The Loop

Tuesday, May 29, 2007


My back has been out since Sunday, and Ar has graciously stayed here to help me and work from home. Now, in the past, the only time my back has taken a break was when I was under a tremendous amount of stress. I don't know why it's taken a year to kick in, then.

Probably coming in the first and second weeks of August. Yay!

Monday, May 28, 2007

happy memorial day

the israeli's dont feel that we in america clebrate memorial day correctly, well maybe YOU don't!

Saturday, May 26, 2007

Jonah and Salami

(Warning - not for people who don't like to think of their meat as animal ie Veev and Shevy)

I was trying to get Jonah to eat salami for Shabbos lunch, and I told him it was cow..He thought it was funny, stuffed a piece in his mouth and said...I want more cow

Friday, May 25, 2007

Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday to you
Happy Birthday to you
Happy Birthday dear Simmy
Happy Birthday to you

Tuesday, May 22, 2007


I was eating a chocolate chip cookie yesterday, and I spread peanut butter on it. Suddenly inspiration struck, why not put peanut butter in the batter.

In thepast 20 years or so I've made my cookies pretty much identical from week to week, with teh thought, why ruin a good thing. But as I pondered this change yesterday since peanut butter is easily one of the top ten foods, how could it harm the cookies. So today I have made chocolate chip/peanut butter cookies. The batter tasted good, which is a good sign, I have yet to taste it, but I'm working on teh assumption that it will be worth the risk.

Monday, May 21, 2007



Jonah playing ball

Jonah got a new hoop for his haircutting party, here is a video of him playing ball.
You can thank Specs Howard for my amazing play by play/color commentary during the game.

Sunday, May 20, 2007

i did NOT throw up my phone!!!

fine. FINE. heres what really happened, ok??
i was sick on thursday, and i was throwing up the entire day so my friend came to pick me up from school and take me home. on the way, she realized that she needed gas so we stopped and i ran into the gas station to give them money while she filled up the car.
anywho, while i was in there i suddenly realized that i was about to puke so i basically screamed at the guy "wheres the bathroom???" and he pointed but said it was kinda out of order and i was kinda like yeah i dont really care and i ran in. (by the way, it was NOT out of order because it flushed my phone down it and most toilets dont DO that!!)
so im throwing up and when i was finished i looked at it to see waht color it was cuz it kept changing colors the whole day, and i thought that was pretty cool. so im lookin and i see this black glob in there and im thinking i already threw up the reeses and oreos i ate today, what could that be? i flush the toilet, walk out, get in the car, and automatically reach for my phone. alas, it is not there.
i freak out.
after running around in circles for like 10 minutes and running back and forth from the gas station to the car, i realize- i am an idiot. i just flushed my phone down the toilet.
that is the story, unrated and uncut and it is the truth. thank god my mom who loves me bought me a new phone within 24 hours of my flushing my old one so ill have it when i come home...

anywho, im very traumatized and im never keeping my phone in that pocket again especially cuz this one is apparently smaller then the other one. i had to go like 3 days with no phone and now im gonna have to do the airport thing with no phoen and we all know how that usually goes WITH a phone so i made plans with my baltimore friends for shavuot in case i get stuck. see how responsible i am??

and by the way- I DON'T KNOW WHAT HAPPENED TO THE HOT TUB!!!! it was like 5 years ago! get over it!
love u guys

Saturday, May 19, 2007

is this loopable?

some things should not be looped apparently (ie. potty training pictures) but other things should definitely be looped. any story that has in it " I THREW-UP MY CELL PHONE INTO THE TOILET" should be looped...

Thursday, May 17, 2007


So our littlest almost became a US citizen today. They didn't think a high school diploma was proof of being in the US. But in order to renew the kids passports the all need to come too. So next trip is with everyone, Yipee. I don't think we will take the train for that one, like we did today. But maybe we can make a fun day out of it. Whats everyone cooing for Chag?

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Happy Mothers Day

A good Yom Tov to my mom and all the others mom's who read the 'loop


Thursday, May 10, 2007

My First break

I just came back from the doctors office, and he confirmed what I thought. I broke my big toe playing basketball Tuesday night. This sucks big time, it means that I'm done playing basketball and football for at least 4 weeks maybe even more. Plus playing ball and running around with Jonah is on hold for a while.

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

My little Yingele

My little Jonahla just had his first haircut
I asked my Jonahla what he learned today,
He looked at me and said oh daddy..

Then he finsihed the song while holding his little brother.

I couldn't find teh country yossi lyrics I wanted, so I had to make up my song

Rhonda and Nachman

Came for dinner tonight. She is looking well and very Rhonda-ish. Nachman is a lovely person and well-suited for our girl. I asked him if she just cracks him up all day, and he smiled and said, "Yes, but sometimes I need a break."

We hear ya, Buddy.

Monday, May 07, 2007

lag b'omer

we went to a carnival at oak park park put on by the LUBEES. their advertisement touted CLOWNS, LIVE MUSIC, FREE COTTON CANDY, and more it was scheduled for 1:30 pm, and we got there at 2:oopm, firstly they didnt start it yet. but when we got there we went straight to the clown to make us some balloons, she wouldnt do it, she told us we had to go sit down and the rally was about to start, so we listened and sat down, SEPERATELY boys on the right and girls on the left. uh oh, then the rebbi's shaliach got up and started the RALLY, which involved tzedakah giving, saying lots of psukim and listeing to torah, and then they said it, i couldnt beleive it, they said the REBBE ZETZAL, NOT SHLITA!!!!!!! that was the best part of the afternoon, after the hour long propaganda and the car with the tefilin on them , we got to go get our free cootton candy, balloons and go on the moonbounces a few times. then we had to go to the upsherin and watch jonah get his haircut, after all the crying was done, natalie wiped her eyes and seemed happy. then we went to the grossbards for a awesome BBQ. burgers and dogs and baked beans baby! and corn, a good time was had by all and by the end of the day my kids were tired and CRANKY so i left and went to shul and when i came home they were all clean and in bed, kudos to devorah

Friday, May 04, 2007

At N's Gan Lag Baomer Party

Thursday, May 03, 2007


Well, Yaakov may be mad if I post because then his post will get knocked down but I think we have all seen enough of that so I don't feel bad.

So, as you guys may or may not know - we have decided to have Jonah's Upsherin this Sunday on Lag B'Omer! It would probably mean more if we were in Israel but hey, we named Kid #2 Tzion so at least that is a step in the right direction. We also decided to do it then because we had a ridiculous amount of leftover desserts and sweets from Sammy's Sholom Zachor and needed to have a party to get rid of them at.

We are trying to keep this as easy and simple as possible but I was just chatting online with my New York friend who started saying things like I should be giving "peklach" to the kids and I can make bags that look like tzitzit. So I started getting a little nervous and now I turn to you at the blog.

While it's not necessarily a Zacks custom to do an Upsherin, perhaps you have been to enough of them to know what exactly is supposed to be done there.

I've only been to 2 and they were basically birthday parties. Then again, the kids were turning 3 so they were birthday parties. I know one kid was fed candies while his hair was being cut and everyone took a turn taking a snip. They also had a special cake that looked like tzitzit - I think. The other one was a small party and only the parents and grandparents snipped the hair and all the kids got to paint cookies that were in the shape of the Aleph Beis and then eat them.
So, what should we do? Is there anything we are "supposed" to do?
And - do we give him a kippah and tzitzit now or can we wait until he is 3?

Hope you guys can help me!!!! THANKS!


As the creater of the family blog I have the tools of censorship at my fingertips. Put off as I was by Yaakov's picture I have not taken it down, since I feel it's a family decision. So, I turn to the family. All in favor of removing Kov's picture comment "aye!"

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

potty training 101

remember to always keep bottom firmly against potty at all times

the picture was removed by me and not you. for those who might have missed it, it was a picture of childhood purity that obviously adults have forgotten . adults have taken this picture of childhood honesty and turned it into a disgusting THING that needed to be removed


Had an early brunch (happy, Sar?) with Sar and Rhonda. Guess who was late?