Saturday, April 16, 2011

Ready for Passover

House is clean, chametz (foods not kosher for Passover because they contain leavening of any sorts) carefully packed away, ready to be nullified Monday morning. Our pantry is full of matzah, kosher for passover wine, drinks and snacks. 

With the Seder question resolved (everyone will be at our place, and yes, we have extra chairs) we have a bittersweet change coming up: Young Man #2 will be moving back to his hometown on Sunday. He will not be staying with his father, but he is going to be close, attempting to re-build a relationship with him. We'll miss him, but it's not like we won't see him any more.

Good news: I'm feeling well enough (and my bloodwork came back good enough) that I gave in and promised Craig I'd take him tomorrow night for the concert. I had completely forgotten that they have Monday off, so  he can sleep in. We agreed that when either of us gets over tired, we will be heading home, and will leave the rest of the crew with Kevin. I'll pick him up after school on Sunday, and will hang out at our favourite coffee and cake place for a bit, you know, enjoying chametz while it lasts. :)

We have a final date set for Ezra's surgery, and even if the hospitals will be striking, this should be happening on May 3. prayers and good thoughts are appreciated. We are looking at 3-5 nights in hospital and a few weeks recuperation at home.

Yonah... we had a parent-teacher-conference and it seems that he will be eligible to sit the Bagrut exams next year, which he has been worried about not being able to do because of hsi educational background. He really wants to go to university.

Another parent-teacher-conference was for Bella. We agreed with the headmaster and her teachers that she'll be home schooled for the rest of the school year, and we'll also try to bring her up a grade. What has been keeping her back was English and Maths, but she has been progressing greatly in both areas. She and Craig are about at the same level on top of their classes, but as she is older than the class, and Craig is younger, it would be healthier if she'd be with her own age group. She will be tested for advancement before school starts back up, during the last week of August. She is excited about it, as it will take her a year closer to graduation.

Baby Harel is growing so fast. He is a curious little thing, he always wants to see what's going on around him. He loves to be held, and he loves to help mum do her schoolwork! He loves when his dad comes and throws him in the air. He loves bathtime, but he hates getting his face wet.

Now, those friends outside Israel, who asked me about kosher-for-Passover Coca Cola, and what the difference is between regular Coke and kosher-for-Passover Coke. Regular Coke is kosher, but because it contains corn syrup, it's considered chametz, therefore it can't be used during Passover. The kosher-for-Passover version contains cane sugar. Yes, the taste is different, it's like classic Coca Cola, I'm told. Around this time of the year they are sold all over the States and the UK, so if you want to try it, this is the time!

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