Wow, that's quite a breakfast, haha! I can't imagine how much of an adjustment it would be to have to drive that far for groceries...I guess you'll get really good at planning!
Hope you're able to relax a bit over the next few days, and yay about all the impending help!
sounds wonderful about all the help! I wish I had that kind of support system!!!!
crazy about the groceries! Glad the older ones go to camp tomorrow. that should make life a bit less hectic! Is the camp and pool local to where you live or is that a drive like the groceries?
There's a good supermarket in the town we just moved from which is just a half hour drive. And that's where the pool is too. (there is actually a closer pool, but it didn't make sense for us to get a membership there this summer for a bunch of reasons - anyway, going to my old pool means I am guaranteed to still see my friends this summer!)
Originally Posted by tink9702
Camp is right in the village, my 9 yr old and 6 yr old go by themselves by bike! the 4 yr old is still getting the hang of his bike, but when he does, they can all go together (that's where the pre-school and bus stop for the big kids is too, which means by the time school starts, they can go themselves!!! That is a huge massive whopping plus and one of the main reasons we moved here!!
As far as groceries, even in Katzrin, with 2 supermarkets, we used to do a bi-monthly trip to the discount place and stock up... kind of like I used to do at costco, but this is nothing like costco! not in size or price! maybe the new capitalist members of the gov't will actually bring prices down like they've been promising... here's hoping!!
In other news, my neighbor, who is a nurse at the local well-baby clinic just told me that a few kids have presented with pertussis. she's encouraging me to get vaccinated to protect my baby... she said there was a study that showed that babies who's mom's got vaxed had antibodies for the first few months when the infection can be most dangerous. I'm considering it b/c everyone is so all over each other here that exposure is pretty much a sure thing, but at the same time I've seen some info saying that the vaccine given here won't protect against the strain that is infecting kids here and that most of the kids who get pertussis every year in Israel are fully vaxed. It also happens to be that I would have to travel to Tiberius (where the discount market is, incidentally!) to get the shot b/c it can only be given in a health dept office, not in the local clinics. So unless I really have to, I don't want to do that drive in my 9th month in a car with a faulty transmission and no a/c!!!
The annoying thing is not having access to good information. Everything is so skewed on both sides of the debate. I really don't know what to do aside from pump my family up on immune building things like elder syrup and ecchinacea...
on the funny side, this neighbor, who was not impressed when she heard I was planning a HB, was super happy to hear that I do selectively vax and that my kids are up to date on pertussis and polio which are both having a little recurrence here just now!
Ok, off to pick up my kiddos from daycamp and then get them all ready for the pool!!
THIS. SO MUCH THIS.
Originally Posted by tanismom
Glad you do have closer options for food (I drive about 20 minutes to my grocery store voluntarily...there are multiple stores within 5 minutes but I am devoted to Trader Joe's!) and get to see your friends at the pool this summer! That's definitely got to make moving easier to take :) The idea of kids being able to run off to school by themselves sounds awesome. There's an elementary school right behind us, and the thought of being able to just chuck Addy over the back fence is pretty appealing, but we're pretty sure we don't want to send her to that particular school, unfortunately.
Hope you're still feeling pretty good, and settling in okay!
The pool was awesome! Had a really interesting multicultural experience there. My friends and I are more comfortable in modest clothes, so we go to the pool in the really cool swim dresses that really look like dresses! and we're not swimming, just getting in the water with our kids, so it's not like the extra bulk is at all annoying (if I were going to actually swim alone, I'd wear a bathing suit!) We also keep our heads covered usually with a cotton scarf or bandana, even at the pool. Anyway, so the two of us are sitting at the baby pool with our kids and 5 muslim women in full black dress come with their LO's, they are wearing white cotton veils to cover their hair and necks, but not their faces. Totally adorable kiddos! and everyone's playing in the pool. One of the women asks us in Hebrew about our dresses, b/c they are fully wet in the pool and clearly less comfortable than we are, so we tell them that it's actually bathing suit material. And they are fascinated! They're like, well we're wearing lycra, but it gets so heavy!
Our dresses wouldn't suit them anyway b/c they don't go down to the floor, just cover the knees and elbows. But they're loving the idea. And we're all laughing and having a good time.
So then a bunch of big kids come and start playing in the pool, and it's always a question when that happens, tell them to get out right away or wait to see if they're going to cause trouble for the little kids... I decided to wait.
Then an Israeli woman comes over with her little girl, and they're both wearing bikinis. And we're all playing and this kids are all having a blast together and I'm thinking about how I relate to all these women. On the one hand, the Israeli woman who is Jewish like me, she's speaking to her kid in Hebrew and it's all so familiar, and she's totally secular and non-observant and that's cool. And then the Muslim women who are gaggling to each other and their kids in Arabic, which is so unfamiliar, although the interactions are exactly what I experience every day. And although I don't know anything about their religious observance, the fact that they're at the pool on a boiling hot day in full dress is something I'm relating to on a religious level.
Ok, so then the fun starts. The big kids get really wild and they're running and jumping into the pool and they knock down one of the little Arab girls and the Israeli mother sees and first screams to the Arab moms to notice the kid and they pick her up and she's fine, and then she screams at the boys that it's so dangerous, and they look at her b/c they're pre-teens and they don't care. So then I get involved (the militant pool mama!) and I tell them in clear Hebrew that they are not allowed to be here, this pool is for babies and they need to get out now or I'm going to get the manager. It takes them a few seconds, but they leave. And all the moms look at me gratefully.... and then we all go back to our peaceful fun at the pool.
And there you have it. The Peace Process at the Pool! I know it was totally OT, but I felt I had to share. :-)
that was fascinating! thanks for sharing the pool story!
my super organized, practical friend came to visit this afternoon with her 4 kids. We had an awesome time! The kids were off playing most of the time, and she and I re-organized and almost completely finished unpacking my kitchen! It looks and feels sooo good!!! My stand mixer is out, my pantry is totally unpacked, and the boxes that remain have jars and containers so I can better arrange the pantry stuff. I'm so excited! I feel so productive! sadly, we also discovered that the bowl of my food processor broke in transit... I'm going to try to find out if I can get a new bowl. The other casualty was a nice big glass salad bowl that we got as a wedding gift... not too bad though all in all! And I sent her home with a box of stuff to give to a woman in our community who escaped from domestic abuse. I'm really bad at purging, so it helps me when I know I am giving it to someone who can really use it!
Anyway, she's coming back next week to help me go through the 5 massive toy boxes that are now sitting outside my back door!!
Loved the pool story. There are longer fully-covered swim options available, one of my Muslim friends here in the U.S. has one by HydroChic. It's two pieces, a long-sleeved top and long pants, but she says that it's very lightweight, she swims with her kids in it.
Glad to hear your kitchen is getting organized. Want to come help with mine? I've been here 10+ years and am still not quite feeling like my kitchen is settled, lol!
I really enjoyed the pool story too! TFS
WTG on getting your kitchen unpacked and organized. That's always a great feeling when it's done. :)