Tuesday, May 4, 2010

It's Been Way Too Long...


Dear family and friends,

I hope that you are all well. It has been ages since I updated the blog. I don't think this even qualifies as a blog anymore, but I thought it would be nice to put up another post before our summer visit. I'm sorry that I have been so irregular with my posts this year. I found life to be really hectic trying to manage a job, the kids and the house. So, the blog fell to the bottom of my to do list.

What's new with us? I recently finished my first year of teaching! It was a great experience, but it definitely kept me busy. I really enjoyed the work and got some great feedback from my students and the principal. I am hoping to teach some of the same classes again in the future and hopefully this will cut down on my workload. Joel is doing great and has started to learn at The Mir yeshiva in the mornings. It is probably the biggest yeshiva in the world. He learns alongside 1,000 other students - pretty intense. He is really enjoying the change, and is still at Shappells in the afternoons.

The kids are great and getting so big! They both had birthdays - Gavi is 4 now and Koby 2 (see pics below). They are great friends most of the time - when they aren't fighting over something that is. Koby has really started to speak in full sentences. It's so cute to see him express himself! Gavi just got his first bike (thanks Savta and Grandpa) and is enjoying learning to ride it. He is also almost totally fluent in Hebrew and has even started speaking some Hebrew at home, especially when he is playing. He has also offically changed my name from "mommy" to "ima". Koby has caught on too and has pretty much dropped calling me mommy!

We are coming to Toronto from July 16th until August 5th. We are really looking forward to the visit and reconnecting with many of you!

Lots of love,

Rachel & Co.

The pics are in no particular order ....On the beach in Tel Aviv

Thanks Bubbie Nellie for the sunglasses!
One of our favorite pasttimes - standing in the window
Our cool, little rocker


Gavi's birthday party at gan
Gavi serenading me with a song at the party


Taking a jacuzzi bath at the cabin we rented for a few days





The Safari in Ramat Gan




Koby turns 2!!


At his gan party
The boys, me and Koby's amazing morah Talia

Saturday, March 6, 2010

PURIM!! (a little late....)

Hi Everyone,

Hope that you are all well. We are doing well and have been quite busy! Once again I appologize for being so bad about updating the blog. I have been really busy with work, managing the fam and lots of visitors! We had a wonderful visit with Autie Carrie, Uncle Marvin and Marni (my neice)! The boys loved hanging out at the hotel and really appreciated all the wonderful goodies that they brought us from TO. We also just said goodbye to Antie Marisa, Uncle Alan and their adorable gingy daughter Eleni last night. The boys really had a great time getting to know their little cousin and they can't wait to play with her again this summer!

I am really enjoying my teaching job, but it has been keeping me quite busy. At times I feel a bit overwhelmed with trying to manage the kids and getting all my lesson planning done. I am looking forward to 2 weeks off for Pesach! I definitely need a bit of a break. Joel also has a month off so hopefully we will get out there and do a few outings around the country.

Joel has also been busy checking out a new Yeshiva, where he will be starting after Pesach. He is excited about the change and is looking forward to this new experience.

We miss you all. Chag Kasher V'samayach if I don't update again before then!

Lots of love,

Rachel & Co.

Our adorable Winnie the Pooh!
Cousins hanging out at the hotel
Marni and Koby


Joel (no he's not dressed up), Sherrif Marvin and Bob!

Pooh and Tigger (both my kids wore that costume when they were 1 for Purim)

Mommy and her little munchkins!




Bob's on the job!

Post shabbos jam session. Thanks Zaidy for the guitar
I am trying to upload a video of the kids dancing to Joel's guitar playing...stay tuned.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

VISITORS!!

Hi Everyone,

I hope that you are all well. We are all doing well, except for the never-ending colds the kids have been picking up from gan. We have had lots of visitors this month! It has been lots of fun and really nice for us to reconnect with some of our family.

The month started out with a visit from Auntie Alison who was visiting us from Ghana, Africa. We had a great time with her and the room that she slept in while she was here has been deemed "Auntie Alison's Room". Alison - you are going to have to come back soon if you want to hold on to the title. Next Zaidy Mory flew in for almost two weeks from Toronto. The kids had so much fun with their Zaidy. The highlight was our day at the Dead Sea and visit to Eretz Breishit (Genisis Land), where we took part in a biblical scene and visited the tent of Avraham Avinu. See the photos below. To end the month, we have Bubbie Nellie, who just arrived before shabbos and will be here for about 2 weeks!

I have been off for the month and will be returing to work next week, when the new semester begins. I am looking forward to teaching again, but I am in a desperate search for a babysitter. I was so lucky last time and I haven't really found anyone that I am crazy about. As a backup, both of the kids' gans have afternoon programs that they can go to. It's just a bit more expensive and less flexbile. Hopefully something will work out soon.

That's all for now. We miss you all!

Lots of love,

Rachel & Co.

Enjoying some homemade pita bread (made by us) at Eretz Breishit

Hospitality in Avraham Avinu's tent. Gavi looked so adorable in his robe.
In front of the camels that Zaidy, Gavi and Abba rode on. Gavi loved it! Koby was sleeping and not feeling that well so he isn't in any pics.
The Science Museum on a rainy day. The kids LOVE these cars!

Auntie Alison and the boys
A beautiful, sunny park day in the height of winter!
Who says you can't eat ice cream without a coat in the middle of January?
Koby's park photo shoot, while Gavi was running around with a friend.