The kids have been doing monthy Extreme Yeladim Jewish learning classes with Rabbi Wood (who we are nuts about) at the Reform Temple of Forest Hills. It’s a lot of hands-on learning about the Torah and holidays – and this month they learned about family and respecting parents through drama and acting! Ezra was shy for about 10 minutes and then he and Zoe launched into some major involvement . They worked together ‘as a machine’ with their peers and ended the class with a play put on about having a new sibling. Interestingly enough, our upstairs neighbors Ezra and Sam were there and – since they are twins – there was much debate as to whether or not there should be 1 or 2 babies in Zoe’s belly. (Yes, she played ‘the mom’.) She was hilarious with a handkerchief stuffed under her shirt!
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Posted in Beautiful Things, Home Shuling, Jewish Life, Parenting, Queens Life, tagged acting, children, drama, Jewish life, kids, learning, plays, Queens, rtfh.org, shabbat for kids, shul, synagogue, yeladim on May 6, 2014 | Leave a Comment »
Posted in Beautiful Things, Holidays, Home Shuling, Jewish Life, Parenting, tagged children, family, holidays, Jewish life, kids, outdoors, parenting, passover, Pesach, seder, warm weather on April 17, 2014 | Leave a Comment »
We had Passover indoors AND outdoors this year. After the kids did a play about Moses parting the sea and the 10 plagues, Zoe offered to get up and sing some Frozen tunes. Even though she didn’t have all the lyrics down, I couldn’t have been prouder of her performance AND her chutzpah! The weather was so nice that we had the 2nd half of our seder under the stars… what a great way to finish off the first night’s seder.
Posted in Beautiful Things, Holidays, Jewish Life, Parenting, Travel, tagged blooming, cherry blossoms, children, cousins, family, flowers, hyacinths, Maryland, nature, outdoor play with kids, parenting, passover, photography, spring, Washington DC on April 16, 2014 | 1 Comment »
Just back from spending the first night of Passover with cousins in the DC area – where everything is blooming a little faster. Cousins romped in the driveway, and we checked out the cherry trees blossoming in Chevy Chase. Some clever little boys even set up a lemonade stand and reaped the benefits of a lot of foot traffic. Ezra is already excited to do this again in the next few months.
Posted in Beautiful Things, Cooking, Food Adventures, Fun in NYC, Home Shuling, Jewish Life, Parenting, Queens Life, tagged children, Colombian, dance and song, day care, flags, food, international day, Jewish life, kids, NYC, parenting, preschool, Queens, school, teaching kids diversity on April 1, 2014 | 1 Comment »
With teachers from Colombia and India, Zoe was really struggling to pin down ONE ethnicity that may represent herself or our family. We are kind of a hodge-podge of ethnicities – but since Purim happened so recently, Zoe really wanted to make hamentashen and carry an Israeli flag around during her ‘Rainbow Song’ for International Day. She belted out her song and ate everything that the other kids brought in – bean cakes from China, Irish soda bread and empanadas to name just a few!
Posted in Beautiful Things, Holidays, Home Shuling, Jewish Life, Parenting, tagged children, cousins, family, fun, kids, music, parenting, piano, Rochester, sledding, snow, snow forts, upstate new york, winter fun, winter sports on December 4, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
We haven’t done this much sledding in a long LONG time… I am still sore. First we had a piano recital where cousins Jake, Tals and Ezra played what they’ve been learning all autumn long. Then back out to make snow forts and play in Aunt Becca’s huge yard!
Posted in Beautiful Things, Holidays, Home Shuling, Jewish Life, Parenting, tagged activity in cold weather, Channukah, Chanukah, children, crafts, gourd centerpiece, Hannukkah, holidays, Jewish life, kids, parenting, sledding, snow, thanksgiving, turkey, upstate NY, winter sports, woods on December 3, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
We were back in Rochester to see family – where there were 8 inches of snow waiting for us. The kids loved sledding, eating turkey and lighting candles all in the same weekend! And the song lyrics ‘over the river and through the woods to grandmother’s house we go’ had new meaning to the kids while we pulled them through the woods out back…
(see how warm last Thanksgiving was, here!)
Posted in Beautiful Things, Crafting, Food Adventures, Jewish Life, Parenting, Queens Life, tagged Astoria, carnival, children, friends making plush dolls, halloween, helps kids sleep at night, kids and crafting, Lyla Tov Monsters, parenting, PBJ station at party, sleep, synagogue on November 11, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
Remember we did this post about our creative friends in Astoria Queens and their adorable Lyla Tov monsters? (We’ve got a button of little monsters in our widgets that you can click on.) Well.. we got a chance to see them again – at a party thanking everyone for their recent kickstarter success! Momma Erin is so creative.. she transformed the basement level of a synagogue into a carnival and Lyla Tov monster fiesta. Congrats to the Black family on their continued monster-making success!