Sunday, January 13, 2013


In our lives… It was a difficult week. My mother in law passed on after a long struggle with Alzheimer disease. While her passing was not a surprise, there is never a good time for these things. My husband flew to Germany, and for the next two weeks I will be single parenting. Anna responded to these events by coming down with a cold, and I had to keep her from school on Friday. She seems better now, and I really hope that she can come back to school, since I really need to be in the office next week!


Gingerbread cookie day – since Anna was home anyway, I mastered my energies to make gingerbread cookies with her. I planned to make them in December for our Jan Brett virtual book club, but we never got around to it. I tried original gingerbread cookies before, and Anna didn’t care for them, so this time I tried this Gingerbread Men recipe, because it said that kids like it more than spicier original version. She enjoyed making them and said that they are almost as good as the one made by professionals. Thanks, kid!


Where we are going. Anna felt better on Saturday, and I decided to stick to our initial plan for a Museum Day – somehow we always go to San Jose Children Discovery Museum when papa is traveling. Anna had a blast in the temporary exhibit called “Tapescape”. It looked like a big system of icy tunnels, and she was absolutely in love with it. She is actually begging to come again before the exhibit closes on February 3, and I highly recommend it to local friends.

Jan12_CDM2Quote of the week: Anna: In our family everyone is unique. You are the only one with black hair and green eyes, I am an only child, and papa is an only boy with beard. But here is a connection between us – we all love each other very much and miss each other when we are not together.


Phyllis said...

I hope it goes well for the two of you for the next couple of weeks. That exhibit does sound great.

Kelly said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your mother in law.
The gingerbread recipe does look good...Anna's quote about being made by a professional is so cute. Hope everyone is feeling better soon.
Kelly at Little Wonders' Days

Erica MomandKiddo said...

I'm sorry to hear of your MIL's passing and that you've been having a hard week. Very cute pic of Anna with the cookie. At least you know you made the right decision not to become a baker. :)

Christy said...

I'm sorry for your loss.

That exhibit sounds SO cool!

Susan Getty said...

I am sorry about your mother in law. I hope things go better for you next week, and that Anna feels well again.

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

I'm sorry to hear about your mother-in-law. My mother's husband is in the mid-stage of Alzheimer's - it's a horrible disease. Glad to read your feeling well enough to be up to the job of single parent while your husband is away. The tape exhibit looks like a lot of fun.

Kim @ The Educators Spin On It said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your loss. Wishing your husband safe travels. I'm so thrilled you were planning to make gingerbread cookies for the virtual book club, next month it's David McPhail.

Debbie said...

Sorry for the loss of your MIL.

I love Anna's quote.

Sarah said...

Please accept my sympathy for your loss. That's very sad! I hope you enjoy your two weeks of just girl time.

Ticia said...

I'm so sorry she passed away, you're right even when you expect it soon it's a hard thing to go through. LOTS and LOTS of hugs!

When I first saw the picture of the tapescape I thought it was supposed to be a spider web. I'd love to go to that exhibit!

maryanne @ mama smiles said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your mother-in-law. My great-grandfather died of Alzheimer's when I was five years old, and I remember how hard that was on my mom - with a grandparent, not a parent.

That tape exhibit looks AMAZING. I would love to take my kids to it!

And Anna's quote this week is very sweet.