Monday, December 17, 2012


In our lives. It was the week of Hanukkah, and we enjoyed a daily ritual of lighting the candles and playing dreidel. There was also a lot of dreidel playing in school – apparently Hanukkah is not considered a religious holiday that is not allowed in public schools. It was also my last week at work this year – I am starting my holiday break early this year. It was exhausting, because I needed to complete performance reviews for my team, all paperwork associated with them and to wrap up my projects as much as I could. In addition everyone is battling sniffles at home, and I am really hoping that we won’t spend our Christmas break sick!


School. Anna has one more week to go in school. I enjoy getting her school work every Monday and looking through what they’ve done in school the previous week. In a very short period of time her writing and spelling progressed rapidly. They are learning descriptive writing, and I enjoy reading her short stories.


Christmas prep/Afterschool. It was the week to complete our card writing and present making for people who live far away. Our Advent missions included card making, present making and some fun ones, such as watching a Christmas movie (The Polar Express) and having hot chocolate in front of the fireplace. We still have a bit of shopping and wrapping to do for our friends here.


Quote of the week.

Anna (after helping me to prepare Bean Soup with Kale): You know, mama, making it was fun, but it looks too healthy to me. I am sure I won’t like how it tastes (and she didn’t Smile)


Phyllis said...

She looks so cute in her apron helping cook. I am afraid that we usually celebrate Hanukkah as well as Christmas but with all that is going on with us this year, we didn't get to it. I miss it. That is odd, that it is not considered religious.

Christy said...

I love soup with kale and beans!

I hope everyone is healthy for Christmas!

maryanne @ mama smiles said...

Oh how I love Anna's quote!

We are behind on Christmas cards - got the first few sent out this morning, and many yet to go.

I hope you all feel better VERY soon so you can thoroughly enjoy your break!

Debbie said...

Now that tops them all, too healthy!

Ticia said...

I remember learning about the dreidel game when I was in school in California, but I also have a vague memory of my Mom teaching about the Christmas story that year at school. I always thought it was the coolest thing we got to learn about Hanukkah when I was in school.

Momand Kiddo said...

I am planning on New Year's cards this year....

Sarah said...

Happy belated Hanukkah. I'm so glad you're on vacation now. Try not to do too much and get some rest!

Kelly said...

I do believe her quotes could make a best seller, she's precious. Happy Hanukkah! Our schools are great about sharing "holiday traditions" so they can include everyone's holiday and make it special for the kids. I hope you have a wonderful vacation and enjoy your time home.
Kelly at Little Wonders' Days