Thursday, March 29, 2012

Suitcases. Again.

Our life seems to be in a constant state of packing and unpacking. I'm not going to lie. I still have a suitcase with a few this sitting on the floor of my closet. It's hard to get motivated to unpack and get things out of the way when it feels like a matter of minutes before our next trip!

In a week from today we head to Florida for Pesach. Once we get back, it's about four weeks until we move to Kansas City. But that's just for the summer. Then we have to pack up and come home!! At which point, it's just a few weeks until Tishrei. I've said it before and I'll say it again, holidays reall lose their beauty when you are in a constant state of unsettled feelings.

This particular holiday we have coming up is a silty different story. I don't want to be home for this one. Before we got married, I made it very clear that I have absolutely no interest in making my own Pesach. A that point, I was working in hotels in exotic places. We were lucky enough to get to do that for our first Pesach together and again when Benny was about 18 months. This year, it wasn't a possibility but thanks to really nice friends and family, we have a pad to crash in and friends and family to spend the time with. And eat. Because that's what holidays are all about.

I want to pretend that at some point in life, when Shuky has some amazing job and we are not forced to stretch every penny until its color starts fading, at that point we wil stay put. But I have a feeling hat won't be so. I think this is just who we are. We like to get out of town from time to time. Experience different cities and communities. The only difference will be where we call home. Hopefully, that will be a bit more established. And beautiful. And I would love to be in a house where I don't have to smell the bacon cooking three apartments over every morning. Or the obnoxious smokers who ignore the rules and smoke in the building.

I should stop rambling now.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Happy Birthday Princess B

Tonight is Bella's hebrew birthday. Numero Uno. The Big One.
In honor of her birthday, she received her first two teeth!! Her two front, top teeth.

I'm not going to get all cliche on you. Tell you this year flew by way too fast. Tell you it feels like I just had her. And here she is, walking. Copying everything she sees. Communicating with us with gestures and sounds, some of which may even be considered words. I'm not going to say anything about how much my life has changed since becoming a mother of TWO children!
What I will say is this:
I am so extremely grateful for the amazing, beautiful, hilarious, crazy, friendly (sometimes more than I'd like), brilliant (again, sometimes more than I'd like) children that I have.
Thank you Benny and Bella for bringing new meaning into my life, every moment of every day!
Happy birthday little princess. Now go to sleep already!!!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

From The Mouths of Babes

On the drive home from picking Benny up today, I asked him how his day went.

For the rest of the drive (about 7-10 minutes), he told me an extremely elaborate story. Stay with me as I try to retell it!

Me: "How was your day today kiddo?"

Benny: "I'm having a bad day!"

Me: "What?? Why?"

Benny: "Just like they say in the 'Yalay Yalay Ya'alili' video Mommy! I'm having a bad day! When I was a Tatty, I went to a store, ALL BY MYSELF MOMMY!! You and Bella waited in the car because I was a Tatty so I was big enough to go in to the store and get some stuff. And so I told them I'm having a bad day and he said I should try Ya'alili!"

Me: unable to get a word in as he has plenty more to say!

Benny: "First I asked my mommy if I could go in to the store and she said, I mean you said (in a high pitched voice) 'Of course you can Benny!' so I said 'Thank you so much!' so that's why I went inside all by myself. Because I was a Tatty."

Me: "Well, what did you go in the store to buy?"

Benny: "Oh, you know, some race cars and stuff like that! That's what I like to get at the market. Isn't that so cool, Mommy? And I paid for it, cuz I was the dad!"

There was obviously more to it but that's as much as I can remember in detail right now. He is hilarious!

Which reminds me, the other night I realized we were completely out of diapers. Like none to even put on Benny for the night. It was ten o'clock. He had napped late in the afternoon so he was still completely up. So I put a swimming diaper on him (found one squirreled away somewhere deep in his closet) and we took both kids to WalMart for a quick stock up. At the register, we were joking around with him and asked him to please pay for his own diapers.

His response was awesome. "I don't have to pay! I'm not the mom or dad!!!!"

And now I am off to get my almost one year old photographed! :)

Friday, March 16, 2012

Let My People Go!

Our computer has been having a lot of issues of the warranty/parts type so I have been relegated to my Ipod and phone for internet usage. As much as I love blogging and really look forward to getting my thoughts out, I abhor blogging on my Ipad. I don't know why, it just really bugs me!!

So I'm going to pretend all those posts that formed in my head actually posted over the past little while and onward we go!

Purim has come and gone, we had a great time! Now we are talking Pesach over here.

We will be in Florida for the holiday so preparations for us consist of booking tickets, packing, and teaching Benny about the story. Tickets are booked, it's too early to pack, we are working on the teaching part of the list.

Benny loves learning about the different holidays, he is still constantly talking about Mordechai, Haman, and the pimple-covered Vashti. He still sings the song we taught him and keeps asking for more hamentaschen. Which, by the way, were killer this year! Brownie filled hamentaschen. DROOL!!

Anyway, back to the present. We've started talking Pesach with him and today I pulled out my dusty craft box and we are in the process of making puppets to help narrate the story! We started with a simple background.

The Egyptians were very mean to the Jews and made them work very hard. Moshe asked Paroah to let the Jews leave, he obviously said no. Hashem sent makos (plagues) to help change his mind. Our puppets are the makos. We are having a ton of fun getting these things together and I am crazy impressed with Benny's fine motor skills as I watch him draw little faces and color things and cut them out nicely!

We are about to take a lunch break and then we have some painting to do! And, of course, along with the project comes a new pesach song! We are currently up to #4 and with each little puppet, I am writing the words to the song that go along with that guy.

Watch for a picture-filled post soon!!