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Naftalie’s Birthday

May 8, 2011

I’m posting a quick update to give thanks to the generosity and kindness you all expressed for Naftalie’s birthday. We started the day by waking her to the heart pumping intro to “We Will Rock You” and opened gifts before 8am rolled around. Lots of sugar, excitement, playing, more gifts than she could ever want, and a lot of celebration.


Let’s Move!

April 22, 2011

Don’t be fooled by the heading, we’re still going to live in Syracuse for the next four years.

While you’re recovering from your shock, I’d like to give a big round of applause and extend some hearty support for Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! campaign and her passion to support “America’s move to raise a healthier generation of kids”. Regardless of your political affiliation, you’ve got to hand it to Michelle Obama. This program incorporates making healthy food choices, increasing physical activity, educating families about health care choices, and invites elected officials to share these ideas with their constituents.

And now Beyoncé is on board. She and her choreographer have created a routine to her “Get Me Bodied” track (lyrics modified for Let’s Move!). And now, there’s going to be a Let’s Move! flash dance event.

The big event, produced in partnership with the National Middle School Association (NMSA), the nation’s School Boards Association (NSBA) and also the American Association of School Administrators (AASA), calls for junior high school students across the country to sign up in a pre-choreographed “Let’s Move!” dance exercise routine at an identical time — Tuesday, May 3, at 1:42 p.m. Eastern Time. This may be the absolute only reason I would ever want to return to junior high. Or be a student of the Pine Bluff School District.

In all seriousness, isn’t this fun?

Anyone want to commit to standing/dancing/tripping in front of their computer and learning this with me?

What Happens During An Artificial Photo Shoot With Two Babies

April 3, 2011

“Naftalie, please stop doing that.”

“Naftalie. STOP kicking Thompson’s head.”

Dramatic flailing into temporary depressive ruin. (Thompson is just happy to have avoided a concussion yet again.)

“Naftalie, you’re okay”.

“You can get up now, come take a picture with Thompson”.

(Super-duper positive Mommy voice) “We’re gonna take pictures and play!”.

“Okay, please don’t cover your eyes!”

“Yes, I know you have five fingers! Cool! Stay still please!”

“Okay, look up at Mommy!”

“Look up at Mommy!” (Tone gets higher as frustration rises)

“Right here! I’m literally right in front of your face! I love you!”

“Thank you Thompson!” (Frustration is slowly making its way into positive Mommy tone).

“Okay, Naftalie, okay, right here. Okay, okay, give Thompson a kiss!”

“Naftalie, that was the lamest kiss ever.”

(Naftalie finally has had enough and leaves.)

Celebrating Purim

March 22, 2011


I’ve shared in the past my respect and affection of the beautiful Jewish faith and culture. I suppose you could say I have a crush on Judaism. 

We celebrated Purim on Sunday. This was a new celebration for our family; and as always, I enjoyed learning about its history and the various ways to celebrate Purim. 

I’m getting the hang of traditional Jewish foods and seder spreads, but I still have a lot to learn. The hamantaschen and the potato latkes were delicious, my first time making either. Hamantaschen are the triangular cookies representing Haman’s (the bad guy who wanted King Ahasuerus to kill the Jews) ear. Good ol’ Mordecai cut it off and now we celebrate by eating pastries!

A Google search can tell you anything you’d like to know, but the gist of Purim is the celebration of Ester’s role in freeing the Jewish exiles. There’s also a particular recognition of the “hiddenness” of God throughout the story of Ester. God’s name actually isn’t even mentioned in the book.

This explains why my daughter is dressed as a giraffe at dinner.

I’d like to encourage you and your family to celebrate holidays, especially those your family may not have celebrated. Christianity is in part a direct response to the Jewish requirements to do, but I think we lost something by forgetting to remember. 

Even if it’s National Ice Cream Day, take the opportunity to celebrate together and do something different. There’s a good possibility that you’ll make memories, start traditions, build community, eat delicious foods, learn something about a different culture, and have fun!

Spring Has Sprung

March 20, 2011

If you’re looking for a weekend activity I highly recommend puddle searching and jumping.

Be sure to stay hydrated.

Don’t forget sleeping angels unable to frolic in pools of water just yet.

And be sure to watch those beautiful sunsets we begin to appreciate in the Spring.

Treasure Island of Mommy and Daddy’s Room

March 18, 2011

If you ever wonder what we’re doing, on any given day, we’re probably doing this.

We spend more time hanging out on our bed than anywhere else in the house. Awake and asleep. During the cold winters it’s the warmest place in the house, underneath those covers you can thaw out. It’s our only changing table. It’s where Naftalie can lay beside Thompson and poke him and scream in his ear, while he simply opens his eyes slightly wider and gives her a look of acceptance. The random items begin to appear on the bed at dawn, and for the rest of the day the bed becomes a shelving system for everything from dirty clothes to W2 forms.

And as soon as I hit “publish” – I’ll be in it too.

Where Are We Going?

March 14, 2011

We aren’t going anywhere.

This week it’s been made official that we are staying in Syracuse for Danny’s doctoral work.

We will be here for six years, which will be the longest I’ve ever lived anywhere. I don’t know what it feels like to live in one house for more than a few years.

I have mixed feelings about living here, but I’m not going to indulge myself in using this space to write about why living here has been challenging. What is most important and what really matters is that this is where we are meant to be – and there is security and peace in knowing that. Anywhere else wouldn’t be right.

There is also a contentment in knowing that we will be here for four more years. I now can get serious about building community and connections here.

And build up my mitten/scarf stash………………….