Havdalah under the stars at Camp George

Our Temple Emanu-El Shabbaton concluded with a Havdalah service under the stars on a crisp, clear evening in February. Ella holds our family’s candle just before it is extinguished in the wine cup signifying the end of Shabbat and the beginning of another week. For […]

She makes a great French 75

LA’s current favourite cocktail is the French 75. Served in a flute, the ingredients are: Two ounces gin 1 1/2 Ounces of Simple syrup juice of half a lemon Champagne Directions: Combine sugar, lemon juice, and gin in a shaker full of ice. Shake well, […]

Ella’s tooth finally comes out

After much anticipation and some consternation, Ella’s tooth finally decided to come out. The blood flow couldn’t dampen her enthusiasm to see what the tooth fairy would bring her. Unfortunately, the tooth fairy had some trouble finding the actual tooth which she had placed between […]

The Joy of Hip Hop

Today, we attended Ben and Ella’s dance performance at the Music Hall on the Danforth. Check it out!

First Day of SK

Ben and Ella started French Immersion Senior Kindergarten today. They look so big. ;-(

Thank goodness for grandmothers

Leigh Anne was getting Ella changed after an evening swim. While brushing her hair, she tells her how proud she is of her swimming. “Momma, do you think there are very many five years old who can swim as good as me?” “I’m sure not […]

Benny and Yaya at five

This year marks Ben and Ella’s fifth year – a seemingly landmark year. The babies are gone. Well, they still come out once in a while, but they are rapidly moving into the next phase. I met Maddy when she was six. I remember how […]

Magic dust

Saturday was dress rehearsal and picture day for the first ballet recital. Ella’s troupe (Baby Ballet, Tuesday class) are doing the Magic Dust dance in Cinderella. When I look at these pictures, it’s as if I’ve been sprinkled with magic dust. It was a warm, […]

Purim faces

We celebrated the first day of spring with a fun-filled Purim carnival. Leigh-Anne did the make-up for everyone.

The dragon and the butterfly

We though Ben was over his stomach problems. So did he. So we were all surprised when he barfed in the van on the way to the Magic Kingdom – again. (Maybe it was something about that park, in particular.) Eventually, the day got straightened […]