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When a baby wakes up

by Juliemara

Have you ever seen a baby wake up, it’s really cute, there is scrunching and stretching. If you havn’t seen it try to make it a point to one day. It’s pretty special. Honestly most things babies do are fun to watch.




We have had some recent night time sleep breakthroughs in this house. Back in July Jordan got a bad cold which made it hard for her to sleep. We did everything we could to make her comfortable, a cool mist humidifier, natural vapor rub, saline drops and nose suctioning. But she would still wake at night and not want to go back to bed. I’m the same way when I have a cold. So we would feed her and let her play, at any hour of the night for as long as she wanted to. Eventually she would fall asleep in the bouncy seat, which helped her breathing some because it sat her more upright.

Then we went to Israel and between the jet lag, Talia getting sick wih a cold and more jet lag on the way back the girls got to play when ever they wanted for over a month. Well, mama’s tired and needs to sleep, six hours, straight through, on a regular basis. So two weeks ago, once the jet lag was gone and everyone was healthy, we decided
to nix any night time bottles, I would get them and give them a passifire and rock them but no food. A few days layer I stopped visiting at night all together. And as of a few nights Jordan sleeps from about 8 until about 6, yeah, and Talia usually wakes up around four, but I check her diaper change her if necessary and put her back down and she will go back to sleep until 6 also. Last night she slept all the way through until 5:30!

So no more of this


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Almost wordless Wednesday

by Juliemara







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Babies laughing and playing together is the best.

by Juliemara


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Somek Winery – Zichron Yachov, Israel

by Juliemara

The other day I was talking with a friend about how fast the past year of my life has gone by. In previous years I would think back on the year of all the trips I took, nights out on the town with friends, events I attended and tasks I accomplished, and every year I amaze my self with how much I could pack into a year. This year I think I could count on both hands the things I did other than raise two babies.


Don’t get me wrong I wouldn’t change a moment of it. I am super proud of what I accomplished this year, it’s just very different from all the other years.

Despite loving spending every possible moment enjoying the babies, it’s important and necessary that my husband and I take some time for ourselves. To revive our minds and enjoy each others company every once in a while. As the girls have gotten a bit bigger we are somewhat more comfortable with leaving them with a baby sitter, but we do take advantage of family to do the job when ever possible. So while we were in Israel my in laws took the girls for the day so that my husband and I could go and spend a romantic day in the city of Zichron Yaakov. Complete with a boutique winery tour, a romantic lunch at a quaint little cafe and a stroll down the main street.



Zichron Yaakov is a quiant little hill top town with views to the sea and to the west bank. The town boasts a great variety of restaurants, galleries and shops. The arid climate is ideal for growing grapes so there are dozens of small family wineries.






We visited Somek, this family winery was founded in 2000 by Hila Ben Gera and Barak Dahan. It produces wines from vines near Zikhron Ya’akov that belong to the family and has been cultivated by it since 1882. The winery is also their family home. An out building serves as the the processing facility and barrel storage. Another temporary building is used as their labeling and packing center.

Barak and his wife have six children, including a set of twins! And a baby, almost the same age as the girls. They also have several pets!


20120826-214231.jpgIncluding one cute dog that had joined the family only the day before. When I asked his name Barak said it was still to be decided, currently each of his kids called the dog something different.



Our tour was very special, it was just us and Barak, with him telling us the story of his family, his love of wine and his desire to grow his business.



The one press he uses is an antique.

The barrels are brought from France and only used a handful of times before they are sold to be recycled.

The grapes are grown off site in the fields on the edge of town, but the family does grow a few vines in their front yard.

When we were there a small store front was being constructed into the from of the home so that their was can be sold right where it’s made.

If you get the chance to go to Israel and to Zichron Yaakov, I hope you’ll stop in to Somek for a bottle or just a taste. We enjoyed it and brought home a bottle of the Carignan and a bottle of the blend.

After the winery tour we walked down the main street visiting a few shops and galleries then stopped in to the restaurant Barak recomended called The Kiss.








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TGIF- again apparently

by Juliemara

Clearly I was ready for the weekend. If you read all the way to the bottom of yesterdays post you saw my “happy Friday!” Ha! Well happy real Friday!

I walked this morning with the girls. I’m trying to go at least three mornings a week. It’s hard to get up and out, but I always feel good and proud of myself when I go.





This morning we got to the corner just as all the neighborhood kids where gathering to wait for the school bus. The girls love watching other children so we stopped to watch the school bus pull up, all the kids pile on and drive off. From a babies perspective I bet the while process was quite interesting.

We are going to make it a goal to see the kids at the bus stop every time we walk.

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Because tutus are fun

by Juliemara

Our little ladies are so much fun in the mornings. I don’t always get the time in the morning to dress them, usually thier nanny chooses thier outfits. She almost always dresses them very practical and comfy, and cute too. But on the rare occasion that I do have a few minutes to dress them before I have to leave for work I always choose something special, fun, totally impractical and way to dressy for a regular old weekday.

The way I see it is the babies don’t have too many special occasions, but they have a bunch of special outfits so they wear them because in a baby’s world everyday is special and to be celebrated.

Yesterday my girls wore this,


I was inspired by the birthday outfit of one of my favorite bloggers little girl

Bleubird Blog

I also tried thier little size two sandles on thier cute little feet. Nope, still too big.

These girls have four pairs of shoes and can’t wear any of them. It’s ok though, they don’t walk yet, and even when they are first learning it’s better for them not to wear shoes.

Here are the cute comfy outfits they ended up in. So young and so much style.

Happy Friday! Have a fun weekend!

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Everything is amazing

by Juliemara

People said it but I never really understood what it meant until now.

For babies, Everything is amazing. The way they freeze and stare in a state of wonder at any new sight or sound. Thankfully, if I plan it right, just long enough for a picture.

The way Jordan strains her little body to see what’s happening behind me. The way Talia will make her way into every drawer or inspect each toy thoroughly until all possible uses have been determined.

They are sweet and curious and smart and almost one. Where did the year go, that is what amazes me.

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2 days away – The Dead Sea

by Juliemara

While away in Israel my husbands parents babysat the girls for a night so he and I could have a much needed and much appreciated vacation! We left in the morning and returned the following evening, but the 33 hours in between were some of the most relaxing we have had since, um, last summer. (since being more than six months pregnant with twins is not relaxing).
After stocking up on some road trip food we drove south through the desert.

The city landscape quickly turned to agricultural fields and just as quickly to rolling hills of tan sand and rock with some scattered desert bushes




and a short while later there were no more plants or trees at all, just bareen desert.


Our destination was The Dead Sea (yam hamelach, yam=sea, ha=the, melach=salt) the saltiest place on earth. It’s called the dead sea because it’s so salty that nothing can live in it.

As we drove the winding road down to the sea there were markers in the rock walls around us noting the current sea level, 500, 100, -100 and so on.

It was hot, the kind of hot where you feel like you are a cartoon and at any moment you are going to burst into actual flames.





Our hotel, Isrotel, was beautiful, the pool was perfect (even though it was quite warm). The garden, the view of the blue water of the sea. There were plenty of lovely places to relax outside… During the cooler months of the year.





I spent my afternoon at the hotel spa getting a salt scrub and mud wrap. I highly recommend this treatment if you ever get the chance to visit Isrotel or the dead sea.

We ate a long quite dinner in the hotel, which included carpaccio! A favorite of both mine and my husbands, and since it was an all you can eat buffet, we must have gone back and forth to the carving station about ten times! Yum.

The next day we went to the actual sea to check out how we would float. And sure enough the water is so salty, which makes it really heavy, you float, without having to hold your breath. It’s really a cool feeling.





The hotel has its own little private section of the beach with sun shades in the water for us to stand under, unfortunately the 129 degree temps didn’t give the sunshades a chance. The water was so hot I had to ease in as if I was getting into an overheated hot tub. But not to worry the dead sea isn’t always a boiling pot of water. In the spring and fall the water and weather are supposedly quite pleasant in the region.

But the heat didn’t bother me, sure it was hot and we had to limit our time outside, but I would go back to the dead sea in a heartbeat. I love the desert and this was a really cool spot.

Turns out our hotel had an indoor pool filled with salty sea water! The water was much cooler than in the actual sea and there was no sun! It was the perfect compromise. Check out this how you float in rally salty water video I made for you!

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A Nature Walk in the Backyard

by Juliemara

My husbands family lives in a quaint suburb of Tel Aviv. Their house is toward the edge of the neighborhood where the municipality has recently finished constructing a walking/biking path along the edges of the lettuce and strawberry fields.

In the evenings when the sun was starting to set and the temperature dropped from scorching to just plain hot, my husband and or his dad would take he babies for a walk on the path.


One day I went along and got a lesson in the local produce! Hanging over the walls of all the houses lining the path were all sorts of fruit trees.

Here’s what we saw on a thirty minute walk!



Passion Fruit!



I made a new friend!

Found a giant leaf!

And saw some pretty flowers!




I’ve always enjoyed seeing how different plants and bugs look in different countries.

What’s your favorite thing about visiting a new place?

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Proud mama

by Juliemara

A video of the girls climbing or rolling down the stairs while chasing a toy. They love it and do it over and over all day.
Jordan in red, Talia in white

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