Friday, December 28, 2012

My Trip to Florida

(Editor's note: Helen is now writing her own blog posts)

We were in Florida because Naomi had her bat mitzvah.  Here are some pictures to show you how much fun we had.

 This was Friday evening.  We were having dinner with our cousins, Hannah, Naomi and Yael.

This is on Friday evening before services.

This is Friday evening after services when we were playing.

This is Saturday morning  when we were taking pictures.

This is when we went to the beach and the waves were really cold.

 Since the waves were really cold, we went back to the hotel and went to swim in the pool.

This is Saturday evening at Naomi's bat mitzvah.  We were roasting s'mores.

This is Sunday morning at Hannah, Naomi and Yael's house. We were playing outside.

This is monday at the park.  I am riding the purple dinosaur.

This is at the same park. I was brave and did the monkey bars.

This is also Monday. Alan and I were playing trash. I have eight cards and Alan has ten.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Finally! The Tooth Is Gone!

 So we're eating burritos for dinner tonight when I feel something a little crunchy in my chicken.  I say, "This chicken is crunchy."  Daddy jumps up and shouts, "Spit it all out."  Sure enough, he found my tooth in with the chicken.  It wasn't easy to spot -- it really looks like a piece of corn.

I can't wait to see what the Tooth Fairy brings me.  Stay tuned for tomorrow's post to get your answer.

Saturday, December 1, 2012


My sixth Thanksgiving was last week and I had a really good time in Pittsburgh with lots of my relatives.  Some highlights:

Grandma Arlene let me smash the matzah for stuffing. 

 Since it was warm on Thanksgiving Day, we went to a playground.

 Eating the yummiest challah french toast.

 My first time on a play ground spinning thing.

Hot dogs and french fries from The O!  That's Phoebe and Ellie sitting with me.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Election Day

Finally.  The end is here.  Campaign 2012 is over.  Mommy and Daddy seem to be happier now that the phone isn't ringing all the time.  I don't know much about either of these guys but Mommy and Daddy wanted us to stand by this sign across the street, so the good daughter that I am, I did.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Happy Birthday To Me

Yup -- it's my birthday.  6 years old.  Pretty hard to believe.

 Here I am in the new birthday clothes that Grandma Gail bought for me when she visited last week.

My friend Luisa came over for dinner.  We had burritos.  After dinner, I got to open presents.  There was a pretty big pile.

My birthday cake.  It's a two layer sour cream pound cake with chocolate frosting.  Then Mommy and Daddy melted chocolate chips and cut them with the butterfly sandwich cutter.  Totally awesome cake!

Sunday, September 23, 2012

I Met Megan McDonald!!!

Some people go their entire life without meeting their idol.  I was so lucky to meet mine yesterday.  Megan McDonald came back to Oberlin (where she graduated in 1981) for an important weekend.  While in town, she went to Oberlin Public Library to talk about her world-famous Judy Moody books.  You see, I am a HUGE Judy Moody fan and I was SOOOOOOOOOOOO excited to hear Megan McDonald talk.

What did she talk about?  Lots of things: where she gets ideas for the Judy Moody stories, where Stink's name came from, things that Judy collects, how Judy Moody Goes to College is actually modeled on Oberlin, and her favorite Judy Moody book, among other things.  When she was done with her talk, she read from a couple of the books.  Then there was a drawing for a free Judy Moody book -- but I didn't win.  That's OK, because Daddy bought me 4 Megan McDonald books and Megan McDonald even signed two of them for me!!!  I can't wait to get all of the Judy Moody books -- maybe someone will get me one or more for my birthday or for Chanukah.

Friday, September 14, 2012

First Grade

I can't believe it but I've finished three weeks of first grade.  I'm really having a good time.  My teacher Mr. Garlock is a new teacher (he graduated from college in May) but he's pretty good.

Here I am on the first day of school, in my new dress and in the sweater that Grandma Arlene made for me.

Friday, August 31, 2012

It's Summer, So Let's Go to Texas

Grandma Stephanie and Grandpa Tom wanted their children and grandchildren to get together for a week this summer.  They found a place in Galveston, right near the Gulf of Mexico, and invited everyone to join them.  Boy did I have fun.

Most of my time was spent in the pool.  I did lots of kickboarding and floating on noodles and watching Gabi and Alice jump into the pool (regardless of whether or not someone was there to catch them).

When you spend 4 or 5 hours in the pool every day, you inevitably get tan lines.

The Gulf of Mexico was 2 miles from where we stayed.  Uncle Chris drove us over there one day.  Here I am in his truck.

Since Daddy was too much of a wimp to get into the water, Uncle Chris carried me.

When I wasn't in the water, I wrote my name in the sand.  Hopefully it's still there...

 At the end of the trip, we all went to the beach for a grandchild picture.  In the back row we have: me, Mikayla, Zachary, and Kylie.  In the front row there's Alice, Matthew, and Gabi.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Lakeside Amusement Park

Grandpa and I had some quality grandpa-granddaughter time this afternoon -- he took me to Lakeside Amusement Park.  It's basically an amusement park geared towards younger kids, like me (but not Alice and Gabi -- they're still a little too young).  There were all sorts of awesome rides and I had a great time -- although you probably can't tell from the first picture :)  My favorite ride was the Frog Hopper and I even went on the roller coaster!

Thank you grandpa for such a wonderful day.  I loved it.  (And thanks for taking pictures of me too).

Friday, July 13, 2012

The Great Steamboat Springs Regatta

Mommy and Daddy were looking for something to do with us this morning after Grandma and Grandpa and Aunt Diann left to go back to Denver.  Mommy had the idea of making paper boats and floating them in the mountain stream outside of our room.  So she found instructions online, we colored paper, and we folded the paper into boats.  We floated the boats and even though they all sank in the end, we had a good time.