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Thursday, March 31, 2016

March In Review

It is once again surprising that we are at the end of another month. Now that spring is coming, it feels like the school year is almost over. Here are some of this month’s highlights.

2.5 Days off of school:

On the first, we went to the swimming pool and Simon had a play date. The half was for Purim and the 2nd whole day off was for conferences.

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2 Sick Days:

One each for Gabbie and Zachary.

2 Places Visited:

1 Other Cub Scout Meeting.

3 Nights Gabbie spent away from home.

3 Nights Dave was away from home.

1 Holiday Celebrated:

2 Performances and 1 Open House:

23 Total Blog Posts.
4 Books Reviewed.
2 Posts About TV / Movies.
2 Fashion Show Posts.
1 Link Up For This Post:

It was not a very busy month, but we had a good time!

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

What I Watched Wednesday #2

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TV:

Last week I finally got around to watching Fuller House on Netflix. Whoever mentioned that the first episode was really cheesy was right! There was lots of cheering for the characters as they entered, and that episode featured all three of the men who raised DJ, Stephanie, and Michelle, plus Uncle Jesse’s wife, Aunt Becky. There was even a cameo by the grown up twins who originally played Nicky and Alex. The twins didn’t appear again, but Danny, Joey, Jesse, and Becky all appeared in various episodes. John Stamos aged the best of them all – he looks almost exactly the same! The one person who did not appear at all on the show was Michelle – Mary Kate and Ashley Olson. There were a few lines that joked about her (the actresses) not being there and there was a cheesy scene where the girls left her (the character) a message with all of the signature lines that she used to say on the show.

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The show’s premise is that DJ Fuller – get it? Fuller house? – recently lost her husband and is now raising her 3 boys on her own. Her sister Stephanie and Kimmie Gibbler both move in to help her raise the kids. In order to make the show less white (also joked about),  Kimmie’s husband is Hispanic. Her daughter also moves into the house and one of the story lines on the show follows whether Kimmie and her husband will divorce or reconcile. DJ’s boyfriend Steve is also on the show, and she considers getting back together with him, as well as dating a young vet that she works with at a pet clinic. Overall, I found the reboot to be cute and worth watching. I will likely watch Season 2 when it comes back!

On current TV I watched Grey’s Anatomy, Quantico, Madame Secretary, The Good Wife, and 11-22-63.

Movies:

Since the last time I wrote, I watched A Walk On The Moon, which I really enjoyed,  Bounce, which was not a bad movie, and Ghost! All three of these movies can be seen on Netflix.

What have you watched recently?

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

It’s Okay #109

It’s okay…

…that last week our schedule was all different, but this week it is normal again. I think.

…that I desperately need my hair cut.

…that I found out I will see my good friend over Passover and now I’m excited.

…that I want to watch something on HBO but I don’t have HBO.

…that my kids need to make posters for Reading Fair and I found a way to motivate them – I bought them new supplies to use!

…that the zipper on Simon’s coat broke – it will be spring soon, right?

…that Simon just decided that next year on Purim he wants to be a laundry basket.

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What’s okay with you this week?

Monday, March 28, 2016

Open House, Purim Gifts, Police Station Visit

Although Tamar and I have been blog friends for quite awhile, I have never had the opportunity to participate in her Monday link-up until today. Every Monday she asks participants to share the good, random, fun they had in the past week. You can share words, photos, or a good random combination of the two! So, hopefully I do this right!

The Good:

Last week we had an open house in Simon’s kindergarten class. He had a checklist of things to show us in his classroom and the first one was for him to welcome his guest, so he ran up to me and said “Welcome!” It was highly adorable.

He had a letter to share with us:

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Dear Mom and Dad, I learned time. I like time! I love Mom and Dad. Love, Simon.

He also shared some of his Hebrew work:

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The page with his picture says his name and that he likes to write on the white board. He says his favorite letter is “yud” and he listed some words that start with yud – wine, green, and boy. On the second page he shared two foods he likes (ice cream and apples) and the blessings we say on those foods.

He also shared his time paper, which since he made here at home, I had already seen!

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The Random:

On Thursday I told you about Purim and shared the gift bags we gave to our friends. Here are some of the ones we received:

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The Fun:

Last week, Simon and I went with Zachary and the Cub Scouts to visit and learn about the police station. We got to visit the holding cells and see how un-fun it would be to have to spend time there as a punishment! However, the boys really had fun learning about it!

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In the 2nd picture, I told them to act upset that they were in jail! Zachary just smiled!

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Thanks Officer Policeman!

Did you have any Good, Random, Fun last week?

Friday, March 25, 2016

What I’ve Been Reading #118

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A few years ago, I was a founding member of a book group. When my other founding partner moved away, our group dismantled. Luckily for me, a new group has recently been formed and although I missed it the first month, next week I’ll be attending my first meeting. This month we read The Life We Bury by Allen Eskens, which I really very much enjoyed.

“College student Joe Talbert has the modest goal of completing a writing assignment for an English class. His task is to interview a stranger and write a brief biography of the person. With deadlines looming, Joe heads to a nearby nursing home to find a willing subject. There he meets Carl Iverson, and soon nothing in Joe’s life is ever the same. Carl is a dying Vietnam veteran--and a convicted murderer. With only a few months to live, he has been medically paroled to a nursing home, after spending thirty years in prison for the crimes of rape and murder. As Joe writes about Carl’s life, especially Carl’s valor in Vietnam, he cannot reconcile the heroism of the soldier with the despicable acts of the convict. Joe, along with his skeptical female neighbor, throws himself into uncovering the truth, but he is hamstrung in his efforts by having to deal with his dangerously dysfunctional mother, the guilt of leaving his autistic brother vulnerable, and a haunting childhood memory. Thread by thread, Joe unravels the tapestry of Carl’s conviction. But as he and Lila dig deeper into the circumstances of the crime, the stakes grow higher. Will Joe discover the truth before it’s too late to escape the fallout?”

While some of the story was predictable, I loved the way it was written and I loved the main characters. From the alcoholic mother to the autistic brother to the girl-next-door with the past trauma, I enjoyed getting to know all of them. Of course, Joe is the central feature of the story and his relationship with Carl forms the juice of the book. I really liked the mention of the Innocence Project and the work that they do, as well as the help that Joe got from the local police department. I hope I haven’t already spoiled too much of this story because I really do recommend it!

What have you been reading lately?

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Happy Purim!

One of my favorite holidays is one of the lesser known Jewish holidays on the calendar – Purim – which celebrates how the Jewish people who lived in Persia were saved from extermination. Celebrating Purim includes dressing up in costumes and giving gifts of food to our friends. This year, I bought our bags for our gifts at Michaels because they were too cute to resist!

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We decided to buy red and black items to put in the bags. Costco even had black licorice Scottie Dogs!

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The kids filled the bags by themselves and I had almost nothing to do with it!

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There are four mitzvot (commandments) that we must do for Purim and their names in Hebrew all begin with the Hebrew letter “mem.” Simon made a book to illustrate this:

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Cover page | Reading the Megillah (pages go from right to left in Hebrew)

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Giving charity to the poor | Giving gifts of food to our friends

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Having a Meal

Simon also made a Megillah with his class! They each decorated a few of the pages.

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And here are our costumes!

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A Minion, a Magician, and a 50’s Girl!