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August 28, 2006

Family Fun Fest

Yesterday we took Kate to the Our Kids World Family Fun Fest at the South Florida Fairgrounds in West Palm Beach. We invited great-grandmom Teti (a/k/a grandmom) to join us, as well as grandpa Maier. Although grandpa already had plans for the day he met us for a quick meal at Denny's before the event. And I got a quick picture of the two of them. Grandmom went with us but for whatever reason I never got a picture of her with Kate. Maybe it's because grandmom just wouldn't get in the bounce house like we suggested. She's such a party-pooper. :-)

The family fest is a weekend event specifically hosted for kids 12 and under. They had fun activities, inflatables, characters, storytimes, singalongs and contest. You name it. They had it. And since it was indoors, it was a very good place to be on a rainy Sunday.

Kate particularly enjoyed visiting the The Nicklaus Children's Hospital hands-on area. She put on a medical mask, was weighed and measured (29lbs. and 36"), diapered and fed a baby in an incubator and got a cool finger cast. She had lots of fun.

Making Lemonade

All week Ken had been promising Kate they would make lemonade from scratch over the weekend. And as we all know Friday runs into Saturday and Saturday runs into Sunday and before we know it the weekend is practically over. But a promise is a promise. So after we got home from the Family Fest Ken prepared a "talk show" lemonade demonstration, while I gave Kate her bath. By the time Kate was dressed and ready to make lemonade Ken already had the sugar syrup ready and all but one lemon squeezed. He left that lemon for Kate.

Although it was the quickie approach to making lemonade, Kate really enjoyed the process -- the squeezing, pouring, mixing and, of course, the tasting. The final product tasted a whole lot better than that freshly squeezed lemon juice. Yum. Yum.

I found the "Perfect Lemonade" recipe somewhere online. I don't remember where exactly in order to link or credit it. (sorry) Anyway here it is if you are curious....

Remember the starting proportions - 1 cup of sugar, 1 cup of water, 1 cup of lemon juice.

The secret to perfect lemonade is to start by making sugar syrup, also known as simple sugar. Dissolving the sugar in hot water effectively disperses the sugar in the lemonade, instead of having the sugar sink to the bottom.

In a small saucepan heat the sugar and water until the sugar is dissolved completely. While the sugar is dissolving, use a juicer to extract the juice from 4 to 6 lemons, enough for one cup of juice. Add the juice and the sugar water to a pitcher. Add around 4 cups of cold water, more or less to the desired strength. Refrigerate 30 to 40 mintues.

Serve with ice, sliced lemons. Serves 6. Cheers!
Posted by Jean-Marie at 10:26 AM

August 24, 2006

Kate's Flower Girl

Waiting in a doctor's office exam room can be a really painful experience for anyone, let alone a 2 year old. Kate and I try to pass at least some of the time drawing pictures on the paper on the exam room table with the small, restaurant-sized box of crayons I always carry in my purse. I found this latest work of Kate's to be particularly interesting. She said it was a flower and a girl. To me it looks like a character out of a Tim Burton flick. Part Nightmare Before Christmas. Part James and The Giant Peach. Part Corpse Bride. With a little Big Fish and Edward Scissorhands mixed in. Hey! What do I know about art interpretation?

Thank goodness for digital innovations. Not only do I not have to save every one of Kate's creations, but I can also share the smallest and silliest of things with Ken when he's not there to see them for himself.
Posted by Jean-Marie at 05:32 PM

August 08, 2006

Kate and Max at My Jewish Discovery Place

Max is one of Kate's closest buds from camp. He's all boy and that's exactly what Kate loves about him. Now that camp is over we scheduled an impromptu playdate today with Max at the Soref JCC My Jewish Discovery Place Children’s Museum.

Kate's not Jewish, and Max is half, non-practicing Jewish. Max's mom Julia and I thought it might be a fun, different experience to try nonetheless. I don't think either of us would sing the highest praises of this museum or go out of our way to recommend it, but the kids seemed to really enjoy themselves with the variety of activities available to them. I think their favorites included dressing up, playing on the immigration ship, picking oranges at Kibbutz Discovery, shopping at the little market, sorting their market selections at the dinner table and pretending to be doctors at the Hadassah Hospital.

They both look pretty serious in the pictures I took, but sometimes pretend play just requires great focus and attention. :-) They defintely had fun and were very excited to see each other outside of camp.
Posted by Jean-Marie at 12:11 AM

August 02, 2006

Ms. Larissa

With only one more day left of camp I thought it was important to take a picture of Kate and Ms. Larissa. Kate had a great time at camp this summer with Ms. Larissa. And I'm not sure what I would have done if Ms. Larissa hadn't volunteered to ride in the backseat of my car with (a hysterical) Kate to the ER. Not to mention the fact that Ms. Larissa called day after day checking in on Kate following her accident. I can only hope that all of Kate's future teachers will be as caring and supportive of Kate as Ms. Larissa was.
Posted by Jean-Marie at 10:28 PM