Happy Valentine's Day!

Kaitlyn and I made this valentine for Ron last night.  I had to scan and share it because we were SO impressed with her handwriting.  The "To Daddy" and "I love you" were traced, but she wrote her name completely on her own!  I couldn't believe how well she did. 

She also drew a picture of the family for the first time and we were also super impressed.  :)

Hope everyone's having a great Valentine's Day!


Happy Friday!

  • I'm loving work!  Getting out of the house, putting on nice clothes and getting to work with some pretty cool folks has been a nice change of pace. 
  • The first week was rough because the kids were sick, but thankfully they weren't really miserable.  They were still full of smiles, but the smiles were accompanied by lots of runny noses, nasty coughs and fevers.  Kaitlyn's was eventually diagnosed with bronchitis, but thankfully they are both better.
  • Even though I'm gone three days of the week, Ron still gets a better reaction from the kids when he walks in the door.  I've just come to terms with the fact that he's their favorite right now.  When they were younger I was the preferred parent. I'm sure that had something to do with mammary glands, but my day will come again!
  • I thought this was hilarious:

  • Madonna is opening her 2012 World Tour in Israel in May.  There is a new Facebook page urging Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, not to strike Iran until after the show.  Ha! 
  • After watching a story on some of the most memorable Super Bowl commercials, Ron decided to reenact one of his favorites.  We're a bunch of dorks!
  • I bought Jonathan a baseball cap a couple of weeks ago.  It's from a store called e.p.k.  Not sure what it stands for, but it was on super sale and actually small enough to fit him. He hated it at first, but now loves it.  And he looks so cute wearing it! :)
  • I'm not running like I should be.  Ron and I are officially registered to run the 10K of the TLV Marathon and neither of us have been training.  Of course, he could probably run the half without training.  Work has definitely made finding time to run much more challenging.
  • Another challenge: taking all the pictures and blogging like I resolved to do at the beginning of the year.  Having said that, here is a super long Friday Photo Dump to make up for the last couple of weeks when I didn't do them.  And for once...it's actually being posted on Friday! :)
Have a great weekend!


The Gilberts Visit Israel

This post is about a month overdue.  Better late than never, I suppose.

Two days before Christmas my parents and nephew arrived in Israel!  We were all so excited to have family visit us, but having them here over the holidays made it all the more special. 

On Saturday morning, (Christmas Eve) we made a quick trip to the Arena Mall at the Herzliya Marina to pick up some groceries. 
 After relaxing for the rest of the day, we got ready for 5 o'clock mass.

The church was SUPER crowded.  It seemed like people were arriving by the bus load.  Ron and Mom managed to get a seat in the last pew.  Dad, myself and the kids stood in the back.  As more and more people arrived, we got pushed further back.  The kids found a spot against some doors to take a break.  Eventually the church staff opened those doors and we ended up outside due to the overcrowding.
When we got home, we fed the kids a quick dinner and let them open their one Christmas Even gift--Christmas pajamas, of course. 

Once the kids took their baths and put cookies out for Santa we stayed true to the Gilbert tradition and ordered Chinese food for Mom, Dad, Ron and I.  Then Santa's workshop opened and we prepared for Christmas morning. 

We stayed in our pajamas the entire day...
Mom and the kids built a gingerbread house.

Mom also brought some Christmas crackers/poppers to open after dinner.  They all had a small prize and some silly paper hats inside.
The rest of the week we did some siteseeing and some lounging around the house.  On Monday we walked the streets of the Old City in Jerusalem.  I'm not sure how I managed to only take this picture of the Western Wall and the Dome of the Rock.
Mom stayed home to rest the day we went to the Dead Sea, but Dad and Zach got a chance to float.

They also took a camel ride.

And all the kids rode mini donkeys. :)

We took everyone to the Park Herzliya (or "Yellow Slide Park", as our family refers to it.)

On New Year's Eve, we got together with some of our friends and went to Bethlehem.

It was so great having them all here, but the time flew too fast.  We miss them so much and can't wait until we see them again!

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