I don't think I've ever cleaned my own oven (I always had a self-clean oven and/or a housekeeper). I feel very accomplished. And let's give credit where it's due--Liat's contribution was huge.
Tali and Orli are on a "Masaa Bnei Akiva" until tomorrow night. They will hike for miles in the blazing sun, pee in the woods and sleep in their sleeping bags under the stars. They will have a great time (did I mention peeing in the great outdoors?) and come home really tired and cranky.
My husband and I made Aliyah in September, 07. We came with three daughters, ages 10, 12 and 14. Aliyah is not an easy adjustment for all us at our advanced ages, but we are happy to be here in the land of the Jewish people and are rising to the challenge of learning to be real Israelis (!).