Monday, September 29, 2008

Shanah Tovah

(Happy New Year!)

Rosh Hashanah is the name of the Jewish New Year. The words literally mean the "head of the year". It marks the start of the new Jewish calendar year and begins a ten day period of reflection and introspection called the Ten Days of Awe.


We all went to services tonight...and we all made it through the entire service! Caroline and Jack were incredible, wanting to read along with the prayer-books and luckily Sam and Emma seemed content to snuggle in to Jud and I and just listen. WOW!

This is a pretty HUGE day for Jewish families so of course we got all decked out!







During the 10 Days of Awe, we set goals for the coming year and prepare for the holiest of days, Yom Kippur.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

New Digs!

I've never had my own computer. To be honest, I'm not all that computer savvy, so I didn't really mind. Then about seven years ago, when Caroline was a baby, my very generous father-in-law bought us our first computer so that we could keep in touch and send the occasional photos! So over that past few years I've learned a little bit about computers, mostly about how addictive they can be! Well the computer from Papa Bruce is pretty much kaput! So after years of talking about it, my wonderful (but cheap!) husband finally bit the bullet and bought me my very own computer! He knows how much time I spend checking the forum and all my favorite blogs everyday! This way I can do it all while I'm sitting on the couch with him while he watches football! Isn't he sweet?!

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

a big night out!

Last night was meet the Bucks night!





The kids love doing this sort of thing, so we decided to bring the whole gang! The older three have gone to Bucks games with Jud before, but this was Emma's first "big" sports event! She did awesome! I didn't think she'd really get into it, but of course I was wrong. She wanted to be just like the other kids! She eve went up to meet Bango! (definitely every one's favorite "player"!)




Jack loved it! He brought his Bucks hat along to get autographs! He was trying really hard to remember different players names!









Caroline liked watching the dancers! And Sam was just kind of along for the ride! Even though sports aren't really his thing, he wanted to get their autographs just like Jack!





We had a tour of the locker room too! Which Jack thought was awesome! The kid was seriously in heaven!





And did I mention how well Emma did? This little one sure is growing up!



There was a time, not so long ago, when we totally avoided bringing her places (especially with big crowds) ...because we were never quite sure how she'd do, like when the tantrum would start. But lately it like she's a completely different kid! She seems so much happier, and her silly personality is really starting to show through!

Gosh, I'm so proud of my kids!

And as a complete bonus, I had a number of black women come up to me and tell me how gorgeous my daughter was, and what beautiful hair she has! Now, unless you are a white woman with a black child, you have no idea how big of a compliment that is!

Overall, awesome night!

Monday, September 22, 2008

Honor a Child at AHOPE




We are thrilled to announce the release of AHOPE Bracelets, designed to honor the children of AHOPE and raise funds for their care. For a $10.00 donation you can wear a stainless steel AHOPE bracelet that features the AHOPE logo, an AHOPE child's first name, and the Amharic word for HOPE.

Our hope is that each bracelet will serve as a reminder of a special child at AHOPE, and raise awareness of the plight of HIV+ orphans in the world. By wearing an AHOPE Bracelet, you join our efforts to care for these children.

To order bracelets, email Marissa at ahopestore@gmail.com. Include the quantity desired along with your mailing address and she will send you an invoice via PayPal. Let Marissa know if you would prefer to pay by check. Shipping and handling is $2.50 for up to three bracelets in one package.

A real blogger!

I feel like I've crossed the thresh hold into true blogger-dome! Following the Palin post, I had my first rude comments that I've had to delete! Such fun!

I'm trying to not to talk politics too much on this blog, I try to keep it fun and really I find the whole situation very frightening! But these are things that I think about and honestly worry about. So I'm sure from time to time certain videos or articles that I find thought provoking, will find their way onto this blog!


Like this one!

Sunday, September 21, 2008

On our way to another toothless smile!



His first request was for a juice box, so he could "drink it between his teeth!"

Friday, September 19, 2008

Freaky Friday!

Ever read this book?




Well, this morning I think I would have been happy to have found a frog in the sink. Instead though, I found a mouse!

As the kids were getting ready for school, I was trying to quickly move the laundry, when I grabbed a washcloth from the laundry room sink and there it was.... looking up at me!

I quickly threw a bowl over it, left Jud a panicked message, and called in the big guns! CAROLINE! She raced to find her butterfly net! And then helped shu it out from under the bowl and into the net!

All of the kids thought it was very cute and wanted to keep it as a pet! Emma, who was actually wearing her mouse costume at the time (she wants to be Jerry for Halloween) wanted to hold it!


With a little resistance the animal tamer, finally agreed to release the beast back into the wild! After of course calling me a "fraidy-cat"!








Now all morning I've been a little freaked out! I mean, I know it's that time of year, I don't think I would have been shocked to find a mouse in the basement somewhere, but in the sink? I just wonder, if it can get into the sink, where else am I going find those beady little eyes looking up at me?

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Bullies!

Did you know they already started in 4K?

Sam found this out on the playground at school this week. Another little boy, for really no apparent reason, hauled off and punched Sam in the face!

What?!

The crazy thing is Sam never said anything about it. He just said he didn't really want to go back to school!

Monday, September 15, 2008

School days.

Of course Sam started school too! A week later than the rest of the crew, I'm just a bad mom, who didn't take pictures! (because I couldn't stop crying!)

So, now every day I drop off three kids at school!

Where has the time gone?!

Sam really seems to like it so far. I think it's a bit of an adjustment for him being with other kids his own age because he is used to being Jack's shadow.

Otherwise he seems happy with school, and really likes his teacher.


Emma, aside from all of my worrying on wether she was ready for preschool, is doing amazingly well! She loves school!

It turns out, Sam and Emma both get done at the same time! Luckily, their schools are only a few blocks apart...and Emma's teacher said it was OK to be a few minutes late for pick up. However, the first day I went to pick her up, the all day kids were just sitting down for lunch. Emma was very upset that she didn't get to stay and have lunch at school too...

Tonight at bedtime she was so cute, she called me upstairs and said she couldn't go to sleep. I told her she needed to get her rest because she had school tomorrow. She got a huge smile on her face, and said "It's Tuesday tomorrow? I have school when I wake up?" And with that she put her down and went to sleep!

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Is there anything more perfect?




I just don't think so. This is exactly the scene I remember as a kid. Absolutely perfect!

Last week the kids and I (Jud joined us later) headed back to the cottage for our last fun filled weekend of the summer.


My little animal lover, Caroline, found and caught a snake! She found it in the rocks near the boat house, and coaxed it out, catching it with a net. Before long she grabbed it out of the net with a garden glove, then after a brief consult with Chuck (our wise neighbor) on will it bite, and how bad will it hurt...all gloves were off! Oh my brave Boogie! I think even Chuck was impressed!









Em had lots of bonding time with her best buddy, Sue! Oh we love the Jolly's!






And of course, the primary reason we ventured to the cottage this weekend, my mom's surprise 70th birthday party!




It was quite a party! I guess that's one good thing about having such a big family, we sure throw a good party!



Even karaoke! Seriously, what other families do that?


Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Butterflies!

Today was the big day! Back to School!



First we dropped off the bigs!



Caroline and Jack were very excited about going back and seeing their friends at school! Not much hesitation on their part! Just a wave over their shoulder as they ran off!

Then we went to drop off Emma for her first day of preschool! And that's where the butterflies come in! For me!


I had been dreading this day, because I wasn't sure how she'd do. We all know what a tough little girl she is, and if she doesn't want to do something...well, then you've got a problem!

But thanks to big bro Sam, who took her into the classroom and showed her around (it was his class last year) and her lovely teacher Mrs. Q who introduced her to lots of new friends, she did great!


I on the other hand did not! The tears started as we drove away from the school and stayed for most of the morning!

I was anticipating this day would leave me feeling some sort of relief, a little calm. A few hours each week alone, with no kids at home. Time to just sit and clear my head.

But instead, I feel incredibly sad. Sad about just how fast these years are flying by.

I keep thinking about how it was only three years ago, that we dropped Caroline off for her first day of preschool and then drove to pick up our new daughter.

And now, it seems like with the blink of an eye, it's her first day of preschool.


I'm sure with time it will get easier, but for today, I already miss my babies!