Our family has temporarily grown with Yonah and Yehiel moving in the basement and commuting to Uni daily. Yonah has temporary custody of two of his brothers, and our “guest suite” is now their temporary home. Our home is a little more crowded, especially since Yonah’s new dog has moved with them, but I think we will manage.
I am a bit behind on my 31 Day Challenge (31 Days in the Jewish Quarter), partly because the above thing happening, and partly because I am just being extremely busy with homeschool and coordinating extracurricular activities. Fencing and art have started back up, as well as Krav Maga and piano lessons. There have been lots of doctor’s appointments as well–though not as many as some of you are used to–and I finally scheduled eye appointments for everyone who needs them! The biggest problem is that I still can’t drive, so we have to plan a lot more time to use public transportation. Luckily we do have regular buses!
Winter is coming! Ok, with the temperature getting close to 30°C (80+°F), it doesn’t really feel like that, but we have t he first cholent of the season already in the oven, and we finish the day with mulled cider. We have already devoured the candy corn that my friend Nathan brought us, including the one last emergency piece. To extend the availability for the candy corn, I mixed the candy corn with pretzels and peanuts in a big bowl. Now we have a big bowl of pretzels and peanuts. My kids are too smart for tricks like this.
The other day I was watching the Deaf News segment. Kevin walked in and turned the volume up high before realizing that the deaf news still don’t have sound. He commented, “They should have put on some sound at least where they were singing with the beer.” My reply? “You definitely don’t want to hear 200 deaf drunks sing!”
For some reason we found this hysterical. Gosh, I still get tears from laughing just thinking of it!
On the homeschool front, I am a glutton for punishment, and started to teach my newly 5-year-olds to read English. They are doing pretty well with Hebrew reading, even though they are not really starting reading till first grade, but our traditional religious classes do teach reading. So there. We are working on English. Kevin, I and it seems all the other Anglo homeschoolers disagree on just how it’s supposed to be done, and apparently some Anglo homeschoolers take offense at my view that my kids are Israeli and their mastering Hebrew is more important than reading Dr. Seuss at age 5 years and 2 months. Luckily there are others, who just think we are plain crazy raising children in a household speaking 6 languages now. Bella learnt Yiddish at school in Russia, and is now delighted to use it with Yonah’s brothers, whose first language is Yiddish. She also speaks Russian with Eli and Harel. Noa speaks Armenian with Kevin, and Nirel and Yonah speak a Dutch/Afrikaans mix to each other. Craig, Patrik, Matthew and Justin use Hungarian with each other and me, and English with Kevin, and then of course most everyone speaks Hebrew. And some sign. Let me tell you, it makes life and homeschool interesting!
Harel Skaat is releasing his first song from his new album soon! I’m getting super duper excited about it! Kevin is, too, he really likes going to concerts with me, even if it’s Mr. Skaat. He is pretty happy that the next one we are going to is Ivri Lider.
Sunday I have an appointment with a bone specialist. After both my wrist (that had surgery after the last time I broke it) and the bony labyrinth on my non-implanted left side show bone being a lot thinner than it should be. Maybe he will be able to come up with something.
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