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36 weeks... 9 Months!!

36 weeks… 9 Months!!

We have just hit the 36 week mark! 9 months! Let me say that again, 9 MONTHS! We are so close to meeting Miss Evie-D, only 4 more weeks. Since we are getting so close, I wanted to see what the grandparents predictions were! I’m hoping she will come just a tiny bit early, mainly because I’m so excited and I’m not very patient! But the grandparents think she will be a little late.

So far, everything in my pregnancy has been pretty normal, which we are very thankful for. We have completed our NCT (National Childbirth Trust) Antenatal courses. We were really happy we took the course. We got to meet 5 other couples who are due in January and live in the area. We also learned more about what childbirth is like in the UK (very different than the US). If all goes well, Evie will be delivered by midwifes and I could be home as soon as 6 hours after giving birth! Also, we learned about pain management, the stages of labor, breast feeding, and the first few days at home. So far, we feel pretty confident about everything.

Now on to predictions…

The questions asked:

  1. What day do you think she will come? (Official due date January 17)
  2. Weight? & Height?
  3. Eye color?
  4. Will she have hair? If so, what color?
Mama Laura & Daddy Timothy
  1. January 10 vs. January 19
  2. 7lb 4oz, 19 1/2 in long vs. 7lb 4oz, 18in long
  3. Hazel vs. Brown
  4. Yes- Brown vs. Yes-Black

Grandpa Mark

  1. January 24
  2. 8lbs and 20 in long
  3. Brown
  4. No, eventually brown.

Pap-pap Randy & Grandma Bonnie

  1. January 21 vs. January 25
  2. 7 lbs 9oz, 21in long vs. 8 lbs 5 oz 21 in long
  3. Brown vs. Brown
  4. Yes-dark vs. Yes-dark

Additional Predictions from Grandpa Randy:
Will she be the cutest? Yes
Will she be average or above average intelligence?  genius
Will she prefer windows or Linux? Sorry dumb question. ..of course Linux
Will she use Apple or Android? Sorry again …Android.
Will she like pink? I hope so …based on what she is getting for Christmas.

When Timothy & I are not going on real life adventures, we are usually creating awesome adventures for our friends Ducky & Pembleton. Some times we have a short story or sometimes a multiple part series. Our latest series we made into a movie: The Case of the Missing Sloth. We hope you Enjoy! 

 

 

Video link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wtHkt9oFvy4

Blog link: http://duckyadventures.com/

In Israel, they really like salad. The most common salad I have seen in Israel, is what I call “Israeli Salad”. The main ingredients are as follow:

  • Diced cucumber (2 or 3 medium sized)
  • Diced seeded tomatoes (1 medium sized)
  • Diced Onion (1 medium sized)
  • Olive oil (2-4 tbs)
  • Lemon juice (1-2 tbs, I eyeball it.)
  • with salt/pepper to taste
  • parsley to garnish

Most cafes we have been to, like to take this basic salad and make it their own. We have had it with quinoa, chickpeas (garbanzo beans), salty cheese, pickles, or cabbage to name a few. I usually make mine with a can of drained chickpeas and some Italian seasoning. I’ve also made it before with avocado, and even Bulgarian cheese!

I highly recommend this very simple, yet tasty dish.

Good Eats!!

Good Eats!!

On the Sabbath (March 16) Timothy and I went to MadaTech Israel National Museum of Science in Haifa with our friend Francois.  While the museum is geared towards children and teens, we had a lot of fun playing in the different exhibits!

This week Timothy and I started our Hebrew Course (Ulpan). It is a basic course teaching conversational Hebrew. We are starting by learning the “Alef Bet” and writing in both print and cursive Hebrew! It’s a little overwhelming, but with a lot of practice I’ll be fine.

Passover (Pesah) will start next week. For us, this means there will be no flour products available for a WHOLE WEEK! That means no bread, pasta, crackers, and some other non-passover approved foods like international cheeses (I don’t know why). Thankfully I have pasta in the cupboards and I put some bread in the freezer! While the school will be on break, Tim and some of his fellow lab mates will be working.

We also have a mailing address, please email me if you would like it.

Take care,

Laura & Timothy

First, I have to say, Timothy and I have amazing landlords! The Perez family have helped us to find a washing machine, table with chairs, a futon, and a desk with storage for our apartment! Our apartment is feeling more and more homey every day.

We are also exploring our neighborhood more. We have discovered two awesome bakeries. One we get bread from and the other we get fresh cheese cake that tastes so good. We also live very close to the mall! It’s about a 15 minute walk. Going to the mall is no problem, because it is all down hill. Coming back, well that is another story.

We are also starting to venture out to more touristy places. Last Shabbat (Saturday, March 2), we went to the Ba’Hai Gardens, the German Colony, and Wadi (an Arab Christian neighborhood). It was a lot of fun and so beautiful. The Ba’Hai Gardens is a part of the UNESCO’s World Heritage list and definitely deserves to be. It is a beautiful garden built on the side of a mountain. Thankfully the tour starts at the top of the mountain, and not at the bottom! They change the flowers 4 times a year, so I’m sure we will be going back a few more times before we leave.

Today, Timothy and I took the bus to Hof Carmel (aka Carmel Beach). It wasn’t warm enough to go swimming, but they have a really  nice promenade to walk on. There were also a ton of shells and smooth neat looking rocks. I collected quite a few to help decorate our apartment. 🙂

We are making lots of friends and we are trying to learn as much about Israeli culture as we can. Oh and we found Hebrew Bananagrams! We start taking Hebrew classes on March 17 (St. Patty’s Day). So by May, I should be kicking Tim’s butt in both English and Hebrew Bananagrams.

Thank you for all your love, support, and prayers!

Shabbat Shalom!

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