hi. long time no post. lots to say. We are still trying to build our house here...one step at a time. We are going stateside for my brother's wedding afterall in about a month. Looking for a "cheap" (read $5K is like a 17 year old car here in Israel) car. As far as baby boy, he's doing well. My first climber. Climbing E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N-G. And crawling...FAST. No teeth. Don't expect any for quite a few more months, though, as the others cut a first tooth around 1 year. A couple of nights ago, I woke up to him standing at the foot of our bed (he's 7.5 months) smiling broadly. He was like "see, Mom, I got off the bed feet first this time, just like you asked. Aren't you proud of me." I woke up my husband, who was sleeping on the other side of him. Bed is on the floor cause he stealthfully and quickly just crawls right off the end of the bed in the night. Surrounded by mattresses on the floor. Surrounded on 2 sides by walls and on 2 sides by people. I mean, if my kids make a sound in the other room, I'm totally up..but this guy is just stealth. Scary, but at least he knows how to go feet first off the bed now, so that's nice. And since he's got the standing thing down pat, he just hangs out there. Though it's weird to think that in total darkness he can crawl in silence off the bed, get off feet first and then, if he wanted, just crawl around the house pulling himself up on stuff and climbing the bookshelves. I swear to you ladies, I did not believe that this kind of kid existed.
The cute thing is that he's really charming and happy and focused about everything. He's not doing stuff in an out of control random way. Just very focused towards a goal kind of way. That kid. lol.
The other two are doing well. dd is officially homeschooling, though we still haven't received "permission" from the government. Social services was called out to our house by a "concerned neighbor" who felt that homeschooling was not good for the kids. I schooled the social worker...let her know that it is AGAINST THE LAW for her to come on a homeschooling call. She was like "oh yea, but they heard you and your husband fighting loudly one night." I was like "uh-huh..and..." she was like "how's your marriage?" I was like "nice try." Haven't heard from her since, but realize now what CAN happen if the neighbors meddle. At anyrate, she was careful to say that the "concerned caller" had never even heard me so much as yell at my children, and certainly nothing more than that, so thankfully that wasn't called into question. She kept asking me "well, doesn't your daughter ask to go to school (she would be in kindergarden, if she were in school, by law)?" and "what would you say if she asked you to go to school?" I just kept saying "well, that's none of yoru business, isn't it?" and "again, I'm going to remind you that it is against the law for me to discuss homeschooling with a social worker, I can only discuss it with a representitive from the ministry of education, which I am more than happy to do, and look forward to doing shoudl they ever process our paperwork in a timely manner, but I certainly wouldn't want to break the law and I'm sure you don't either..." it lasted 1.25 hours. :/ But eventually, she left.
My almost 4 year old has a love/dislike relationship with the baby. Waiting for the weather to change. Gearing up for the last stretch of Jewish Holidays. Enjoying watching the kids speak more Hebrew.
I really hope that all of you are well. Haven't forgotten you! Want to hear what is going on..espcially with this NYC move...what ever happened to your husband...gotta run. xoxo