Brooklyn Ice Capades Date Night

November 22, 2013 Comments Off on Brooklyn Ice Capades Date Night

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Now that summer is but a distant memory, McCarren Park Pool has been converted into a little ice skating rink. (Last year the Parks’ Department forgot to purchase the ice, so this is the first year to ice skate anywhere in Brooklyn.)

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And ice skating is what we did.

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This was the first time Joe and I ice skated together.

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A simple way to have fun; we will definitely go back again this winter.

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Happy birthday, babies!

September 22, 2013 Comments Off on Happy birthday, babies!

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Today our beautiful chunk, Ezra turned two months. Tomorrow, his brilliant big sister turns twenty months.

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We finished off an action-packed, celebratory weekend with some relaxing time in McGolrick.

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So proud of my babies and excited to find out more about who these two people are. Happy birthday, Ezra!

All around the town

August 18, 2013 Comments Off on All around the town

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On a drizzly summer’s day when not much is going on and everyone needs to spend some time outside of the house,

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why not take the kids on their first bus trip around the neighborhood?

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After hearing that song about the wheels and the wipers and the driver and the doors and the babies and the mommas and the papas for so long, it was time for Zevi and Ezra to stop watching the buses go by and to start riding them.

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Then when everyone started to get antsy, we hopped off at the next bus stop, and had another adventure before heading back home.

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Goodbye, B43. See you again soon. Maybe next time Ezra will wake up for part of the adventure.

Bright lights, big city farm

August 2, 2013 Comments Off on Bright lights, big city farm

To celebrate Joseph’s birthday, we took our first field trip as a family of four to Queens County Farm Museum.

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The farm is the longest continuously farmed area in New York State and only a twenty-five minute drive from our home. Plus, it’s free to visit.

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We got to see goats, sheep, cows, alpaca, pigs, and chickens.

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Mostly, Ezra slept through the trip.

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We’d never been to the farm museum before today; now we can’t wait to go back.

A New York Birthing Story

July 24, 2013 Comments Off on A New York Birthing Story

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After spending the afternoon with my parents, Zevi, and Joseph at the newly reopened post-Hurricane Sandy New York Aquarium, we arrived home. I started to feel contractions shortly after. They were regular and steady, but I waited to make plans to go to the hospital.

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We put Zevi to bed at her regular time and had dinner. Once the house was prepared for our absence, we made our way downtown so that we would be closer to the hospital. My contractions were clocking in at two minute intervals. Sitting down for a car ride didn’t sound like fun, so we opted for the train. I figured that if things became imminent, we could get off the train and call a car. I felt good after our first train ride, so we transferred for the second half of the trip.

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When we arrived downtown, I wasn’t ready to admit myself into the hospital. We became tourists for a couple of hours. Our baby’s due date was nine months after Hurricane Sandy, and a lot of his pre-birthday was spent visiting areas of the city that were damaged during the storm. Joseph and I had fun walking around South Street Seaport, which is still being repaired.

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When the contractions became longer and more intense, we decided it was time to head inside and have a baby.

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We were admitted. My parents met us in the labor room and shortly after, Ezra Kivi was born.

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Ezra Kivi. July 22, 2013. 2:05 am. 8 lbs, 5 oz.; 19.5 inches.

Ezra: Helper
Kivi: Protected

Declaring our in(ter)dependence

July 4, 2013 Comments Off on Declaring our in(ter)dependence

Still no new baby, but we didn’t want to take any chances of being stranded on Fire Island if I went into labor– if I went more into labor than I already am. Joe and I kicked off our holiday weekend yesterday with a trip to the movies to see the excellent Israeli film, Fill the Void.

Today our family celebrated the Fourth in our neighborhood.

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Laundry fun! I even ended up playing a free game of Ms. Pac-Man while we waited. I’ve still got it; just saying.

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Hitting up all the neighborhood hot spots. Hot indeed! Yet another heatwave coming through.

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Enjoying an iced beverage while people-watching.

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Another trip to the pool with the parents and Zaddie. And of course, best friend time with Mady.

Pride inside, along for the ride

June 30, 2013 Comments Off on Pride inside, along for the ride

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Yup, made it to the Pride Parade without giving birth. It looks like the doctor was wrong. I’m happy to hang out and enjoy this downtime while I have it.

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