Thursday, July 28, 2011


Just a few thoughts running through my head, thought I would share them:

1. Highchairs/booster seats should come with built-in, automatic floor sweeper uppers.

2. Babies R Us coupons should tell you what you are actually allowed to buy as opposed to what's excluded. I'm pretty sure the list will just say 'crap you don't need anyway'.

3. Mothers should have mandatory solitary confinement. Preferably on a beach with a glass of wine in hand.

4. On that note, there should be a wine that doesn't hit your blood stream for nursing mamas.

5. Older siblings should have a mute button that can be activated during baby's nap time.

6. I would also accept a pause button so I can shower without having to put both kids to sleep first.

7. How come we can have disposable housewares but I still have to wash our clothes?

8. I give major applause to stay-at-home moms. My version of such is actually called stay-at-home-but-mobile/talking-kids-go-out-mom.

9. Movies and television are my friends. I will have to deal with the ramifications later in life.

10. Money DEFINITELY buys me happiness sometimes. Retail therapy is totally under-rated!!!

Hope you all are enjoying your summer! We go home in just under three weeks and we all can't wait!!!

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Of Course

I've been going on and on about needing to take pictures of the kids. Benny is going to be getting his hair cut soon, Bella is over three months old already. I don't want studio pics. We need a new family picture. Blah blah blah, it's all been said already.

I've been researching, trying to find the best of what we can afford. Been talking to photographers, trying to see who gives me the best feeling, who is going to really capture Benny in his non-stop motion. I was getting close!

Last night, Benny fell out of his bed (the boy is like a tornado in his sleep!) and got a nice sized bump and scratch, right down the middle of his forehead, with a little scratch on his nose as well.

There go pictures.

I'll be happy if things are somewhat decent looking in time for the upshernish!

Off to research photographers in Ames, thinking about maybe having someone meet us at Reiman Gardens, get some beautiful shots there. :)

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Summer Days

I still stand firm in my initial assessment. The hardest transition is going from zero to one when it comes to having kids. Considering that my last blog post was over a month ago, that does not mean that I am not having an extremely difficult time now as well, it's just an entirely different adjustment to be making!

Let's see, so much to fill in here, and yet, so little has actually happened!

I had a small period of time (read: two days) where I was getting up super early and doing a two mile walk completely alone, no kids, no friends. Just me and my music. Shuky was just getting ready for work by the time I got back. It was great but at the end of the day I was totally drained and it has been very hard to convince my body to get up at that hour!

We set up a nice above-ground pool in the backyard of my mom's duplex a few blocks away. Her and Benny had a great time weeding and planting new flowers. We took food over there, lunch and pool dates galore. It is a great escape but in the current heat wave, it's a bit much! Hoping to get back there next week, as it keeps Benny quite happy, thereby keeping me quite sane!

Bella has an amazing personality, poo poo poo! She is super smiley and (much to my wishes otherwise) has begun the happy shrieking that Benny used to do. She is extremely active, pushes herself around when she's on her back by kicking her feet. She has these great conversations with Shuky, cooing and oohing and aahing back and forth at each other. I love it!

I still have yet to do professional pictures with the kids, Bella needs her first real batch and Benny needs his three year olds, both pre and post haircut.

We are getting closer to H-Day, otherwise known as Benny's haircut. Which, to him, is the marker for when we get to go to his 'real house', where he has his beloved train table and room. Finalizing details and getting everything ordered while working on the final guest list. Much to do.

Speaking of going home, I am currently working on some sort of game plan for getting us there! Haven't really decided what day we want to travel on, to which airport, are we going to ship or shlep our things? Blah blah blah. Mundane details that will ultimately end up with the same result. We will be home.

I will have to potty train Benny all over again. It's just what happens. He is already reverting and I've stopped fighting, knowing that I will have to do it all over again so soon!

By the way, I would just like to point out that Benny will be three this weekend. His hebrew birthday is on Friday, his English on Saturday. And, as I love to do with the big milestones, that means we just passed my blog's third birthday a few weeks ago!

Benny randomly decided to put himself down for a nap so I am going to take advantage of the precious peacefulness that is now in the room and enjoy a nice lunch and a cup of joe.

And for the sake of being realistic, I'll see you when I see you!