Our Last Yom Kippur in Israel

Today Israel celebrated the holiday of "Yom Kippur", the Jewish day of atonement and the holiest day of the Jewish calendar.  One of the most interesting things about living in Israel is being here for this holiday as it's the only place in the world where the entire country shuts down for about 24 hours--that includes all stores, airports, television stations and radio broadcasts.  The streets are completely empty as no cars are allowed on the roads, with the exception of emergency vehicles, and because of this, Yom Kippur has become known as the "Bicycle Holiday". 

With this being our last Yom Kippur in Israel, we wanted to live it up and take advantage of this one-of-a-kind holiday.  We headed out onto the highway with our friends Stan and Rachel and thier kids early in the morning and joined the many others already on the roads.


 "Where'd Daddy go?"

 We rode on the highway to the exit south of ours and took a break to play on the hill.

Jonathan was practicing his somersaults before the whole crew joined in....

Boys will be boys....


Yes, that's a parked car. 

We all had a great time!  Kaitlyn was a rock star having pedaled for a total of about 2.3 miles without a single compliant.  We were shocked with how well she did considering she doesn't usually have an interest in riding her bike and when she does, she usually complains about the slightest incline.  Today, she rode up the on-ramp all by herself without a single peep.  Enjoyable experience that we'll miss once we're gone.


First Day of Preschool

We just got home from dropping Kaitlyn off at her first day of preschool.  It went surprisingly well (for Kaitlyn and for Mommy and Daddy).  She's been very excited about school and she came running into our room this morning saying she wanted to get dressed for school.  As expected, once we got there she held on to Daddy's hand a little tighter than normal.  She was happy to see her friend Amelie in her class and got to coloring.  Once her teacher (Miss Emma) was able to take Kaitlyn's hand and guide her in the classroom, the teacher waved us back indicating it was a good time for us to leave.  Sigh.  We didn't get to say goodbye or "don't worry, we'll be back in a couple of hours", etc., but I'm sure it was for the best.  Now we're counting down the minutes until we pick up her up at 1pm. 

As we drove away from the school, Jonathan kept asking for Kaitlyn.  Since we've been home he's been enjoying having ALL the toys to himself. :)
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