Catch Up Mash Up

It has been a busy few weeks! I have some photos to share so I’m going to do what I’d like to call a “catch up mash up” – photos interspersed with stories and updates.

We went pumpkin picking a few weeks ago. Here in Florida the word “picking” is used loosely….

Pumpkin "picking" - here in Florida the pumpkins don't grow out of the ground, they come pre-picked from Indiana or somewhere on a truck and little elves distribute them into the fields where they are magically aligned as if they are growing. Then you "pick" (as in, choose) one and bring it home.

The pumpkins don’t actually grow out of the ground, they come pre-picked from Indiana or somewhere on a truck and little elves distribute them into the fields where they are magically aligned as if they are growing. Then you “pick” (as in, choose) one and bring it home.

Miss Ella at the pumpkin patch wearing my favorite outfit.

Miss Ella at the pumpkin patch wearing my favorite outfit.

Not only did this particular pumpkin patch have a bouncy castle, it had a fly wall!

Not only did this particular pumpkin patch have a bouncy castle, it had a fly wall!

Aww yeah.

Aww yeah.

Ghost pumpkins.

Ghost pumpkins.

We brought a lovely pumpkin home, where it sat on the table for a week while Ben asked me every day if we could eat it or carve it or paint it or SOMETHING already. I wasn’t sure what to do with it exactly, since we don’t really do Halloween. In the end I went with the classic route from my childhood and we carved a face into it.

Scooping the goo out of the first pumpkin we've ever carved.

Scooping the goo out of the first pumpkin we’ve ever carved while Ella looks on. I tipped it over so she could see the inside of the pumpkin. She responded with an awed “Oooohhh…”

 

Mo thought Ben carved this. Thanks a lot Mo, my artistic skillz get no respect! (Vampire teeth as per Ben's request)

Shabbat Shalom! Mo thought Ben carved this. Thanks a lot Mo, my artistic skillz get no respect! (Vampire teeth as per Ben’s request, although today he reminded me that he wanted it to have a scary looking mouth, NOT a smile.)

What!? We don't celebrate Halloween, but who doesn't love a good Jackolantern??

We don’t celebrate Halloween, but who doesn’t love a good Jackolantern??

Up next, a weekday visit to a local park I had never been to before. It was both stunningly beautiful and stunningly weird. I felt like I was walking through a David Lynch movie the whole time we were there. We drove through the winding wooded entrance road and marvelled at the fairy tale forest feeling of the place. When we arrived at the eerily empty playground the only other person there was an elderly man in a stained white tshirt doing pull ups on the monkey bars. He didn’t leave within about two minutes, so we did. We walked up a hill, past a cool sculpture, and up some sort of spiral castle made out of coral. At the top of the staircase there was a young man sitting off to the side and a man and his female friend standing with him. The older man started praying loudly, asking Jesus to make the young man the person he was meant to be and to free him from his troubles. His words were much more elaborate but that seemed to be the main idea. I wasn’t sure whether to keep walking up or to turn back, I didn’t want to interrupt them, and frankly the whole scene was pretty strange. Ben loves any kind of drama so he was very curious about what was going on and stood off to the side watching. To add to the David Lynch feel, the whole time a random woman was repeatedly walking up and down the stairs of the castle, silently, wearing flip flops.

Climbing the castle. Ben found many snails clinging to the rocks at the top. One came home with us, lived in a ball jar with some grass and rocks for about 24 hours, then made an escape. I can only assume that he is now living in one of the plants on our balcony.

Climbing the castle. Ben found many snails clinging to the rocks at the top. One came home with us, lived in a ball jar with some grass and rocks for about 24 hours, then made an escape. I can only assume that he is now living in one of the plants on our balcony.

Super cool weird tree.

Super cool tree.

Photo by Ben

Ben wanted to take a picture of us.

 

Ben’s uncle generously offered to have Ben come to the lab where he works in Key Biscayne to learn some things around marine science. While Ben and Uncle Yoni were learning about ghost crabs, oceans, and maps, Ella and I explored a nearby beach.

Busy baby at the beach.

Busy baby at the beach.

Then, because we hadn’t had enough science for the day, we went to the science museum to visit our favorite exhibits. They have a beautiful coral reef constructed inside a huge tank, starfish you can touch, and other micro habitats to marvel at.

Want to touch the fishies!

Want to touch the fishies!

Another day we went to Young at Art, a great interactive museum about half an hour away.

Ben showing off the awesome aboriginal mask he made at our new favorite museum.

Ben showing off the awesome aboriginal mask he made at our new favorite museum.

Flower child.

Flower child.

 

We are on a tight budget this month so we are trying to mostly do activities that are free or inexpensive and avoid take out and careless spending. We made an exception for a coffee at our favorite spot downtown on Sunday.

Start your day with LOVE

Start your day with LOVE

 

My city kid monkeying around.

My city kid monkeying around.

HIPSTER

I’m secretly a total hipster.

This kid wears a hoodie in the 90 degree heat. So serious! This morning he told me, "I look like I'm from New York." I said, "You look like you're IN New York, where it is cold!"

My deep thinker. This kid wears a hoodie in the 90 degree heat. He told me, “I look like I’m from New York.” I said, “You look like you’re IN New York!”

Zoning out.

Zoning out.

Silly girl rock climbing.

Silly girl rock climbing.

Beautiful.

Beautiful.

Movement.

Movement.

Last but not least…

My original lovie.

My original lovie.

I’m working on a homeschooling post for this week and a piece in a real live print magazine! Stay tuned for good things.

Have a great week!

love,

c

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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