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Chanukah {2018}

I’m just now getting around to sorting through my pictures from Chaunkah and it was already one month ago! So here we go…

We welcomed Chanukah with a surprise breakfast!

We had chocolate milk, doughnuts and make your own yogurt parfaits.

We had such a fun morning!

Night #1

Our day started with a visit to our local zoo for their Snow Festival.

Then we headed to Sarah’s Hebrew School for their Chanukah party.

We spent the 1st night at our friends house. However I didn’t get any pictures (which is such a shame since she puts so many details in her parties) accept for Jacob playing dreidel with the other kids at the party.

Night #2

On the 2nd night we went to Chabad’s candle lighting party. Due to the Woolsey fires our community had a special presentation for them. In return they passed out chocolate gelt (gold coins).

Night #3

On the 3rd night we went to Chabad’s kids program at a local play place. We learned how to make olive oil from pressed olives, played and ate sufganiyot.

Night #4

Earlier in the day, I picked my order of munchkins from Dunkin Doughnuts. Did you know DD makes special munchkins for Chanukah?

On the 4th night we had our neighbors over for dinner. I made our favorite latkes bar

Night #5

On the 5th night we stayed in and had baked mac & cheese. I found these cute Chanukah shaped noodles at Homegoods.

Night #6

We stared the day in Jacob’s class for a Chanukah party. The kids danced, made crafts and we sat down for sufganiyot and coffee.

The 6th night was also Shabbat. I loved seeing my table lit up!

Night #7

The 7th night was also my 37th birthday! We stared the morning with doughnuts in bed (our family tradition) and then headed to downtown LA to play with snow at Snow Day LA.

Night #8

We started the day with a birthday breakfast at a nearby cafe.

We came back napped and hung out at home playing dreidel.

It’s hard having a birthday on a major holiday so I want to take a minute thank everyone for all the birthday love!

Happy holidays from my family to yours! Thank you for filling my home with all your smiling faces. I loved getting your cards so much that they are still hanging up.

And in case you were part of the dozen cards that we received back from the post office due to some crazy mailing errors then here is our card this year.

To see previous posts click below.

Chanukah 2017

Chanukah 2016

Chanukah 2015

Chanukah 2014

Chanukah 2013

Chanukah 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

Chanukah {2016}

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 menorah and opening a gift each night. This year it started in Christmas Eve and ended on New Years Eve.

Day #1

This year we started Chanukah with family over for brunch. I didn’t take any pics, but luckily my mother-in-law took a few.

I made Pumpkin French Toast Casserole, Oatmeal and Berry Casserole and Egg and Veggie Casserole.

We exchanged gifts and hung out for a bit before nap time.

Later that night, my friend Stacee and her son Brayden came over for dinner.

After dinner hubby took the kids and our guests on a holiday light scavenger hunt where they bumped into Olaf.Day #2

The next morning we started a new tradition by reading a Chanukah book at breakfast.We hung out in our Pj’s and I drank lot’s of coffee from my new favorite mug.We celebrated Chanukah that night in Chinatown.

Day #3

Sarah got to join us for Babycino where we celebrated with a little party. Later that day my college friend, Sivan and her fiance, were in the town so they came by to visit.Lighting the menorah every night was something the kids really looked forward to. They even asked if they could light it earlier several times through out the day.

Can you see Jacob’s hands on his eyes? Jacob got confused and thought we were lighting Shabbat candles. So cute!His turn to light his foam menorah.The gifts that night were their favorite! Sarah got a dog and a carrier while Jacob got a trash truck.Day #4

 For dinner I made our favorite Chanukah food, latkes. I set up a bar with different toppings and sauces and then everyone creates their own stack. We love it! Our current favorite is caprese style! Yum! Day #5

We attended our synagogue’s community celebration. They had arts and crafts for the kids, food, a juggler and lit the huge menorah.

Day #6

The kiddos wanted a picture with their menorahs.

Day #7

Day #8

We celebrated the 8th night at our friends house during a little NYE party.Happy holidays from my family to yours!

To see previous posts click below.

Chanukah 2015

Chanukah 2014

Chanukah 2013

Chanukah 2012

Chanukah {2015}

Before the busy holiday season even started Sarah and I got busy working on sending our family and friends our holiday card. IMG_2594My special helper made sure each card had her personal touch, a blue or red butterfly stamp.

Our Chanukah celebrations started at our synagogue’s Chanukah community lighting. We hung out with our friends, did arts and crafts and ate soufganiyout, jelly doughnuts in Hebrew.IMG_2776      Day 1

Last year, a friend posted a picture of a Chanukah themed gingerbread house that I knew had to buy for Sarah. So on the first day of Chanukah we opened the kit and got to work.


Sarah had lot’s of fun! However, I think she had a much better time eating it shortly after.

Our tradition is to open a gift each night. Sometimes it’s from us and sometimes it’s from other family members. The first night we opened gifts from my parents.IMG_2787IMG_2789IMG_0774IMG_0776IMG_0781Sarah got to light her own menorah she made at school.IMG_2803Day 2

My favorite way to eat latkes is caprese style. Once you try it you wont be able to eat it any other way!

IMG_2855After dinner we lit the menorah. This time Jacob was up for the festivities.IMG_2820 He also has his own menorah. However he was more interested in biting his menorah then “lighting” it.   IMG_2832Sarah was becoming a pro!IMG_2824Jacob got to open a gift for the first time!  IMG_2833He was more interested in playing with the paper. Big sister had to help.  IMG_2840IMG_2839

Day 3

Normally Chanukah coincides with my birthday. This year my birthday was on the 3rd night. I woke up to this little guy and had a beautiful day celebrating (to see more about my birthday click here).IMG_0783IMG_0784 - fav

Day 4

Jacob and I attended our weekly mommy and me class. We had a holiday potluck and a book exchange. I unfortunately forgot about the book exchange. Mommy brain!IMG_0908IMG_0936 IMG_0969 IMG_0973 Our neighbor’s wanted to know more about the holiday and our traditions, so we had them over for some Chanukah fun. Later that night we lit the menorah for night #4.IMG_2947

Day 5

We started our day at Sarah’s school for her Winter Concert.IMG_0803Later that night we had another neighbor over for some more Chanukah fun . We played driedel and ate latkes.IMG_2980For dinner I made Chanukah shaped baked mac and cheese.IMG_2977IMG_2979

Day 6

Sarah came home from school with some holiday goodies and this sweet card. IMG_3003For dinner we were invited to hubby’s client/good friend. I thought the decor was so fun and festive. IMG_3005IMG_3006Day 7

We had hubbies family over for brunch. Unfortunately I forgot to take pictures of my guests :( IMG_3014

Sarah got her first pair of roller skates!IMG_3025 IMG_0857 IMG_3026Day 8

We started our day at a PJ Library event. Sarah was all into the arts and crafts table.

IMG_3030Later that afternoon we used a gift she got from grandma, edible play dough, and made cookies. IMG_3037For our final night of Chanukah I made a platter of sushi that I shaped into a menorah.IMG_0860

Sarah was quite surprised. IMG_0862

We lit the last candle and opened the last gift.IMG_0866 IMG_0873Happy holidays from my family to yours.

Chanukah {2014}

This year Chaunkah was during our annual trip to Florida. It was also Tiffany’s wedding week so we were super busy.

The first night of Chanukah was at my aunt Betty’s house.

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Sarah playing with her 2nd cousins.

IMG_4130Daddy even sent her a gift so that she can open it on the first night.


The 2nd night was at the Miami Heat Jewish Heritage Night.


The 3rd night was at Tiffany’s wedding.


The 4th night was during Shabbat so I didn’t take any pictures.

The 5th night was at the Chanukah Festival with my mom, sisters, Mor and Ally.

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The 6th night was at my parents house. We had Eyal, Nicole, Rachel, Zoe, Betty, Saba, my sisters, and Ori attend.


My sister Oshrat and I made homemade latkes.


The 7th and 8th night was just with my mom, dad, Sarah and me.


Happy Chanukah!

Check out previous years below.



Sarah is 9 Months Old

For the first year of Sarah’s life I documented her milestones on my iPhone. I also managed to take monthly pictures. Now that she has is two years old, I thought it would be fun to backtrack. Plus blogging is a lot more fun to display milestones than a baby book.

9 months

Sarah’s 9 Month Stats:

Weight: 22 lbs

Height: Didn’t get it this month.

Clothing Size: 6-9 months

Diaper Size: 3

Food: broccoli, croissant, string cheese, dried apples, feeds herself a bottle and cucumber.



What’s New:

People have nicknamed her, Smiley Sarah!

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Pulled up on crib

Cruising along furniture.

Walks with hand help.

From crawling to sitting.

Tooth #3!

Uses her walker without falling.

First visit to the snow!


Sarah meets her Aunt Marnie!

IMG_0359Holidays: Halloween, Chanukah, my 30th birthday!



Sarah learns how to light Shabbat candles (this picture brought tears to my eyes!).

sarah doing shabbatYou might also like: 6 months, 7 months and 8 months old.

Chanukah {2012}

Chanukah is not only a fun holiday, but the story behind it is great too! It’s not the most important holiday that we celebrate, but mostly a holiday for kids to experience.

My tradition growing up was to light the menorah each night, recite a few prayers, open gifts (one gifts each night), sing songs, play with the dreidel and eat fried food! However this year there was a lot of going on.

For starters, my birthday fell on the first night of Chanukah.

Then a couple days later my sister-in-law arrived for a 2 week visit from South Africa with her 6.5 months old daughter whom we had never met. So we quickly decided to throw a Welcome Home/Chanukah party at our place.

For the past few years we have gone into the Valley to buy our Sufganiyot (Hebrew for jelly doughnuts) for Chanukah from our favorite kosher bakery, Continental Bakery. If you are ever in the area I highly recommend you visit this bakery. Their baked goods are delicious (Sarah’s new favorite word, thanks Sesame Street)!  You don’t need to keep Kosher to appreciate their delights.

I couldn’t get a picture fast enough of the doughnuts we purchased :) They were fresh and oh so yummy!


We buy the bite size doughnuts so that you can get the right amount of jelly in every bite!

We celebrated the first night with a birthday/Chanukah dinner with my MIL.

Here is my family lighting the first candle.

photo(2)Sarah’s 1st gift was a pair of Elmo slippers. She was pretty cranky that night, but lit up after she saw the red furry monster.

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The day before my SIL arrived we attended our synagogue’s outdoor Chanukah party which happened to be around the block. Since it was so close we decided to walk there instead of drive. It turned out to be a really cold night, but glad we decided to go and celebrate Chanukah with our community.

Here is Sarah in the kids area coloring on the special tablecloth.


My SIL keeps different kosher standards then we do. Therefore most of the food has to be store bought and/or catered. With such limitations, I am not able to bake and cook my beloved Pinterest recipes. However after some planning and arrangements I came up with a fun and festive Chanukah table scape.


The menu included:

Store bought Potato Latkas (I hate the smell of fried food in my home) with apple sauce and sour cream.


Pinterest‘s Shin Newtons


Vanilla Cupcakes w/fun Chanukah sprinkles


Phyllo cups with goat cheese and cranberry, store bought sweets and pizza!


Here we are lighting the candles.


Sarah’s great aunt and great uncle brought some gifts for the girls. Here is Sarah opening her gits.


It was lots of fun celebrating with the family and especially nice celebrating with my hubby’s sister and our baby niece!

Throughout their visit we had many fun outings. One morning we went to story time at our local library. Here are the girls holding hands and dancing. After story time we each did a craft.

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Sarah showing Miri how to shop.


They also joined us at our Mommy and Me class.

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Brunch at their great aunt and great uncle’s house. Thanks for the onesie’s aunt Rhonda!

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Play date at our house.


Sarah really enjoyed having her cousin in town! It was really sweet to see them together. I grew up around a lot of cousins so I know how much fun they would have if they lived close by. Miss you already ladies!

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