Friday, December 26, 2014

Merry Belated Christmas

Merry Belated Christmas.

I really thought about blogging yesterday, but browsing Forever 21's website and watching Baby M jump on top of his activity cube like Superman took precedent.

Because I totally need that aztec sweater, that super cute polka dot top and those cheapo gemstone earrings...well maybe.

...and watching M get into all his new toys is the best thing EVER.

Christmas is always interesting when you're Jewish.
I've already been thinking of the ways I'm going to explain to Miles how we celebrate Chanukah and then how am I going to explain the tree covered in lights and tinsel??

What if he asks me if I believe in Santa?
Do I lie?

The truth is...the older I get the more I believe in the spirit of Christmas.
I enjoy the thought of people getting a giving spirit around the Holidays.
I like the pine, the lights and the smells of Cinnamon, Peppermint and Vanilla lurking around.
I love the idea of being grateful for those you have in your life and showing them your love.

I hope the holidays inspire M to give to others when he's older.
I hope he's inspired to want to give his time and money to those who need it rather than himself.
My other hope is that he nevers forgets his faith and where he came from spiritually.

This little light of mine,
I'm gonna let it shine
This little light of mine,
I'm gonna let it shine
This little light of mine,
I'm gonna let it shine
Let it shine,
Let it shine,
Let it shine.
Always let your light shine Baby M.

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas.
Hug the ones you love!

Saturday, December 6, 2014

A High Five for Elf on a Shelf...

"The electricity bill tastes really good, Mom!"

I don't know who created Elf on the Shelf and I don't really care but I think it's absolutely brilliant.

The entire month, I get to remind my preschoolers that their elves are watching and ready to report to Santa if they're not making the right choices. These elves are making these children behave like absolute angels.

There isn't stuff being thrown across the room.
They are not fighting over toys.
They're SHARING with one another.
They have their listening ears on (well, the majority of the time).
They are not jumping off the furniture.
They are using the bathroom properly and washing their hands.
They are drawing only on paper.
They even are not trying to only eat their fruit snacks for lunch..."Ms. Jenn, I ate all of my sandwich!"

...and my most favorite, I'm not hearing my preschoolers say to one another "You're not my friend anymore!"

After December, my next question is what character comes to report to Santa the rest of the year?

Also, I need to think a solution for when M is older.
He clearly (and cutely), does what he wants!
Do I make him a small Maccabee (we're Jewish) that travels around our house?

Meanwhile, M is smiling right now at me...plotting his next move...

What do you think of Elf on a Shelf?