To the moon, and back again

A little break on the way to the Tolerance Statue
A little break on the way to the Tolerance Statue

In this space, many a time, I have spoken ill of my kinder (children) and their need to gai schluffy (go to sleep) on their own and in their own room. Last night, the first sleep over of 2017, had our Little and Big’ with their own Little E. and Big M.’ in tow. Sibling birthed besties! Literally, friends ‘in/out of utero,’ ‘of/for a lifetime.’

Let me preface this bubba meisah (a bit of a tall story) with the fact anecdotal evidence that up until now, and for three short months shy of nine years, the Mrs. and me have been a part of some irrational scientific lab experiment on sleep deprivation. I gotta say, our ‘sleep banks’ and our ‘regular banks’ are probably equally underprovided…

I have so many girls to look after!
I have so many girls to look after!

Knowing that our Little shana madelah was going to be the cause of the majority of any anticipated schluffy tsuris (sleep trouble), we started our adventure with our first hike of 2017. We had two cars, 4 girls 8 and under, and Gatsby (a barking meshuggeneh boychik on a leash) and headed off for the beautiful trails of the Wissahicken. A little fresh air, a new trail and a New Year! Surely we were finding our true north early in the year. We chose to head over to the Tolerance Statue, Mr. William Penn himself, in full-marbleized regalia. 2017 is going to need a lot of ‘tolerance,’ more than usual given the unfortunate circumstances of our hacked democracy. The weather was perfect, the lighting gorgeous and the adventurous state of the girls was scary thrilling!

These ‘explorer kids’ ran, chased, scaled, and reached for the stars as we made our way to the statue. There was a lot of joy on the trail that day, as everyone who passed was filled with smiles and well wishes for a Happy New Year. It felt quite lovely. The maidelahs and the boychik felt the holiday spirit too as they giggled and climbed. Wink. Wink. Nod. Nod. The Mrs. and me thought for certain that we were golden; a promising quiet night with 4 sleeping beauties, nestled snug in their beds.

Home Alone. Popcorn is cooking
Home Alone. Popcorn is cooking

We filled their tiny bellies with pizza and ice cream, the entrée of all sleepovers. We brought out the trampoline for some additional arduous, aerobic activity, then stoked up the TV with Home Alone, the original. The smell of buttery popcorn wafted through the hallways of the Manor, a nice nosh (nibble) for a movie. It was a night of memory making, a simcha (cause for happiness) over these beautiful friendships.

Entertainment: Home Alone, the original
Entertainment: Home Alone, the original

Hugs, kisses… “Goodnight girls! We love you to the moon and back again!” Oh, how naïve we were.

The Bigs, they had their books to read and set off to our bedroom to quietly read. Our Little, she flipped a switch and began an award-winning melt-down, complete with alarming geshrei’s (screams like Jamie Lee Curtis in Halloween), stomping feet and kicky legs too! Totally expected. The Mrs. spent some time in the room with them. I came back from walking boychik and headed for my tour of duty.

Many hours later, I lay motionless in the dark, essence of oils diffusing ‘balance’ into the air, two sleeping Bigs and two wide awake, albeit loud, Littles. It’s time for the Mrs. again. Soon after, I am called back in for a song. The Mrs., she cuts it off at a song. So Little E. requested a ‘lullaby’ that her mom sings her each night. Oy vey…

So, I pull out my very best lullaby. Like a jackrabbit, Little E., she jumps up and says, “That was good, but the one my mommy sings goes like this.” She sang proud and strong, and with the largest, wiggly-jiggly toothed smile shining by the light of the diffuser. It made my very tired, post-tantrum, miserable kinder (child) smile too.

From that moment on, they held hands, smiled, and fell fast asleep. Long night, but completely adorbs all around. Oh how I love these girls!

And chocolate chip pancakes for breakfast. Another nice nosh...
And chocolate chip pancakes for breakfast. Another nice nosh…

Gut-yor (A good year) for all!

Yeder kind offers zeyer eygn eyntsik talant fun glik tsu di velt. Every child offers their own unique gift of happiness to the world. – Russian proverb






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54 thoughts on “To the moon, and back again

  1. I’ll be honest I’m only here for the cake…. You need my address? Haha!!

    Sleep… I’m so glad our little one is generally very good at sleeping, the girls being 11 & 12 are also decent. The 11 year old is a pro sleeper, the task with her is to actually waker her up!

    Rather than reading these comments I’d go for a power-nap 😀

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    1. There will never be sleep catch up, but life is reach! Honestly, this is the first year I have seen Home Alone! It was so funny! I enjoyed it as much as them. #BrillianBlogPosts Wishing you a very Happy and Healthy New Year! xoxo


  2. I know how you feel on the empty sleep bank… In a way it is made worse by my fitbit that tell me in the morning exactly how little I slept… Anyway, would not change the kids for the world. They are my world! #Stayclassymama

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    1. Oh Jeanette, you and I are in sync on this! They are the world, and it seems as thoughh there will be too much sleeping, hopefully much later on in life… #Stayclassymama TY for reading and stopping by! M’wah!


    1. Sleepovers are the very best. We were never allowed to have them at my house, so a sleepover for me meant the world. My girls can have them anytime they want (well not on school days) because that time of bonding is so very special for all, tired mommas too! Thanks you #stayclassymama M’wah!

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  3. Cake?! I have not yet nor feel I ever will brave a sleepover! My son has finally started to sleep through…at five..then last night he spend an hour and a half screaming, apparently zombies were going to attack, I rocked, I sang, I told stories…he dozed off and then woke at 2am…needless to say I had a lot of coffee at work! Such a good post #stayclassymama x

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  4. can’t beat em’ join em’ sounds fun popcorn, movie and then a yummy breakfast! But yes I am getting old an need sleep too #stayclassymama


    1. Another sleepover is coming to a close as the kinder are running from room to room playing Marco Polo. I am certain our downstairs neighbors are questioning their living situation! Heck, they are having fun! That what childhood is for! Happy weekend Mac, you #stayclassymama ❤ ❤ ❤


  5. I dare not allow a sleepover. My 7 year-old will be going to her first sleepover soon, at her friend’s house, I will have to see how that goes first! Although, tis very mean of me as I loved a good sleepover as a kid, but, I also remember how we tortured parents with our refusal to sleep! #FridayFrolics

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  6. Super post I also here for the cake one of our twins has just started sleeping though the night half way there Thanks for linking to the #THAT FRIDAY LINKY come back next week please

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  7. Oh my goodness, 9 years of no sleep!!!! You guys deserve a year of uninterrupted sleep in a 5 star spa!! But the first part of the sleepover does sound super cute!! Pizza, ice cream, popcorn, and Home Alone, sound like the ultimate combination!! We tried ours on Home Alone just before Christmas, but they’re still a bit young and it was lost on them-but it’s one of my favourite films, I can’t wait to watch it with them!!
    Happy new year, I look forward to reading your posts this year!! X


  8. Ahh I love this! I used to love having a sleepover, best nights of my life lying awake eating sweets, chatting with friends and watching Home Alone on repeat, ha! #bigpinklink


  9. I think I need to come over for a sleep over! What a fun evening! Chocolate Chip pancakes for breakfast! I could do with a spoil like that! Loved this Lisa! Thank you for sharing! Gives me hope for when my kids are older! hahaha! #globalblogging


  10. Aw sounds like a lovely sleep over! My little doesn’t really do sleep either! She’s only two – god knows what she’ll be like when she is old enough to have a partner in crime staying with her! Thanks so much for joining us for #FridayFrolics


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