Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Ilana's Banner Day!

Last night, Ilana went to sleep in her "star bed" in PB's room. She didn't nurse to sleep (she did nurse before sleep), she read books to go to sleep, with me popping in every so often and saying "I'm checking on you!"

Then, today at Tiny Tigers, she broke a board with a front kick!!!!!!! We were all very proud :)

3 years on SCD!

Wow...Can't believe it's been three years. Our lives seem so calm now compared to that very out-of-control time....

I would like to thank everyone who helped us get through three years of Chana being on the Specific Carbohydrate diet, from Elaine Gotschall (who created the diet) to my parents and BIL, Frank, who have spent a LOT of time helping me cook over the years.

Chana is 8 months without meds for Crohn's. Please G-d, it should continue.

We had a lot of experimentation with non-SCD foods before Pesach (mostly a lot of brown rice, but also a bunch of "sure, try a taste") with the result that she spent the first three days of Pesach on the couch with a hot water bottle as she dealt with a mini-flare. I wish the experimenting had gone better, but at least we know what does work for now, and we're back to experimenting, just with smaller amounts and not as often.

After using the toilet....

don't forget to "fluff", as Ilana says :)

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Chana Carlos Williams

In honor of National Poetry Month, we talked about William Carlos Williams' famous "not-really-an-apology" poem "This Is Just To Say":

I have eaten
the plums
that were in
the icebox

and which
you were probably
for breakfast

Forgive me
they were delicious
so sweet
and so cold

Chana came up with a great one as her version:

"I have ripped your skirt
it was your favorite

Forgive me
your head
makes a good trampoline"

Umm, this poem bears absolutely NO resemblance to life in the Goldberg house. Yeah, none :)

3 is a very literal age....

Auntie Debra comes over.
Ilana: "Hi!!!!! Want to play a game?" (this usually means they play jump rope on the Wii)
Deb: "Sure! Twist my arm..."
Ilana takes her arm and starts twisting.
Ilana (excitedly): "Now twist my arm!!!!"


PB will say something like, "I'm hungry"
and instead of saying "me too", now that Ilana has had her birthday,
she now says, "me three"!

Saturday, April 04, 2009

Is English My Second Language?!

Because taking a second look at this email I wrote yesterday really frightened me. I actually wrote:

"You set of two soap molds shipping this morning and may be tracked here:"

Oh my gosh! That sounds like the back of the chopsticks package.....

I see that writing an email shortly before Shabbat while cutting and pasting from the USPS website is, perhaps, not the best idea. Thankfully, it was about soap and not about, say, an editing assignment.

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Grandma's Been Found!

Got a soap order that included 4 jumbo "Grandmother" soaps. Which was great, except that I couldn't find the Grandma soap mold anywhere. Chana looked. PB (who is only a beginning reader, so I don't know how much it helped) looked. I looked again....

Finally, after three days of tearing apart our huge selection of molds I found Grandma. Canoodling with the Grandpa mold in our silicone mold section, rather than in the plastic mold drawers they should have been in! I should have known there was hanky panky afoot!

The soaps came out very cute. I have a picture somewhere (maybe in the silicone mold section?!)

Sam's response to Pat Oliphant

Sam's fabulous editorial response to Pat Oliphant's totally obnoxious, antisemitic editorial cartoon of 3/25. If you haven't seen the original, don't bother--your blood pressure doesn't need it....


On Sunday, Julie took Batsheva, Chana and I to Symphony Hall to hear Murray Perahia. WOW. That man is amazing. And he even played Mozart (not piano concerto #11, my favorite, but still incredible).

It was fun to, for the first time, be able to yell "bravo" and have it be totally appropriate!

Julie, classical musician that she is, corrected me, however, from brandishing the lighter I had saved from the 1980s and yelling "Freebird". (She brought the score from one of the pieces he played, and that was neat to see it as well as hear it [to the extent that I could follow along even the teeniest bit])

On my own, I decided that throwing my nursing bra onstage was not really appropriate :)

'pooky. Vewwy 'pooky

Ilana loves to "p'ay bocks in the 'pooky fowwest", especially with Sam, who will look at me, nod his head sagely and say "we're in the POOOOOKY fowwest" as they build block creations. We have found, unexpectedly, that our house contains many spooky forests. Who knew?!

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Only in my house....

would the question "where is the matza meal?" be answered with

"on the dining room table, next to the Easter baskets".

We're having a good ol' time trying to figure out how to make Easter baskets, and wondering which of our surplus Purim supplies are not "too Jewish" to put in said baskets!

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

But the big news is....

4 Sisters Soaps is the top Purim story for the Jewish Journal!

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Clarifications re. Sleeping Beauty

Today in carpool, Annabelle (4 1/2) was telling the story to Devorah (4). Because we were close to school, she said, "I'm just going to tell you the end. So she pricks her finger on the spindle of a spinning wheel.........(pause). Is that right?"

Me: "Yup. They're just words we don't use often, but that's how you say it".

Annabelle: "So she's going to fall down dead, but then she just falls asleep for a long time and the prince has to come and kiss her on the lips. Do you get it, Devorah? It's GOT to be on the lips b/c his name is 'Phi-LIP', so it's gotta be on the lips!"