Saturday, December 19, 2009

Two-Day Whirlwind

Wow!!! We were so busy yesterday and today that this is the first time I’ve had any time to write a blog post. In fact, we really should have left for Yosemite a couple of hours ago. Oh well, plans were made for breaking!

I left early from work and rushed home yesterday for Tracy’s Chardonnay holiday dinner. The kids and I had the house pretty much ready, and she met us with all the food just as we drove up. She prepared tortilla soup, a wonderful salad with cranberries and slivered almonds, potatoes Romanoff, and barbequed pork tenderloins. (Actually, yours truly did the barbequing!) Mmmm delicious.

Since it was the last day of Chanukah, I was asked to light the traditional menorah and say the blessing over the candles. It goes something like this:

Barukh atah Adonai, Eloheinu, melekh ha'olam
asher kidishanu b'mitz'votav v'tzivanu
l'had'lik neir shel Chanukah. (Amein)

Remember I said that Dave's Home was religion neutral? Well, here’s proof: On one hand a recited the Chanukah blessing, and on the other hand I served pork for dinner!

My plan was to clean up the important stuff after the dinner party, and then leave for Yosemite in the morning, skipping the kid’s last basketball practice of the YMCA session. However, after hearing that professional basketball players were going to show up and help teach the kids, and awards were to be given out, I decided to push back our Yosemite departure and take the kids to their last basketball practice.

Local semi-pro players teaching the kids

Even though we’re now going to arrive in Yosemite in the dark, I think we did the right thing. The kids had more fun at this practice than any of the others, and both really want to sign up for the next session.

Here is K getting his basketball medal.

Here is H getting his basketball medal.

Now, everyone into the car and let’s go to the mountains!