Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Right On To Pesach!

I'm just finally getting my apartment cleaned up from Purim and it's on to Pesach preparations over here! I've been scouring different sites for deals on clothing for the kids. Hoping to stretch out what they already have so I can buy more new things when the weather gets a little warmer. 

Every year, I like to do a big project for Pesach. This year, I asked Chanie Jacobson, our awesome Torah Tots leader, to please put a personalized haggadah using pictures of the kids into the plans for Pesach lessons. I provided some supplies and nudging and she provided a list of scenes we would need to photograph at home and a game plan. Some of the scenes will be done in the program. Then we can each print our pictures and put them in the little books and each child will have a 'guide' of what is being done during the seder, narrated by themselves!

This morning was a pretty gross day in terms of snowfall and road conditions so I chose to not make the trek to Des Moines for Torah Tots. Instead, I went through the list of the pictures I was supposed to take on my own and decided to give it a shot. I got the kids dressed in outfits I have set aside for Pesach and sat them at the table with some props ready. 

{If you need an explanation of what happens at the Pesach Seder, go here.}

I absolutely adore the way the pictures came out. The kids cooperated so nicely, like way better than I could have ever expected. They were both totally hilarious and I ended up with so many pictures. I couldn't stop clicking. In between 'scenes' too. They were just making me laugh so much! I wasn't necessarily planning on sharing these pictures but after looking through them (more times than I'd like to admit) I decided it would be unfair of me not to! They tell a story of a brother and sister just goofing off together and being super silly. Enjoy! Oh and as a disclaimer, please ignore the  messy counters behind the kids.

KADESH (Reciting the Kiddush)

Apparently I was boring him at this point.

"Can we do the next thing now?"

URCHATZ/RACHTZAH (Washing our hands)

KARPAS (Dipping a vegetable in salt water)


Getting ready to eat it. 

Surprised at how delicious it was. 

Tucking it into his stomache. 

Making sure it's settling where it should.


Mimicking everything her brother does.

MAROR (Bitter Herbs)
I would like to preface these pictures with this statement: Benny is one of the best fake criers I've ever met. No joke, he stands in front of the mirror and practices when he thinks we aren't watching. He clearly has more than one style.
And with that, I give you the many crying faces of my children. And I didn't have to do anything to get this ball rolling.

"Am I doing a good job Mommy?" "Yes Benny. I think we can say that."

And then came the pièce de résistance

Shulchan Orech (mealtime)

He remembered that he has to eat with a fork and knife and grabbed an imaginary pair.



Still 'grossed out' by attempting to eat a frog.

BEIRACH (Bentching after the meal)
They were both shuckling intensely, of course.

Checking to see what Benny was doing.

Instantly copying.

And now I have the hard task of choosing which pictures to limit this haggadah to. Wish  me luck!

Purim Festivities

Purim was great. The kids has so much fun! My dad ended up coming down to stay with us for the weekend and the kids were overjoyed to have some family on our turf! We hosted our megillah reading on Saturday night, we didn't have as many people as we were expecting but we had a nice little group and the boys that came out to read did an amazing job. Everyone was happy which is what matters most! Bella was dressed as an owl, Benny was Mario, Shuky was pirate-y, I wore a green wig, and my father wore my Superman cape.

The following morning, we got ready to go out to Des Moines. I wanted to do a drop of shopping before the party and, in general, I like to come a little early and lend a hand. I had some last minute touches to do with the costumes and shalach manos.

Benny and Bella's bags, side by side

Our family bags to give out
King Benny

We were an assortment of looks. Benny and Bella were the royal couple. Shuky and I were originally going to be the royal guards but that didn't work out. We got 'derby hats' and bad teeth (the theme of the party was Purim in London = all brits have bad teeth cliche.)

She refused to wear her crown and complained enough to get out of the dress halfway through the party.

Enjoying the assortments of goodies being handed to us

Benny is up on someone's shoulders dancing with two other people
Having a grand old time 
I have no clue who this kid with Benny is but they hung out almost the entire night. This was just too adorable. 
Benny the dance master, breaking it dowwwwnnnn!