Thursday, December 17, 2009
Ok, I have a list the size of Florida and only a few hours.
Sunday, December 6, 2009
To keep up with his weekly tradition, Monday morning we were supposed to go for a flu shot for Benny but of course, he had a horrible cold/cough and was not able to get the shot! And he had the start of pink eye. So we have rescheduled the flu shot for tomorrow!
Something I noticed, while giving Benny his eye drops, was that there are about six new teeth in Little Man's mouth that were not there last week! He got in four molars and two more front-ish teeth. They seriously sprouted out of nowhere!!! I've wondered when his tooth-growing would speed up...he got his first two teeth when he was about ten months old or so!
This week was actually not too crazy. School was school, we had a Chanukah writing contest and the winners got a pizza party after school! Benny stayed with me for the party and kept running to the hallway near his classroom, yelling "DIA! DIA!!!" His teacher's name is Nadia, he calls her Dia. It was so cute!
Shuky won four movie tickets at school over the last few weeks so we finally decided to go out and use them! We took out another couple and went to see Old Dogs. Either we were all over-exhausted or the movie was seriously hilarious! We were all laughing SO hard, like crying laughing! We continued on to Walmart for even more excitement (I needed a marble jar for my classroom). After that, we had some things to do around town, transporting some bigger toys to the shul for the kids' program. Two of which did not actually fit in the car. Both of which were held through the windows, just hanging there. Cue more cry-laughing!
After our lice incident, I had everything in boxes/bags being treated. My wig was in a bag in the freezer. That was an interesting experience. Never thought I'd have to defrost my wig! But alas, there were no more nits and I can once again have my comfy wig! The toys all came out of solitary confinement today as well. With each new toy, Benny came over with a huge, "WOW!" and started playing. Needless to say, today was actually a pretty easy day with him. He could not get over having all his toys back!!
Shuky and I decided to put together the kitchen we bought for Benny's Chanukah present during his nap. We assumed we would get it done before he woke up, hide it in the office, and be able to give it to him fully ready - on Chanukah! Of course, he woke up in the middle of the assembly. Once he saw it, there was no way we could put it anywhere so Chanukah started early in our house this year!
We are very excited about our upcoming New York trip. Not so much for the trip itself but for the being in New York for two weeks part! We'll see how Benny handles his first major road trip. Or maybe we need to see how Shuky and I handle it! Thankfully, Rochel is coming to visit for Chanukah so she will be driving with us. But not back. Although I may kidnap her for the drive back. Shhh. ;)
This Shabbos, we went to the Browns for the whole thing...just slept there. Benny loves the boys and we love going there! He was yelling for AWIIII (Avi) the whole time; hilarious! Of course, it's been snowing since Thursday so it was a really good thing we decided to sleep there!
Well, it's still snowy outside and freezing and we decided that tonight we are going to try sleeping in the downstairs guest room. See if it's a lot warmer on the first floor. Way too cold upstairs these days! Benny is in Shuky's office and we are next door in the guest room...we'll see how this works out!
And now, to try out the new room, good night!!!
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Unfortunately, I have not resolved my laptop issue as fast as I would have liked to! I was hoping to take my birthday money and any possible Chanukah money and find myself something cheap. But, with our current financial status, I just can't justify buying a laptop when we still have Shuky's! So my posts are not coming around as often as I'd like...
The past few weeks have been pretty eventful. Since coming back from California, each Sunday has been a new fun story with Benny.
Sunday #1: Benny had a horrible cough and cold the entire week before hand. Started giving us reason to worry (we are super careful about asthma considering Shuky's history) so we decided to take him in to the hospital, make sure it wasn't anything serious. It was an ear infection combined with a bad cough/cold combo.
Sunday #2: While combing Benny's hair after his bath, I realized he brought some friends home from school! Yuck! He had lice and, as it turns out, so did I! We had to tear the house apart, treating everything and ourselves too! I had to spend the next few days at home with B, waiting for us to both come out clean! I made it back to school on Thursday finally!
Sunday #3: Benny got a hold of a USB SD Card converter with a Micro SD Card in it. We found it in his mouth but the Micro SD Card was no longer in it! We freaked out and took him to the hpospital for X-rays. It didn't show up on the X-ray but we are now the official joke of the family; 'transfering our data to Benny', 'Benny is a walking operating system' (the card had the new Google Chrome OS on it!), 'bennydroid' :)
Thursday we are heading to Chicago for Thanksgiving, very exciting! And soon we head out on our drive to New York!!!!!!!!!
Peace and love.
Sunday, November 1, 2009
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Monday, September 21, 2009
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Sunday, August 30, 2009
Friday, August 21, 2009
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Monday, August 10, 2009
Friday, July 31, 2009
It has been a full year since I gave birth to our rambunctious little guy. Over a year since I started this blog. Over two years since I got married. Over three years since I decided to change my life around - dropped everything and left to Israel. Which really started everything for me!
Sitting back and looking at my life through someone else's eye. It may seem somewhat calm, regular, run-of-the-mill type stuff. From my eyes, the view is enormous!
Monday, July 27, 2009
Saturday, July 11, 2009
Thursday, June 18, 2009
It's our first night in our new house tonight! And Benny's first night in his own room!
There is an amazing lightning storm outside, along with a tornado watch. Did I mention it's tornado season here now? The storms can get pretty hectic sometimes! It's usually pretty intense to sit and watch. For instance, right now, for five minutes straight, the sky lit up literally every half a second! When I was here as a teen, we used to drive out to the middle of field-land and watch the storms in all their glory!
Have a good night to all!
PS Our first guest room is ready for reservations!
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Monday, June 8, 2009
I'd probably even be happy if it were in the 80's, I don't need the standard high 90's to 100's. Just not 58. Because that's the current temperature here in Iowa. 58 degrees.
I WANT NICE WEATHER!!!!!!
On a happier note, I fall more in love with Benny every day, if possible! He is at the most adorable stage, learning new things all the time. Really, he is just surprising me with his understanding of what's going on around him. He really gets things! And he really gets into things! He is slowly adding new words, or what sounds like words anyway. He points to things that are actually there now! He takes his little walker and runs everywhere! Ain't no stopping him now...:)
One of the funniest things he is doing these days is dancing to every drop of music he hears. It's awesome. I can sit and watch him for hours. If only he would sit for that long!
Everywhere we go with him, people stop what they're doing to talk to him. It's very interesting to see how people change around a baby, drop all their guards, become someone else!
We are still not fully into our house yet. We got this amazing deal on a bedroom set, it was originally $250, we found it clearanced for $62. It's a dresser, night-stand, headboard, and mirror. Beautiful too. Nice oak. It was brand new, in the box. They are just bringing in a new furniture company! Score!!
Anyway, if anyone wants our new mailing address, email me and I'd be more than happy to share it!
Have a good night!!!
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Well, first we'll have to go through and give the place a once-over, cleaning-wise, and then we can start moving in! We have a few projects we want to do over the summer. For one, I would like to paint the two bedrooms that we will be using. I would really like to make a nice room for Benny and likewise for ourselves! We haven't really been able to lay claims to any place yet since we've been married and we know we're here for at least two years. Why not really make it feel like home!
So I've been eying paint colors and trying to decide which way to go! We've also been fantasy shopping at Walmart a few times. Similar to window shopping, where you come home with nothing. But in the land of fantasy shopping, you can afford whatever you want. We are going to have one heckava place in this fantasy world!!!!!
The good news is, everything we own is now local. No more saying, 'Oh we have that in our boxes in Postville!'. And all of our New York stuff made it out today, so we REALLY have everything!!!
Alright, Benny has started this fun new schedule. He goes to sleep at a normal hour, usually between 7 and 8, depending on how his naps went during the day. Obviously, that is affecting what time he wakes up. Gone are the days of sleeping until 10 or 11. Hello 6:30-7. Hello birds chirping. Hello crack of dawn. Hello Shuky. Here's Benny.
I would like to create a snooze button for my child!
And now, being that it's 10 and Benny has been asleep for a while, I guess I should hit the sack as well!
Good night to one and all.
Oh, before I go, we would like to extend an open invitation to ANYONE who wants to come out for a visit, it's really beautiful here!!!!!!! And we finally have tons of space for guests!
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
I never thought getting to the airport could be such an ordeal as it was for us today! I got up at 6 to finish packing and get our carry-ons ready. Sruly picked us up around 8:45-9. We stopped at our old place first to grab something we forgot. The roads are all being redone so two blocks took almost ten minutes to drive! Then we stopped at Buncho for some to-go food and coffee. Another 15 minutes or so. And then we were off to LaGuardia!
So, merging onto the Grand Central from the Jackie Robinson, there was a van coming fast that we didn't see so we both ended up stopping short. The driver of the van was BEYOND pissed! Let's just say that even though both our windows and his windows were closed, we were able to hear the profanities quite clearly! He let us go and that was that.
Or so we thought. We were joking around about it and the van passes by to see us all laughing. I don't think that was the reaction he was looking for. Instantly, he went into crazy mode! He slows down, hoping we will pull up right next to him. Which wasn't something any of us were interested in doing, so we slowed down too. At this point, we are both pretty much stopped in our lanes, everyone around us is honking as two of the four lanes are being blocked up by this man's road rage issues! We moved over to be in his lane behind him so he switches to our previous lane. Back and forth a few times. Mr. Van is driving erratically, we're all really nervous. Sruly notices a cop in the far left lane and quickly pulls up next to them to get their attention. They stop to talk to us, Sruly explains what happened and asks for help. The cop tells us to get behind her and off we go. She speeds up with us in tow, takes us past the van and keeps driving with us. We see the van speeding up, swerving in and out and around all the cars. We start honking at the cop and pull up next to her letting her know what he's doing. She sends us in front of her and keeps the rear. Stays with us until our exit, where we SPEED off, hoping he won't see and follow. He didn't, thank G-d! We told Sruly to call when he got home!!! (He made it fine :) )
Off to the adventure of making it through the airport. After checking in at the last minute, we headed off to security. I walked through the wrong line and got yelled at. No biggie. We went back to the beginning of the line and waited 'like everyone else'. We gwt to the front and go to give our tickets and ID and realize the agent never gave us Shuky's ticket! So I continued through with Benny and he went back to get it. The workers saw what happened and helped me out to the gate. Shuky had a nice argument with the ticket agent, who, for some reason, was taking it personally! She finally printed his ticket and when the security guys saw Shuky they pulled him through super fast.
We made it onto the plane, enjoyed our stopover in Chicago and just left Rochester.
Oh, they lost my stroller too. Fun times, fun times!
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Our last day in New York. Just went to Ikea with Melissa, fell in love with everything I saw, planning a trip to Minneapolis already! Got a cute bag for our pool stuff for the summer! All we have left to do is pack what we're traveling with and we're good to go!
Last night, we went with Benny and Zaidy to 'Carlos & Gabby's', a great Mexican restaurant on Coney. It was awesome; the great kitchy decorations, the huge sombrero sticking out of the storefront, delicious food! They had little mariachi-style instruments for kids to play with which Benny obviously loved!
So, on another note, I've been slowly getting my name around as a 'baby genious' of sorts. I've been doing consultations, helping people find the right products for their needs, within their budgets. I'd like to start charging soon, for now I'm letting people see that I'm good at it. Hopefully they will refer me to their friends! I'm still treying to figure out rates and things so if anyone has feedback, what would you be willing to pay for such a service? I can help you with anything, from small to large, give you comparisons if you want choices, order for you if necessary...I've already helped a few people pick out strollers and they've all come back to me with help getting other items! And so far, only happy results!
I'm also trying to come up with a cute name for the service, so any suggestions?
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Monday, May 11, 2009
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Yesterday we drove to Long Beach, to the Aquarium of the Pacific. What a gorgeous place! Benny had sooooo much fun! He got so excited with each new tank, he leaned up against the glass and tried to grab all the fishies swimming by! Shrieks and all! Some Asian woman at one of the tanks got so excited by his excitement, she started taking pictures of Benny instead of the fish! Lol! We watched a 3-D video of fish and how our world affects theirs. Benny wore my 3-D glasses and loved it!
Then we drove over to 4215 Gaviota Ave, where we lived until I was 9. So fun taking a trip down memory lane, so many great things to remember...karate lessons, the liquor store where we used to get Laffy Taffys...
On the way home, we stopped at Orange Delight of course. Amazing food always.
Benny got a lovely rash that kept getting worse so we had to go out later that night to Walgreens for some Benadryl. This morning, the rash looked much better and now it's almost gone!
Today we went for mani/pedis and then out to lunch. Afterward, we went to pick up Ronen from school and headed to the mall to hang out. A few hours later, we headed to Tia Miriam's house for a poolside pit-fire/barbeque and a good old hang-out with the aunts and great-aunts and Great Bobbe!
And now, we are winding down as people pack and say good-bye. Not to us. We are still sticking around for another week!
Have a good night.
Monday, April 27, 2009
Shabbos was very nice. Motzei Shabbos we went into the city for some Pizza World fun.
Yesterday was awesome! We went to Zuma Beach for a few hours. First of all, it's been just about a million years since I've been to Zuma. Secondly, the drive is amazing, all the gorgeous houses. The men selling Bonsai trees on the side of the road. Amazing! So, we get to Zuma and it's a bit chilly but nice and sunny. The water was FREEZING!!! Like, putting-your-feet-in-the-water-hurts freezing! We all hung out. Rochel was brave enough to go all the way in. The rest of us had sweatshirts on and wrapped ourselves in blankets!
We saw so many dolphins playing in the water, literally feet from the people surfing! So cool!!
We were joking around about how freaky it must be to see a fin go up all of a sudden in front of you! Tia Miriam started saying how you know there are sharks when you see a sea lion, that's what the sharks eat. All of a sudden, I see a sea lion pop its head up. Rochel was treying to convince us that it was a bald black man. We followed the bobbing head until we got a better view. Turns out I was right, it was a sea lion. But no shark sightings to report!
Rochel and I tossed around the pigskin a bit, while standing in the wet sand obviously!
Benny loved the beach! Ate tons of sand of course. But what's a trip to the beach without some sand ingestion, right? He was crawling all over the place, super happy! He loved all the seagulls too. He got so excited when they came close to eat our bread! So adorable! The water was too cold for him, but I put his toes in the sand after the water came up.
After the beach, benny and I dropped everyone off at their homes and went to the city to visit Aliyah and pick up Uncle Shmuly...for AUNTY ROCHEL'S BIRTHDAY PARTY!!!!
But first, Benny needed a bath to get all the sand out of his tushie. Guess what, HE GOT HIS FIRST TOOTH!!!!
Rochel's party was A BLAST! We had a salad bar, hot dogs, chicken, tons of yummy food! We had a karaoke showdown, with four generations singing! So much fun!!! It was great seeing everyone, we make a fun, crazy bunch!
Missing Shuky tons! Benny is missing his Tatty!!!
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Aaah. The deliciousness of waking up to gorgeous weather in Sherman Oaks. This is the life!
Benny didn't sleep too well last night but I was expecting that. With a 6 hour flight and 3 hour time difference, I'm surprised he slept at all!
Of course we went straight to Orange Delight from the airport! Thanks Shmoozle! Benny and I shared a Southwest Chicken Salad! Shmuly offered me a menu, and I was like, "Pu-leeeeze! As if I need a menu here!!!" ;)
Anyway, the house is now quiet. Everyone is off to work and school and Benny is finally sleeping! Gonna go enjoy my first day here in heaven!
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Monday, April 20, 2009
Monday, April 6, 2009
It's been an eventful month already and we're just in the beginning!!
Benny got a highchair finally.
Rochel joined us at the park on one of our many trips and got to experience Benny's frantic arm-and-leg-kicking and shrieks of excitement while watching all the kids run around!! It's hilarious!!
On Sunday we went with Sruly and the kids to Central Park (to walk off our delicious lunch :) )and we got some awesome shots! And had a bunch of fun too! We put Benny down and he was OFF! Could not get him to sit still for anything! Except for the dog :). I have to upload some more pictures but here's a sneak peak!
Oh. Almost forgot. We are training Benny to sleep in his own bed so the last few nights have been uber fun. And I mean uber. I can't remember the last time I felt this exhausted. Kudos to all you parents who have done this before. At least we can now see a light at the end of our sleepless tunnel! Hopefully this new not-having-Benny-attached-to-me-at-night thing will help him sleep longer. Keep your fingers crossed!
**Update**I apologize, we went to Prospect Park, not Central Park! Thank you to reader Shuky Meyer for pointing out that mistake and writing a Letter to the Editor! :)
Saturday, March 28, 2009
It's been a while since I've written anything on here. Been a hectic month! We are in the new place for a few weeks and we are LOVING it. We had a great time staying with my mom but everyone needs their own space eventually, so it was time. Benny can crawl around freely here and he even gets his own room! Granted, he doesn't sleep in it yet. But hey, he has his own room and that's all that matters! We are slowly getting it set up as a fun room for him. Pulled out the pool we got for Florida, going to make him a ball pit. Got some cute things to hang on the wall. Clothes hanging in his closet. Working on getting a bed in there for guests as well. All sorts of fun stuff!
And we are back to having Shabbos guests again! Yay! Not that we didn't enjoy being 'guests' or anything, but it's nice to be able to invite people again!
Anyway, Benny is huge now. He's eight months old and doing tons of adorable things! We just borrowed some big kid toys from Yitzy and Mimi and he can't get enough of them! He's a little unstable on the walking toy but he's getting the hang of it slowly. The musical table is amazing, he is obsessed with it!!!
And of course, he gets into EVERYTHING! I find him between the couches, under the table, in the case of seltzer, on the bookshelf thing...nothing is safe from the Benny Monster!!!
Alright, we have friends coming over now so I gotta run. Just wanted to get on here and put down a few thoughts, maybe throw in a picture or two. Just say hi and..oh wait. ME AND BENNY ARE COMING TO CALIFORNIA FOR TWO WEEKS! After Pesach. Shuky can't take off more work and Benny needs to meet the family in California already. So yay!
Alright, hugs and kisses to all!
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Anyway, we've been doing a whole lot of nothing. It's amazing! Benny and I walk on the canal every day. He's been in his pool twice now with water, too cold on most days for that though. Today he played in it without the water...had SO much fun!
The Schwartz's have a new dog, Boomer. Every time Benny sees him he gets super excited, kicking hois legs, squealing in delight! Hillarious!
Loved seeing everyone.
Have a sunny one!
Friday, February 20, 2009
Monday, February 16, 2009
Our last move was the week before Pesach and it wouldn't have been such a big deal...we were going to Florida anyway. But we had promised our house out to friends so that pushed us to fully unpack right away!
And when we moved into our first house right after we got married, we had guests over for Shabbos meals so we had to toivel everything and unpack then too...gotta have the house looking nice! And then on Sunday we left to Florida for two weeks.
I figured it out...we can only move if there is a trip to Florida right after the work! Sounds good to me!!! :)
Off to unpacking land! Got Benny sleeping in his wrap, holding onto me...