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."