Friday, August 12, 2011


Visit to Israel… While Anna was staying with my parents in New Jersey I flew to Tel Aviv to meet with our Israel team. The visit was intense, but very useful. I love coming to Israel, and I also have two cousins living there. It’s an amazing place, but this time I didn’t have time for sightseeing – I only went for 5 days, and most of the time was spent in the office. We went out a few nights and enjoyed great Mediterranean food. It was Aug_Mediterranean great to see my many friends from work too. I always find it very hard to separate myself from family for these business trips, but end up thinking that I should go more often in the end. I was a bit bummed that I couldn’t stay in the beach hotel (twice as expensive now in comparison to Tel Aviv center). Oh well, better luck next time… and maybe next time I’ll take a day or two for sightseeing too.


In the meantime… Anna had a very good time with Babushka and Dedushka, but she really missed us, especially at night. She kept telling me on the phone that she would rather have us here with her as well. Of course, it doesn’t mean that she didn’t enjoy all her grandparents had to offer, especially swimming in the pool that looks more like a natural lake in the town where they live. She was very excited to see me today and counted all her bruises and mosquito bites for me. Anyone else has a child who is so fixated on anything that is even remotely wrong with him or her? Every little scratch is an excuse for a big drama here :)

We are definitely looking forward to coming back home tomorrow! There will be one more week for her to settle back and enjoy summer before the school starts!


MaryAnne said...

I love the photos of Tel Aviv! My parents nearly moved there once, but it wound up in Austria instead.

My kids are just like Anna with every little injury. So dramatic!

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

Hard not to have anytime for sight seeing. Maybe a family trip next time!

Kim said...

Mmm, Mediterranean food. I'm jealous. And oh yes, Crumpet can create huge drama over the tiniest wound...Have a safe trip back!

Debbie said...

Too bad you didn't have time for some sight seeing. Anna sure looks happy to see you.

Yes, I have a little drama queen here, any little scrape or scratch needs a band aide.

Susan @ learning ALL the time!! said...

I bet it feels really good to be back together again, and headed home. Being away always makes you appreciate home all the more, doesn't it?

We are all about the drama here, too!

Ticia said...

Oh my goodness yes, and it's the minor ones that cause more drama. UGH!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Christy said...

I know that drama very well - even with the teenager!

Our Homeschool Fun said...

Oh, the drama is common, promise :-). I've noticed it with Hanna from around age two on, my boys aren't nearly as bad, but she will always be 'my drama queen', no doubt about it!

I am glad you both had good trips!! You have had a busy summer, Natalie! I have enjoyed your weekend snapshots too.

Yes, trips are so much fun, but there is definitely no place like home!

I hope you enjoy the last bit of summer before Anna heads back for 5K. I know she will do great with her new start!!