Brilliant!

Jul. 3rd, 2012 10:11 pm
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(spotted on Reddit, where else?)

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Today I learned (TIL) that my younger son is not capable of uttering the 'h' sound. I was helping him read a passage from his 1st graders' language book, and there was a sentence about the lion sleeping in the forest on top of a mountain (האריה ישן ביער על ההר, ha-ariyeh yashen baya'ar al hahar). This last 'hahar' just didn't come out right, no matter how hard I tried. The kid would always say a'ar (as if with an aleph), and all my efforts to explain the difference were in vain. The elder son has no such trouble, as he has an 'h' in his name, but as for the younger generation ... It's a consonant we're bound to lose eventually I'm afraid.

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Took the kids camping at the Beit Yanai beach. We arrived Friday afternoon, pitched a tent, inflated a big mattress, and played by the waterfront until it got dark. The kids went to sleep allright, but I got awaken at 1am by a loud party a couple of meters away. There is a ban on generators on that beach, so people did the guitar-playing, the drinking, and the loud singing without the help of electricity. The party kept me awake for 2 hours, and then at 5am the kids got up and started running around the place. I reluctantly got up as well, and was greeted by the most amazing light a photographer could ask for. Unfortunately, as we were guests in the "sand kingdom" of the Mediterranean shore, I left the camera at home. People strolling along the waterfront in the morning breeze, dogs chasing each other, people going to fetch water for coffee, everything gets colored pink and looks like the most romantic scene ever. Maybe one day I'll wake up early at home, and get to that beach with the break of dawn. We packed our stuff around 9am and headed off. Sand, sand and more sand in every imaginable cavity...

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Underground pool, Ramla

Looks medieval, doesn't it?

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Cycling around KY

The end of spring - grass is starting to dry up. Perfect weather for cycling.
wildernesscat: (bearwalk)
http://www.wikihow.com/Get-Your-Children-Away-from-TV

Not that my kids have a TV addiction, but having a few alternatives at hand is always a good idea.

wildernesscat: (bearwalk)
Kids are sick with some virus, we're not going anywhere.

By the way, Yosef Moran correctly notes that Arabs put their sick in a "mustashfa" (hospital), literally, a place that brings cure ("sheefa"). Jews, on the other hand, put their sick in a "beyt kholim", a house for the sick. Not very encouraging, is it?

wildernesscat: (atfive)
Now, how responsible is it, to give 6 year-olds the teeth that will serve them for the rest of their lives?

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101 פעילויות לחופש

(מתוך אתר הלול)

(1-19 בשכונה, בחצר ובגינה)

1. לגלות גינות שעשועים חדשות. סתם כך להכנס לרכב, לנסוע לשכונה אחרת ולבלות בגינה חדשה ולא מוכרת.

2. לנסות משהו חדש שעוד לא ניסיתם - אופניים חדשים, רולר בליידס, סקייטבורד. לאט לאט ללמוד את הכללים.

3. לרכוש גירים גדולים צבעוניים לציור על אספלט, ולקשט את מדרכות השכונה. עם הגירים אפשר גם לצייר את גופם של הילדים (ראו בהמשך).

4. לילדים בגילאי ה"קרא וכתוב" - זה הזמן למחפשים את המטמון ומסלולי חצים ברחובות השכונה או בפארק.

5. ממטרות - לגלות (מנסיון או בעזרת המוקד העירוני) באיזה יום ושעה פותחים את הממטרות בגינה הציבורית ולתת לילדים להשתולל על הדשא בזמן ההשקייה. אפשר כמובן להשתולל גם מתחת לממטרות בגינה הפרטית.

6. בילוי בארגז החול - הכי קל, הכי פשוט - לאפות עוגות בחול. עוגות, חלות לשבת ושאר מטעמים אפשר להכין בעזרת דלי וכף. אם רוצים לעשות דברים משוכללים יותר אפשר להעזר בציוד מהבית מלבד ערכת המגרפה-דלי-מסננת-כף המסורתית: חיות פלסטיק למשחק, כלי מטבח או כלי עבודה, ואפילו גלגלי אופניים ישנים שחורצים חריצים מעניינים בחול.

קרא עוד )
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Tried burning some movies for the kids using Nero Express. The bloody thing seems to totally botch the files if the filenames have Hebrew characters in them. Ruined one CD and one DVD. Bummer.

Dora.

Jul. 2nd, 2007 07:25 am
wildernesscat: (atfive)
For people with kids, here's some Dora stuff for ya: A coloring page, a maze, a jigsaw puzzle, a matching game, more coloring pages, first trip coloring pack, drawing instructions, another 15 coloring pages, and a final bunch of coloring pages. Color away.

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Yahel: !תפסיק לגעת במשאית שלי
Shachar: отъебись!

don't worry )

wildernesscat: (atfive)
(נגנב מאיזה בלוג עלום בתפוז)

אתה מגיע לעבודה ומגלה בכיס מוצץ ושתי קוקיות מסוגים שונים.

אתה מוצא את עצמך בתור בקפיטריה מזמם את "אני יובל המבולבל אין לי שכל בכלל" ושם לב שכולם מסתכלים עליך ברחמים.

בזמן שהחברים שלך מסתכלים ברחוב על מכוניות ומדברים על יחסי העברה והספק וכוחות סוס, אתה מסתכל על עגלות ומנסה לנחש לאיזה גודל היא מתקפלת, כמה היא שוקלת ואם משענת הגב הולכת אחורה עד הסוף.

יש עוד )
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The later you go to sleep, the more times your kids will wake you up during the night ©

Спица.

Nov. 8th, 2006 07:35 am
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You are better equipped to cope with jet lag after you've had kids and survived.

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Went hiking in the Kibbutzim stream near Beit Shean. At first we thought we could wade or swim the whole 1.5km of it, but it turned out to be too difficult. One baby, one kid who hardly knows how to swim, and a bag full of things that must stay dry, was too much. We settled for a dip in the beginning, a dry crossing along the foot path, and another dip in the end. Yahel was even brave enough to try the "Tarzan jump" - a rope tied to an eucalyptus tree next to the river, where kids swing and hurl themselves into the cool water. Shachar was more hesitant about the swim - he was not used to anything other than his bathtub. I was very gentle, tried to reassure him that the water was fine, and he reluctantly gave me a few splashes, just to humor me :)

After we were done, we visited Zel Tamar, half way between Beit Shean and Tiberias. A lovely country-style restaurant. The menu doesn't offer a great many dishes, but it's still quite varied (non kosher). Good food, fast service, kids-friendly, and not too pricey. Everybody was happy with what they'd got.

Later on we wanted to see Dvorat ha-Tavor, but it was closed already. Next time around.

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Dial *5090, answer a couple of questions, and they will send you a package of Titulim Premium diapers. Free of charge.

wildernesscat: (bearwalk)
If kids needed 6 hours of sleep at night, while grownups - something like 10 or 11, the human race would become extinct.

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As ill luck would have it, those two have been placed next to each other.

On one hand:And on the other hand:
  

eng )

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