Sunday, September 04, 2016

Menu Mayhem!

I'm still been quite a crazy two weeks. We're trying to get into routine.

We've hosted a Shabbat, we went out for a Shabbat lunch, the Crazy Lady came to visit one day and we shlepped her around Kiryat Gat on a whirlwind of errands then ended at Home with a deliciously delectable lunch, The FamBily (including S&S) came over for a delightful midweek dinner, three of my planters have sprouted greenlings and the herbs are doing much better after I cleaned them up and relocated them, and of course we've been loving living in our beautiful Home. All in all, things are going very well!

I'll let the pictures do the talking for me. No filters or anything, I didn't even photoshop those fluffy clouds into the first of the pictures. 

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Meshubach Meshugas Meshu.

Last Shabbos was a loooooong day. Buzz and Z both took really long naps, and I read a few thousand pages. It was pretty intense. Then of course nobody went to sleep until almost 1am, which made for an exhausted start to the week.
Sunday was pretty boring. We found out that frittatas can be baked in the oven (so no more crazily attempting to flip them in frying pans - my stovetop is sighing audibly). Buzz can sing his ABC's now but he prefers when the iPad does the singing for him so that he can dance with wild abandon.
Monday was also uneventful. We've been staying home during the hot part of the day. In the evenings we've been venturing out to the playground to let Buzz burn off his excess energies.

Yesterday we ventured into the old yishuv. We found a little bridge over the streambed, then made our way to the makolet. Somehow we ran out of ketchup. Unacceptable when the staple food in the house is potatoes. Thankfully the local mini-mart was well stocked. We left with a bottle of ketchup and an ice cream cone for the boys to share.

We stopped at the park to play and socialize. It's so much fun to be meeting all of my new neighbors! Making friends and connections. It's super cool!
Today I reorganized both of my freezers. I'm trying to clear them out because it has come to my attention that the chagim are steadily approaching. Out with the old, in with the new. Unfortunately our fridge seems less than thrilled by the prospect of storing so much food. It's been spazzing out and not staying as cold as it should. (Apparently moving a fridge isn't good for it. Ours has been moved, twice and neither move was overly graceful.) Z is convinced that defrosting it and letting it rest for a bit will work out the kinks. I just want all of our experimenting done early enough so that the issue can be resolved before the holiday-season-panic seriously sets in. Anyway, that's another reason to clear out as much food as possible, as soon as possible.
Gan starts in two days and I'm still a nervous wreck. It's not helping that the misrad-hachinuch still doesn't know what is going on or when or how or anything at all really. We don't even know whether the transportation has been worked out yet. We've spoken to the office every day for a week, but they keep telling us to 'call tomorrow' and that they don't organize anything until the day before gan starts. Talk about cutting it close.

The worst part is that we need to provide a car seat for Buzz to travel in, but the seats don't stay in the van full time, meaning that they need to be installed twice a day. So we need to get a seat that is easy to install, conforms to safety requirements for his age/height/weight, and that is light and compact enough that the caregivers and drivers can easily and properly install it in the afternoons. (Since they're installing 5-10 seats at the same time.) I guess I should just chalk it up to a school expense, but it's hurting my head to think that I need to spend 450nis to buy a car seat just to get beaten up for gan.

Gosh, kids are expensive.
When it rains, it pours. Right? Moving expenses, school expenses for the big one and the little one, busted appliances, car seats, misc house expenses... My guess is that things won't settle down until after the holidays.

I'm looking forward to that calm.

And the rain.

I am strangely excited for it to rain.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Peanuts.

Yesterday was a long long day. Besides a trip to the grocery store (to stock up on important things, like French fries), we didn't do very much all day.

Finally 5pm rolled around, so we piled into the car and drove out to attend orientation at Buzz's new gan. It's located about 25km away, in another small yishuv. The gan looks great. The staff seem sweet, warm, and caring. (We've heard rave reviews about them from our new neighbors who are beginning their second year at the gan.) It is a special gan, a gan safa. They have speech therapists, occupational therapists, psychologists, and other developmental specialists on staff to help the kids gain and grow as much as possible. There are only 14 kids to the three ganenot, which breaks down to a lot of individualized attention - which is pretty great! All in all, I'm sure it is going to be a positive experience. I just need to get over the anxiety of having him take a hasaah twice a day, and the fact that the school is so far away. No more running over on foot to pick him up if he's forgotten something or if he isn't feeling well. It's a little nerve wracking. Especially because I'll be home without any means of transportation most days, and even with a car, it takes almost half an hour to get there.
On a completely different topic, check out our guest suite. Phil cleared out her bedroom in The Sun House, to make space for her JUMBO bed. She needed to get rid of a bookcase, so we adopted it. Now there are shelves for our guests to use! It's a pretty exciting development.

I think the room shaped up quite nicely. I just need to finagle some bed skirts to hide the fact that there are broken legs on both of the bedframes (which explains why they are propped up on crumpled up cardboard boxes. Whatever works, amIright?) 

The last step is just to get some artwork hung up. 
I'm not sure how it's Thursday again. It feels like Sunday. I guess I should do some laundry and figure out a plan for Shabbos. There's a kiddush planned at the shul after davening in honor of our neighbor's new baby. Besides that it's going to be our very first weekend without guests, and without eating out. I don't even know what we'll do to pass the time!


Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Tiny sword cut!

I woke up to a message on my phone from The Crazy Lady this morning. She wanted to know whether we would be open to having dinner together at our place. She said they'd bring the food, if we'd provide the location. We agreed, happily!

They showed up with everything from the bbq grills to the mustard. It was delicious and awesome. Z did the grilling, Yo Abba assembled the bookcase they brought us from Phil's bedroom, and Buzz tasted everything he could get his hands on.

I'm loving that The FamBily comes to visit us so much! It's really not a long trip, and the road is so scenic. I hope the visits continue as the months roll on!

Enjoy the pictures from our latest FamBily dinner!

Just for the record - that FF nectarine tart went over insanely well. Phil took the last wedge home for herself.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Saaaahkaay!

Thursday was a pretty busy day. Friday was even busier. Somehow though, everything was done and ready in time to make early Shabbos. Parts of The FamBily joined us. It was a weekend of many firsts. First time The Parentals have ever stayed by us, at the same time, since we got married! Dibble's first weekend at our place, and I don't think he minded the vacation overmuch. (Buzz helped set up the guest room for him, and added some fuzzy buddies as a finishing touch.) It was also Fuzzle's first ever Shabbos away with The FamBily.
Man oh man there was a lot of food. In true Crazy Lady fashion, I couldn't stop myself from cooking and cooking and cooking.

Friday night included Chicken soup with meatballs, Persian saffron and tomato chicken, jeweled saffron and almond pilaf, roasted baby sweet potatoes, and crisp lightly steamed green beans seasoned with a touch of garlic and a drizzle of olive oil.

We went 'light' for lunch. Tossed salad, sliced veggies, spreads, glazed salmon, tomato cheese quiche, mini pizzas with a variety of toppings.

Then seuda shlishit was a veritable feast at dinner time. We enjoyed a big plate of chumus basar, ff Shnitzelonim, ff potato kugel, yellow rice and meat salad, and a selection of salatim and finger-food goodies from the local catering-hall.

Nobody left hungry. That's for sure.
When The FamBily arrived on Friday, Buzz flew out he door to greet them. He was excited about the humans, but to be honest he was over the moon that the dog was coming too! Fuzz disembarked from the van, sniffed around for a few seconds, then noticed Buzz and immediately bounded towards him in excitement! Buzz led the parade inside. Boy and dog, together again. 

It was a delightful weekend! We shmoozed and played (mostly with Lego). I wouldn't let The Crazy Lady wash any dishes, because she was on vacation. Some neighbors stopped by on Shabbos afternoon. Their son is the same age as Buzz, and the two of them played with train tracks and 'power tools' before realizing that there were cookies on the counter. It was really nice!
I have a fruit bowl and cookie jars! I LOVE my kitchen!!!

Our calendar is wide-open for next weekend. After 6 busy weekends, it'll be our first Shabbos with no plans at all since we moved. The week is long though, so that could always change.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Violins & Yetis

It was a whirlwind busy day. Buzz and I cleaned up the house. We organized the yellow room, cleaned the floors, straightened up the living rooms... Until it was passably neat enough for the Parentals to come and visit.

We made some dinner and waited for The FamBily to arrive. The Parentals, Phil, and the Giant Dibble finally made it. Five minutes later the timer rang and it was food time! Maple balsamic chicken, perfectly seasoned oven browned potatoes, crisp green beans, with hotdogs and fries for the strangest among us. All in all very excellent.

After dinner we got a little crazy. Dance parties, bimba races, Fitbit goal attainment, band-leading, touring, relaxing... Pretty much a typical evening for The FamBily.

I'm excited for part two. Shabbos at our place with parts of The FamBily - including the Fuzz.