My kids tell me there are ten days left until Chanukah and I'm going to to believe them as the first thing they do each morning is check the calendar and count the days left until - you got it - Chanukah.
I think I already mentioned that I did all my holiday shopping online this year. Did I also mention that it was awesome? I did? Several times? I'm gonna say it again. It was awesome. No lines, no grabbing and the ability to toggle between three stores, checking prices, without having to put my shoes on. The downside to all this online shopping? I don't actually have any the gifts yet and so I cannot yet begin the one holiday chore that is even more time consuming than shopping: the wrapping of the presents.
I had had a thought that maybe I'd get the kids to do some painting on large white paper and use that as wrapping paper. I sat the little one down this morning with paint and some sponges but she decided that she'd rather paint the popsicle sticks that were left out the other day.
So we're painting popsicle sticks. Can't really wrap anything in the sticks so not so useful to me, but she's happy. I was just sitting there while she painted so I drew her a picture of a menorah, nothing fancy, just lines. And I couldn't quite believe it, but she stopped painting, picked up her crayon and copied my picture onto her own paper. Really well. And the art teacher inside me cheered.
See? It's good. A bunch of straight lines for the candles and then a bottom section. You can see it, right?