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another September, another Rosh Hashanah at the barn where we were tossing tashlikh into the ocean and contemplating all the ways to improve ourselves this year… starting with some self healing in nature and tooling around Long Island:

 

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I’m going to miss these summer weekends where our friends ‘fancy up’ an old, worn picnic table, eat from a vintage truck that produces pizza (even GF for Zoe!), and then we swim as the sun is setting.  We do have a few more weeks left so ..  perhaps we will do it again? I hope so!  What are you up to this weekend?

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We had such a great time that we decided to return on the weekend.  So glad we did.. the good weather and fun wouldn’t stop:

 

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Zoe ‘modeling’ on a dune

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inside the barn

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upstairs the girls play with Barbies in the loft!

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blue crabs everywhere on the beach

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even Louie is relaxing into beach mode!

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It’s finally here… and yet, it’s arrived too quickly.  The winter really did speed by this year (hello? what happened to spring?) and now the kids are officially out of school and frolicking.

Ezra’s Lemonade stand is open again for business and Zoe got to graduate from her k-2nd grade school. It’s off to another school next year for her .. but mostly with the same kids in her class.  We are lucky that another school nearby has opened up a dual-language (Spanish English) class for her to segue to.  I couldn’t be more pleased that it’s practically across the street from our house!  And Zoe couldn’t be happier about staying with her classmates.
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I have no idea how I forgot to post these pix of our trip to this amazing museum in San Francisco.  We got a rainy day on the last day of our trip and this location was just the right dose of fun for older and younger kids.  The claymation studio kept Ezra occupied and of course Zoe loves to draw and make movies (and a music video studio!) as well.  My favorite room was a space where kids could scan their car, building and truck drawings and then see them come to life in a ‘city’ projected all around the room!

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projecting moving fish on to a sandbox.. makes it come to life!

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we always love constructing with these foam blocks

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making clay characters for movie making

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and .. action!

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I LOVE this room where the kids’ drawings come to life on the walls!

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Ezra programs a bot to move around a maze

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learning some coding

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Before and after the cruise we had some mini excursions that turned out to be a lot of fun and learning.  Before boarding the cruise, we tooled around Disney World on a grayish but mild day (in the following days Orlando had a cold snap, and we were happy to be on the open seas heading further south!)

We took the monorail around to visit many Disney World Resorts like Animal Kingdom Lodge, Grand Floridian Resort, and the Polynesian Village Resort – which were all decked out for the holidays.  And I’m not lying when I tell you that Zoe fully expects to have a wedding in the Disney Chapel, which terrifies me ($$$).  Full size ginger bread houses and pool time were the norm.  
Then, on the other side of our cruise after disembarking – grandma and grandpa joined us to explore the Kennedy Space Center. We were amazed by all the new research being done and strives to get us to Mars by 2030 (and I was impressed by how many women scientists and astronauts who are leading the research on this!)

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Zoe is driving this bad boy!

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sliding from floor to floor

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a view of my family doing some simulator riding (I chickened out)

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I just cannot keep up to all the photos we have from our cruise!  One of the highlights for me was being able to dock in Cozumel Mexico, and walk around a bit on foot to find great little food stands and local culture.  At first we disembarked with the cousins and got a great photo opp, then we went our own ways and walked around.  We walked far enough off the beaten path this time that we stumbled upon a local beach cafe – where lots of local residents seemed to just take a break by walking right into the ocean in their clothes; no bathing suits required!  The way the buildings are painted, the graffiti and the little food vendor bikes and trucks are so charming.  We hung out on hammocks and ordered fish tacos and sopa de lima which I haven’t had in years!  Then the boys snorkeled, and Ezra claims he even saw an eel while swimming!  I’m pretty sure we have another trip to Mexico on our travel agenda now.

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