Friday, June 29, 2012

Happy summer break!

Today was the last day of school!

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!

Good shabbos!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Update on the poultry

Thank God Almighty to the nth power, Sroch returns to school tomorrow!

The vaccine proved itself - she never felt ill, never even really itchy (!). She was just spotty. And bored. Tomorrow she'll return to school (we took her to the doctor to confirm, since her case was so mild some of her pox never, um, dried, since they never fully, er, were wet, so, um, yeah I'm too grossed out to finish the sentence, but suffice to say she got permission to go back to school, few).

Llama is still pox-free, thank God. If she comes out in spots, undoubtedly it will be while Saba and Savta are here. Hi guys! Something to look forward to!

Speaking of which, regular school ends this week. I really need to post pictures of the girls' end of the year (weep weep ) parties, and Sroch's first (weep weep) graduation. Did I mention they still haven't done registration for next year? Yeah. Anywho...

Next week begins camp-within-school, which is only till 1 PM everyday. I'm investigating after 1 PM options. In three weeks begins real-camp, which is till 3 PM everyday.

Poor kiddos. Don't you sometimes wish they could just have free time at home with no need to go to school, you know, just stay with their parents all day and...

Um, yeah. Sroch's missed three days of school this week. All hail school and camp!

And now, a picture of me off to get my train from England in February:


Friday, June 22, 2012

Airplanes and another avian issues

Before we went to America for Pesach, I spent many many hours getting ready for the incredibly long travel times with my girlies. Games and short-list-of-approved-videos on multiple devices (phone and computer). Coloring books and stickers. Snacks. Mental preparation and airplane etiquette lessons for the girls.

And all the prep paid off, mostly. Mostly the journeys were easy-ish and smooth-oid.

Because, gentle reader, when you're preparing to have a endurance test of parenting restricted to a small physical area, you take the time to be ready!

...Which is why Sroch breaking out in CHICKEN POX this afternoon has shaken me so much! I need warning if I'm going to be spending multiple days at home with her!!! She needs warning if she's going to be told NO she can't go to a friend and NO she can't have that friend over and NO she can't go to the alef-bais party on Sunday.

Thank God, she has had the vaccine, so (so far) she's having a very mild case - she's just covered in spots. (My neighbor, using her mother-of-six wisdom to diagnose Sroch's spots as something other than an overactive mosquito, listened to Sroch whining and said, "See? She's not feeling well, she's kvetching, give her Acamol (acetaminophen)." To which I replied - "If I gave her Acamol every time she kvetched I'd be arrested." Well, I should have replied that. What I ACTUALLY said was "Does that work???")

Llama, also vaccinated, is not showing any symptoms at all. We cancelled our shabbos lunch plans, I already told Yoav he gets to take off work on Sunday (insert smiley face emoticon) and please God, this should be our worst problem, amen.

GOOD SHABBOS, cluck, cluck.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Coming attractions

Sroch, in a borrowed (very oversized) first grade uniform:



And Llams, just being delicious:


What they draw

I always have this internal push for my children to be creators.

Maybe it's too much FilthWizardry envy (her kids are the ages of mine! And actually almost as cute as mine! Oh noes!). Maybe it's because, on my computer all day, I am often creating something, text or layouts or graphics, and so I want them to Be Like Me.

Or maybe it's because so much of their delightful brilliance is so fleeting. I have a blog to try and capture a bit of their personality, their wit, their exuberance. I even take videos. But I cannot freeze or encapsulate their wonderfulness perfectly, so maybe that's why I want them to make Things. So something is frozen.

(Of course, by the time they get home at 4 PM every day, they generally do not want to do 'projects.' They want to either play with friends or do their own thing - or just cuddle. Or kvetch AND cuddle, often simultaneously. Or swim. But I digress.)

Anyway, some of my favorite recent examples of what they DID draw:

Sroch drew this on my white board behind my desk at work when she came to work with me a few weeks ago. She was going to write "I love you" but as you see, she got tired. 

Llama painted this in tzharon this week. She says it's a beautiful 'beit knesset' (shul) reaching up to the sky.

...I think it looks like a Llama.

This apparent happy-face is actually an example of Sroch's spontaneous anger-management creativity, where  as we have tried to teach her, she can SHOW me how upset she is without being hurtful to others. The clenched teeth are in anger, of course. Not sure what the little beanie means. 

This is (cough) a few months old. I just thought she looked so OLD here. Way to color in the lines Sroch. 

Okay, nachos (well, nachas). This is from (ahem) before Pesach, but note the top line - Llama's name. Then note her squiggles in red as she COPIED the letters of her name! NOT BAD KID, especially since she's a) only three, b) this is not being taught to her in school or by me. She's just, you know, good. 

So proud.

Proving my (hemhem) before Pesach point, this is Sroch typical topical drawing.

Okay, this is massively months old, but I thought it was a really interesting idea. I sat down with Llama, me holding the crayon and her guiding my hand (sorta a Ouija board thing, except my parents never let me have one of those). I cannot rotate this picture, so please believe me that the yellow face was on top and the kippa-clad figure on the bottom, perpendicular to old yeller. I asked why she drew her father in that direction: "Because he's taking a nap."

See? Our children want for us what we want for ourselves.

Did I ever mention that the tzaharon teacher says Llama has the most detail oriented coloring she's ever seen in a three year old?

Could nuclear physics be far off? I THINK NOT.

Oh, and one more anecdote, also (meep) months old. We took Sroch for an interview for a school (not where she's going - unless it is - oh long story, anyway) and they gave her four illustrated cards, and asked her to put them in the correct sequence. There was a child blowing up a balloon a little, a bit more, a lot and then the child with the balloon popping, with lines coming near the child's mouth showing movement and explosion and such.

Sroch put the popping one first, then the others with the balloon growing.

The principal asked her why she put them in that order, and she said, "The first one is the girl yelling at her mommy to give her a balloon, then the rest are when she blows it up with air."

Yoav and I were simultaneously mortified ("Right we don't yell at mommy to give us things?") and ridiculously proud. You think outa the box, kiddo. We're right behind you.

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Bows and arrows on a shoestring

...or elastic string, really.

Thanks to this blog entry I was able to, when the objects were demanded (ahem) by my eldest, produce a reasonable bow and arrow for the kids to play with.

Materials:
- one pruned poplar stick
- one dead bougainvillea stick
- good pruning shears
- tape / ribbon
- elastic

Tada!

Closeup of how I put tape in the split at the end of the arrow, then wedged a bit of ribbon in there, to make it easier for little fingers to get it on the elastic.

Nice arc, right?

Boing!!!

Robin Sroch learning

Llama John's shot (you can see the fletching (as it were) flying off camera).

Monday, June 04, 2012