Avigail Goes to America- Lake Tahoe Adventures!

Avigail Camra Pictures Late summer 2017 483From TN I flew all the way to the other side of the America and I arrived in Cali! America is defiantly HUGE! It took about five hours to get to San Francisco, ya know I wouldn’t be in Israel if I drove in a CAR for five hours, not that I really want to go to any of the surrounding Countries. Hey! Jordan’s just 45 minutes down the road :). Anyways back to faraway America, I got to spend an incredible week in Lake Tahoe with some of my folks! My Aunt and Uncle and there two precious kiddos! Annnnd here’s the bestest part my Sabba (Grandfather) flew from Israel and we both arrived on the same day! Such fun! We had such incredible times together, biking, hiking, playing with my cute cousins,  swimming and checking out all the cool toys at the toy store. We found some awesome toys! Yes, I am so so so so BLESSED! Avigail Camra Pictures Late summer 2017 629Lake Tahoe is just BEAUTIFUL!! My Aunt gave me her Mom’s bike (such a nice bike!) and my Sabba (Grandfather) used my Uncles bike so we were able to go off and explore on our bikes! It was so much fun to pack our lunches and go and explore Tahoe on our bikes! Our first day exploring, we went to the Lake. Look at this Massive tree we saw on the way!

It was so funny while we were biking we went past some construction workers and we both were expecting to hear rough Hebrew or Arabic, we were so surprised to hear perfectly spoken English! Dah… we’re in America of coarse they speak English! Avigail Camra Pictures Late summer 2017 624The water was just gorgeous! Colddd but I was told that that’s the warmest the water ever gets! We went for a swim and had a yummy lunch while warming up in the sun! Isn’t this such a cute little spot?!

Avigail Camra Pictures Late summer 2017 635You know what I found at Grass Roots? They had this super yummy cultured organic cream cheese! Boy was it good! So I had that for lunch with veggies, flax crackers and boiled eggs! Yummyyy! The eggs were from My Uncles chickens! Aren’t they pretty hens?! The prettiest I’ve ever seen!Avigail Camra Pictures Late summer 2017 575Then we looked at some historical stuff at Lake Tahoe, beginning of 20th centry, that’s history?! Pottery is kicked around here like rocks:). I’m just joking around, it was cool to see the old kitchenware and stuff! We found this sign so funny! So in Israel it’s cats and in America chipmunks! Avigail Camra Pictures Late summer 2017 613Then we went back home and My Aunts Mom took me shoppingggg! She spoiled me rotten!! THANK YOU DIAN!! Had such a fun time! I like shopping:). So there’s day one, I bettah speed this up:).

The next day my Aunt took us to a Farmers Market, that was really cool! I got some really nice stuff. I loved all the fresh produce! We got some really nice strawberries and some other goodies! It was so weird eating fresh strawberries in the summer! We only have strawberries in the winter and spring. I love strawberries! I’ll happily eat them any time of the year! We got back home and then it started to pour! That is something I never got used to- rain in the summer! So me and my Sabba waited for the rain to stop and then we biked to the camping store and toy store! We had such fun there! The toy store had so many cool toy guns, rockets, air Plaines aaah it had EVERYTHING!  We could have bought everything in there! But we couldn’t so we settled on the wooden crossbow! Boy is that thing fun! Thankfully it made it through security:) We literally were jumping from excitement when we saw that cross bow, we just knew we had to fit some how in our suitcases! I had to put all my clothes in my carry on so I could make room in my suitcase for it (and for all the other presents I got! That’s all I had in my suitcase was presents pretty much, ya know I HAD to bring presents back for all eight siblings!) , everything was packed to the MAX of the MAX! I mean my suitcase was EXACTLY 50 lbs. and my carry on felt like it weighed 50 pounds! haha! My carry on actually was to big for the overhead but they didn’t charge me for it, Thank God! Anyway the next day we packed our lunch and headed out on a new adventure! Avigail Camra Pictures Late summer 2017 644We biked to the head of the Mount Tallac trail. On the way we stopped at a little Nature Reserve, so we looked around there a little and took a few pictures and then we decided it was too Nature Reservy  and left:). Avigail Camra Pictures Late summer 2017 662They said that Salmon swam through this river on there way to lay eggs,  sadly there wasn’t any salmon. I wouldn’t mind me some wild sushi:)

Avigail Camra Pictures Late summer 2017 659We continued and made it to the head of the Mount Tallac Trail, my Sabba wanted me to see the trail before we hiked it the next day! So we started hiking up the trial to find a nice spot for lunch, and oh man! Was I huffing and puffing! I could not figure out why I was breathing so hard (the climb wasn’t that steep). It was from the high altitude! I’ve never been in such high altitude. We found a spot looking at Mount Tallac. There she is!Avigail Camra Pictures Late summer 2017 667  Here’s a better picture of the actual mountain!Avigail Camra Pictures Late summer 2017 668There was even SNOW on there! After a yummy lunch, we decided to head back home since it looked like it was going to rain. My Sabba said I look like I’m trying to eat the tree!Avigail Camra Pictures Late summer 2017 691

On the way back home I stopped at the same river we were at before for a swim! Avigail Camra Pictures Late summer 2017 702.JPGIt was colddd!! The moment I got out of the water it started raining! I quickly pulled on a sweater and we dashed back home! A couple hours later when the rain cleared up, so  we went on a boat Crouse with my Uncle!!

 

You probably can’t see, but if you look really close at my Sabba’s plate you’ll see there’s this green sauce on his veggies, you wont believe what it is- WASABI! So he sits down by me and he starts dipping his veggies in this green ‘veggie dip’ and he keeps coughing and saying ‘man this is spicy! like horseradish or something!’ I turned around and took one sniff of his green dip and told him that it wasn’t veggie dip, that he took the wasabi that was there for the sushi! Haha!  Funny thing is he loved it! He got up and got more! Too funny! I love wasabi too but not in those kind of amounts! We saw some incredible views from the boat! The clouds were just stunning!

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Wow! We know have reached hiking up Mount Tallac! WHAT A DAY! INCREADIBL! Just incredible!

I’ve never hiked anything like this in Israel, it was so different! We started hiking around ten in the morning. Here we are at the head of the trail!

I was very relieved that I wasn’t breathing as heavily as the day before. I guess that little hike helped me get use to the high altitude! For awhile we walked by the side of fallen leaf lake, so so so pretty! Just look!Avigail Camra Pictures Late summer 2017 710 It was just so peaceful and quite!

The Trail was fairly easy for the first hour or two, we passed two beautiful lakes!

Then after the second lake! BOOM! Up up up up up she goes! Suddenly I wasn’t at the head no mo’! I was Trailing behind my Sabba that was humiliating! I was moving so slow!  It felt like it would never END! After an hour and a half of just climbing up on a super rocky trail, I made us take a break and I fell fast asleep for a good twenty minutes! People on the trail said we had another 45 minutes to go! I think I can! I think I can! I was determined to make it to the top! No matter how long it took! The view was incredible on the way up but I actually only noticed the view on our way down! Hah! All I noticed on the way up was the trail going UP! Avigail Camra Pictures Late summer 2017 738

Isn’t it just magnificent?! SO BEAUTIFUL!

and then after a LONG 45 minutes I MADE IT!!! AHHH! Boy was I relieved! I was so relived and excited that I made it to the top that I just started screaming: “YES! I made it!! I actually made it!! Thank God!!” Yep I was happy indeed! Everybody looked at me kinda funny after my shouts of joy! Avigail Camra Pictures Late summer 2017 799

Oh and those black ‘leggings’ they are my Sabba’s long johns! Haha! I didn’t realize how cold it was going to be at the summit!! So he so very kindly offered his long johns at first I was like there is no way that those are gonna fit me but I was too cold to care! Somehow they stayed up, my skirt kinda helped:). OOh ya have’ta see the view from the top! Just just so beyond stunning!Avigail Camra Pictures Late summer 2017 771Avigail Camra Pictures Late summer 2017 774Avigail Camra Pictures Late summer 2017 783Avigail Camra Pictures Late summer 2017 796And the CHIPMUNKS! They ate from my hand PEOPLE!! AHH! It was so cool!! There just so cute!Avigail Camra Pictures Late summer 2017 800Avigail Camra Pictures Late summer 2017 806See?!? So awesome! I made my Sabba take this picture! He was terrified! Poor guy! I could hardly get him to take the photo, but here it is none the less. Avigail Camra Pictures Late summer 2017 808On the way down I noticed all the beautifull wild flowers! Ain’t them perrty?!Avigail Camra Pictures Late summer 2017 814Avigail Camra Pictures Late summer 2017 812Avigail Camra Pictures Late summer 2017 817Fun fun fun! And we continued the longgg way down!Avigail Camra Pictures Late summer 2017 834.JPG We stopped at this beautiful lake for a much needed coffee break! Avigail Camra Pictures Late summer 2017 868It was beautiful walking back just before dusk!Avigail Camra Pictures Late summer 2017 877 As gorgeous as it was, we were all happy to see the car! Haha! We did it! We finally finished! Yah! I conquered that beast! Avigail Camra Pictures Late summer 2017 651

What an INCREADIBLE day it was! Such fun memories! The next day was Friday, so we mostly got ready for Shabbat butt I got to try my Uncles Paddle board. Avigail Camra Pictures Late summer 2017 751 Until it started hailing… I had about twenty minutes on it before it started to thunder and hail! Crazy weather switch! So we run back home. And had a wonderful cozy Shabbat with my cousins!

 

Miss these cuties! Saying Goodbye was hard! Somebody decided to help me pack:)Avigail Camra Pictures Late summer 2017 889So cute! And now we come to the end of our Lake Tahoe Adventure! Did I lose you there? This has been a pretty long post, ha? One week but so much happened! Now at the break of dawn I fly to the other side of America to Pennsylvania! Yep the fun just continuous with these awesome Great Uncle and Aunt!

To be continued…

Haha! I always wanted to write that ‘to be continued..’ Hold ya in suspense!

 

Anyways, have an awesome week!

Love, love love!

Avigail!

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Avigail Goes to America- TN Adventures

 

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Wow has time flown by! I’ve been back home for a little over a month and I’ve been dying to share with you people my America adventure! It seems so long ago… but man what an Incredible- just INCREADIBLE experience! I feel like there’s the before America Avigail and the after America Avigail, still the same ‘ol goofy lively Avigail but I’ve learned so much from this adventure and from the many many many  amazing people I got to meet! Sooo you already heard of Me Rants ’bout flying so I’ll skip that unpleasant part! I arrived at the Campbell’s house way after midnight, I was exughsted, stinky and lets not mention what I was wearing… Haha! That was funny, ok I’ll tell you! It was so miserably cold on the plan that I literally put every item of clothing that I had on, and well when I was packing for my trip I could not possibly imagine in the heat of August to need a sweater, so I packed a light cardigan (by light I mean super thin! ultra thin!)-big mistake! So all I had in my carry on was a T-shirt, the cardigan and my big puffy colorful Shawel, I’m not sure what they are called in English there these thin puffy pants with lots of designs and colors! So I was wearing this purple/blue skirt with lots of designs on it  so I put my pants on and my skirts and underneath all that I was wearing my big puffy shorts and then I put my bright red T-shirt over my pink elbow shirt and on top of that went the cardigan, oh and did I mention socks and sandals? Yep! Did all that help? Not really. I told myself I would change before I got off the plane but I kinda fell asleep and totally forgot all about what I was wearing. So I got off the plane, got my suitcase, found Granddad (Colene Campbell , us ruby girls called Nancy and Colene Nana and Granddad), got in the car, started driving and then I look down and realize what the heck I was wearing! So that what those funny looks were about! Ha!

So the next day I met some of the family and the other above rubies helper!! The sweetest thing in the world! We had such a great time together! She has such a sweet, joyful ,generous, bubbly, encouraging and inspiring spirit!! Love you Morgan!

On the second day I met the one and only Vangibabeeee!!

Can words describe the INCREADIBLE time I had with her! Too much stinking FUN!! We had a blast! Beyond! The best the best the best! Ok wanna hear something crazy?! Soo Vange (She is Nancy Campbell’s Daughter), lived in Tiberius with my Grandmother for a couple years in the 90′,  at the time my Mom was seventeen. Her and my Grandmother stayed in touch over the years. She heard that my Mom had a baby girl back in 2000 (me!) and guess who pops up in her ‘neck of the woods’ seven teen years later?! Too awesome! Only God could do such a thing! Funny thing is she kept calling me Sarah (that’s my Moms name)! We look a lot alike too, me and my Mom!

I really just felt right at home! Defiantly feels like a second family! Nana (Nancy) was just so sweet, kind and understanding. Even when I was running late to get to the office, taking wayyy to many trampoline/potty breaks! Office work is hard on me, mate! She would find as many opportunities to let me do other things outside of the office. Like photographing some items she wanted to sell and making bunches and bunches and bunches of necklaces to sell! ha! I made at least a few hundred necklaces! Nancy is such an inspiring Godly women! I made such great memories cooking and talking with her! I gained so much wisdom from her words but even more from her actions and behavior! Always queenly, patient and lovely! Never once did she ‘lose’ it or complain. It amazes me how much she does! Me and Morgan were laughing once saying how we’ve been using the word ‘lovely’ so much more ever since we became Ruby Girls and being around Nana. IMG_20170818_182346107Such good times!  I loved going into the kitchen every morning (usually exhausted and barley dragging myself outta bed, there always seemed to be something going on so it was rare that I got to bed before midnight!), and Granddad,  would always have the biggest smile on and the most cheerful “Good Morning girls!”, it would make everything seem so much better, the sight of him making coffee helped too! 🙂 You know how I love coffee! Especially with some raw, pastured cream! I absolutey loved all the yummy Raw kefir! When I first arrived in TN, Nana had tons of kefir and she was delighted that someone was finally  helping her eat it! Let’s just say that by the time I left there wasn’t so much:). I defiantly digged in, LOVE me some kefir!!

I could go on and on about all the great times I had in TN but that would never end… So I’ll just share some pictures!

Me and some of the grand girls! They love having tea parties and photo shoots! Fun times! Miss me girlies! IMG_20170817_181215044Shopping at WalMart- Lazy style! The rag is my bandage:)! Somebody even asked me if I needed help… umm nop! doing just fine! Thank ya though! oops… Haha!IMG_20170823_143504159

Me and Sahara (Vange’s daughter), could we be sisters or what?! She’s such a sweetie! Granddad even called me Sahara a couple times! Haha!

Some of the family members! Top right is Rashida, at her baby shower, the most amazing baby shower I’ve ever been at! Such fun!! Then on the left is Kate, who is Nana’s sister! Such an amazing, fun person! And last but not least SABER!! Cutest kid in the WORLD! Don’t tell my siblings that ,okay? Sorry but he won the cuteness contest, I’m such a traitor ! IMG_20170814_131448_01Grandgirls came over for Shabbat dinner! Such fun!!

Top right is Serene! Had such a fun time with her, Talking health and food! Top left is Chalice, Serene’s daughter so sweet! We had such a great time together! And down there at the bottom is Isaiah, he’s Serene’s son.  He burnt his foot really bad and couldn’t stand on it much, so he kept me entertained while I made hundreds of necklaces! He was like a big brother to us Ruby girls, always teasing us and telling us hat not to do.

Now you must meet Shaina…..

 

She joined the Ruby Girls force in my last two weeks in TN! And the party was onnnnnn!  Shaina is so creative, artistic, fun and generous!   We had such incredible times together! Here’s a little peak of some of stuff we did!

We went to the Opryland Resort Gardens and had a blast!

And I learned to leave the coins in the fountains alone! Haha! I kept pulling out coins and asking Morgan if they worth any thing!Avigail Camra Pictures Late summer 2017 292

One evening we had a photo shoot and just had the funest time in the world! TN is so pretty!

 

I can be serious too

But It’s not my nature…

I have no idea what I’m looking at in that first shot!! The second one, it looks like I’m giving birth!! Haha! And of coarse we can not forget our talented Photographer… Autumn!

AHHH! WAIT! STOP! HOLD IT! We forgot the bestest part of the whole stinking evening!! I COUGHT A BUTTERFLY!!! LOOK LOOK!

Isn’t it a beauty?! This has been one of my lifelong dreams, to actually hold a butterfly with out it flying away! They had a few pots with flowers at the Campbells house, and the butterflies loved those flowers, but I could never catch any!

Any ways my beautiful readers, we now finish our TN adventures and off we go to California!! But that my friends is a different story for a different time! 20170831_091934

Have a fabulist week my peeps!

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XOXOX

Avigail!

ONE YEAR OF BLOGGING!! Whattt?!?!

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I can’t believe it’s been a WHOLE YEAR since I started blogging! Like WHATTT?!?! Time is flying by! Wow when I started blogging last year I didn’t have a clue what this place would look like in a year I started blogging with no expectations, I just decided to get up and do it. To be honest I never fathomed I would have a blog, my Aunt actually was the first one to say ‘Avigail, you need to have a blog!’ but I didn’t even consider it until last summer when God told me to start a blog. At first I was like “who me?! I’m a terrible writer! Like haven’t you seen all my spelling mistakes?!who would even read my blog?! My Mom?”. It’s funny how when God wants us to do certain ‘missions’ or tasks we suddenly become so ‘humble’, I put humble in quotation marks since it’s not that we’re so humble, it’s coming from doubt of Gods power and strength.  Because our strength isn’t from us but from the Almighty God.

Back to our little tale, a few weeks after God told me to start this Blog I opened a blog and at first I had no idea what to write about, but amazingly a few days later God put this blog post idea in my head Just Jump-Will you Trust?  and walla my first blog post was launched? Born? Posted? (what would you call that?). That first blog post really described how I felt about starting this blog. I really just felt that I was just taking this huge jump into the ‘unknown’ territory of blogging. Haha! It really was I had no idea what to expect.  From then on Blog posts and Ideas have just kept popping up all the time (Like more then 50 of them, sheesh it’s gonna take me forever to get through all of those).Avigails Camra Pictures 2017 1302

Well since a year ago People have visited this blog from all over the world, from places I’ve never even heard of before…Like Kuwait ,Guam ,Gibraltar…  So so awesomeee! It has been such an awesome experience Blogging this past year, it has been such fun! I really have enjoyed writing! Thank you to all my amazing readers! If your curious the most popular post this year has been: Dandadadamdadam –Sourdough Cinnamon Rolls!

I love those guys! There perrty yum! Hopefully when I come back from America I’ll take new pictures of them with step by step photos! Talking about Americaaaa I’m leaving this Monday! AHHHH! I can’t believe it’s actually happening!! All through this process of putting together this trip I was keep telling myself ‘Avigail, you need keep an open mind, it might not work out etc’ ‘ so know I’m trying to reverse the effects of that brain work by telling myself to ‘stop day dreaming! Your actually flying! Get your act together! You have a 101 stuff to do!’ Yes I’m excited, it’s my first time flying in over ten years and the first time by myself  (Thank God I have smart Uncles well more like Uncle 🙂 that know every little tinny detail about flying, Thanks Tim!). Yep so it defiantly feels like a new ‘Just Jump’ adventure, so will see what happens next! it’s exciting! Avigails Camra Pictures 2017 764

Love you guys,

Avigail

 

I’m BACKKK-all about camp!

Heyyyyyy! How are all you peeps doing? Enjoying summer? Boy I sure am! I absolutely adore summer, but that’s not anything new. I can’t believe I’m just now sitting down to type this post, it’s been way too long since I’ve posted so, sorry. I wanted to post this two weeks ago but ya know life happens:).

Two weeks ago I went to a music summer camp which was so so so much fun! I had such a blast. The camp was for four days, on the first day (we arrived in the afternoon so it was only half a day) after we met every one briefly I had a guitar lesson the teacher was really fun and laid back so it was a cool class, even though I wasn’t as advanced as the other kids playing there. I’m still trying to work on my Guitar skills, just need more time… and maybe some more discipline… That night there was singing and worship (every night there was actually, it was so amazing!).we slept at Shoresh,a town nearby,it was soo pretty there and I met my awesome roomies! Sweetest girls ever! DSCN2853 (2).jpg

Then on the second day I took singing lessons, which was so much fun! The teacher was just so sweet and precious. It felt good to have a singing lesson again, I took singing lessons when I was thirteen as part of my school requirements and I really enjoyed it so it was great to have the opportunity to take a lesson again! In the afternoon there were a few workshops that were really nice and then dinner, after dinner it was open mic night it was cool seeing everybody’s talents.

On the third day, this was one of the funnest days. I went to the filmmaking class and I was expecting that we would probably just learn how to film and how to use the camera etc’ but instead we had a professional filmer come and make a video to a song with us acting it out and stuff. It was really fun! Then in the afternoon we watched him edit it and put it all together it was pretty amazing! That evening me and my friends we outside right around sunset, wow, the sunsets there are so beautiful! andddd I got them to pose for me:) 20170629_165657 (2)20170629_161517 (2)

The fourth day was a blast in the morning we went to the pool which was so much fun and refreshing it was so hot.They blew up a slide at the end and it was fun sliding down it and going down backwards and headfirst you get the picture:). Then in the afternoon we practice with the band/team they put as in or we threw the football around. We brought our football to the camp, I am so glad we did we had a ton of fun with it!

On the last day we work up super late, we didn’t get to bed until around two thirty in the morning, it was the last night so we thought might as well make the most out of it:) so we talked and played games. Almost everyone missed breakfast that morning. We packed up took pictures and said good bye! I learned so much from this camp and such amazing inspiring people it was great!

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If you’re wondering what I  ate at the camp for four day(with sticking to my crohn’s/THM diet) this is what I did:

I made ahead muffins for breakfast I actually didn’t have to, since they always had boiled eggs and veggies there, that’s one great thing about most meals here there is always salads and lots of them! Then for lunch I made Flax flatbread(I forgot what it’s called!) and made a sandwich out of that with goat cheese and veggies. Then for snack I made superfood chews! so yummy! and PB cookies. Dinner was really good, there were tons of different salads to choose from and then the was fish and meat it was really delicious and for dessert they had fresh fruit, so I ate well. That’s about it my friends!

Can I be mean for a second? Here’s a sneak peek at next week’s post:) Mini Sourdough Bagels my Friends!20170713_133703 (2)

Have a great weekend:)

Avigail

 

Summer Goals and such:)

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SUMMER IS FINALLY HERE!! YAHOOO! Who’s dancing with me?? I can’t describe how much I love summer, you’d think I live in the North pole or something by how much I love summer! Just last week it dawned to me that summer was really here and was here to stay! No rainy days for next few months, woot woot! It caught me a little off guard, you know how you keep waiting and waiting for something to come and then when it finally comes you can’t believe it’s actually here?! This is my last week of school! Yay, finishing 11th grade forever God willing;)!20170619_174231 (2)

What are you doing this Summer Vacation? Do you have any summer goals? I love writing down summer goals every summer to help stay focus, it seems that if I don’t write them down I kinda forget about them and it never really gets done. The most important is not to stress it, it’s just a helpful guideline if other stuff come up or you wanna do something else then do it! Even if your not gonna be able to check everything off your list, it’s summer have FUN!

Here are some of my summer goals/things I’m doing-

  • Trip to America- I will be volunteering for a few weeks in Tennessee (with Above Rubies) and then will be visiting family in the states for a couple weeks! I’m super excited! It will be so different!
  • Summer Camp! This is next week, for four days, I’m looking forward to this camp! It will be fun!
  • Counseling-I will be finishing  counseling by the end of July after almost two years of being with my crazy nine year old girls group, so I really want to make some fun last memories with them! Tomorrow a professional photographer is coming to take pictures of them, maybe he’ll let me use his camera for a lil.:)
  • BEACH!- I’m crazy nuts about the beach! Thank God my family is too! In the Summer it is a bare necessity (it’s a bear necessity… a simple bear necessity… memories!) so we go to the beach once a week for the whole day! I’m so excited we’re going to the beach this Thursday! Yipeee!20170619_183349 (2)
  • Volunteering at Ba’ad Chaim (a ProLife organization)- I’m hoping to volunteer twice a week this summer instead of just once a week like this past year, will see if it works out with my schedule.
  • Exercise- Keep exercising  work on better form and learn new exercise methods and techniques. Love exercising!
  • Catch up with Friends- Hiking,pool,shopping, walks whatever:)
  • Spend time with my awesome siblings! I really want to get in some quality time with them before I leave to the states. (some ideas are: bake something yummy together, play a board game, have a spa night, well I don’t think my Brothers would appreciate a spa night:), go throw a football with them, read a book to them, watch a movie together the options are endless!)
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Here’s a few of my siblings, I only picked the good looking ones, just kidding they’re all crazy gorgeous I don’t have enough room to post pictures of all eight of them;) 

  • Guitar- mostly practice more and learn new songs to play!
  • Improve my freestyle
  • Study- I really want to read and learn the book of Daniel and try and read it in Aramaic (Aramaic is the original language of the book of Daniel), don’t think I’m some crazy language genius because I’m not, Aramaic is very similar to hebrew but I’ll still need the hebrew translation to actually get what they’re saying. Also read more about Health, Nutrition and the body. I ordered some books on those topics, I can’t wait to get my hands on them!
  • Photography! I really just want to learn more and improve my pictures!20170619_174556 (2)
  • This BLOG! Don’t worry I’m definitely gonna try and keep up with posting (you guys know I have over 50 blog posts ideas?! well it was over 50 the last time I counted, which was a few months ago… ideas and new recipes just keep popping up!), I want to rephotograph (is that a word?) most of my recipes and share more recipes, you have no idea how many recipes I have for ya’ll that I just haven’t had the time to write down and take pictures of them! Hopefully this summer I’ll have time!
  • Garden- try and work on raised garden bed and keep up with the plants and herbs I already have!

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    Little but mighty 🙂 veggies from my garden!

  • Work! Baby sitting and working for my Sabba(Grand father) I’m not gonna bother with getting a steadier job like working as waitress since I’m leaving for America in the middle of the summer also I don’t have time:) but I’m hoping when I get back from the states I’ll get something more steady because I really really want to get a driver’s license and driving classes are crazy expensive!20170619_182952 (2)

Well I think that’s it, I probably forgot something my brain is officially dead and let’s not  talk about how antsy I am for sitting for so long on a regular chair! (I miss my gym ball! I type these blog posts at my Grandparents house and they don’t have a ball for ME!! even though I suggested that they could really really use one of those gym balls!:)20170619_182527 (2)

 

Have an amazing summer!

 

Avigail

Ein Kerem Hiking Trip!

Halloo my dear peeps! Three weeks ago was my 17th birthday and for my B-day I really just wanted to go hiking, I love parties but I don’t really care for being the center of attention of the party I rather go hiking.  Also the weather was super nice so I was just aching to get out and to get to use my camera some more. My grandfather took me and a couple of my siblings off to Ein kerem, Ein kerem is in Jerusalem and is surrounded by the Jerusalem forest, the town itself is an art colonie, peoples gardens there are really unique and artsie. We went into a chocolate store there and I bought some organic cocoa beans they sounded so puristy and superfoodiesh  and I thought I’d like them, I feel so unpuristy now but they were pretty yuck. There I said it I’m a total purist traitor. I’m not quite sure what to do with them, nobody else in my family likes them. Well here’s one puristy point at least I didn’t spit them out when I first tried them like the rest of my family I actually ate two of them.  Have you ever tried raw cocoa beans? aren’t they pretty? Look at that color!image

Then after the chocolate store we sat and ate lunch and I found a ripe passion fruit on a vine! Lucky me! image

Then we started hiking towards Even Sapir and I was defiantly lugging behind taking all these pictures!image    This tree was so pretty!image

Then I walked pass a blooming almond tree that was buzzing with bumblebees! So I was able to snap this picture. I love bumblebees! There so cute! I still love ’em even though I’ve gotten stung by them. Well that was kinda my fault since I sorta stepped on it. Yah, don’t go walking around clovers buzzing with bees barefoot, lesson learned. Look at this bumblebee isn’t he a great poser?  imageAlmond trees were blooming everywhere now all the almond trees are covered with new green leaves.

imageIsn’t this pass just breathtaking? I was in heaven!image

Once we left Ein Kerem we went up and took a trail going through a mountain which was gorgeous, since we could see the view and all the mountains around us. I live in avery pretty country:). imageimageimage

At this point my cousin and sister were complaining like heck, so me and my grandfather and brother sped up and let them groan to themselves.  Then we made it to a cave that had freezing cold water in it and my grandfather went in and I was debating with myself if I wanted to go in but before I made up my mind I found myself pulling off my boots and walking in, I have a very strong pull towards water even towards very cold and trashy water! The water actually  got ,towards the end, chest high but knee high was enough for me!  bwww it was COLD!image

Then we hiked around a little more and headed home! It was such a fun day! Are you planing any hiking trips this spring? I’m hoping to do some more hiking on my Pesach vacation it’s only a week away. Yahoo!

Have a great week!

Avigail

Spring’s Coming PEOPLE!

temporarySprings right around the corner people! As you can imagine I’m pertty excited! This time right now is so pretty! All the wildflowers are blooming, everything is green and the almond trees are in full bloom. On thursday me and my family went to a nature park for a few hours, it was so nice to get out for a little and be out in the sunshine enjoying all these beautiful flowers. I had a blast taking pictures of all the flowers with my new camera!  I really do enjoy photography. ooh! I forgot to mention that my cousin who I haven’t seen in seven years is coming to Israel!! I’m gonna go pick her up from the airport with my dad in an hour or so! So excited to meet her! We’re gonna have so much fun. It will be great to actually have a cousin my age, most of my cousins are under the age of nine (not complaining! I love those little guys! It just will be great to have someone my real, live age:). Here are some pictures from that day!

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temporaryWe used to have a cherry tree in our backyard and every spring I’d go out and shake it’s flowers and sing It’s snowing! It’s snowing! So i just had to do that with the almond tree.

 

temporary The rosemary is blooming! It’s so pretty!

There was an herd of goats and sheep there, it was so funny this flock of birds kept riding on there backs! Probably eating all the fleece on them, never seen anything like it!

The view there was stunning!

I love red poppies! so pretty! some of my sibs, we are all doin’ are own thing!

Also it’s the month of Adar! It’s gonna be busy busy busy, my Mom has a birthday this Wednesday , myns right after hers on Sunday(EEK I’m turning 17!!), then Purim is the next saturday night then the week after that on Sunday is my Grandmother’s yahrzeit( marking a year since she died).  I still can’t believe she’s not with us, or that somehow I survived a year without her. She really was like a second Mother to me, we were so close. Somehow you have to keep pushing forward and hold on to that hope we have, that one day we will be reunited, without all the flaws of this world. Won’t it be amazing?

Shavuh Tov! HAVE A GREAT WEEK!

Avigail

I GOTTA CAMERA!!

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I gotta a real camera!!! I can’t believe it’s finally in my hands!! This morning when my brother brought my package in, I just couldn’t leave it alone! Only problem was that I didn’t know that I needed a memory card so all the space this camera could  hold was like five pictures! I kept taking pictures and deleting them:). I just got a memory card so hopefully Ill be able to take lotsa pictures this weekend! I’m going up north to the chermon with Friends for Shabbat, so ill have lotsa stuff to take pictures off! It will be my first time up at the chermon, I am exited! It will be fun! The zoom on this Nikon b500 is CRAZY! I’m also super exited to be able to have better quality  photos on here. This is a huge improvement then taking photos with this:temporary

Yep, It was super duper challenging taking photos with this totally smashed and busted up Iphone 5. The most challenging was this bright line you would get at the top, you might have noticed it in a couple photos of mine, like this one-image

So now you know the behind the scenes of  the pictures here:)

What have you been up to lately? I’ve been babysitting, working, volunteering,baking, some loom knitting, gardening, I got my passport! Yay! I went to the kotel  which was such an awesome refresher, oooh and I got a nose ring(at first it feels so weird! but you get used to it)! Also we are putting together a show with the group of girls I counsel, so lotsa practicing! I actually have a rehearsal in like a half hour so I need to hurry up and I still need to pack for this trip! were leaving at four in the morning… blech… so i gotta go… one last thing, look at this awesome tie pie my grandfather built!temporary

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winter has the prettiest sunsets!

Have a great weekend!

Avigail

 

‘Fall’ in Israel-and Ein Gedi

Hellooo! Its been getting cooler here in Israel, it’s getting dark earlier, and we had our first rain last week, we always get exited from the first rain! ( but then I get sick and tired of it, I am dying for warmer season so we can go to the beach! I have a very hard time not going to the beach during the cooler season!) anyway Back to fall(:, and all the fruit on the citrus trees are ripening! What’s funny about the fall here is that you could have a tottaly cloudy and rainy day, but the next day will be absolutely gorgeous with bright blue sky. Actually most days in the fall are like that, warm with pretty blue sky and only occasionally there will be rain. Once I read a poem called “fall not very falley”(it was in Hebrew). It was all about how Fall in Israel is warm, all the citrus fruits are ripening etc, how it’s not really like ‘fall’. It described fall pretty well(:.

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A  Klemantinah tree, almost ripe!image

An orange tree, still not quite ready!

Then today we went to Ein Gedai, which is down in the Negev(in the dessert) and it was really warm! Ein Gedi is sooo pretty. Here are a few pictures from today!

The right photo was the view, that was behind us and the left photo is the view that was in front of us.  That’s the Dead Sea behind.

The water was colddd, but it was fun to get under the waterfalls! Can you spy the ibex in the right picture? They were so cute!

At the end the was this gorgeous waterfall and cave (that you weren’t really supposed to go into, but don’t tell anyone kay?).

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Hope y’all are having a great fall! Coming soon are some fall inspired recipes, stay tuned!

Avigail❤️

Chagim Cookin’s

So I thought I would share some of the yummy food that’s been coming out of our kitchen the past couple weeks, with all the chagim! I’m so exited, Sukot is just around the corner! It’s my favorite holiday!! What is your favorite holiday?

Sourdough challah! Didn’t it rise beautifully?! This is a triple batch of my recipe!

The challah braided and baked with a honey glaze!! It was pretty Amazin’. If I say so myself!

Sourdough Apple Braid! I’m tottaly drooling here! 😋

imageApple and carrot with a bunch of other stuff koogle i put in it apples, carrots,zucchini,onion,white radishes and a sweet potato:). It came out ok, need to do some treeking on it.

imageSourdough Cinnamon Rolls!  Can you tell Ive been having tons of fun with my sourdough?! they aint the prettiest but there good. My lil sistah loves to eat straight dough,haha, I need to keep an eye on her to make sure she doesn’t eat the whole batch! We made so much more food but I wasn’t able to take pictures of it all!

image A little garden peek, my stevia plant is blooming! isn’t it pretty!

Have a Chag Samech!

Avigail❤️

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