Saturday, April 23, 2011

happy easter - hag pesach sameach

wishing you all a very happy easter and pesach.

we're enjoying the time off, at home, in the garden, with friends, family and each other.


Sunday, April 17, 2011

we're good

a while back i went for a walk with N. in the spring green. it's still green, but summer hit us yesterday. i'm head over heels happy about that. i didn't realize how much i missed the heat until it - literally - hit me in the face.

these photos are the last i uploaded to the internet before the camera got stolen. and thank you for all your lovely comments to my last post after the break in. i appreciate everyone's concern and support. it was awful, and we're no longer leaving the windows unlocked at night. but otherwise i'm ok with it now. bad things happen, but we move on.

and since my lovely husband brought me a new camera the other day, i am once again equipped to take photos. i am happy, though, that i got to keep the one above of my boy. he gave me a flower and placed it behind my ear. then he wanted one too and asked me if i thought he looked like a girl now. i said he looked absolute cute, boy or girl, with or without strawbeey juice down his chin :)

yesterday we were at the beach, kids in the water, me definitely not ready to go in, but excited to start the summer. on the way to the car i said "so, that's it. from now on we'll go to the beach most weekends", and D said "hey, that's  not the worst place to spent the weekends". i couldn't agree more.

tomorrow is pesach, it's 30 degrees celcius at 9pm, and i'm having a cold beer as i write. yup, we're good.
hag pesach sameach - happy easter

Thursday, April 7, 2011

inside :: outside

little details. in the living room and in the garden.

the title of today's inside :: outside post gets another layer of meaning this time. someone broke into our house the other night. i woke up at six with the littlest, sat on the couch and looked at the open window. wondered who'd left it open without the net (we need nets here to keep out mosquitos, flies, snakes, mice, rats, name it, this is farm land). anyway, it took my numb morning brain a few seconds before i instinctively looked towards the laptop usually placed on a small table by the wall, the shelf where i'd left the camera the night before and the bag with my work laptop by the door. all gone.

the person came in while we were sleeping. the windows weren't locked in the living room. which i never really bothered much about, because, well, i just felt safe.

the morning it happened i had mixed feelings. i was sad since i lost a lot of photos, as in most of those taken ince october. they were on the laptop and i'd been too lazy to save them on our desktop or the external hard drive. what i have is what i have here, on flickr and on facebook. i sent a few to my brother and D, but that's about it. those up there is from a few days before, and i'd already uploaded them to the blog.

the other feeling was relief. that they didn't take more, that they didn't take our bags, iphones, go through our stuff, enter the guest room where my mom was sleeping and take some other cameras, her laptop, passports, take... i don't know, that little jewlery i have, old silver ware, nothing too valuable, but impossible to replace for me. it seemed like a quick break in and out.

then later i started to freak. the feeling that you're not safe in your house. that we were lucky. what if someone had woken up. me, my mom...the kids. maybe that was the case. maybe they didn't take more because they heard little D calling like i did around 3, where i went to get him water. maybe they heard when J came to our bed around 5. maybe they were interrupted in the darkness when my mom went to the bathroom. D wasn't even home that night. just me, my mom and the children.

someone was in the house while we were there. what if it had been someone that panicked when i half asleep walked to my child's room? what if it had been someone full of hatred, ready to hurt, capable of violence? this country has more than its fair share of hate and violence.

i went through the house the following evening with my mom. made sure everything was locked. and hated the fact that i will now worry about this. which i probably should have worried about before, but hey, at least i got a few years feeling that i could go to bed without locking my doors or windows. that's more than most. and i will continue to lock the house in the night, but i hope that sooner or later i will no longer glance into the dark corners when i'm going to get one of the kids a glass of water in the night. or just quickly look over the living room when i get up in the morning to see if anything is missing or broken.

Luckily the kids never really got to understand what had happened, and luckily we didn't lose much, nor had our house turned upside down. the worst part about what happened is all those "what ifs". which i guess is lucky too.


on another nicer and happier note, thank you so much to those of you who still find their way in here, even if i have not been commenting anywhere myself. i'm visiting blogs now and then, but time has been limited. so thank you, i really appreciate that.

wishing you all a wonderful weekend.

Sunday, April 3, 2011


march was a beautiful month. lots of rain, flowers, green and spring feel. where you leave with sweaters and coats int he cold mornings and walk around in t-shirt and bare feet by noon. one days dark and rainy, the next filled with sunshine and warm wind.

it was a month of change, and here, in our house there were big changes too. i returned to work, full time. leaving the house every morning like everyone else.

we have had my parents here to help in the transition. also because this month is D's nightmare, the end of the financial year, and a month of non-stop work into the early morning hours for him. awful. i found a wonderful young woman who picks up the kids twice a week. when they greet me in the evening they are exhausted, dirty and excited from adventures around the village, with or without there friends. she's energetic and loves the outdoors. how perfect is that!

and hey, we have a cleaner too. she's worked with our neighbors for years and has agreed to come and help us out too. so, as you can understand, it's different around here. some of the differences are good, and some are less good.

we are still adjusting, and so, when people ask how it is, i say i don't know. not yet. so far it's been ok, but let's see when things settle in.

the photos above are from a few weeks back. on a sunny day, after a few days of heavy spring rain. they just about sum up the weather in this month of march :)

wishing you a wonderful april.

Friday, April 1, 2011

funny face

my mom is still here. i don't know how we'd how managed this first month of work without first my dad, then her in the house. march is also the last month of the financial year, and as in previous years, D has been working insane this month. for the last two weeks his been working most hours of the days, only sleeping 3-4 hours a night.

the photo above is from my mom's last visit. we'd just been eating pumpkin pie, and i was playing with the camera to take a photo. see how she's just about to burst into laughter? she's waiting for me to notice how she placed the fox with the plate and the spoon. just too funny, and cute too.

hope you're enjoying your weekend. we had summer today. really hot. 2 out of three kids went into the water at the beach today, the rest of us just melted. love it.