Sunday, July 20, 2014

Heeeeyyyy, LA!

This past week we had the good fortune of spending the week up in LA with our good friends, the Werner Family.  It is always so nice to be with them.  Our children all love each other--Hersh and Levi had a true Bromance.  AlteLu was in heaven there, and I had the week to spend with Lucy--what else could I ask for!  Sadly, Jacob wasn't able to spend the week, as he had to work.  He did drop us off and come pick us up.  Today we spent the day at home--a "mishpacha day" as Hersh would say.  Walk in the canyon, swim in the pool, love all around.

In other news, AlteLu turned 11 months old!  I can't believe how quickly time is passing. Wasn't I just pregnant and giving birth?!  She is so amazing.  Truly a delicious little lover, becoming more and more communicative each day.  She is so happy and inquisitive, and sooooo cute.  Jacob and I are grateful for her.  Hershel loves her as well, and is so kind to her when they are in the back seat of the car.  He calls her "sister lover" and feeds her grapes.  They also like to crawl in and out of the tent castle that we have together.

We have one month left in SD.  No plans for travel.  Just stay home and enjoy as much as we can before heading back to MD, and check back into reality.

11 months old:

Friday, July 11, 2014

1st Music Class

Yesterday Alte and I attended her very first Songbirds Music Class.  The class is held in the same building as Hersh's camp, so right after dropping him off we scooted over to music class.  Alte Lu loved it!  She bopped up and down during the dancing, shook lots of instruments, clapped, and sang.  She also scooted all over the room, always checking back in with a glimpse over to me.  She smiled at everyone and really enjoyed the entire experience.  When I used to take Hersh to music class he would sit in my lap the entire time and just take it all in.  Alte was her little social self, scooting all over--no need to stay in Ima's lap:)

Hersh made a "Do Not Enter" sign for his room.  He said that they are just "silly letters" and everyone can still come in.  I think he made the sign because he has seen signs like these in books.  He also told me that he doesn't like broccoli, seitan, or blueberries.  This afternoon Hersh and I took a shower.  He told me all about his thoughts.  He is thinking a lot of getting old, growing up, and a little bit about dying.  He told me people die when they get old.  Then we talked about the people we know and he said that we are lucky that we have everyone we need:)  He also told me he never wants to grow up.  Grown-ups clean and organize.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

I still love Seattle

This past weekend we flew up to Seattle for the July 4th weekend to visit our friends and the city that we love.  Seattle truly is the most beautiful city.  The natural beauty is everywhere.  We spent our time there visiting with wonderful friends, walking Greenlake, and relaxing at Richmond Beach (was it really relaxing?)  We also visited a few farmer's market where EVERTHING is organic, artisinal, and local--oh Seattle, are you for real?
Needless to say, I would jump at the chance to live in Seattle again.  For now, back to our brief intermission here in SD.
Hersh started swim lessons today and AlteLu's two top teeth have busted through her gums.  She is the most amazing little love I have every met.  Hersh is hilarious.  Tonight he told us he doesn't like sports and that Phish likes to get loud and funky.  Can't wait to see where these kids take us next.

Hersh and Laila

Alte and Ezra

A true Seattlite

Me and Matt
 Richmond Beach:

Dinner at home

Hersh and the mouse at camp

Swim lessons

Really enjoying dinner
First 4th of July!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Art and Nature

This afternoon Hersh painted.  First he mixed colors and told me, "I'm making mint...ooohh look Ima, it's indigo."  I have to admit, I LOVE that my 4 year old makes the colors mint and indigo.  Then he proceeded to tell me he is a "beautiful artist" and painted pictures of the "green grass and summer sun."  He is planning to bring one of the paintings into camp tomorrow so that it can be hung on the wall.
In Alte news, we've been reading a book with pictures of animals before her morning nap.  This evening Jacob read it to her before bedtime and apparently when they turned to the gorilla page she said, "ooo--ooo" just like the gorilla!  I'm not entirely sure she was making the gorilla noise, as she makes that noise independently sometimes, but Jacob is sure it was an intentional noise.  Also, everywhere we go Alte smiles at people and makes lots of friends.  Tonight at dinner someone asked me, "is she always that happy?"  ANd how wonderful that we can say yes.
After dinner we went on walked on the rocks in La Jolla.  Lots of cool sea life to see--anenome, lots of different kinds of crabs, mussels, and lots of other treasures.  The ocean is an amazing place.

Monday, June 30, 2014

1st day of camp!

This morning our Hershel Bershel Bear started camp here in SD.  He is in the Yellow Sunshine group and was definitely psyched to be at camp.  He had a great first day, filled with music, friends, and adventure.  Apparently he was given Jell-O after lunch, and reported that he didnt like it, "too sugary."
Yesterday evening we went to Children's Pool Beach in La Jolla and visited the seals, which Hersh thought were, "so cuuute."  AlteLu also enjoyed waving and saying "Hi" to all the people along the way.  We had  a nice picnic overlooking the ocean, and plan to revisit this spot to check out the pools that are in the rocks.  We visited Old Town SD, and had dinner there with Adam and Fife.  AlteLu and I had lunch with Jacob at a food truck, which is where Jacob likes to go for lunch.  The veggies roasted in truffle oil were delish!

Snails Hersh found outside our front door

AlteLu and Adam

 Beach exploring:

Old Town:

Picnic in La Jolla:

First day of camp 2014