I have not had a chance to update the blog since pre-Pesach madness- which was actually very organized and completely calm.
Thank G-d, our Pesach seder was really wonderful with close friends and family. It was our first year hosting the seder and it was unbelievable. We sang and joked and gave the kids gummies for their participation. Tehilla was asleep before we even began. There was enough food for an additional 10 people and everything was delicious.
Our first day of Chol Hamoed we went to Cinema City and saw Paddington, then we had a picnic in Gan Sacher.
Yesterday, we went to Nitsanim Beach near Ashkelon. The weather was a bit colder, but that didn't stop us from swimming, digging holes in the sand to China (where do people dig holes to on the beaches of China???), playing Frisbee and having a great time.
Tehilla was terrified of the water, but we wouldn't even try to put her in. The water was too cold and she would not have been able to handle it. She enjoyed digging her toes into the sand, eating matzah and dancing to karaoke music someone else was playing loudly.
We went to the Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream Factory and got sundaes.
Mechal immediately developed a severe swimmer's ear infection that proceeded to get worse as we made our way home. We ended up having to take her to Emergency Care at 3:00 am. They put anesthetics in her ear and she finally stopped screeching. This morning, she saw our doctor and is on prescription ear drops.
None of us got any sleep last night, so today we did not go out anywhere except the local park.
Tomorrow we are planning on going to the Jerusalem Biblical Zoo. It will be Tehilla's first time and I can't wait to see her reactions to all the animals. I hope to get many pictures.