Category: Holidays

Christmas Day For A Jew {2017}

Christmas day is as fun for a jew as a non-Jew.

First, we have the day off so we get to spend the day with family and friends. Second, we see a movie. Third, we go out for Chinese food. This year we decided to change it up a bit. Instead of our traditional dinner in Chinatown we went out for lunch.Knowing that Yang Chow has a long wait, we decided it was best to put our name in and then explore. Good thing we did as they quoted us a 45 minute wait. We picked up some snacks at the local market. The kids love pointing out all the things we don’t have our local market. We stopped by our favorite little tea shop for some tea. Exploring. As usual dinner was scrumptious!Per usual J fell asleep on the way home.

Instead of a movie this year we lounged around and played card games.

I’ve been meaning to make this Chanukah themed craft or a while, so after dinner we made grape Jewish stars.

I love our little traditions! 

Hope everyone had a nice holiday!

Check out what we did the previous years below.

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

Chanukah {2017}

Chanukah is not a big holiday in our family (or in the Jewish religion). However hubby and I try to make it special with a few family traditions. Chanukah is 8 nights so to celebrate we light the chanukiah and open a gift each night.

Night #1

We started Chanukah with a visit to a local play place for Chabad’s family fun night. We came home, lit the candles (everyone lights their own Chanukia) and sat down for dinner. I made soup and a latkes bar. Yum, our favorite way to eat latkes!Dessert was a cookie platter and sufganiyot (basically a jelly doughnut).After dinner we opened gifts. Needless to say the kids were super excited!Night #2

We kept it low key and just hung out at home. Sarah excited about her LOL dolls. After dinner I went to my neighbor’s holiday party.Night #3

It’s hard finding ways to volunteer when your kiddos are young, but thanks to the Sunshine Club we were able to celebrate Chanukah with them. We had a great time! We danced, sang a few songs and hopefully brought some sunshine to the seniors.  There was a juggler at the event and Miss Sarah got called to help. Night #4

This night fell on Shabbat. We lit our candles before heading out for dinner at a friend’s house, but did not take any pics. Night #5

I was sure we would have a lot of ballet in our future after her recital (see it here), until she told me she wanted to take a break for a few months. Well a few months later and she’s still not interested :( So when she mentioned she wanted to see the nutcracker I was a bit surprised. I bought tickets and gifted them to her for Chanukah. We had the sweetest time!Later that night we went on a family outing to see the Holiday Light Train.Night #6

I got the kiddos matching Chanukah PJ’s.During the day we met up with friends for Ice Skating on the lake.At night we went to the plaza for Chabad’s community menorah lighting. We lit the menorah, checked out the arts and crafts table, and saw a juggler. Night #7

Sarah had a few friends over for a cookie decorating play date.We drank hot cocoa, lit the candles and played dreidel. Night #8

We had a little holiday cookie decorating at Jacob’s mommy and me class.    At night we celebrated the last night at another community lighting. Sarah got her face painted, the kids got balloons and glow necklaces, Moshav performed and we watched the menorah lighting. Happy holidays from my family to yours! Thank you for filling my home with all your smiling faces.To see previous posts click below.

Chanukah 2016

Chanukah 2015

Chanukah 2014

Chanukah 2013

Chanukah 2012

Thanksgiving {2017}

After our busy Thanksgiving start in Vegas we were happy to spend the day in our PJ’s watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. The kids had fun dancing around and pointing out their favorite floats.

During the parade we snacked on Pumpkin French Toast Casserole.

Yum!  After the Parade we did a project with the kids. We made fruit turkeys.  We also worked on our thankful tree.  We got dressed up at went to our friends house for Thanksgiving dinner. Unfortunately I didn’t take any pictures other then the beautiful tablescape.Thank you Miri and family for having us!

  The next day hubby took the kids to see Coco.We rounded out the break with a visit to a new indoor trampoline place with the kiddos. Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. 

To see past posts click below.

Thanksgiving 2016

Thanksgiving 2015

Thanksgiving 2014

Thanksgiving 2013

Thanksgiving 2012

Fall Bucket List

Happy fall ya’ll! It’s beginning to cool down here in So Cal and it kinda sorta feels like fall. Some days are super cool in the low 60’s and then some days are warm in the mid 90’s. However we have ditched our shorts and have moved on to layers. Now that it’s fall we have a few traditions we try to do each year. Here are some of our favorites!

Pumpkin Patch/Harvest Festival – We love going to the Pumpkin Patch! The food, the activities, the family photo ops and so much more!

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Carve Pumpkins – While at the Pumpkin Patch we each pick out a pumpkin. A few days before Halloween we each carve our pumpkins. Check out Sarah’s pumpkin below.

Apple Picking – We haven’t done this before, but we have plans to go this year.

Host a costume play date – I love Halloween, but I don’t love all the gore that goes with it. So I host a happy Halloween play date with festive food.

Decorate Trader Joe’s edible haunted house – Every year we get one house where we all decorate. This year I have a feeling I am going to need two houses for each kiddo.

Decorate cards for hospitalized kids – The kids in the hospitals can’t go out trick-or-treating and candy is not really an option, but that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be thought of during Halloween. Thanks to Andrea at Momfessionals, I printed blank cards and will let the kids get creative. We got the whole neighborhood involved last time and sent Vday cards.Read more about it here.

Attend our mommy group’s potluck and group picture – This fun tradition started when Sarah was a baby. A few years later we decided to make it a potluck and now it’s a whole fun event.Host Spooky Shabbat – The Friday before Halloween I like to host a formal dinner called Spooky Shabbat.See more here.

Costume Party – One of our friends from the mommy group hosts a costume party each year. Last year we went as The Incredibles.

Trick or Treat – We get together with a group of friends and trick-or-treat around the neighborhood. Some years we’ve even gathered before for a little potluck.

Food

I love themed food and Halloween is no exception. We check out Frappula’s at Starbucks, Boo-rito’s at Chipotle and decorate our own spooky face at IHOP.

What are your plans this fall? Any fun family traditions? I’d love to try new things. Please comment below.

Mother’s Day {2017}

Now that Sarah (and Jacob) go to school they make fun things like this for Mother’s day. Sarah’s class also invited the moms for a Mother’s Day fiesta.

We ate, danced and the kids sang us a sweet song. Love my girl!

Jacob made a hand print piece at mommy and me that Sarah made a few years earlier! For Mother’s Day I just wanted to go out to breakfast with my family and rest at home. We started the morning with some fun on Snapchat.Brunch was at Malibu Farm. 

Sarah was still in Wonder Women mode and Jacob didn’t want to take any pictures. #life The restaurant I chose is super trendy right now. With no reservations and a long line we played while waiting. Finally inside, this mama got a frose (frozen rose)!   Thanks to this guy (and the kiddos) for a wonderful day! See past posts below.

Mother’s Day 2016

Mother’s Day 2015

Mother’s Day 2014

Mother’s Day 2013

Passover {2017}

I love hosting dinner in our home. I think about the menu, invite guests, shop for food and set my table.The kids had a table of their own too.The menu consisted of a few favorites and some new dishes.

Orange Marmalade chicken – Sweet Onion Brisket – Matzah Apple Kugel – Carrot and Raisin Kugel – Sweet Potato Souffle Night #1 we had guests Nicole, Stacee and their families.

The kids had lot’s of fun looking for the afikoman. Bella was the big winner!

Night #2 we had Matt and Elizabeth. Unfortunately I forgot to a picture of our guests. :(

Sarah was a big star this night. She read the 4 questions (with very little help)!! So proud of our big girl! Thank you to our lovely guests for the wine and flowers, but most of all thank you for joining us this PassoverPassover 2016 – We were in Florida.

Passover 2015 – I was in the hospital giving birth to Jacob.

Passover 2014

Passover 2013

Valentine’s Day {2017}

This year Valentine’s Day fell on a school day.

I had plans to volunteer at Sarah’s school, but I mixed up the dates and couldn’t get someone to watch Jacob.

After both Sarah and I shed some tears (poor kiddo really wants me to volunteer more often) I was determined to make the rest of the day fun.

After drop off, Jacob and I walked to the park.We started to get hungry so we drove to Starbucks for a little son and mama breakfast date.After breakfast we ran some errands. We stopped at the doughnut shop for some heart shaped doughnuts.Hubby picked Sarah from school and showed up with some treats.After nap we joined some mommy friends for an early movie. We saw the Batman Lego Movie.5 moms and 8 kiddos made for a fun and busy movie experience. We picked up some food for dinner and headed home.

It was was a lovely day!

Hope you had a nice Valentine’s Day!

xoxo

To see previous Valentine’s Day posts click below.

2016 // 2015 // 2014 // 2013

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