We started with Friday night services, and then a Community Shabbat Dinner - we had 4 tables reserved for our guests. What's really nice is that Micah is very "into" doing Birkat Hamazon, the grace after meals, and so am I. So we had a group for that. For me, one of the special parts of the weekend was having Brenda and her son Eitan up from Florida. Brenda and I met at our first Kadima (junior USY) event in 7th grade, and have been friends ever since. And now our sons are best buds. It was also lovely to have my parents' dear friends, the Skopovs, who are like family to me. And relatives and friends from all over.
Adam and Jenny slept over our house, so after we all went home, it was nice to visit a bit with them.
Saturday morning service was packed and perfect. Micah did great, Sam read Torah well, I did fine on my reading, everyone behaved... it was just lovely. And lunch for 325+ was awesome.
We rested a little bit in the afternoon, but I had to be back at shul to set up for the evening party. The night was fabulous. The social hall looked lovely with the decorations and the lighting from the DJ. The kids had a blast. The grownups had fun.
Then Sunday morning we hosted brunch - our friends Hope and Clay kindly offered their house (since they had just done the same for their daughter's bat mitzvah a few weeks earlier). It was great to be able to talk to people in a quieter setting.
|Formal portrait on Thursday evening|
Exhaustion after that, and clean-up. Now Micah is still working on Thank You notes - it'll take a while...
Thanksgiving was good. My sister's house on Thursday, out to a restaurant with my inlaws and Laura on Friday, and then we came home for a nice weekend here - shul, friends, relaxing.
Then gear up because this past weekend was the MWJDS Winter Lights Gala, and I was one of the Honorees! I worked triple my usual hours last week prepping things (ha - they thought they wouldn't let me work on it! Can't keep a control-freak away...). The event was Lovely. Really the best Gala we've ever had, and not just because I was an Honoree ;) There was dancing and a fabulous community-wide Horah. Really fun. And we raised over $40k just that night in the Silent and Live Auctions! Still doing the tallying (it takes a while, because people send in money after the event, too), but definitely a successful event.
|Gala photo with David's family (taken by my dad)|
Here is the text of my speech: