Highs and lows

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The last month has brought many highs and several lows. Some that are hard to wrap my head around. On the high, my kids were all home for about a month and now that they are adults or close to, we can really enjoy the ‚people‛ they have become. We had numerous meals out, laughing and sharing stories…such a delight. Our two older children were just happy to hang out with us, which was very sweet. My oldest son, at 23 now, says he can’t even fathom what all his conflicts were when he was in high school…thankfully neither can we (almost). It was a very gratifying time as a parent.

During this happy, ‘high’ time with my own family, we experienced some very trying, ‘low’ times with some friends.

My holiday recap

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I can’t believe another year has gone by. It seems like yesterday I was sharing last year’s holiday adventures with all of you. Crazy! All of my kids are older and my two oldest live away from home so the holidays are a great time for us to be together. It is so fun for me to decorate the house, have a fire going and something great smelling baking in the oven for their return. It felt so warm and welcoming and we were all so happy to reunite.

A couple of days later we headed on our annual road trip to Colorado for Christmas. This year we went a day earlier and stayed a day later, so it was a nice vacation. It really gave everyone (mainly parents) the opportunity to relax. We had the big group of extended friends and their families for Christmas Eve. The food was amazing and like always a few of the guys bring out their guitars and one keyboard and start singing songs. Before you know it everyone is singing. It is such a happy memorable night for all of us. 

Happy holidays!

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It is so funny how things are now. My kids are coming home from far away places to gather for the holidays…Geez it seems to happen so fast that we as parents are sitting on ‚the other side.‛ Just this week we heard our youngest son got into college … for pete’s sake empty nest is around the corner. What happened to my babies? Of course we all know what blood, sweat and tears goes into raising our children, but hindsight is so blury for me. Now my husband and I are so sentimental about little kids. Last night he invited this adorable family to our house for dinner. Their kids are 3 and 20 months. My two older kids shared the fun with us and we all sat at the table and enjoyed lasagna I made since their mom told me it was one of their favorites. Their three-year-old daughter did a mini concert of Christmas songs for us and we were all in love. What a treat! I thought about how much fun they will have at Christmas! With my ‘old kids’ we have to wake them up Christmas morning or it easily turns into the afternoon before we see them. The years of ‘holding them back’ were so fun! Enjoy those little ones – they will be all grown up before you know it.

To get into the holiday spirit, I made a few pies for my neighbors and I thought I would share a few pictures.

Happy Holidays!!

Holiday traditions

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As you may or may not know, my husband and I have raised our children Jewish. I was not raised Jewish and actually had little knowledge of the faith, customs or heritage. Not to mention the FOODS of the holidays. As the years passed I learned a lot alongside our children. I cannot read from the Torah like my kids but I can make a mean brisket and an even better Kugel. I could write about so many things I have learned and enjoyed over the years but the list would be too long. I will say I love that many of the Jewish traditions and holidays are celebrated at home.

There are four families that we are very close to that just one of the two parents is Jewish.

How yoga changed my life

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As far back as I can remember my mother would fix things herself. A hammer and a screwdriver and she was ready to go. I have always felt I could do things myself as well. I have painted all the rooms in my house myself, l planted all my plants and am constantly moving things around. My oldest son Danny would often ask me when I had commandeered him to help me move things around, ‚couldn’t you pick a hobby that didn’t require me moving furniture?‛

Well last spring it finally caught up with me.

Just the girls

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This past weekend nine women gathered in Colorado from around the country to celebrate my best friend Carrie’s ‘landmark’ birthday. One from New York, one from Boston, one from Louisville, one from Colorado and five from southern California. Some of us had met before, some had not. What an amazing time we all had.

It’s a true testament to her that she has so many friends that are all so kind and generous in spirit. We hiked some amazingly beautiful trails, and chatted our heads off while getting that heart rate up. All nine of us shuffled around the town to the shops and gave each other opinions about possible purchases.

Step outside the box

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It’s not often in all of our busy lives that we really step outside of our ‘boxes’ and experience new things. Last month my husband and I got the opportunity to do just that when some friends of ours generously took us on a trip to Bora Bora. They have a boat moored there and they go monthly (nice I know). It was beyond fabulous and I got to experience so many new and exciting things. There was a chef on board and we ate amazingly! One day my husband caught a Mahi Mahi fish and they filleted it right on the back of the boat. They grilled some of it and made a raw Pokie salad with the rest for lunch. OMG…WOW! What a fun experience.