So Pesach is starting tonight and for better or worse...
And even though I did not complete all the projects I had wanted to get done, I am done, for now, with the crafting too. The rest will have to wait until next year, when hopefully, I will start my preparations earlier. Haha! Are you lauging? Cause I am. The kids will still be small next year, so next year will probably look pretty much the same as this year. And that's okay. There will be plenty of time to turn Pesach cleaning into a month-long Spring cleaning, and to turn out a four course seder meal, with individual plated dishes and real wine glasses, when the kids get to first grade. Or maybe high school. Yeah, that sounds much better. High school. For now, cleaning the whole first floor in one day and turning the kitchen from a chametz kitchen to a Pesach kitchen will still be done at 11pm the night before. But from what I understand, there is something to be said for tradition.
And so as we enter this holiday of freedom, of shedding the chametz that clogs our souls and starting fresh with an open heart full of love and patience towards the world and yes, even towards our families, I say thank you - to you, and to every single reader who takes the time to visit my blog. Watching the visitor count climb way higher than I ever thought it would has been at the same time, amazingly happy-making and amazingly scary for me - for many reasons, not the least of which is because I initially started writing just for myself (and for my mom) because I was home all day alone with the kids and writing gave me an outlet (if you don't laugh, you cry, right?) and because it let me pretend that I was still somewhat of a professional with a job and a paycheck and high heels.
But the best (and scariest) part in knowing that there are actual readers means that I have to come up with actual ideas. Just knowing that you are reading forces me to try and be more creative and in turn, I hope that these attempts at creativity inspire you to create more with your kids and your family. And if that happens, then mission accomplished for all of us.
And because I do not have a new project for you today (no internet access and a baby with a cold with do that everytime), here is a recap of our Pesach projects. There's still time today to make a few to entertain the kiddies at your seder. (Just click on the pictures to see the project details).
We'll be back later in the week with some yummy Pesach recipes - ones that we actually tried over the first days of the chag, so you'll know they passed my kids' always-full-taste-testing-mouths.