Sunday, October 19, 2014

AC Baby!

This past weekend we packed our bags and drove to my home state--NJ!  NJ is so beautiful in so many places.  We drove through beautiful open farmland, filled with farms and diners, finally arriving in Atlantic City.  Atlantic City itself is quite depressing, but we stayed in a nice condo, and spent lots of time in the neighboring towns, which have beautiful beaches.  It was sunny, warm, and relatively deserted, which made for perfect beach time.
Aunt Addie and Isaac drove in from Philly on Friday to spend the day with us, and it was such a treat to enjoy the day with them.  The last time we saw Isaac (about a month and a half ago) he and AlteLu were the same size.  Now that little man has bypassed his older cousin in size!  Isaac is a wonderful little man, crawling and smiling all over the place.  How wonderful to have such cousin love!
The cousins loved the beach, and on Friday night we went out for a nice family dinner.  There were 3 grown-ups and 3 kids at the table. As we were leaving the table behind us commented, "Oh, we didn't even know there were children at the table!"  Well behaved children indeed!
Something else that made this weekend special, is that our two little lovers shared a room for the first time!  This is a goal Jacob and I have had since before Alte was born.  When we travel, we want for AlteLu and HBB to share a room--and they did!  The first night Alte woke up around 4am.  Jacob and I listened over the monitor to see what was going to happen.  After a few minutes we heard Hersh say "SSSHHHHH" and then silence:)
On Friday, after Hersh's bike ride on the boardwalk, all three kids were playing.  AlteLu had a necklace around her neck.  Hersh was trying to trap her, but instead he said, "AlteLu, you are so attractive!"  Addie and I thought it was hilarious!  Another funny Hershism from this weekend--when we were finishing dinner on Friday, we were deciding on dessert.  Addie decided to get a canoli.  Hersh then started saying, "I want a canoli, I want a canoli."  After ordering a canoli, Hersh said, "What's a canoli?!?"
AlteLu enjoyed vacation as well.  She loved being back on the beach.  We brought with us a baby doll she received as a gift, and she now walks around saying, "Ba-ba" and hugging the baby.  She is out of control deliciously cute.
Fancy "H"--writing like a monk
 Hats!



 Beach Time:


Happy 14 months, AlteLu!



















Sunday, October 12, 2014

Sukkot

What a lovely few days it has been.  Hersh did not have school, and I did not have work, so we had lots of time to do things together.  On Friday, I took the kids to a petting zoo/enchanted forest.  It was a little bizarre, but very fun.  The we had the Aplebaum Family over for Shabbat dinner in our Sukkah.  On Saturday we went to brunch at the diner which was a treat enjoyed by all.  We then went to the Smithsonian Museum of American History.  HBB loves the national anthem/flag exhibit, and AlteLu really enjoyed walking all around and touching everything.  Then today we had some friends in our sukkah, and enjoyed the beautiful Fall day.  I have to say Fall makes MD seem nice:)
AlteLu is chatting more and more each day.  She has been saying "book" but is now saying "gook."  She says, "ba" for "ball" and is getting better at communicating her needs.  She says "up" and lets us know when she wants to eat, bathe, sleep, or nurse, by signing. She also likes to dance, and has been carrying around the salt and pepper shakers from the toy kitchen, all around the house.
HBB is quite the little man.  Lots to say, many opinions, tons of ideas.  So inquisitive and creative.  So grateful for our family of 4!
Hersh;s depiction of the Mt. Vesuvius narrative
Enchanted Forest:


 Sukkah Time!





2/3 of my heart

Matson!

Shell lamp!


Friday, October 3, 2014

Yom Kippur

Tonight is Yom Kippur.  We out AlteLu to bed early (don't worry, she got to have plenty of round challah first), and the had a late dinner with HBB. During challah we talked about the past year and the upcoming year, I said I'd like to be a better wife and Ima.  Jacob would like to be more organized, and Hersh said he wanted to be gooder.  AlteLu is perfect:)  The over dinner we talked hoe Hersh got out of my belly, and then he wanted to go back in.  We also talked about names and what his name wouldve been had he been a girl.  He's an amazing kid. AlteLu says "up" all the time now and her language comprehension is remarkable.  We're in love with them.



Monday, September 29, 2014

5775

Shana Tovah!  We have just had the pleasure of welcoming in a new year, and I must say it has been a joyous beginning, filled with love, laughter, and lots of family time.  We enjoyed the days together, spending lots of time in the kitchen, some time in shul, going on walks and bikerides, and just enjoying the days that the New Year brings.  We spent 4 nights in a row having dinner with different friends and family, and one thing that is more obvious now then ever, is that like her Ima, AlteLu is an extrovert.  She gets energy from being around others and loves a good party. She is also enjoying the freedom that comes from walking.  She will often walk over, say "up," get a snuggle, and then ask to be put down so she can go on her way--what a lover!  Hersh enjoyed each dinner as well.  He was both a gracious guest and host, and when I asked him what he was going to share at school about his RH weekend, he said he was going to tell all about hosting dinner--what a mensch!
In addition to celebrating Rosh HaShannah we also went on our annual apple picking adventure, this year with the Aplebaum Family, and I am happy to report a good time was had by all.  Apple butter is currently in the crockpot!  On our way to the orchard we discussed what kind of apples we would pick.  Without exaggeration, Hersh must've listed 5 or 6 different varieties--I was quite impressed with his knowledge of apples.  Also, this will be remembered as the year where Hersh ate nothing but apples, honey, challah, and dessert for 3 days straight:)

Attempting to get a RH picture:






Kids table!








Apple Picking: