Millers in the Workplace

Today, Rivkah brought Yaeli and Sophie to my office to meet my coworkers and to let everyone meet Sophie (Yaeli has been here once before on bring-your-kid-to-work-day). Despite what she will tell you, Rivkah only got a little lost on the way here, but I got lost even worse when I was interviewing. She still got here at 5 minutes to noon.

We all had lunch together with a couple of my co-workers. Yaeli got along with them really well but when more people came to start introducing themselves she kept clinging to Rivkah and insisting "I'm scared!" We assured her that nobody here was scary and she got a little better.

After lunch I gave a short tour of the building and introduced everyone. Everyone commented on how much hair Sophie has, and with good reason too. The bald guys at work were all jealous.

The hour ended waaay to quickly and just when we were getting ready to pack up a few more people, whom I really wanted to let them meet Sophie, got back from lunch at which point Yaeli started screaming that she didn't want to go home. I can't blame her, I "love" spending all day at work.

Everyone got home safely. The ride home is much simpler so no getting lost. I wish I could bring the kiddos to work more often. Maybe if I got them leashes....

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Our First Ever Family Pictures

We had our family pictures taken yesterday for the first time. It was altogether a pretty good experience.

We actually got the whole family dressed and out the door with time to spare. Luckily, we got lost inside of the mall so that we showed up right on time. G-d forbid be get somewhere early. The girls both slept in the car on the way there so I had to carry Yaeli inside of the mall while she woke up.

The session itself was very well done. The photographer, Beth, was super nice and Yaeli got took to her very quickly. She mostly stayed in poses and took directions really well. Sophie slept through the whole photo shoot and the only problem we had with her was getting her hands off of her face.

Then, when we were viewing the pictures on the computer to decide which ones we wanted, Yaeli had a total meltdown. Luckily, there was a play area for kids and we only had to deal with this meltdown for a short amount of time.

We had to wait about 30 minutes for our selections to be printed and then we were out the door. We ended up paying an extra $100 for a really nicely framed set of 3 pictures and the CD with all our pics on it. Totally worth the price this time but in the future I think we'll stick to buying one or two poses.

Anyway, here's a link to the pictures. Enjoy!

יום טוב


Unfortunate Milestones; Lessons Learned

We hit an unfortunate milestone this week. Yaeli picked up the "F" word. She looked up at Rivkah and said "F*ck it! That's rude". At least she knows it's rude.

This has been another reminder of how careful I have to be around her with what I say or do. It's also a good reminder that she's not the only one watching me; the only one who sees things I do or hears things I say. Working in an environment with people who are almost all not Jewish, I am the example they see of how a Jew conducts himself. It would do me well to keep this in mind. Co-workers ask me all the time about things relating to my religion and, while I am more than willing to answer their questions, It's always good to have something that reminds me again.

I guess this is another reason I can't wait to live in Israel. This is not to say I won't act appropriately when I live there. I'm just saying that It would be nice to no longer live under a microscope.

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A Family of Four

It's almost 12:30 AM on a Motzei Shabbos and I have shul in the morning. I'm up though and thought that I'd like to start a blog to document my family's long road ahead. You see, we'd like to make aliyah; all four of us.

There's Rivkah, the loving mommy of the group. Rivkah is my wife and she was born to be a mother. She cares so much for our children and it just comes naturally to her.

There's Yaeli, our fiercely independent and gregarious almost-two-year-old. She's got messy blonde hair and an I-can-do-it-myself attitude that would put most teenage girls to shame.

There's Sophie, our almost two week old who's only cares right now are eating, sleeping, eating and sleeping. Her best features include her copious amounts of hair and her incredibly well timed sleep schedule.

And then there's me. Yehuda. Or Totti, as the kids refer to me. Or Goose, as my friends call me. I'm an IT professional trying to finish school and get my degree so that I can uproot all of our lives and begin again where we belong. We belong in the holy land of Israel and the only thing holding us back is my degree.

So, that's us. We've got a long road ahead of us. This blog is meant to document that road leading up to, during and after our big move. Hopefully I keep it up (I've been poor at doing it in the past). I shouldn't have trouble coming up with short stories or anecdotes from the kiddos. They really keep us busy.

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