Happy Halloween on Thanksgiving!

I wanted to share some of our Halloween fun, even though it is already another holiday. Maybe I will share Thanksgiving stuff on Christmas, haha.

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Topic-Changing Thursdays: The Chiplet is 1 Year Old!

So, here we are! We made it to one year. Knowing that there is a lot going on this month, I can pretty much guarantee the Chiplet’s one year pictures will have to be shared in an upcoming post instead, but I still wanted to post about this milestone. I finally have two kids who aren’t “babies” even though they kind of still are.

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Topic-Changing Thursdays: Family Meal with Matzo Ball Soup

Last month K had to do a work trip. Since I knew about it ahead of time I asked my dad and M if they wanted to come hang with me and the kiddos to help out. Sure enough, they were able to come and we got almost a week with them! It was great. One of the nights they wanted to make matzo ball soup using M’s family recipe. The Fudgelet was super excited to help make the matzo balls. They started the soup in the morning and then after the Fudgelet had school, they made the balls. He couldn’t roll them into balls but did the scooping and filling. Earlier in the day I had the realization that I could contribute, too! I had made challah bread the previous month and it made two loaves, so I had frozen one. This was the perfect time to pull it out and share.

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Topic-Changing Thursdays: The Chiplet is 11 Months Old!

So, in Chiplet news, there has been some great news and much progress! I am getting a little anxious trying to plan for his birthday. I’m trying to figure out what kind of party I will do since I want to do something…but it is tricky since many of our friends have a lot going on this time of year. So, we shall see…but let me update you on what he has been doing.

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Topic-Changing Thursdays: Dear Fudgelet, Part 7

Dear Fudgelet,

As I write this, I am freaking out a bit. Today we took you to your preschool orientation. In a few days you will start preschool for real. While we sat at the orientation, I started to panic that I had chosen the wrong school.

  • It seemed too crazy as we went in with all of the other families there.
  • The bathroom is a public one and you get scared of how loud they flush…now you will have to flush them on your own.
  • You just wanted to play solo and K mentioned that a Montessori school might have been a better fit after all (I still don’t think so but this gave me doubts too).
  • They “hope” to teach you to read 25 words but you can already read every word in the room and more.
  • Will you learn anything?
  • Will you be safe?
  • Are the teachers going to look out for you?
  • Are you going to miss me?
  • How will I make sure to get you on time when pick-up is during his usual nap and if I’m even a minute late you might worry?

And then I started to realize that my fears had nothing to do with the specific school. I mean, they do, but I would come up with any fears for your first time away from me. You will be with people I barely know and I won’t know what is happening while you are gone. The first day I might not cry, but I will likely be in a state of panic the whole time.

What do I hope for you with school?

I hope:

  • You will have fun.
  • You will learn academics but also common sense and social skills, too.
  • You and I will learn to be okay being separated for lengths of time.
  • You will be excited to go.
  • You will make friends.
  • You will like your teachers, but still think I’m ok.
  • You will be excited for Kindergarten.
  • You will not be bored but will find everything interesting.
  • You will not be the perfect student, but will try hard and mostly follow directions.
  • You will be safe.
  • You will listen and absorb, but also remember and follow what we teach you at home.

This will post on the day you have your first field trip. It is also the day I need to bring in snacks for the class. I did that on purpose, to help remind myself, haha. I think I will be there for your field trip, so we shall see how it goes. And by then, we will hopefully be following our new routine of school days and days off without as much panic.

Happy Start of School! Your life will be changing so much and you are now out in the world. I hope the world isn’t too hard on you but that you learn some good lessons along the way.

Love,
Mom

Topic-Changing Thursdays: The Chiplet is 10 Months Old!

Let me start by saying I spent much of this last month feeling anxious about the Chiplet. I know every kid is different but it is hard not to compare the brothers, or even with the milestones you see online. But, thankfully, I am feeling a bit better about things and the Chiplet is exactly the same level of happy that he has been his whole life.

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German Chocolate Wedding Cake

A friend was getting married and she was doing a smaller celebration, but had invited me to be a witness. I wasn’t sure if she was going to have a cake, but I knew her favorite cake flavor and I wanted to make one for them, even if they were also having additional cake. So, I had this plan but didn’t tell her since I wanted it to be a surprise. I had also thought of incorporating these brownies somehow since they are one of her favorite treats but I didn’t think it would work well as a cake layer. I bought a box for the cake and it was a bit larger than I intended so I had to make a cake to match. I went from making “maybe a 3 layer 6 inch cake” to a 4 layer 8 inch cake with lots of frosting.

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