It's been a lovely, lovely holiday season. It was busy and hectic but also very happy and joyous for most part. The weather was beautiful and mostly rainfree. There were family get togethers with local and overseas relatives. Times spent together looking at old family photos, reminiscing and catching up. There was a lot of cooking, cleaning and eating. Lots of reading of stories, conversations and playing. It was mostly a time of informal learning and just enjoying being together without necessarily doing anything extraordinary. The kids were first busy helping build the sukkah, then decorating, then eating, playing and sleeping outside. They really enjoyed going on excursions to visit their great grandparents, great aunt and uncle and various cousins and also having their grandmother visit from the US. There was the shul simchas beis hashoeiva complete with a juggler and unicyclist show for the kids which they were enthralled with and tried to replicate in part the next day. So there was plenty of excitement. In between all of this, I had plenty of ideas for various posts but unfortunately not much time to write, so now I have at least a week and a half worth of writing to do. It's such a beautiful time of the year when we really take ourselves outside of the regular routine to inspire and orient ourselves as to our priorities before we settle in for the winter and the rest of the year. Now the holidays are over and it's time to implement our plans and resolutions for the year ahead, but instead of taking ourselves outside, now we take what we learned outside back in with us.