The first weekend in December, I took all 3 kids, by myself, into the city to see the light shows. We started at Macy's. They have an old-fashioned light show and some organ music. It was short and sweet. I had thought we would go see the "Dickens Christmas Village" but the line was 45 minutes long, through the lingerie department, with the 3 kids making trouble... so we left. Whew!
|Waiting for the light show. The boys were picking jewelry and watches for themselves|
|Charlotte and kitty enjoying the show|
We went from there to the Christmas Village, which has stalls set up selling holiday goods, plus food, plus hot chocolate. The kids got soft pretzels, and we picked out an ornament for Memere for Christmas.
|Serious young men|
|Charlotte is being held up by some random woman who offered to help me out|
That night, we had a dinner with my grad school friends and their offspring. 7 families: 14 adults, 14 kids (and 2 more on the way). It is total madness! My friend took this picture:
Sunday, daddy was still working, so the kids and I went shopping for the "angel" we adopted from an angel tree at a YMCA. We went first to Kohl's, where Asher struggled to understand that we could shop and not buy a single thing for him. Our angel was a 5 year old girl, and her wishlist was: clothes, sneakers, snow boots, a winter coat. The kids just couldn't understand that there would be someone out there who needed those things, and whose mommy and daddy couldn't just buy them. In the end, they came around to it, and got excited picking out things for her.
We went to Costco to buy her a winter coat, but first had to stop for pizza and hot dogs at 10:30 am.
Sunday night began Hanukkah, and we hosted my parents and aunt Jane and uncle Ed here for dinner and candle lighting. The kids were SO excited.
Monday, Charlotte and I had a whirlwind day but managed to squeeze in a visit to the Please Touch Museum. Here she is curled up in a baby doll's crib! She insisted she fit.
Thursday night, we had Hanukkah at yet another friend's house! This was at our next door neighbor's house, and the kids made a gingerbread Hanukkah house, which they decorated, and then ripped apart and devoured.
|Hanukkah house decorating|
Friday I ran the bake sale at Charlotte's school. In addition, it was her Hanukkah show. There has been a lot of attrition in Hanukkah show attendance over the years, since her brothers continually failed to perform. This year, NO ONE but me came to see Charlotte. And you know what? She was great! Smiling, dancing, and knew the words. Maybe next year the family will turn out.
|Charlotte in her Hanukkah hat- she is a pink candle|
|"Look, Mama! I get this one wet, her hair turns PINK!"|
Today was the bat mitzvah, which was lovely, but long for the kids. They played outside, watched Netflix, and made bead necklaces. Finally, it was lunch and party time!
|Waiting for the service to end|
|Charlotte dancing with my uncle Richard. She LOVES him.|