Daddy arrived from Israel today, and there was much rejoicing.
I drove down to Boston to pick him up (about a two hour drive) via a very spendy side-trip to Target (hurray for Target, we pink puffy heart Target - a chance to stop at Target was very nearly worth the four-plus hours I spent in the car today). We hadn't even pulled all the way into the garage before the children came tumbling out of the house yelling and screaming (and nearly dashing headlong into the still moving car, good thing mommy's reflexes weren't completely fried from the drive).
Friday we're joined by Jay's sister and her family for a long weekend, then next week it's over to the Maine coast for camping with my parents and my sister's family. Oh, and tomorrow night the circus is coming to town - the kids are beside themselves with excitement, we don't get circuses very often.
With all this going on computer time will probably continue to be in short supply but I'm reading and very much appreciating all your comments and looking forward to catching up with you all very soon!