We had such a good weekend.
Friday morning was pretty much the norm, except Aaron stayed home with us while Faith went to school. Aaron helped with the cleaning, by picking up toys and bits and bobs around the house and then sweeping all the rooms. He then helped me pack away all the clean dishes and cutlery while I cleaned the kitchen. I then made THE most divine brownies to take to my brother for dessert.
We fetched Faith from school at midday and had lunch before heading to the train station to catch a ride to Tel Aviv. The kids were super excited to see we had a double decker train and chose to sit on the upper level. Arriving in Tel Aviv, Faith and I caught a bus to my brothers place where we helped make dinner and played with my nephew, Paul and Aaron spent the afternoon at the port and on the beach. A friend from work who lives in the same building as my brother came for dinner and much laughter and fun was had.
We had no plans set for Saturday but a family that has kids in both Aaron and Faith’s classes sent us a message asking if we would like to join them at the big Anava Park. They very kindly came to fetch us in their car so we didn’t have to walk. Israel is very strict about how many people can be in the car and everyone HAS to be wearing a seat belt, so Gil fetched us and dropped us at the park and then went back to fetch his family.
We had a picnic breakfast and went for a hike/walk and then took the kids to the jungle gym/ play area and we flew a kite and had more food and fed the ducks and the fish in the lake and had ice creams before coming home 5 hours later. It was an unexpected day that turned out so well.
After we came home we lazed around, I had a nap, Aaron played on his computer, Faith put her feet up and Paul edited all the photos he took over the weekend.
Today we are all back to school and work. I’m already looking forward to next weekend.
On Thursday Aaron was at a play date. They have a rather large and friendly dog who loves to play. Aaron is very aware of the protocol for greeting ‘strange’ dogs, ask permission from the humans, hand out first so the dog can sniff him and then play gently. The kids must have been a bit rough with the dog because Aaron got bitten on his arm. Thank heavens he was wearing a hoody and a long sleeve T. The bite broke the skin but didn’t bleed and we landed up having an anti-tet shot (which he has amusingly been calling a anti-TIT shot). Thank heavens the experience didn’t scare him off dogs, he is still eager to play with any dog we come across.
On Saturday we were at our cousins for tea and the kids were playing in the garden, there was a flower bed/rockery that Faith was climbing in and she must have tripped over a rock and she landed on her right wrist. It swelled up immediately and she wouldnt move her arm. So off we went to the ER and an hour or so, and a few x-rays later we discovered she has a green stick fracture in her wrist. She is in a soft cast for a few days and on Wednesday I will take her for a hard cast. Poor poppet was a bit miserable but she seems fine now and she has adjusted to using her left hand without any fuss. Such a little trooper!
Then on Saturday night, Aaron and I cleaned Ben the hamsters cage and played with him for a bit before bed time. Sometime in the night Ben managed to break his back leg and when Aaron took him out to play with him in the morning he noticed it. We rushed poor little Ben to the vet and were given three options, pin the leg and keep it immobile for six weeks, amputate or put the little thing down. The first two options were risky in that he may not have survived the surgery and they would also mean he would have been in pain for quite some time. I couldn’t put the poor boy through that so we made the decision to send him to the big hamster wheel in the sky. Faith didn’t seem to really care when I explained it to them, she was more interested with the picture of the anatomy of a dog on the wall. Aaron was a bit upset but he accepted that Ben wouldnt be in pain and that he was going to heaven. He was quite happy when I told him that Uncle Cliffy would look after him.
So, all in all an adventurous few days. Lets hope that when they say bad things happen in threes they are right and we are done now.
This morning we took Aaron to shul.
It was Simchas Torah and the atmosphere in shul was relaxed and joyous. My grandfather was given a very big honour by being called up to the Torah to read the first part of the beginning of the Torah. He has been a lifelong member of the shul and to be honoured in this way is a big deal, so we wanted to be there for him.
Aaron had a great time, he moved between sitting with mama upstairs to sitting with daddy downstairs and sitting with his Banga (my grandfather and the story of the name we call him is for another post). He played soccer outside with the big boys, got an ice-cream, played on the jungle gym, watched the men dance with the Torahs in shul, danced with mama and daddy out on the road, ate chips, drank juice, kissed the Torah and generally had a great day.
We spent the afternoon with a friend of ours, Shirley, and made toasted cheese and tomato saamies and played with Aaron. She stayed and helped bath Aaron and when it was time to go home Aaron would not let her go! He had so much fun playing with his Aunty Shirl.
Now Paul is putting him to sleep and we are getting ready to watch some TV.
What a great end to the weekend!