# Sunday, 23 March 2008

Shayna Brocho's birthday

Today, Shayna Brocho reached the grand age of eight.

The day's excitement started when there was a timid knock on the bedroom door at about 6am, following by a small voice saying "I had a bad dream."

I called, and Shayna Brocho bounced in, leapt on top of me and snuggled under the covers. The bad dream seemed to have been forgotten in an instant, and it was cuddle Daddy time.

Now I don't want you to think that I had any problem with this at all, other than the fact that I wanted to go back to sleep. Thankfully, Shayna Brocho's idea of snuggling Daddy involves putting her arms around me and snuggling close. This is in contrast to Eliyohu, who jumps up and down on me, tickles me, etc.

Anyway, an hour or so later, she heard the sounds of movement in her room, and decided to go and see what was happening. On the way back, she passed by the landing window and spotted... SNOW!

With a huge shout, which woke up the rest of the house, she ran back into her bedroom and announced the good news to the others. This was the start of the party. It was noisy and lively!

We had a celebration birthday breakfast, which she spent in the very best place, on her Daddy's knee. During the breakfast, she opened her presents, ably helped by her Daddy of course...

We were actually looking at the camera, just a different camera!

My parents came to stay for Purim and Shabbos, so were there when Shayna Brocho opened her presents. My mum had been teasing her for a few weeks that she was getting two fish fingers for her birthday present. Sure enough, the present was...

...two fish fingers! Shayna Brocho was highly amused, and gave her grandma a big hug...

Just in case you're worried, she got a real present as well! After the presents, it was time for the birthday cake...

If you turn your computer screen upside down, you will see that the cake is a star-shape, with a girl's face in the middle.

Happy birthday Shayna Brocho

Nothing at all to do with the events of the day, but I managed to catch a nice picture of Simcha at the same time...

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Chuckling eggs

When I was a boy (cue "old time" music and black-and-white photos of men in flat caps), my mum used to make fried eggs for supper sometimes. She used to call me over to listen to the sound of the eggs frying in the pan. It's worth frying eggs just for this alone, as they make a lovely, soothing sound, which she used to call "chuckling eggs."

Tonight, as the Boss was making supper, she cracked some eggs into a bowl to make fried eggs. Without any fiddling at all, the eggs landed in the bowl like this...

OK, maybe it's my imagination, but if those eggs aren't smiling, then my name isn't George Smith.

Erm, wait a sec...

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# Saturday, 22 March 2008


Being Purim, it was dressing-up time. The little girls were the only ones I managed to photograph, so unless I can convince the others to dress up again, you'll have to imagine what they looked like.

Anyway, here are (left to right) Queen Shayna Brocho, Queen Chana Liba and Simcha the Sheep...

This isn't actually a great picture of Simcha, but it's the only one I could get with the hood up.

Aryeh Yehuda was dressed as a pirate, mainly because that's what the school decided. All the boys in his class were dressed the same, which made an impressive show when they went out collecting. Eliyohu was dressed as Moshe Rabbeinu, and looked every bit the part!

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