Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Song-osity: ABCs

A B C it's easy as 1 2 3...
As simple as do, re, me...
A B C, 1 2 3! 

{ABC - Jackson 5}

I pulled out the bag of Bananagrams when I was in Oregon and had some fun playing with Noam. 

He got very very excited to build the names of everyone in his family and it was fun for the teacher in me to help him sound out sounds and spell everyone's names. 

He was so zen while we did this, looking for letters, letting me tap out words and help him hear the different sounds. We even built a few other words before the attention span ran out. 

It will be super fun to build words with him as his pre-reading skills take off even more! 

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Monday, May 2, 2016

The Good. The Random. The Fun. v. 18

The Good:
We all participated in the Walk for Babies over the weekend. Ronan came a bit early and spent some time in the NICU before coming home; so it's not lost on our family how much this organization does to help the smallest babies have the best start at life possible. We did a nice 10k walk around downtown and the little man ran a fair amount of it!

The Random:
Avi and I went downtown with Noam midweek. He biked around Jameson Park which has wicked cool fountains. It went from a bike ride through the water and then turned into a kid in the water!

The Fun:
We took our customary "in Portland go to the zoo" trip. Well, Ronan calls it the "djoo" - we saw a very social and interactive seal, the gorgeous new elephant home, and the cheetahs!


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Friday, April 29, 2016

April Randoms v. 2

 artifact exhibition...boston strong...5k ready
pre-race selfie...5k finisher...marathon finisher
tweeting hamilton...cold press...sox vino
 one boston...marathon monday...no stopping
spiced up...leaf skeleton...official photo
taking off...caffeine time...seattle layover
ohsu tram...my people...fat city
saffron macro...seder ready...matza farfel
ronan biking...noam swinging...puffy macro
puzzle time...reflected biker...portland blooms
tilikum crossing...seahawks fan...macro onion
dog mountain...going up...jameson park

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Thursday, April 28, 2016


Passover-ism #1:
Me: Ronan just found this pebble under the couch
Avi: it that a rock, or a chocolate covered raisin??

Passover-ism #2:
Avi: Ronan, why are frogs part of the Passover story?
Ronan: uh, cause they're Jewish?

Passover-ism #3:
Ronan sining dayenu through a diaper change.
Passover-ism #4: 
Noam: We can only have red fruits on Passover, because the mortar was red!
Passover-ism: #5:
Ronan: Oh! This is Passover (looking at the set Seder table).
Passover-ism #6:
Noam: I thought we could only eat lamb on Passover, not chicken
Passover-ism #7:
Noam: how can there be people in Starbucks, don't they know it's Passover - no chametz!

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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Song-osity: How is this night...

Ma nishtanah halailah hazeh mikol haleilot? 
How is this night different, from all other nights?

Happy Passover!

For the first time in two years, I came out to Oregon for Passover. It's always great to be here and family time + holiday time can be even greater.

Seders were lovely. The boys looked adorable in their Seder outfits, the table looked beautiful, and Noam at 5 was super into the rituals and we all kvelled as he sang the 4 Questions.

Matzah was crunched, charoset spread, maror cleared our sinuses, and lots of food was enjoyed.

There is something about Passover, so much work to prepare for, but then there is such joy as we all partake in remembering the story of the Exodus from Egypt.

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Monday, April 25, 2016

The Good. The Random. The Fun. v. 17

The Good:
Came to Oregon for Passover! Happy to be here with my people!

The Random:
When you take the kiddos to the mall, they will ask to pose with the big dog at Victoria's Secret....

The Fun:
Last Monday was Marathon Monday! It's always SO great to get down to the course and cheer on the runners. I had to work (darn Passover and Patriot's Day not aligning) but when I got there at 4 it was amazing to cheer on those last runners powering towards that finish line


Sunday, April 24, 2016

Scav Hunt Sunday: Cafes and Charoset

Sea-Tac airport has a great wall of windows, prime take off viewing.

Ronan helping with one of the 3 homemade charosets we had for Seder.

When the kitchen is closed to chametz good thing the local diner is open.

My City:
My part of Brookline is mile 24 on the marathon course. So great to cheer the runners on, just 2.2 miles to go!


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Thursday, April 21, 2016

Native American Museum

The big social studies unit in third grade is our Native American unit. The kiddos study 4 different tribes, then they each select a specific topic to research even more: they take notes, write a paper, and create an artifact. Then we open a museum! 

Last Friday was the big day! 
Each group created a tri-fold poster with their reports, a map showing where the tribe lived, and some facts about the tribe. The work they put into these was amazing. This is the point at the year where I realize how much they have grown! 
At each poster were their amazing artifacts, too. The detail and work they put into these blew me away.
There were examples of the various houses, toys children played with, clothing, examples of the food, weapons, and ceremonial pieces.

Parents and other classes came to see all their hard work. The second graders were really excited to learn all about this next year!
It was a great way to wrap up our unit and showcase all the hard work the kiddos did!

Onward to the end of the year now!!

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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Song-osity: BAA 5K

Run, running all the time...
Running, running as fast as {I} can...

{Running - No Doubt}

The days leading up to the marathon here in Boston are super exciting! One of the kick off events is the BAA 5k. They give out 10,000 bibs for the 3.1 mile race through Back Bay.

Race day was Saturday and I was a healthy dose of nervous and excited. Some elite runners run this - as the warm up for the marathon! I got down to the Common and starting line bright and early. It was a cold start but the feeling in the air was electric.

Standing in the cattle shoot as the race got underway I got emotional, this was my run. I'd been fighting bad asthma for a few weeks and nervous about actually running at my normal pace. I joked with a friend that my lungs knew I was finishing, and that they were more than welcome to finish with me!

As I crossed the start line I just took off and focused on the mile I was in.

I hit the 1st mile at 10 minutes, solid! I did the 2nd mile in 9 minutes! That gave me the push to just keep running. One of the best parts was running down the Comm Ave tunnel and high five-ing the runners running the other direction. This race is Boston's race and we're all in it as one.

After turning around at the 1.5ish mark you then follow the marathon route. The famous "right on Hereford, left on Boylston" was amazing to run. The second I made that left and saw the marathon finish line I got chills. I know what those runners feel after 25.5 miles.

We had to keep running another 2/3 of a mile to the 5k finish, but the cheers as I got close powered me through. Hands up across the finish line!!

I was so proud of myself. I wore my medal all morning!

I finished in 30:13 and I couldn't be prouder of myself. This was all for me. Tamar Strong!

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