Sunday, December 15, 2013

Snow preview!

I refuse to blog out of order. Otherwise we're all doomed.

But I will skip Chanuka for the moment to bring you a preview of my girlies in the snow. You're welcome.

This is snow at Zur Hadassa. There WAS snow in Ramat Beit Shemesh!!! REALLY!!!! But nothing like this.

Oops. I made a meme.

If you don't know what a meme is... never mind, too complicated.

Llama meets Google Translate

Sukkos final pictures!

Hey, it's only Teves! Sure it's snowed and stuff but it's like Sukkos just happened right!


Part one of Sukkos 2013 post here.

Llama's birthday ukulele. Llama wanted a guitar, but a REAL guitar. Guitars made for kids her age are toys with no real sound. So... a ukulele made perfect sense! This is the one we bought. I feel like it's perfect for a 5 year old.

That said... it's hard!! I tried teaching myself with the book we bought, and the force needed to push strings down on the frets is real. But at least the strumming she does is not unpleasant, and it really is super cool. Yay!

Our sukka:

It was lovely, and totally changed this year, since the upstairs neighbors have all built outwards, the effect being we have a larger covered area in the backyard, and they gave us an enlarged tiled area and moved the pergola (which is also taller now)... and we also had our back windows covered (our choice) from Rosh Hashana until last week except on weekends but hey, no big deal! And now if we ever do choose to do a massive apartment expansion out back, much of the prep work is done. So win-win.

The bye-bye sukka festive meal

And then these are my favorite pictures to take each year:

The girls get their own esrogim, ones my husband astutely buys for them literally hours before the holiday begins. As the girls get older, the esrogim get more affectionate handling rather than manhandling, but they do deteriorate pretty quickly compared to the one Yoav gets for himself.

That said, when an unnamed child dropped his esrog on the penultimate day of the chag, we were pretty sure one of the girlie ones were probably more kosher now than his.

(We borrowed from a neighbor for the last day. Cause, yeah. You know.)

More kid drawing stuff

Dancing with a Torah
Girls and their turtle drawings.

The impressive part here is how she copied those English letters from my computer... on the first try. But she doesn't know her ABC's, not really. She just can draw really well.

The reason behind the sign: we gave away some baby clothes to a baby next door, and my girls wanted to make a whole store for the mommy to come shop in. Adorable.
Pizza for dinner tastes better when the restaurant has a sign. Duh. Note Sroch the connoisseur. 
Llama's drawing of Zayde and Bubbie. Note the long curly payos (on all her drawings, Jewish men have long curly payos) and the extreme arms on the glasses. 

Friday, December 13, 2013


Sroch is reading Llama a book, and it says a character is "b'dieta" (on a diet).

(This is a term I've carefully never used in the house.)

Llama asks her - What does that mean?

Sroch pauses for a moment, then answers confidently: "It's when you don't eat."

Friday, November 29, 2013

The artist currently known as Llama

(and also my sufganallah and unilatke)

Sufganiot vs challah

So I saw a whole wheat sufgie recipe in the paper, and I just compared it to my regular challah recipe...

My challah has...

About four times as much sugar
Twice the oil

Hmmm. Think there's a lesson here? Maybe I should just put jelly filling in my challah?

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Proud to stink as a mother

It's one AM, and I've just slathered myself in vapo-rub to show a miserable, coughing, congested Llamushka that it's not scary and doesn't hurt.

She can't even smell it, poor bunny. But she let me put it on her.

...I, on the other hand, stink (and this stuff is starting to make a weird tingle). I hope she falls asleep before it tingles her too much!


Friday, November 22, 2013

Erev shabbos jobs

Llama is watering the lemon tree. We haven't hooked the hose back up yet since they started all the construction, so she's doing bucket by bucket by bucket!
Sroch is making a cake by herself - reading the (Hebrew) recipe and everything! 

Wednesday, October 30, 2013


By nature of the Hebrew calendar, she's been 5 for about 3 weeks already, but today is the English date. GEVALT! Five?! But she was just born!!!

Monday, October 21, 2013

SuperMommy ran out of words

Sroch: "Who is the head of the entire entire government of Eretz Yisroel?"

That's Binyamin Netanyahu.

"Is he a Yehudi? (A Jew)"

With a name like that, yes, he most certainly is!

"So call him, and tell him to kick out ALL of the bad goyim! Just the bad ones!"

Sroch, trust me, there are plenty of people telling him that! But it's not so simple.

"Why not?"

Um.. um... Sroch, I cannot even BEGIN to explain that to you. It goes back to several thousand years of history of the relationship between the Jews and the non-Jews.

"So explain it to me!"

....nope. Sorry kid. I don't tell scary stories within 24 hours of bedtime.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

I think that I may never see...

...something as adorable as Llama's utter determination and seriousness in ballet class. And she's GOOD.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Sukkos intermediate roundup!

Strictly speaking, it ain't over yet. But here's what we've been doing thus far for Sukkos 2013!

  • We have a sukka. Yes, this is news, since major construction upstairs from us began the week of Rosh Hashana, and we weren't sure we'd have anything. But we have a lovely new tiled part of our garden and a moved-but-now-taller pergola and we have the same size kosher sukka with a covered annex, rather useful for the occasional rain sprinkles we had.
  • And on the topic of that rain, this is what I insist upon, to understand this out-of-season rain:

Imagine… Imagine that God is up in his heavens with his arms overflowing with all of the bounty we are going to receive. Much like a mother holding armload of fresh, clean, wonderful laundry, such a full armload that sometimes a little bit spills out underneath your elbow. By which I mean… This is all just a happy prediction of wonderful things to come. I insist on believing that!
  • For the first time in 12 years, methinks, we're not making "second day" meals for anyone. End of an era? Not exactly - Pesach time we'll be doing it again for the family, yay! Pesach: just 7 months away! BRING IT ON!
  • Ahem.
  • First day of chol hamoed was a Friday, so mostly we stayed in the house and I took many stressful hours to cook like two things. Oh well. Oh, and we gave Llama her early birthday present of a ukulele! She loves it! Video to come.
  • Second day of chol hamoed was Sunday, and we went to Ganei Yehoshua on the train (!), wherein we did the park in fullness, what with renting a motor boat and a pedal car and taking an, ahem, alternative extended route around the lake in said pedal car. Good times. Oh, and my daughters are better motor boat steer-ers than I. 
  • Third day we went bowling in Modiin, where for just under $40 we played one whole game of bowling. Ouch. Oh well, all in the name of holiday fun! We then came home to a multiple-hour power outage in all of Beit Shemesh, thus leading to candlelit romantic sukka fun. 
  • Today (fourth day, Tuesday) we met my dear Michelle and Miriam A of elementary/junior/high school and we went to an 'Olive Experience' thing, where the kids saw all kinds of herbs and plants and picked olives and pickled them and made pita/laffa things and had a great time, and I was (as always) SUPER proud of the girls for accepting, unquestioning-ly, that they could not eat X or taste Y for various halachic reasons. And it was utterly delightful to see my good friends' children, who, because they are children of my good friends, are allowed to be just about as adorable as my own children. 
  • Tomorrow I will brave a grocery store and purchase more comestibles for.. MORE YUNTIV! Yay!!
On the train to Tel Aviv

Vroom vroom in Ganei Yehoshua

Sroch pedaled a bit while I walked alongside. But I also pedaled a lot, thank you very much. 

Both girls used this metal guide thingy to bowl. Apparently the old fashioned granny style is totally out. 

After all, he did letter in bowling back in high school....

...the lane was totally warped, I'm sure. For real, at least one of Yoav's spares didn't get recorded properly.

This is an old crashed army (?) plane in a national park. Yes. Exactly. 

From the olive thingy.