July 9, 2015

  • Inside Out

    I took the kids to see the movie   Inside Out   last week

    a movie about a sweet girl, her family and the inner workings of our mind

    Think Positive!

    Where's Joy? 

    Sadness: Crying helps me slow down and obsess over the weight of life's problems.

     

    ha, ha..I think everyday I ask "Where's Joy?"

    and everyday I have to remind myself to "Think Positive".

    So many little truths in that movie.

    I need to get Joy to speak up a little  louder  in my head. Cmon Joy :)

     

    Over the 4th of July weekend we went exploring along the Wilson River, The Coast and Munson Falls

    and to Ethan's favorite place for ice cream and cheese

    "The Tillamook Cheese Factory"

    That boy loves that place!

    Less is More is my motto these days
    I love living simply
    My goal this summer is to everyday get out in nature in some way or another

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July 2, 2015

  • River Fun

    Its been some hot days here in Portland.
    My little Oregonians are not fans of the heat.
    We loved the beautiful Wilson River in the Tillamook forest.
    Ethan spotted a few crayfish and caught a fish.
    Brooklyn was upset because she was not successful at catching a fish
    with her bare hands :)

    And did I tell you that 12 year olds take selfies wherever they go
    and their moms take pictures of them taking selfies :)

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    From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I. Psalm 61:2

June 30, 2015

  • Seattle Fun

    Love my brother Yoel to pieces.
    He has such a special place in my heart!
    He is one amazing dude and I am so proud of him!
    He is kind, caring, compassionate, and a go getter.
    It was such a treat to visit him up in Seattle where he was Refereeing for the ECNL National Finals.
    We took a ferry over to Bainbridge Island together
    and decided my parents need to buy a boat and summer home over there :)
    Thanks for hanging with us Yoel and can't wait to see you again!

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June 25, 2015

  • my horse lover

    Birthday Fun!
    One of the many things I love about Brooklyn is that when she enjoys something,
    she wants those she cares about to enjoy it as well.
    We had a blast Trail riding together!
    Especially trotting/galloping.
    Brooklyn is one amazing little rider and has such great horsemanship skills!

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  • Happy 9th Birthday Brooklyn

    Happiest of Birthdays to my beautiful baby girl!
    I still call her my baby girl and probably always will.
    I knew God was smiling on me when he gave me her as a daughter.
    Not a day goes by that I don't feel so blessed and privileged to be her mom.
    Everyday she manages to make us all smile or laugh in some way.
    She is adventurous and kind, outdoorsy and girly, intuitive and smart.

    Happy 9th Birthday Brooklyn!

    9 years old

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    and she loves her big brother to pieces even though she may want to disown him somedays :)

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  • Birthday Party Fun

    Brooklyn's sweet friends came over for some water party birthday fun.
    Jules is 12 but has played with Brooklyn for the past
    6 years.
    These girls imaginations and creativity has made for some fun afternoons.

    Sophia has played soccer with Brooklyn for the past 3 years and was in
    Brooklyn's class this past year. She is such a fun, talented and sweet girl!

    Ethan was such a great sport and let the girls attack him with
    water balloons and buckets of water.
    He made Brooklyn's party so much fun!

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June 20, 2015

  • Portland

    I love the Pearl district in Portland so I took the kids exploring.
    We succeeded in visiting every park in the Pearl, stopping at our favorite burger joint
    Little Big Burger and trying out Blue Star Donuts for the very first time.
    We finished it off at a cool store called Brooklyn Industries
    where Brooklyn had to buy her daddy a Fathers Day gift.
    Yes a grey t-shirt with the name "Brooklyn" written across it :)
    She is so much like her dad in so many ways.

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June 17, 2015

  • My berry picking day laborers

    June is my all time favorite month in the Pacific NW.
    The sun shines and raspberries ripen
    Ethan has become quite the raspberry picker
    Brooklyn is allergic to the sun and tires quickly so we bring along
    our neighbor and her good friend Jules for some extra motivation so we can keep picking

    Its my first summer not working in many years and I am beyond excited
    to explore and go on fun adventures with my kiddos

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    and apparently the cool thing to do when you are 12 is to take a selfie and post it on instagram
    also when you are 12 you now instagram message your friends and let them know where your mother has taken you
    and a friend or 2 shows up to that "said place" true story

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June 12, 2015

  • 6th Grade or bust

    The summer has officially begun around here.
    Mixture of emotions, jumping for joy and also wanting to run and hide and ask the real mother to please stand up ;)
    Adulting is hard and sometimes all I want to do is find another adult who is adulting well and ask them how they do it :)
    Parenting myself while parenting a boy who "knows it all" is challenging to say the least.
    I keep telling myself I can do hard things and keep trying to believe I can.

    Back to my boy. So proud of him.
    He has excelled at his school work, science projects, math and remains a TAG kid.
    He has been at the same school since it first opened its doors in 2008.
    He is in first graduating class to have been there from the opening Kindergarten class through to 6th Grade.
    Apart from 3rd Grade he has had fabulous teachers and has grown and learned so much!
    Such a great group of kind kids.
    We are truly thankful for such a great elementary school experience for him.

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    Hand prints from the first Kindergarten class, 7 years ago. Ethan's is on the lower left hand side
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June 8, 2015

  • Exploring the NorthWest

    I love being in the outdoors and exploring new areas.
    So much change going on in our lives right now.
    Hiking and being outdoors is the best way I clear my head.

    This was a creepy empty Lumber Mill in Vernonia Oregon
    If you don't believe in bad spirits or evil vibes just head there and I assure you, you will.

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    Today I was reminded to never stop wishing, but to keep walking!
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    and Ethan spotted this beautiful bald eagle flying over the lake

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    And a fun last stop along the Oregon Coast
    this girl cracks me up
    Look at her art, the names, the sizes and the order of them
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    and my typical Oregon Coast attire :)
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May 25, 2015

  • 12 Years Old

    Happy 12th Birthday Ethan Benjamin!
    Could not be more proud of you!
    Love who you are and who you are becoming!
    You are so kind, so caring and one amazing student.
    Math whiz and master lego builder.
    Such a gentlemen you are!
    There is nothing you could do or not do that would make me love you more!
    You will always be my precious boy!
    So glad you could have a fun day celebrating with your friends at Wings and Waves.
    Thank you for taking the time to help your sister and have fun with her as well.
    We love you so much!

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    Birthday Cake Time

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May 22, 2015

  • Fresh Fruit and Vegetables

    Nothing quite beats a late night delivery of organic Vegetables and fruit

    Healthy, Nutritious food to feed my kiddos make me so grateful

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May 15, 2015

  • Garden Club

    Brooklyn loves Garden Club!

    So much of life is both messy and beautiful, just like gardening.
    Maybe that's why I like it so much.
    Its a visual reminder of beauty from ashes.

    Love this sweet girl and her joy for life and nature.

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April 29, 2015

  • Outdoor school

    Ethan was off to outdoor school this morning.
    No electronics allowed and this is a very good thing indeed.
    He is almost as tall as his dad and wearing a size 9 shoe.
    He still snuggles up for a hug every now and then and I smile inside and count my blessings.
    May he never stop hugging his mother :)
    He took a one 35 mm disposable camera with him to outdoor school and I can't wait to see what he captures.

    We have a rule around here that's been in place since Kindergarten.
    No leaving for school without first letting your mother kiss you goodbye :)
    There is a harsh penalty of multiple kisses to who ever breaks the rule.

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    Make a commitment to follow the path of no resistance. This is the path through which nature’s intelligence unfolds spontaneously, without friction or effort. When you remain open to all points of view — not rigidly attached to only one — your dreams and desires will flow with nature’s desires. Then you can release your intentions, without attachment, and just wait for the appropriate season for your desires to blossom into reality. You can be sure that when the season is right, your desires will manifest.

    –Deepak Chopra

April 28, 2015

  • "Speed of Light" by Sybil Rosen

    This cutie had been begging for a "new hair style" with some bangs for some time.
    Since she has my Safta's beautiful Jewish curly hair, typical bangs would not quite work.
    So she settled for side bangs, a trim and straightened hair.

    She was so excited the first few days and then yesterday after school said to me
    "Mom, I like my hair curly better. Its me, it makes me unique."
    Love her and the way her mind works.

    Aware beyond her years, she highly recommends this book "Speed of Light" by Sybil Rosen
    She read it at school and brought it home for me to read.
    Its a girls story about the connection between racism and anti-semitism

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    When I read it out loud to her for a second time I modified some of the bad words that are no longer used.

April 22, 2015

  • State Testing

    Circulating online I saw a teacher in the state of Texas had written her students a letter
    right before testing started. So I customized the letter for Brooklyn.

    She is an amazing student and pleaser and I want her to know that She is Enough!
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    Dear Brooklyn,
    I know this week is State testing for you. I know how hard you work in the classroom and at home on your homework.
    There is something very important you must know:
    The State Testing does not assess all of what makes you special and unique.
    The people who create these tests and score them do not know you the way your teachers, friends and family know you.
    They do not know that you are an amazing artist, lover of animals, piano player and friend.
    They have not seen your natural talent for music, animals and gymnastics.
    They do not know what an amazing loyal and kind girl and friend you are.
    They do not know that you lighten up the darkest days for your family with your laughter, joy and love.
    They do not know that you are kind, trustworthy and thoughtful and that every day you try to be your very best.
    The scores you will get from this Oregon State testing will tell you something, but they will not tell you everything.
    There are many ways of being smart.
    You are smart! You are enough! You are the light that brightens my day!
    So in the midst of your testing, remember that there is no way to “test”
    all of the amazing and awesome things that make you, YOU!

    Love,
    Mom and Dad

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April 6, 2015

  • Easter

    These kids are far too lucky getting to celebrate both Jewish and Christian Holidays.
    Easter is no exception and finds me so thankful to get to live our lives leading with Grace.
    Grace Changes Everything!
    Ethan is on cloud 9 after getting a smart phone in his Easter basket ( not my idea but his dads).
    Brooklyn was in Beanie Boo heaven after finding 2 new Beanie Boos in her basket.
    Somehow the Easter Bunny knew the very Beanie Boos she had been wanting :)
    The Easter Bunny must encourage Beanie Boo hoarding.

    Easter morning found these two snuggle bunnies on the couch waiting ever so patiently for their Easter baskets.
    Since we live in Portlandia the Easter Bunny only serves up Organic free range candy ;)
    free from chemicals, food dyes and corn syrup.
    Good old Ethan already knew that all candy entering this home comes with a parent tax on it.
    You have to share 1/4 of your loot with either parent.

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April 5, 2015

  • Passover

    Brooklyn recently said to me
    "Mom there seems like there is a Jewish Holiday Every..Single..Month".
    Maybe she is right but I kind of like it that way.
    We had our own Passover Seder this year.
    I loved preparing this years Seder.

    Passover affirms the great truth that liberty is the inalienable right of every human being- Morris Joseph

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    Matza Ball Soup is Brooklyn's favorite and a Passover Tradition.

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    Traditional Charoset
    diced apples, chopped walnuts, sweet red wine, ground cinnamon and brown sugar.
    And the Plagues symbolized using drops of wine
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March 22, 2015

  • Trombone player

    So proud of Ethan! He did great at his first concert!
    Its his first year of playing Trombone and he is doing an awesome job!
    It was so neat to see his principle sitting close by, taking pictures and cheering
    on her students. Love how involved she is!

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    Growing up too quickly but he will always be my little boy!

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    And this silly girl could not take a serious picture!

    Thinking the concert went on way past her bed time.
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