Hanukkah gifts

December 22nd, 2014

Each year the girls make Hanukkah-themed crafts and objects at school. (Let’s just say we now have a lot of menorahs.) This year Avery brought home her creations to give as gifts: For me and Q, a menorah that reminds me of a baseball diamond (not sure if it’s a coincidence that she painted it orange like the Giants), and for her sister, a painted plate.

-M

Hannah the Hanukkah Fairy

December 21st, 2014

There’s a popular book series for young kids called Rainbow Magic; each book revolves around a different fairy (e.g. Cara the Camp Fairy, Stella the Star Fairy, Emma the Easter Fairy) whose magical objects have been stolen by the series’ villain, Jack Frost. The books are formulaic and can hardly be considered high literature, but Zoe and some of her friends still love them! Earlier this year, Zoe and I (when looking through the titles of the hundreds published) discovered that there were no Jewish-holiday themed ones, and we decided to write our own story. And so, Hannah the Hanukkah Fairy was born.

Zoe came up with the outline for the story a few months ago, and we’ve been slowly working on writing it ever since. (We put the finishing touches on it on Thursday night.) Working on the 1,500-word story, which Zoe shared with her classmates and teachers on Friday, was a lot of fun for me, and I hope for Zoe, too. And more importantly, I hope it teaches her more about creativity and innovation: If something doesn’t exist and you will really want it, then just go ahead and create/build/plan/write it!

-M

Best day ever, part II

December 20th, 2014

Two more pics from Zoe’s “best day,” with the second one from when Q, Avery and I came to her classroom for a belated birthday celebration.

-M

Best day ever!

December 19th, 2014

“Today is the best day of my life!” Zoe cried out when she woke up this morning. The reason for her excitement: It’s Pajama and Pancake Day at school, it’s her “share day” and there’s an afternoon celebration for the November and December birthdays in her class, and we’re going to a Hanukkah party at the house of good friends of ours this evening. She was all smiles when I dropped off her and her sister…

-M

First field trip

December 18th, 2014

When Avery woke up yesterday morning, the first thing she did was run through the house and yell, “Field trip!!” She was, indeed, about to take her first field trip – ever – and go to the Chabot Space Center in Oakland. I wasn’t able to make the trip with her (darn!), but some mom-friends sent me a few photos and reported that she had a good time.

-M

One candle

December 17th, 2014

For weeks, the girls have been excited about the arrival of Hanukkah, which happened last night. As soon it turned dark, Avery insisted that we open one of her presents right away; turns out she had made a menorah at school and wanted to surprise us and use it on the first night. Done!

-M

Crafting it up

December 16th, 2014

Also on our itinerary this past weekend: A stop at a holiday craft fair, where the girls made their own soap, lip balm, and crystallized snowflakes. We attended two years ago, as well, and I’m thinking this should become an annual thing for us!

-M

Snow in San Francisco

December 14th, 2014

It was cold in Wisconsin, but there wasn’t that much snow – in fact, there was more in our neighborhood yesterday! West Portal hosted a winter fair and brought in a truck load of the cold stuff; the girls had tons of fun sliding around in it (until the warm weather turned it slushy). They also ran into one of Avery’s besties, Naomi, and got to meet and pose with Elsa and Anna. (Zoe made me laugh later in the day by saying, “That wasn’t the real Elsa. The real one is Idina Menzel”)

-M

Wintery Wisconsin, part II

December 13th, 2014

A few other photos from our trip to Madison, which included lots of time with Grandma, Grandpa, Aunt Sandy and Coco (and, not pictured, Sandy’s new dog, Bruno) – plus a visit with a very Wisconsin-looking cow at the university bookstore.

-M

Wintery Wisconsin

December 12th, 2014

It’s been a busy past week. The girls recovered, this mom managed to avoid getting sick (hooray), and the four of us headed to – and have since returned from - Madison to spend time with family. More photos are coming, but here’s a taste of the girls in the wintery weather.

-M

Tea party

December 9th, 2014

I’ve mentioned before how girlie our house often feels. Here was the scene one recent (healthy) Sunday afternoon, when the girls set up a tea party – with Penelope and Glamour as the featured guests, and chai muffins (baked by Mommy) as the featured treat.

-M

BFFs, checking in

December 7th, 2014

Zoe wound up missing four days of school this past week, and by Thursday her bestie Zachary was getting concerned. He called Zoe that evening to ask how she was and to fill her in on what she had missed at school that week. ( “Have you been using my smelly markers, or did you put them back in my desk?” I heard her ask at one point.) Zoe doesn’t talk on the phone a lot, and she beamed with happiness throughout their conversation.

-M

New cousin

December 5th, 2014

There was some good news amidst all the sickness this week: Uncle Gil and Aunt Karin had their baby! The girls have another cousin, named Lily…

-M

Little patients, part II

December 4th, 2014

They were still feverish for most of yesterday, but Zoe and Avery were like different girls: No more throwing up (hooray) and few complaints about not feeling well. I had to snap this picture when they were snuggling on the couch because it made me happy to see them not miserable!

-M

Little patients

December 3rd, 2014

It’s been quite a week (so far). First Q was feeling under the weather, then Zoe got sick. Then, just a few hours after taking Avery to school yesterday we got a call that she had a fever and needed to be picked up. Turns out that Zoe has a nasty strain of the flu, which she probably passed on to her sister. This mama is hoping for a quick recovery for the girls and keeping her fingers crossed that she escapes the bug!

-M