Hanukkah Happenings

A few photos from the first few days of the Festival of Lights … Sophie’s preschool Hanukkah show (she’s in the back row with the polka dot dress) … The family photo (coming soon to a holiday card near you) … Our 14th year celebrating Hanukkah together … Lighting candles … Vintage school bus menorah […]

Back to School for Sophie

Today was Sophie’s first day of school, but this time as a Junior Kindergartener! She’s at the same preschool. But Junior-K means longer days, more structure and independent work. This will be a great transition to next year when my little girl starts kindergarten. The last few weeks have been filled with back-to-school shopping, getting […]

The Popular Girl

When I was in kindergarten, there was a girl in my class that everyone loved. Audrey, was her name. She was nice, cute and friendly to all. Everyday people asked her to come over to their house for a playdate. I guess it got to be too much for Audrey because she started showing up […]

The First Day of School (2011)

Sophie has come a long way since her first day of preschool last September.  She’s nearly 4-years-old. She is quite a bit taller and her baby cheeks are smaller. She now has short hair and a “big girl” back-pack. The lunch box and shoes remain the same (can’t figure out if the shoes were too […]

Do YOU Know What a Javelina Is?

Chances are that unless you live in the Arizona desert, you will answer “no” to the question above. I had no idea there was such thing as a javelina until just recently. And of course, I have Sophie to thank for this enlightenment. Lets start at the beginning. Earlier this spring, Sophie came home from […]

Purim Fun (aka March Madness)

Today brought the Jewish holiday of Purim — a kid-friendly religious holiday filled with Hamentashen cookies, dress-up, noisemakers and parties. The activities surrounding Purim are not unlike Halloween with costumes and carnival fare. We had much Purim fun this weekend since Sophie’s preschool went all out celebrating. Sophie was so cute as she’d tell me […]

Over the Rainbow to Sophie’s 3rd Birthday

My sweet Sophie turned 3-years-old today. She (physically) came into this world at 8:49 a.m. on November 9, 2007. Sophie was not budging after 24 hours of induced labor. So the doctor went in and grabbed her via C-section (a full story for another day). And from that moment, life hasn’t been the same! She’s […]

Confessions of Craft Anxiety

I have issues. Mainly with craft projects. And it became abundantly clear to me at Sophie’s Back to School Night. So there we were – Bryan and me – sitting at the little preschool table and chairs where we were instructed to complete craft. All the parents were given a blank sheet of 10” x […]