recycled materials. If you look just beneath the 3rd and 4th bubble (from the left) you will see a ‘blue flower sculpture’ just in front of the tree. That’s Ezra’s masterpiece – made of blue plastic bags and book ends. We stayed up waiting for the sun to go down … it wasn’t until 9 p.m. that it started to get a wee bit dark. The kids were exhausted and slept like ya do when it’s summer, and you’ve been outdoors all day long. Bring it on!

This delicious instagram (of Ezra, Mia, Zoe and Lea) is by Ina Seow:

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This weekend we went to see our friends in Cornwall CT again (see here and here) and helped them spring clean. During the weekend we were able to squeeze in some summery fun like: setting up new camping tents, sleeping for one ‘practice night’ in the tents, grilling salmon and eating purple potatoes, seeing the lilacs and lily of the valleys in bloom, and finding ponies to visit at the farm down the road. I’m already excited to greet warmer weather!

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