Sunday, November 27, 2011


ISchool was closed for a Thanksgiving break, but YMCA was open, and Anna went there for 3 days, since both of us were busy with work and pre-Thanksgiving prep. Luckily, Anna loves her afterschool now. She brought a variety of Thanksgiving crafts home. She was also saying that she is missing school even though she missed it a lot less during the days we were all home and she could sleep until 9 in the morning.


Afterschool. Anna enjoyed helping me with the turkey. One of the leaves on her thankful tree had “cooking” on it. This year she was writing and writing her thanks – my parents, my grandparents, my house, my classroom, writing stories, being happy, cooking, art, books and toys, Thanksgiving – all these things were on her list. The tree didn’t actually have enough space to fit all the leaves, we will go back to the bigger version next year.


Places we are going. We had a great Thanksgiving at our place with three other families including one from Anna’s class. One curious part about the Silicon Valley is the number of “transplanted” families that don’t have relatives in the area. On Saturday we went hiking – it was good to get out of the house and get some exercise. Anna enjoyed bringing her fancy lighted magnifying glass (a present from Babushka and Dedushka) and investigating things that were interesting to her in more detail.

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Favorite quote: (After reading a religious Christmas book):

  • Anna: Mama, when we die, will we be with God?
  • Me: Yes. Everyone who knows about God will be with God (that’s my current “party line” to alleviate her fears of death).
  • Anna: When you laptop died, did it go to be with God?
  • Me: Umm… My laptop was not alive.
  • Anna: But we looked things about God on it, so it knows about God.

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MaryAnne said...

Maybe that laptop will be with God after all =) Johnny shares Anna's fear of death. After seeing the three great-grandfathers he knew die recently and knowing that his paternal grandpa died before he was ever born, his current fear is of becoming a Grandpa. I'm hoping my dad stays alive for a LONG time, as Johnny's surviving Grandpa.

I love that top photo of Anna, and what a great helper she is in the kitchen! I miss the California redwood trees...

Debbie said...

That is so funny about your laptop. I don't think Selena fears death, she fears the missing of a person that might die, but not death itself. I love all the pictures. That is so nice that you could share Thanksgiving with other families. I think it would be wonderful to open my home to others.

Elise said...

Ahh the logic of a five year old! It's so lovely to read Anna's quotes.

That's exactly what you want - a tree that cannot fit all of the leaves containing what you are thankful for. I love that Anna had so many things to write about that she was thankful for.

I really enjoyed your post about what you are thankful for. Isn't it amazing that some of the choices you make take you on journey's you would have never imagined for yourself.

Susan said...

I love that Anna had so many things to be thankful for, and her quote (as always!!)

Mom and Kiddo said...

Like the other commenters, I loved Anna's quote about the laptop!

Ticia said...

I remember sharing holidays with other families when we lived there too. I think it's definitely something about the culture of California, because there's lots of transplants here, but I don't think it's as common.

Kim said...

Sounds like Silicon Valley is a bit like anywhere military - lots of transplants. We had Thanksgiving dinner with a lot of single people and a few other couples who had no family around. Poor Crumpet was the only child, but he had a blast anyway.
I love the laptop comment!