Friday, August 27, 2010

It's Not Always Easy

Prepping for Shabbat

Although we love Shabbat, I must admit that sometimes instead of "Yeah, it's Shabbat!", it's more like "Well, today's Shabbat....again."

Why? The Shabbat Seder takes thought, prep work, grocery shopping and parents who are motivated so that the kids get the positive effects of the event instead of feel the stress.

But sometimes life gets in the way of thought, prep work, grocery shopping AND a positive attitude.

For instance, our week has included the first week of home school, a child with strep throat, a plethora of good and not-so-good meetings, and three days of oversleeping our alarm (including today). I felt like I spent the entire week strapped behind the wheel of a NASCAR racing machine.

Couple the chaos with knowing that my husband had to leave right after dinner to go to Club Scout training, and it was very tempting for me to forgo our Shabbat ceremony. It would have been so much easier to order pizza, send the kids to their rooms to play and grab some quiet Mommy time.

I had to make a choice. And, I had to remember that for me, it's not just about rest. It's about family. It's about raising my children with their Jewish identity intact, and it's about making memories that last a lifetime.

So, I made a choice and somehow, we pulled off dinner.

Thanks to my wonderful husband, a Roast was put in the crock pot before leaving the house this morning.

And, I made a Sweet Noodle Kugel. Oh my...I could have just eaten this and been happy. So yummy and it brought back some child hood memories. Yum.

For dessert, I decided to try out a new recipe. Apple Cinnamon Strudel. The picture is a mess because it's made with phyllo dough which should have been baked on top of wax paper. I only had aluminum foil and the dough stuck. Oops. But, hey, smothered with vanilla ice cream and it doesn't matter how it looks. Right?

Since Daddy left for his training right after dinner and Mommy had a headache, we decided against board games. Instead, I let the kids pick a movie and the three of us sat down to watch High School Musical 3. And, I'm so glad we did. My kids ended up making a dance routine to one of the songs and I got the whole thing on video.

Yep, memories to last a lifetime!

Shalom, Spring M Fricks


  1. the kugel looks yummy as well as your bread...that extra effort does make a difference...well done!

  2. Awesome, way to go! My first week of school included sending #2 to kinder, two final days of family vacation, a subsequent extended family blow-up, a phone call from #1's teacher that she was showing off her underwear in the cafeteria, a reunion with a cousin who just moved within driving distance, two dinners which the kids entirely refused to eat, and absolutely zero progress toward my writing deadline. I think I need some kugel.

    Shalom and may you have rest this Shabbat.

  3. How wonderful. Reading this made me want to have more family time.

  4. thx 4 coming by...
    i love your idea of blogging the festivals...I'm facilitating a 'christian believer' class @ our church and LOVE working in 'current real world' information from them. I started last week and provided the first snack...I served 'fig preserves' and matzoh crackers, honey, and black seedless grapes. Throughout the year I'll be 'giving them a taste' of Jesus's food...helps them understand their roots in a 'sweeter' way, I think ;)

  5. I think I've told you this before, but I love kugel. And I got to have some Monday. Someone in my neighborhood brought it to a Labor Day potluck. It was AWESOME!