Monday, 30 January 2012
We will soon fly to Switzerland. To make the trip shorter, keep the girls a bit occupied and get them something to remember the holidays I usually make them small journals. I print some pages- colouring pages and other things- and also leave many pages just empty. The girls can draw or glue things inside (post cards, train tickets....)- this time I also want to make some kind of diary with Neomi and write down with her, what we did and what she liked- we'll see how she will cooperate.
I usually just fold the pages in half, sew them together in the middle and sew them to the cover.
Another thing I made last week and ever since Neomi wants to play all the time: pantomime cards. I printed cards with all kinds of different things. One needs to take a card and pantomime- the others need to figure out what is on the card. I took only quite simple things for the beginning.
Thursday, 26 January 2012
I should write down more of my older daughters questions… I just love how kids think.
"Are there also blood and bones in hair?"
"Do thieves also have blood?"
(yeah- she is in a stage of much interest in the human body)
"How do babies breathe when they are still inside the belly?"
Or the other day- when she built a "cloud-factory" with her wooden blocks:
There was some kind of kitchen from where the steam went into a chimney and then the clouds flew into the sky. Some clouds were to heavy to fly and they died, so they were collected in the cloud-graveyard… I could not have come up with something like this…
What I laugh most about right now is her love for a song, she always wants me to play on you-tube. She requests "the song with the boots" (those boots are made for walking) from "Nancy Senator" (Nancy Sinatra)… best part is: She will put on my boots and dances to the song. She knows by now quite good what kind of steps and moves to do because she watched the video over and over….
It would be worth to make more notes… like this I just keep forgetting most of those things…
Do you keep notes from your kids questions, ideas…?
Tuesday, 24 January 2012
Sunday, 22 January 2012
Yesterday was a nice, sunny day and we got down some more nuts from our tree.... I don't know how many kilos we already have- more than 4 large buckets full....
My husband climbed on the small roof over the entrance and tried to get down as many nuts as possible- the girls loved the "nut-rain" and collected them.
Now we just need to crack them all.
Yesterday I made a chocolate-pecan-cake and more nuts-baking will follow.
Today we are back to rainy and cold weather...
|are there some more???|
Friday, 20 January 2012
Something I wanted to do for a while. Some days ago my husband brought some felt home and I could start making the toy-pizza for the girls. So far I managed one dough with one pepper, one cheese and two mushrooms. I want to do some more. Some two years ago I made felt-vegetables for Neomi and the girls play a lot with them (the cats too... unfortunately...)
Maybe in our holidays in Switzerland I will manage to make some more.
Wednesday, 11 January 2012
|down nahal havarim|
Nahal Havarim/ Ein Avdat- that was another very nice hike- especially Ein Avdat- a nature reserve/ oasis with beautiful water pools on different platforms, trees- even a small forest and animals (well- we saw only eagles and birds- but on quiet days there should also be ibex). The last climb was a bit of a challenge to me- quite steep, narrow stairs- cut out of the rock- and ladders… I have a bit of a problem with heights and very steep places and now while pregnant I am also getting very fast out of breath. Neomi though loved it and climbed together with my father without any problem.
|the lower pools in ein avdat|
|looking down to the upper pools of ein avdat while climbing up the steep canyon walls|
|my husband and Helen while climbing up|
|the Ramon Crater- view in the evening from Mitzpe Ramon|
Tuesday, 10 January 2012
We spent the weekend in the south of Israel. First I did not feel much like going, but I did not wanted to spoil the fun… anyway it was not realistic to just lie on the sofa with a thick blanket, a good book and a hot cacao ;-)
So we and my parents drove the 3 hours to the "Machtesh Ramon"- the Ramon Crater. When the landscape started to change from juicy green to desert sand and stone and the evening sun let everything glow in warm yellows, oranges and reds I knew it will be a nice weekend.
We spent two nights in a Bedouin tent. The nights were freezing- no surprise since the nights in the desert are always cold and in the beginning of January even more. There was ice in the mornings but we slept quite cozy and warm under our blankets and sleeping bags.
During the day we went hiking- more pictures later- and the rest we spent in the Bedouin camp near the warm fire with hot, sweet tea…it was a perfect break.
|sleep well, my little one...|
Monday, 2 January 2012
Since I am back on track with cooking I am hunting for new recipes and new ideas for our dinners (that's the meal we all enjoy together while during the day we all eat at work or in the daycare/ kindergarten).
I made some new food-blog-discoveries and want to share some with you- hopefully they will also inspire you!
|A mini chicken pot from sundaysuppers|
|A roasted tomate tart from Canelle et Vanille|
|A special ice cream from seven spoons|
|And last but not least: pears in wine from b comme bon.|
Sunday, 1 January 2012
A rainy end of the old year... we had to cancel a planed hike and went instead for a walk inside the Kibbutz. The girls had fun walking and jumping through the puddles, dressed in their "rain-and-mud-gear". It's hard to find raincoats and mudpants for kids in Israel- the kids walk around with umbrellas which is so uncomfortable.
Luckily my parents always supply us with those things from Switzerland.
The new year started as usual- we slept through midnight and went to work and daycare in the morning like on any other day... Israel must be one of the few places in the world where the New Year is not celebrated... there are parties but there are no official celebrations and no days off...
I wish you all a wonderful 2012, with good health, peace and lots of time to be creative and spend with your families!