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Halloween Costume

I’m not a crafty person. I don’t draw, paint, or make artistic things. Nor would I be the kind of mom to make my child’s Halloween costume. I’m just not that kind of mama, until I saw this costume on Pinterest!

The Inspiration

It just looked so easy! It consists of a simple tutu tutorial, some already cut fringe, a white shirt to purchase, and tada! So I went to my local craft store and bought the necessary items. Now I just need to stop blogging (nahh) and put it together.

My mommy group is hosting an annual Halloween photo shoot this Wednesday. Wish me luck that I finish on time and it comes out looking!

Trying to get the babies together for a group picture.
Sarah and I last year at the play date.

Artkive

My mom was not a big fan of saving my sisters’ and my drawings, painting or other creations. It wasn’t that she didn’t love them and proud of us. She just always liked to keep her house clutter-free. I feel that way, too, but I also don’t want to forget Sarah’s masterpieces!

So I was very excited when I came across an article in my Parenting magazine. It mentioned different ways to keep your child’s art work in a neat and organized way. I thought, “Sign me up!” I specifically liked the ease of an app called ArtKive.

I downloaded the app and started taking pictures of Sarah’s school artwork. Then I created a list of family and friends who would like to see what she made. Theoretically, I can now dispose of her art work, but since there are only three items so far, I think I can wait a little longer! However, when they start to pile up, I know I’ll feel otherwise.

At the end of the school year, I plan on taking full advantage of the option to make a book out of all the pictures. I’m looking forward to what this app will do for my crazy need to be organized and live in a mostly paper-free world!

What do you do to display your child’s/children’s masterpieces?

Sukkot {2012}

3 down and 1 more to go!

We recently celebrated the Jewish holiday Sukkot. The main part of Sukkot is to eat (and sleep if you will) in a homemade hut. Since our patio is covered and have no other space to create this structure hubby made Sarah a Sukkah for her stuffed animals. Then Sarah and I decorated it and even went out to find leaves for the roof.

Sarah’s Sukkah!
Inside
The Roof

It turned out really cute! We even bought Sarah a stuffed Lulav and Etrog.

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Playing with her new “toy”

We spent most of the week in and out of synagogue. Ate inside of our friends sukkah and hung out indoors (it was a very very hot Sukkot!). I hope to one day be able to host Sukkot in our Sukkah. Maybe next year?!?

Chag Sameach and Shabbat Shalom!

 

Dollar Tree Project

In a previous post I mentioned how much I like to find quality things at the Dollar Tree. So when I was looking for some inexpensive way to dress up and/or personalize Sarah’s toy bins, I was excited to find it! On my most recent trip I found these great Wall Creations stickers.

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Dollar Tree Wall Creations

I purchased two packages. One had pink, orange and green letters. The other package had green and pink circles in different sizes. It was a quick, colorful, cute and inexpensive solution. Thanks Dollar Tree for the wonderful find!

Finished Toy Tubs

Yom Kippur {2012}

2 down and 2 more to go!

It’s been three years in a row that we have “celebrated” Yom Kippur at the Hyatt hotel.

As an observant Jew we walk to synagogue multiple times a day, fast (yes that includes no liquids or food of any kind) and no use of electricity for 25 hours. Doing this becomes quite difficult with a toddler, therefore we gather with 100+ observant Jews to “celebrate” together.

I grew up going to hotels with my parents and siblings to observe the fast with our synagogue. It was easier and more convenient for my family then and it seems to be the same now with my own family.

However, this year was different. The first year I was pregnant and leisurely walked around the hotel. Last year Sarah was an infant and was able to be pushed around in a stroller. As a toddler this year, she did a lot of running through out the hotel.

Luckily they had hired babysitters to watch the kids in a separate room filled with lots of toys. Theoretically, this meant that I could leave her to play while I went downstairs to pray. This was an ideal situation, however Sarah was sick (again)! Which meant for a very needy baby who didn’t get enough sleep.

After 2 hours of trying to put her to sleep we let Sarah cry it out. It took 10 agonizing minutes but she slept through the night and woke up around 7 am refreshed. It was a hard parent moment but I knew if she didn’t get sleep, I wouldn’t get sleep and therefore be a miserable faster.

We spent the day walking around the hotel, going up and down the stairs, playing in the kids room and hanging out with my mommy friends Ellah and Chana (they have kids around Sarah’s age). Later in the day my mother-in -law came to help and hang out. She took Sarah in the play room while I relaxed and read some magazines.

Sarah napped for only 45 minutes as did I. Hubby took her for a walk and I prepared for evening services.

We counted down the hours and waited to hear the Shofar blown. As I finished reading Neilah I made sure to connect with g-d and share a few words with him.

After a quick sip of delicious water we headed back to our room to pack up. We got home quickly. Bathed and put Sarah to sleep. Ate the food we prepared before the fast and went to bed. Fasting takes a lot out of you and having to run after a toddler didn’t make things easier.

All in all it was a successful Yom Kippur. My dad use to tell me and my sisters that if it was easy for us to fast then we were a good kid that year and if it was a hard fast we were not well behaved. I don’t believe it as an adult but a lot of planning and being with friends that are going through what you are going through really helps make the day go by faster.

Next year in Jerusalem (or the Hyatt)!

Hubby and I at the Western Wall in Jerusalem pregnant with Baby K!
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