Saturday, March 22, 2014


In Our Lives. I spent an entire week in Israel leaving last Friday and coming back yesterday afternoon. My team has a big presence in Israel, and I’ve been visiting there since 1998. I lost track of the number of my visits, and one can only take so many “touristy” pictures while working from 8 am till 8 pm, then going out with colleagues and then going for walks on the waterfront until 1 am in the morning. It was a very productive trip, and even though I don’t like long flights and being separated from my family, I am looking forward to returning to more frequent schedule of visits there (usually I went 3 times a year).


Smarty’s week. Smarty had a great week with Papa. Of course, she enjoyed seeing me back, but she is quite comfortable when there is only Papa is there, since she knew these periods since she was very young. In fact, when I picked her up yesterday from her Y program, she greeted me with a big hug and then immediately asked to stay to finish what she was doing. I feel proud of her and of us – she is a well adjusted child who is securely attached but not clingy. She didn’t talk much about a week in school, but a lot about her Minecraft adventures where Papa and her are building the world together.

What My Child Is Reading

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On the plane to Israel I started reading The Genius Files: Mission Unstoppable by Dan Gutman on my Kindle and suggested to Smarty to do the same. She was done with it a lot faster than I was. We both didn’t like the ending, but she liked the rest of the book. I was disappointed and not so sure that I want her to continue with the series. Maybe we will try the next book from the library. On her own, Smarty finally got into another Kindle series we had for her – Young Heroes by Jane Yolen and Robert J. Harris, and she is enjoying them a lot, since she is back in her favorite world of Greel myths.

Plans for the Next Week

I am looking forward to getting settled and, hopefully, returning to blogging. It’s funny how quickly my stats went down when I missed all the social frenzy and one or two posts.

Your Turn:

How was your week? Are you getting ready for Easter yet?


maryanne @ mama smiles said...

Oh wow, I haven't even though about Easter yet, apart from pinning a few posts!

I'm glad your week in Israel went well! Would you recommend "The Year of the Baby" for Emma? It looks like one she might enjoy.

I love that photo of Smarty with bubbles!

Phyllis said...

That hotel picture is neat. I am glad you enjoy your trips and also enjoy coming back home. Yes, she seems happy in her world.

Ticia said...

I LOVE Sideways Arithmetic from Wayside School! LOVE! I can't wait for my kids to be ready for it. I'm in the middle of reading to/they're reading the first book in that series. How is Smarty doing with the math in the book, it's a fair amount of algebra/logic.

I think I'd feel like you about the trips, very much enjoy them, but not enjoy being away from my family.