I went back to Montana for the end of the chag--I even brought my new winter boots, but it turned that I didn't need them in the end, b"H. May I just say that my mother makes the best Shabbos/Yom Tov food EVER? It's yummy and filling, but also (mostly) healthy and not heavy. Yay for Ma!
During Chol Hamoed, I went to visit some family friends, and the mom told me that their youngest daughter had just been asking about me the day before I came. When I got to their house, she wouldn't stop hugging me the whole time! And she wanted to sit next to me at dinner! Soooooo yummy. She made a serious dent in my hug backlog, I must say. I have to go visit there more often. ;-)
Then, in my shul on Simchat Torah there were these three little girls, I think they were around kindergarten age, who wouldn't stop dancing for the entire night! They were so happy and energetic and CUTE. One of them would reach out and kiss the sefer Torah whenever she would pass it. I just hope they continue to grow in their love of Torah throughout their lives, holding on to the enthusiasm that they have now.