Tuesday, October 19, 2010


Oh Google...where would I be without you?

Llama looking like this...

Has been reminding me of SOMETHING from my childhood, something I saw a million times.

And... I've got it!

It's the image of the clay girl being brought to life in the classic "Wonder Woman: Cheetah on the Prowl" which book (and cassette!) I read / heard a million times in my youth. I am amazed to find the whole thing online as video here.

Cool, huh??

And yes, I had a Wonder Woman costume and as a chubby four year old, I would proudly romp around the house on my dinosaur Dini and save the world. You're welcome.


Sukkos 2010 (finally)

Here in the land of better-late-than-never, let's talk about Sukkos and What We Did There.

Quick, before I forget.

Baruch Hashem, unlike last year, we were all together, and while we ended up doing a lot of stay-home-and-host-seminary-girls (a LOT - I think we may have hit the limit even for us, and that's saying something!), we got to do some fun other stuff as well.

Davida's Farm is a fairly local elaborate petting zoo farm thingy. Unsurprisingly, Sroch's reactions were mostly timid / scared / clutching / trembling until she was really, REALLY sure all the animals were behind bars (except for the Walking Menace of DOOM (aka the cute farm dog) that occasionally strolled around). She miraculously unbent enough to actually take a pony ride! The best part of that, of course, was two minutes into it when she was able to let go of Yoav's hand, and said to him - "I like it!"

Llama was much more into the animals, despite some confusion over species (I guess an ostrich DOES look like a chicken, if you've never heard of ostriches before). That said, she was surprisingly hesitant to actually touch any of them. Oh well.

We took a tractor ride ("look, we're on a bumpy road going up a hill! Here are some plants! There is a view! Look, we're on a bumpy road going down a hill!" finis), which may not have been so scintillating for adults but Sroch was perfectly happy having that authentic 'farm' experience, and after all, this was about them, not me. :)

The farm wisely had inflatable jumping thingies set up for the kiddos, as well as plant potting (no animals involved) and of course many frozen sugar treats available, which we actually escaped buying any of.

A modern sukkos miracle.

Park Brittania (details on Hebrew link here) is one of the national (ha! Get it? National?) parks (JNF) nearby. We didn't go to do the forest part, just the jungle gym set up at the entrance. We went with mybestfriendRena, and had a lovely time, despite Llama going in her socks (her shoes were mysteriously too small that day, but now they fit again - hmmm...) and me getting two four year olds to use the outdoor, ahem, facilities (for some reason, they were less picky about bark and rocks and such when they were smaller). Anyway, got some great pictures, but you're going to have to wait for the rest of the post, aren't you?

Kalman's engagement party was a delightful surprise, and the girls were delighted to get dressed up and go. Mazal tov to Mamma Nechy, et al!

Kite flying in the local turtle park (named for stone turtle sculpture in park, not actual turtles) (and yes, 'Stone Turtle' would be an excellent name for a band) rounded out our thrilling activities. Especially amusing was watching the ambient children in the park gravitate to my husband getting one kite up in the air and failing to launch the other two broken ones. At least I know he could work as a Pied Piper should education fail us.

Last but not least Sroch got some seminary girls (well, a madricha, actually, who was only keeping one day so had time) to straighten her hair.


I won't even make you wait for the slideshow for that one:

I'm going to publish this now, and will go work on the slideshow, and edit later.

Edit: here it is. You want to see it huge. Click on it and watch it big. Really, they're cute, it's worth it.

Monday, October 04, 2010

Filth apprenticeship

Some recent stuff we've been up to...

1) Craftiness. Due to the influence of FilthWizardry, we have recently
---a) painted the sukkah, as you know
---b) made swords and a geodesic dome out of rolled newspapers
---c) from a second-hand skirt, I made Sroch and her friend ballet skirts and a dress up dress as well.

Here's the swords, dome and skirts.

The dress-up dress I don't have a picture of; it was made by sewing the top of a skirt closed, then cutting out a neck hole and arm holes (the top you sewed closed now becomes the top seam of the shoulders), and giving Sroch permanent markers (aiiieee!) to draw on hearts and butterflies and flowers and a necklace on. I am so brilliant.

I made a diagram for you. Click to enlarge.

Makes a dress for a toddler, or a vest for a grown-up. I would have kept it, except... pepto pink? Methinks not what my wardrobe needs. Also, wasn't exactly finished nicely on the edges, you know?

Now, the swords. Yes, they were awesomely cool, but Yoav does wonder why I chose to make a project that would encourage them to attack each other. Hmm.

As you see, Sroch wasn't nearly as excited about being hit as Llama was about striking (Sroch prefers to use the Bonetti defense from my lap). En guarde, and touche!

In the background, you can see the rolls I was making for the geodesic dome, which I was hoping would be a play sukka of sorts, but it totally failed to do so. But I enjoyed it sitting in the corner of the sukka until it was inspected one too many times by a child. And now all the approximately 2,345 seminary girls we had over (give or take) know what a geodesic dome is.

Pictures of all our trips, etc, during Sukkos vacation still to follow. But here's a preview: