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Hope you have a great and healthy holiday season … See below, our scenes from a little family round up that kept Chanukah, Christmas, family and fun in mind.   Stay warm – and we hope to see you in the exciting next new year and new decade!

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Before I had a week of work here, we spent some weekend time romping at the new District Wharf, and around this pretty city while spring was in full bloom!

 

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en route we spotted a momma and her ducklings!

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Louie loves cat napping in the car

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we love pink streets!

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.. and awesome swings for adults

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Can’t beat playing giant games on the warf in this perfect weather

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this hotel accepts dogs! friends for Louie and friendly hand nibbles for Zoe

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and yummy GF food everywhere

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Wow was I impressed when the kids got home from Sunday school with these awesome menorahs that they made by hand! Dovetailing and all! And of course we had to add a little Italian ‘mozzarella and tomatoes’ with delicious pressed olive oil to the mix, along with E&Z’s dad’s BEST and most crispy latkes.  This amazing recipe is from grandma – and they are a favorite even to our neighbors (who sniff them out while we are cooking). See below – our neighbor Eesha  – whose mom says she ‘didn’t even get her coat off before eating them’.        ; )

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Director of Community Affairs at our synagogue ‘Souks’ lends Ezra a hand..

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little Eesha means business with her latke eating skillz!

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My little muffin chose to do a quiet weekend in the country, playing with a friend’s cats (and Louie) for her long MLK weekend birthday.  She has a new interest in karaoke and singing, so we added a mic to the scene and had a lot of fun.  Today is really officially her birthday, and she is toting 20 gluten free cupcakes to school to celebrate with classmates (and may even convince us to have a 3rd party with ‘the Hazels’ as well).

I am so proud of this fearless, funny, constantly surprising little gal who is growing too fast!  We love you Zoe!

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Every year my side of the family rounds up to do some gift opening and general holiday cheer.  This year we were even gifted with a little dusting of snow from Mother Nature… not enough to keep loved ones from traveling, but enough to make the setting seem perfect.  And tonight, we start our own Chanukah candle lighting …

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Enjoy this season of renewal and beginnings.  As my rabbi so aptly put in an email to me this a.m:

“Dig down and give – to your partner/spouse/child/parents/extended family/ lover/ friends/community,
The Big World Out There that Needs Your Help SO MUCH!!”

 

Photo from Design Megillah

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Ok how many moms out there cannot stand the question “are you getting enough sleep?” when you first had your babies?  At first I thought this was a kind gesture; making sure mamma is taking care of herself.  But then it very quickly dissolved into the always berating topic of whether or not you ‘properly taught your child how to sleep’ – as if sleeping is teachable? Of course I say this NOT coming from a place of researched science but instead from experience: I’ve always been that person who – as soon as my head hits a pillow – I think of everything going on in my own world, as well as in the world at large.  Anxiety? Creative imagination? Too much or too little exercise?  It shouldn’t have been at all surprising that my own babies didn’t love sleep – and then being tortured with all the expectations via books, well meaning friends/relatives, and forgetful older parents who insisted that their kids ‘slept just fine’ (and did their own homework without prodding, and were potty trained by age 1) – well it was just pouring salt on the wound.

My mamma friend Nia posted this gorgeous shot (below) of her little princess found again basking in the warm luxury that is the adult bed (my kids seem to think my bed is infinitely softer and warmer than theirs). She posed the question: “anyone else dealing with this?”  Many of us are, and many of us know the day will come that they won’t be so close and warm in our cozy beds anymore so … why fret the occasional tip toeing in after a nightmare?

Since our playground is made up of parents from everywhere, I often was reassured by a mom from Ghana or Columbia or India that ‘this sleeping alone thing is purely an American obsession, where you have the luxury of a big house’.  Hmmm – a new way to think about this.

Now I just have to get our dog Louie off my pillow.

 

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Mocha Mommy found her little one in the big bed again!

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