Y'all know how passionate I got about arranging Star's 4 weeks off in August. So, it would make sense that I would get equally passionate about her 2 week winter break.
But, no. For some reason, I didn't put near the same amount of passion into figuring out her December time off as I did her summer time off.
Week 1 - I had Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday off for "the winter holidays", but let's be honest - it was for Christmas. If they wanted to give me time of for Hanukkah they would have done it a month earlier! Political/religious rant aside, Star and I had some fun adventures together. On Wednesday, Scott also took the day off and we had family adventures. We drove down to Burlingame to check out a playground which came highly recommended that we hadn't been to before. And, the playground lived up to the hype. There was a really long slide which both Star and I were too scared to go on, but Scott did it. There were various climbing things and bouncy things.
After the playground, we played bocce and Star rode her bike around. A park ranger was driving around, hopefully getting paid extra for working instead of being with her own family. She called out to us, "Merry Christmas!" "You too!!", my husband and I called back enthusiastically. Then, she said to Star, "Did Santa bring you good stuff?" Star looked at her like she was crazy. In that situation, I'm never sure what to do. I don't want to make the person asking feel bad, she was only trying to be nice. But, I also don't want to be dishonest. So, as nicely as I could, I said, "Santa doesn't come to our house." She then made a friendly comment about the weather and drove off.
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Star was with my parents, and Scott and I worked. Saturday afternoon, I picked her up, and then we actually had a babysitter come over so Scott and I could go to a housewarming party. We hadn't been to a party together without Star in a while!
Sunday and Monday, cousins visited. They have a daughter who is 6 months younger than Star. Star and she get along wonderfully well and look similar! We visited them in LA a while back. We went to the Steam Trains and had a nice time together.
Week 2 - This was the week that could have been a disaster but turned out not to be. I had planned for Star to be with one of her classmates at a nanny share. But, I misunderstood the whole plan, and Star was going to be taking the place of her classmate's younger brother in the nanny share while the family went out of town. So, Star was stuck there with a super young kid for 1 day. It was awful for her. I left work early to pick her up.
She was supposed to be with the nanny share for 2 more days, but Scott and I weren't going to put her through that. So, we signed her up for Camp Gan Izzy at the last minute and Star loved it. It's run through our local Chabad and they definitely have some motives about exposing kids to Orthodox Judaism, but that's fine with us! They went on super fun adventures (Marine Mammal Museum, Jelly Belly Factory). At the end, they presented the kids with a framed photograph of their whole group together. This was for a 3 day camp. It was really amazing. Star loved it.