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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March 18, 2015

  • Quotes I saw and loved today

    Quotes by Wayne W. Dyer

    “When you judge another, you do not define them, you define yourself.”

    “You cannot be lonely if you like the person you're alone with.”

    “Conflict cannot survive without your participation”

    “Your children will see what you're all about by what you live rather than what you say.”

    “if we focus on what's ugly, we attract more ugliness into our thoughts, and then into our emotions, and ultimately into our lives”

    “All blame is a waste of time. No matter how much fault you find with
    another, and regardless of how much you blame him, it will not change
    you. The only thing blame does is to keep the focus off you when you
    are looking for external reasons to explain your unhappiness or
    frustration. You may succeed in making another feel guilty about
    something by blaming him, but you won't succeed in changing whatever it
    is about you that is making you unhappy. ”

March 17, 2015

  • Spring

    I love Spring Time!

    Ethan has his Spring band concert this week and Junior High orientation.
    He has been working so hard on a power point presentation due this week.
    I have had the pleasure of "pretending" to be his "audience" for the 20th time.
    I pinch myself and remind myself that "the little things are the big things" to him.
    And hey at least he wants me to watch it.
    Such an amazing student he is!

    Brooklyn and I have been immersed in reading a book called "Speed of Light" by Sybil Rosen.
    She had picked it off her teachers book shelf and read it to herself during class time.
    She thought I would really like it.
    So we brought it on Amazon and have been reading it every night together.
    And every night she asks me " Mom do you like this book, what do you rate it".
    She is my love bug and so emotionally intelligent, wise beyond her years.
    I could not be more blessed to be her mom!

    When you look at a field of dandelions, You can either see a hundred weeds or a hundred Wishes.

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March 10, 2015

  • Ayelet Waldman
    "Even if i'm setting myself up for failure, I think it's worth trying to be a mother who delights in who her children are, in their knock-knock jokes and earnest questions. A mother who spends less time obseessing about what will happen, or what has happened, and more time reveling in what is. A mother who doesn't fret over failings and slights, who realizes her worries and anxieties are just thoughts, the continuous chattering and judgement of a too busy mind. A mother who doesn't worry so much about being bad or good but just recognizes that she's both, and neither. A mother who does her best, and for whom that is good enough, even if, in the end, her best turns out to be, simply, not bad." ~ Ayelet Waldman

March 8, 2015

  • Chag Purim Sameach

    Esther 4:14  If you keep quiet at a time like this, deliverance and relief for the Jews will arise from some other place,
    but you and your relatives will die. Who knows if perhaps you were made queen for just such a time as this?

    So Brookyn came home from school the other day and said she had to share 2 unique facts about herself with her class.
    I asked her what she shared.

    She said "#1 That I am Jewish. #2 My name!

    Love that she is proud of her heritage and proud to be Jewish.

    In celebrating Purim together as a family we read the book of Esther.

    What a courageous women!  Being brave, is standing alone and doing what is right despite how hard it may be.

    We made Hamantaschen's also  called Oznei Haman's filled with Nutella (Brooklyn's favorite filling).

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March 7, 2015

  • Its a beautiful day

    With Michael in Grad School, papers and presentations due
    The kids and I have been going on more adventures together!
    Some I drag, kicking and screaming but out we go :)
    I love the sunshine and being in the outdoors with my kiddos.
    Its been such a beautiful mild winter and I could not be more grateful for the Sun Shine.

    Brooklyn lives by this

    “You've gotta dance like there's nobody watching,
    Love like you'll never be hurt,
    Sing like there's nobody listening,
    And live like it's heaven on earth.”

    Nature is her balance beam
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    This boy was our body guard
    He likes to "pretend" that he does not like going to the park or being in the great outdoors
    And Brooklyn and I like to pretend that we have our very own body guard
    So it works quite nicely, if I think about it. "Win, Win"
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    Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.-Albert Einstein
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    Where flowers bloom, so does hope.
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    It's up to you to see the beauty in everyday things

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