Well, I survived 16 in-laws and my very first Rosh Hashanah that I hosted. I think it went pretty well. No complaints on the food - which is good because when my brother-in laws do not like your cooking, you know about it! However, I will admit my matzos balls were a matzos mess. I didn't realize that they expand so much well you put them in the pot of water! So a bunch of them just disintegrated. But all in all, not a bad job for a Catholic, Italian girl! Special thanks to The Food Yenta - a fantastic website that provided me with most of my recipes. http://thefoodyenta.com/wp/
The weather held out and we were able to eat outside on the patio. No pictures though - I was too busy to even snap one.
I was thrilled that my sister in-law, Jen, almost broke out in tears when she saw Hope. She hasn't seen her since April and she commented that she was like a different child. That is HUGE to me. I know this past year has been so successful for Hope, but I am with her everyday so I don't see changes the way others can who do not see her for a long time. I know when I am having a bad day - you know, those kind of days when you, as a homeschooler and mom doubt yourself or wonder are you doing the right thing? I can think back to her face and know that I am on the right path.
My niece and nephew are both starting Kindergarten on Monday. My nephew is 4 turning 5 in November - one month older than Hope. While my niece is 5 turning 6 in January. He will be the youngest in his class while she will be the oldest. I am curious to follow their "building" school journey alongside of Hope's homeschooling journey.