I would be remiss if I didn't post at all for the month, so just a few notes to jot down.
Hannah started her TK (transitional kindergarten) class this month, and it's off to a great start. She chose an apple green bedazzled shirt, black cheetah print skirt, pink shoes and a blue headband for her first day of school outfit. As she told me many times while we walked through the store together, "if it's not my fashion, it's not my fashion" as I tried to coax her into an outfit that actually matched. But in the end, she looked just adorable. Hannah's been very busy making new friends, continuing with her swimming, and starting out in tap class. And we've got the birthday party circuit keeping us busy too, as her friends turn "a whole handful" - that's 5 years old to the rest of the world.
Max is growing by leaps and bounds. He is cruising and wants to be on his feet as much as possible. He's at the impossible age, where he can't be left alone for a minute, yet also can't walk, talk, or eat anything interesting. It's very challenging for us, especially given how accustomed we are to Hannah's independence. But he is the happiest baby I've ever seen, and his eyes and smile can melt anyone. He's also made great progress with his helmet, and we're hopefully halfway through the process already.
I had my wisdom teeth out, which was far worse than I anticipated. It's been over two weeks already and I'm not completely healed yet. I'm glad it's behind me, but I definitely didn't have the mini-vacation I thought sitting at home, high on pain killers, would be!
Marc and I had a wonderful time at Mike and Justin's wedding this month. I'm so happy for the guys, and I'm proud to live in a state where they can make their commitment official. I was totally proud of Carol too, seeing her in action as a minister. I was so happy to see all of my friends "grown up" - everyone is with someone, everyone has their life on track. And it was fun to spend a night out with my husband, all dressed up with no one to take care of for once (thanks F&J!).
The Temple Emanuel Community BBQ went off perfectly, and I was very happy with my contribution to the day. We had music, juggling, face painting, balloon twisting and a bouncy house. I think the kids had a great time, and I got a lot of compliments. I just need to motivate myself to write it all up for the committee, and then I'll be done.
And today we went to the Eric Carle Museum of Picturebook Art. It was a cute little museum, and a fun afternoon. As Marc said, one thing done off of the "we should do that..." to do list. Tomorrow we're hoping for apple picking, but we'll see how well the weather cooperates.
Rosh Hashanah begins on Monday night - hard to believe, but we've been able to do so much this month since the holidays are so late this year. The next few weeks will be a mishmash of work and synagogue days, which is a bit tough for me given the uncertainty in the financial world right now. But I suppose having something spiritual to focus on might give me a better overall perspective.
Wishing you all a happy and healthy 5769! Shana tova!