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Such A Big Help

We have spent a few busy days with Our Family. Sunday was Wedding Recovery Day. I guess the dancing (in heels) was a really bad idea as my knee is right back to Square One. Super painful and impossible to do stairs and all we have in this house are stairs. And more stairs. My 100 mile dream month is sinking into just that - a dream. No matter, that was one of the best weddings EVER and stupid knee pain is worth the happiness I feel every time I think of Kari and Billy exchanging vows.

Lisa's friend, Jen, came by Sunday morning for brunch. I prepared a potato hash (that Lenn requested), then ran out to the grocer to pick up the items needed for our Seder on Monday. Sunday afternoon, Mary brought her three daughters to see us Leo. Leo was quite charming and did a few yoga positions for the ladies and showed them where his ears, eyes (blinks!), nose, mouth and belly were located, just in case they couldn't figure it out for themselves. Genius. Sunday night, we had dinner at home. No restaurants with a 19-month-old.

Bubbe was on Baby Duty this morning. Though chilly, it was not raining, so I took the Little Munchkin outside. We walked up and down the road, threw rocks, played in dirt and walked around the paths behind our house. Leo ran back and forth across our front porch and I snapped a few photos of the C. B. E. 

Because that is what I do.

Tonight began the eight-day Passover holiday. We need to clean our house of any wheat (etc) products. Luckily we have Leo. He is so much help. Sweep and mop!

Please do not notify Child Services.

Lisa and I cooked for two days for the Seder tonight. Lenny led and pared the Seder reading down to accommodate The Wee One. We were joined by my sister and her daughter, and Lisa's Godmother. Lisa and I prepared smoked salmon gefilte fishMy Beef Brisket, mashed potatoes, French Asparagus Salad (topped with hazelnuts instead of tomatoes tonight), a savory matzo-mushroom bread pudding (invented by Lisa - no recipe!), and Haroset (with apples, dates, walnuts, cinnamon and wine). Lisa's Godmother brought home-made coconut macaroons for dessert. DT chose delicious wines.

It was a lovely meal and we included a few traditions from Lenny's family in the Seder tonight. Lovely! I hope to celebrate many more Passover's with Little Leo - even a few where he will sit at the table for more than 20 seconds.

I took a few photos before dinner and then just became too busy and completely forgot to take photos of our delicious foods and our pretty guests. All the good stuff comes out of the cupboards and closets for Passover. One tradition, however, was broken this evening. When I placed our beautiful Passover tablecloth on the table, Baby Leo thought it was a very cool tent/fort. Then Leo thought it was really a lot of fun to pull the tablecloth off the table. I thought about my ancient china and crystal crashing down in heaps on the floor and decided tonight would be a "placemat" night. (We bought the placemats in The Philippines in 1982.)

Even the flowers survived Typhoon Leo the evening.

Happy Passover!

Until my next update, I remain, your matzo-munching correspondent.

LET'S MOVE IN MARCH! I have challenged y'all to get out there, lace up your sneakers and walk or jog (or the exercise of your choice) at least 30 minutes - five or six days a week in March. I'm doing this for charity and my prominent backside.

Dear Reader, I am in pain. My right knee is swollen. Yesterday I only covered 6285 steps (and I went to the grocery store, which is usually good for 2000+ steps). I made up for it today by covering over 10,000 steps and didn't even leave our property. My knee is disgustingly huge and puffy. Only ice (and wine) are helping my pain.

How's it going for you? Please comment below.

Pedometer: 10,347 
Miles jogged for the day/month: 0/65