Where are you going?
My sister lives there?
What's your sister's name?
Where does she live?
How long has she lived here?
2 1/2 years.
Is she an Israeli citizen?
No, she is an American citizen.
Then why has she lived here so long? H
er husband works for the state department and this is where they are stationed.
Where will you be traveling exactly?
So then I land and I didn't have to do Customs because I wasn't declaring anything. I didn't have anything worth declaring or that had to be declared. Anyway, so then I got to see my kiddos again. I love seeing my kiddos. They were across the courtyard from me and ran into the DO NOT ENTER zone to say hello. Cambree looks like a young women now and Jorden is only a few short months away from looking like a teenager. Taylor still is a goofball but has gotten quieter and Kaelen is still Kaelen. Jaikob has gotten sweeter if that was even possible. I got a thousand kisses yesterday when we had to hold hands. Kaelen tried to open mouth kiss me yesterday and I told him I don't kiss fish!
The "Hot Car"!! How awesome is that?
That knob is how trash bins are lifted into trash trucks. It was fascinating to watch!
I found this family in more than one location!!
Public drinking fountains.
Then we went and hiked to see the aqueduct that runs from Bethlehem to Jerusalem. It is underground but someone built a mosaic of it. It was pretty cool to see how far that water travels. Then it was time to go to Pistachios. This was a cafe type place that serves pizza, sandwiches, salad, pasta, and ice cream. I ordered the avocado sandwich and it was FABULOUS!!! It had avocado, hard boiled egg, lettuce, and tomato and I just loved it! The little boys ate there while our sandwiches were being made and the rest of us walked home to eat ours. On the way home it started to pour and then it got really cold. At this point I gave Taylor my sweatshirt because we were all soaked. I took a picture when I got home and I didn't realize how bad my hair was because it shouldn't be a very flattering photo. Anyway, then it was lunch time and Kaelen kept trying to get his hands on my drink. Melis kept telling him no but it didn't keep him distracted for very long and he ate like 20 green olives and wouldn't have eaten more but they were all gone. What a strange 4 year old! I forgot that when we got home that we all had to change clothes because we were all frozen and dripping. The pants that I was wearing had a hole in them, well I discovered it when I landed but had forgotten and so I was fine to change out of those clothes. I changed and then Melis and I went back out to go find scarves and other treasures. I had to borrow another sweatshirt because mine was still wet.
The two of us wandered the streets in the rain but with an umbrella this time. It was fun to spend time with her again. I have missed that part of her living here. It is one thing to chat on the phone but another to chat as we wander and shop! We talked about all sorts of topics and all sorts of girly things. I loved shopping for scarves and fell in love with all of the ones we bought. They are so pretty and now I don't want to give any away. Melissa paid for them yesterday because I hadn't switched to shekels yet and the Consulate wasn't open. It costs about $20 for the 8 scarves I bought. There is a really beautiful chocolate brown one and several others that are two toned. I am in heaven!! Melissa and I got "lost" on our way home and chatted in the driveway for a long time. I really enjoyed chatting. I did fairly well staying away and alert through out the day but when the kiddos sat me down to watch "Earth", I was passed out before the movie ever really started. I then slept in Jorden's room and slept really well. I woke up once and then was out again very soon. It was a good first day.
Today we head to the Old City again and will probably forgo going to the City of David because it will be SO cold. We will go back later this week to catch that part.