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Building Our Sukkah

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Ten days after Rosh Hashanah comes Yom Kippur, and 5 days after Yom Kippur comes Sukkot. It’s a very hectic time on our calendar! Sukkot is so much fun though and such a great way to celebrate fall! Last week we started building our Sukkah (and by we I mean Dave…and his little helpers). The Sukkah is in our back yard, and for a whole week we eat in it. The kids and I really want to sleep in it, but I don’t think we’re brave enough!

Here come the helpers!

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Zachary’s job was apparently to hold onto those corner pieces the whole time!

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After the frame went up, this happened. I guess he was a little scared!

Next the walls went up. I love that the decorations are already there from last year (and the year before, and the year before that). Of course, we’ll add more!

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We left the Sukkah all week without the roof. Today, the roof went up!
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Not only does he build Sukkahs, my husband also did this today:

These next two days are holiday days where I am not online, but I’ll be back on Tuesday night with an overview of our decorations!

September in Review

September went by really quickly, I felt. I can’t even believe it’s about to be October! This month we had school, plus 3 holidays that gave us days off of school! Here are some of September’s highlights!

Family Activities:

  • We went to the zoo on Labor Day Weekend.
  • Simon got 2 new games:

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Around the House:


We have a lot to look forward to in October! Can’t wait to share everything with you!

Fall Into Fall Swap

Friday, September 28, 2012

A few weeks ago I told you how I participated in a jewelry swap, but did not receive anything. I also participated in a post card swap and did not receive a post card! So it may be surprising that I signed up for another swap, but this time I did receive something! Yay!

I was matched up with Sarabeth from Snowy Mountains and Starry Skies. Here is what she sent me:


In her card, she mentioned that she loved how full and warm the scarf looked. She was right about that! She also suggested that Gabbie and I should do each other’s nails with the nail polish she sent! Great idea! Gabbie is constantly asking for her nails to be painted, and she loves purple just like me! The small packet of tissues is also so cute and useful. I also just realized I can use the cute card as decor for Simon, since he begins with S too!


Thank you Sarabeth for a great swap!

Letter of the Week Preparatory Curriculum Week 4

Last week, we took a break from our Letter of the Week work due to Rosh Hashanah. The last time I showed you our poster, we were learning about kittens. This week we moved on to the theme “eyes.”


We did not have a book about Eyes to use this week. Instead, I used a book with pictures of babies, and Simon and I took turns pointing at the baby’s eyes.

Simon knows where his eyes are, but when asked he will likely point at his mouth instead of his eyes! We are still working on that. I also had a discussion with Gabbie about the vocabulary word of the week – Iris. At least someone is learning something from our poster! The color of the week is blue. Simon calls most things blue, even if they aren’t. We added the letter D to our poster, as well as the number 4, on which we put 4 frog stickers. We also pointed out the frogs’ eyes! I have not been doing much with the rhyme of the week. We will see if I incorporate it in some way in the future.

This week I finally found a photo album in which to store our past weekly themes. It was not exactly the type of photo album I expected (it was wrapped when I bought it), but so far it is working alright.

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Zachary did the coloring for us! Next week’s theme is Lighthouses. Again, I don’t have a book about lighthouses, but I do have many lighthouses around the house I can show Simon!

Country Club Plaza

Thursday, September 27, 2012

On Sunday we went to the Plaza Art Fair at Country Club Plaza in Kansas City, MO.   The Plaza is known for fancy shopping and a design that is influenced by Seville, Spain. Here are some pictures of the architecture!

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If you ever visit me in Kansas, it’s likely I will take you to the Plaza!

Yom Kippur Projects and Pictures

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Here are some of the projects Zachary made for Yom Kippur, which begins tonight and lasts through tomorrow night, but first a picture of Zachary and his friends from pre-K, now big kindergartners:

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Jonah inside the whale – we read the book of Jonah on Yom Kippur

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An I’m Sorry card – but it says “My dad dropped his siddur (prayerbook) and I picked it up for him.” Not something he’s sorry for!

A rooster puppet – some people believe in a ritual transfer of sins to a rooster before Yom Kippur.

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Non-leather shoes (we don’t wear leather shoes on Yom Kippur) – on the left our Zachary’s which are for a doll, and the right are the ones Simon made!

Also, here are some more pictures of Simon at school!


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Playing with sand

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Playing outside

Reading books – and pretending he’s a dog!

I hope everyone observing Yom Kippur has a meaningful and easy fast. Thanks everyone for reading!