And we're back from a ridiculously busy Chanuka week. Apologies for the web-sphere-quiet last week - we were busy partying (and being sick) and kind or ran out of both time and energy to actually post anything.
We started off the holiday in The Sun House with the whole FamBily. It was a very fun filled weekend. The tiny people got their first chance to literally roll on the floor with the dog, and a good time was had by all.
Party at S&S's house on Saturday night. Sunday we left for Home on the early-side so that Z could meet up with his 'studio group' to work on their project.
By Monday I had fever and Buzz was coughing up a storm. We were both congested up the wadzoos and pretty miserable. Z made me roast a whole chicken at breakfast-time and once it was cooked he cut it up and turned the carcass into 5liters of golden delicious chicken soup. We subsisted on the gifts of the bird for the remainder of the week.
On Thursday night we were feeling somewhat better. Z had his game-gang over for a Chanuka party and Abe joined us too (he arrived on Wednesday and we gave him a ride to The Sun House for Shabbos.) Z prepared ALL of the food for his party - minestrone soup, oatmeal rolls and potato latkes. I was very impressed and it must've all tasted great because his friends insisted that I had made the bread because there was 'no way' that Z had done it.
Friday morning we drove down to The Sun House - stopping at the baby-stuff-store and the bakery on the way. I also got a call that Buzz's passport should be delivered early this week! How cool is that?!
Shabbos was niiiice, quiet and relaxing. I ignored everybody and threw myself into my 'book club book' of the month. Somehow I managed to read the entire thing a few hours before the end of the short Shabbos. It was an interesting read and all it made me want to do is plant an enormous garden! (Animal, Vegetable, Miracle - by Barbara Kingsolver.)
On Saturday night Sarah Leah came to visit (she also stopped by on Friday to drop off an awesome Chanuka present for Buzz - cute cute cute pjs!!!) A bunch of us watched a ridiculously amusing movie and had a good time. Phil made us all barley-tortilla-pizzas and it was quite the party.
Sunday morning the girls went out to do some 'retail therapy' - stuff for Buzz, more stuff for Buzz and a couple of groceries.
After a delicious latka lunch (white and sweet pancakes!) we piled into the car and headed home. There was some traffic and some drizzles on the way - but it didn't take too much longer than usual.
Back at Home we tried to straighten up the house a little bit. Then a joint effort turned some basics into 9 individual chicken pot pies (8 of which are safely stowed away in the freezer for future meals.) I had some chicken soup for dinner while Z enjoyed a pot-pie.
Buzz went to bed with virtually no fuss and after a quick 20-minute tv show - I pulled on a coat and went to book club to have some grown-up time with some friends.
I got home at 11, climbed into bed and promptly fell asleep.
This morning I woke up to Buzz crawling on me. The little oddball has a new shtick in these cold winter months. He wakes up between 4-6am for his first bottle but after drinking it is very content to snuggle in bed with us and sleep for another hour or so. I'm not complaining - it's sleep!
Another busy few days ahead of us. Got to get the apartment in order, deal with the seeds and dirt, Akiva&Emunah are set to arrive on Thursday evening and we're all heading to 'kibbutz' for the weekend. A lot to do before then though...