December 11, 2014

  • From A Name to A Number: A Holocaust Survivor

    Alter Wiener Holocaust Survivor 88 years old and still courageously telling his story.
    What an amazing man and hero!
    The message of Alter Weiner is that prejudice of any kind is absurd;
    thinking in a way that denigrates another person to place your worth above theirs,
    is the root that created the most sadistic evil behavior mankind has ever seen.

    So incredibly thankful the kids and I could go hear him speak in person.
    What a privilege that we will never forget.
    He signed a copy of his book,
    From A Name to A Number: A Holocaust Survivor's Autobiography by Alter Wiener
    Amazing book! A must read!




    and speaking of history

    I recently saw this newspaper clipping
    that one of my siblings had copied after my Safta (Grandma) passed away
    So much history about my Safta in this little newspaper clipping.
    Safta and Me

November 12, 2014

  • Things Kids Say and lots of phone pictures

    love those little moments when I over hear my kids say something that absolutely cracks me up.
    Brooklyn was mad at Ethan the other day and I overheard her say to him
    “Ethan, you shattered my heart into a hundred pieces”
    Ethan’s response without thinking was
    “Well Brooklyn, No, I couldn’t have because that’s not even on my bucket list for today.”

    As I was grocery shopping this past weekend I got the usual 3 calls from Brooklyn
    The 1st call was “Mom, when are you going to be home?”
    The 2nd call was ““Mom, when are you going to be home?”
    The 3rd Call was “Mom, I have a red bite on my bum and it itches, I will ask dad if I can take a picture of it to send it to you.”
    And yes these 3 calls were after I had already asked to only be called in an emergency :)
    As soon as I got home Brooklyn say’s to me
    “Mom, I watched the funniest episode of Saturday Night Live and you have to watch it”.
    Oh my…. to hear my 8 year old tell me to watch Saturday Night live
    It’s not a show they would typically ever watch or be allowed to watch but I guess their dad showed them an episode that was making fun of The Shark Tank, which is a show we watch together.
    It was pretty funny but even funnier was Brooklyn telling me “to watch a certain episode of Saturday Night live”.

    Brooklyn had been listening to kids bop every evening on her iPod.
    We did not think it was quite appropriate for bed time music so took the Ipod out of her room and put some nice classical music on for her.
    She was less than pleased. The next day after protesting this change in music policy She said
    "Dad, you say my music is not appropriate but c'mon...... how can " I need your love" not be appropriate?" 8 going on 16 I think :)

    we carve pumpkins around here simply for the pumpkin good roasted in coconut oil with salt sprinkled over them

    pumkin seeds

    And I love the fact my kids have a dad who takes the time to invest in them.
    He takes interests in what interests them.
    He plays with them and reads to them!
    Michael has been reading this book with Ethan every night. Its so great to overhear them reading and talking.♥

    and now for some more phone pictures
    I took a day off work to be a chaperon on Brooklyn's field trip to the Tillamook Forestry Center
    Imagine a rainy/cold/windy day and a bus packed to the rim..with 70+ students/teachers and Chaperons.
    Then getting off the bus and walking through a wet forest. It was beyond worth it because I got to be with my girl and her class!
    Her class is learning all about Salmon and their life cycle. Her classroom has a incubator of Salmon eggs that the kids love to check on.
    Field trip

    Brooklyn's end of the season soccer party. She played awesome all season and loved being goalie.


    Ethan always amazes me at just how good he is with little ones
    During Brooklyn's soccer games Ethan would take care of one of the other players little Brothers
    This little guy fell in love with Ethan and vica cute to see their little bond.
    Proud of my boy for caring so nicely for little ones

    and this cutie doing her home work so nicely

    Ethan cooking a healthy dinner of crust less veggie quiche and a Paleo Apple crisp with almond flour and maple syrup
    He is a wonderful sou chef and is officially hired!
    Ethan cooking

    and Brooklyn wrote her daddy a note at school the other day

October 30, 2014

  • Fall Randomness

    Random pictures from my phone collected over the week

    Brooklyn joined the Garden Club at school and has brought home a bunch of goodies
    We volunteered One Saturday in the garden and worked hard alongside one of the 3rd Grade Teachers.
    Brooklyn and I both love learning all about horticulture.





    Ethan has been enjoying acting/drama classes. The boy is a good actor
    and half the time I don't know if what he is doing is real or acting.


    He has also been practicing his Trombone more often.
    Around 5:50 am this morning I heard him hop in the shower, get dressed and then set to work
    taking apart his Trombone and cleaning it. After he was done cleaning it I heard him start his practicing.
    At 6:20 I finally got out of bed and he was busy teaching Brooklyn how play the Trombone.
    Nothing quite like Trombone lessons at 6:20 am in the morning or parents having to lay in bed listening to it all :)


    They are also both really into reading and the other morning
    I came down to feed them breakfast to find them both busy reading their books at the table.
    So into their books they couldn’t even look up for a moment.
    Love that they both have become such book worms.


    and Coco melts our hearts...she has snuggle time with Ethan every night and just recently got a new bed


October 28, 2014

  • Fall Zoo trip

    I took the kids to the Portland Zoo earlier this month because it had been too long since we had last been.



    zoo trip

    And Portland I might just be starting to really like you. Vote in the Yes on labeling GMO products and I might just like you even more :)

    I've been teaching my kids a lot about all the chemicals in our foods/household products that we need to just say No to.
    I often over hear Ethan telling Brooklyn "No, Brooklyn we can't get that or eat that, it has chemicals in it" Cracks me up!
    I finally got rid of their chemical filled hot chocolate tub from Costco and bought some expensive organic kind from New Seasons.
    Ethan was not too fond of the taste and let me know that it would have been a better idea to never have given him the chemical kind from the beginning because now he knows what he is was a good point :)
    I'm not quite at the point of sprouting my own beans and lentils.... but just maybe soon.
    We are an anti fluoride, organic, free range eggs.... kind of family now... feeling like a Portlander after all.

October 12, 2014

  • My Little Greek Goddess

    At first she wanted to be a Cat and then thankfully changed her mind!






    This girl comes home from school and starts to quiz me on all the workings of our brain.
    She knows all the parts and how it functions better than I do!
    At any given time throughout the day she will let me know what part of her brain she is using!
    Love my brain studying girl!
    Her Saba Raba would be proud!


October 9, 2014

  • Sauvie Island Pumpkin Patch Fun

    As we were headed into the corn maze this poor Oregonian dad with his kids was heading out and says to us
    with a look of desperation in his face, "Don't go in there unless you have a water bottle."

    We have had such a warm fall and I love it!
    It was 85 degrees the day we were at the Pumpkin Farm and Oregonians were melting :)

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    We came home with 70 pounds of pumpkins that poor Michael had to lug all the way back to the car :) thanks honey!
    And clearly my kids pick out their own clothes/outfits/style and I have learned to bite my tongue every...single...time :)

October 7, 2014

  • The Brain and Soccer

    Soccer Season is in full swing and Brooklyn is loving it! She has grown up so much this past year!
    Her reading, academics, and soccer skills have really taken off.
    Every child is so different and truly develops at their own pace.
    I've been helping out every Friday afternoon in her classroom and am so thankful I can be involved.
    SO important that kids have an attached parent... no matter their age.

    I am applying to Portland State Masters in Social Work Program and on my application have to write
    about a social problem...there are obviously soooo many but one I am particularity passionate about is, Attachments.
    Kids need those attachments sooo desperately with either a parent or other mature adult involved in their life.
    Loved this book about the issue especially
    "Hold On to Your Kids: Why Parents Need to Matter More Than Peers" by Gordon Neufeld, Ph.D., and Gabor Maté, M.D.

    my happy soccer girl




    Before I forget, since I don't ever want to forget :)

    In class these past 2 weeks Brooklyn has been learning all about the brain
    Like her brother she loves Science and has been soaking up everything being taught.
    She comes home and Tells me everything she has been learning…I love it!
    The other day after soccer practice, I asked her to remind me of what we needed from the store.
    She replies “ No problem mom, I have complete access to my short term memory right now, it’s right in my frontal cortex.”

    She also likes to bombard me with question’s all about the brain
    “ So mom, when I use my left hand, what part of my brain am I using?”
    She is not asking the questions because she does not know the answer.
    She is asking the question to Teach ME the answer.
    Love her and her enthusiasm for learning.

    Ethan is such an amazing student and learning comes so easily for him. He is a Math genius.
    He has started attending youth group and seems to really enjoy it!
    He comes with me to Brooklyn’s soccer practices and helps some of the other moms with their younger boys.
    These little boys follow him around like the fearless leader he is.
    Ethan loves it and is genuinely soo good with them. He is better than me, much better!

    The mom always thank him profusely and Ethan is so happy to help.

    The responsibility is so good for him!

September 30, 2014

  • Star of David

    In celebrating Rosh Hashanah and other Jewish Holidays as a family, I talk to my kids a lot about being Jewish.
    We were at the store the other day and Brooklyn was looking at the bracelet charms and saw a Star of David.
    Her eyes lit up and she asked if she could get it.
    She knows the significance of the Star of David!
    She knows about the Holocaust, The Resistance Fighters, Corrie Ten Boom and Anne Frank.
    She knows about her Safta Raba who was born in Israel before Israel became a nation.

    This morning as she was headed out the door to school, she asked me to put her new Star of David Necklace on her.
    She is proud of her Heritage and so proud to wear her new Star of David.
    The sweet innocents of her knowing who she is with no negativity attached.
    Pure joy that girl is!

    I don't want her to yet realize just how prevalent anti-semitism is still today :(


September 28, 2014

  • Yoga Days

    Brooklyn and her neighbor friend Jules are pretty much inseparable.
    Most days with any spare times finds them hanging out over at our house together.
    These two girls have the best imaginations.
    Yesterday I had gone upstairs only to find they had turned the upstairs room into their yoga/meditation room
    They had brought music into the room and set it up just so.
    Not sure where or how they came up with the idea
    but love the way their minds work!

    They are such Smart girls to know at such a young age the importance of making time for Zen in ones life.


    Ethan decided he did not want to be left out of the fun so sat on Brooklyn's bean bag
    while eating some vegi chips and declared he was doing "Foga" Food/Yoga combined :)
    Such a boy!




    Tension is who you think you should be. Relaxation is who you are- Chinese Proverb

    Simplicity is the Ultimate Form of Sophistication- Leonardo da Vinci

September 25, 2014

  • ראש השנה שמח

    ראש השנה שמח
    Happy Rosh Hashanah

    Cheers to apples and honey to celebrate a sweet New Year
    Yesterday evening after a long day of school, soccer practice and home work
    my kids got a thorough lesson on the Jewish Calender and why we celebrate Rosh Hashanah
    The lunar month on the Jewish calendar begins when the first sliver of moon becomes visible after the dark of the moon.

    Nissan - March-April
    Iyar - April-May
    Sivan- May-June
    Tammuz- June-July
    Av- July-August
    Elul- August-September
    Tishri- September-October
    Cheshvan- October-November
    Kislev- November-December
    Tevet- December-January
    Shevat- January-February
    Adar I (leap years only) - February-March

    I always want my kids to know they are Jewish and be Proud of it!

    Brooklyn always requests apples with Nutella
    She is my Nutella loving girl





    Even Coco gets to celebrate! We've declared her a Jewish Guinea pig
    not quite sure she needs Organic apples though



    and some beautiful fall flowers from my hubby for Rosh Hashanah


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