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Monday, December 25, 2006

Mug Shots



I'm almost afraid to type this, but right now the Mrs and I are working on a scheme to bring the PT Clan to Israel this summer. It's almost like an impossible dream. The "Family Trip of a Lifetime." Literally. There may be no other time to do this. The PT is just about old enough to make the trip and not whine continuously, none of the older ones are married yet, and we have only one kid in college. Another year and we'll have two, and it will be too cost-prohibitive. Even now we cannot afford it. I will have to figure out a way to make the Geo last at least one more year.

But I think this is SO important. There are so many things we want to do. I want the kids to see their Israeli cousins and their kids while they are still...kids, y'know? I want to show them the beauty of their homeland. I don't mean to take anything away from the greatness of American Orthodox Jewish Life, but you can't really understand what it is to be a Jew if you haven't spent time in Israel.

So we're going to go. Period. We'll somehow make it work. There are a bunch of steps we have to take. We'll need to find an apartment. We'll need to book tickets. I have to find someone to cover my patients. I have no idea how we'll pay for it.

But first, we need Passports. With the exception of our little trip to Canada last year, none of the PT kids have ever left the country. So we're getting them Passports. Which means....mug shots. In the old days that required a trip to the AAA or DMV or someplace official, but we live in the digital age. So I lined 'em up and shot 'em.

They say you're not supposed to digitally edit your photos when you submit them, but I took the liberty of removing the Kool-Aid stain from the corners of The PT's mouth in the above photo.

At some point I'd like to write about my previous four trips to Israel. They were...interesting.

14 comments:

Kiwi the Geek said...

Wow!! I hope everything works out well for you.

The PT looks so... solemn. Like when an adult is trying to look professional & distinguished.

torontopearl said...

I'm fascinated that you're allowed to take your own photos for passport applications. We still have to dish out upwards of $10 to take 2 "official" b&w pictures to submit. My kids have had passports for about 3 years (not that we travel; we just thought it might be a good idea) -- their pics strike me so odd...and their passports only expire in 2009.

I hope that Israel plans do work out. We've also been hoping to go as a family in about 1 1/2 years for when my oldest becomes bar mitzvah, and my daughter is bat mitzvah the following year. Even though it's been our "five year plan" I don't know how we'll manage it financially either. But we can only hope and try...

Sweettooth120 said...

We just found out about a wedding in the end of May that is in Israel, so we are hoping to make it there with a stopover in Paris or Spain to celebrate our dual '40' birthdays.

That would be really wild if we ran into you there, but I doubt you all will be there then.

Just an idea, but you might want to check out Craigslist in Jerusalem or Tel Aviv about an apartment. Depending on where you want to park your things, there are also I believe, lots of community listservs that may list available summer sublets.

Anonymous said...

The whole beaurocratic-affidavit-for-non-appearing-parent-blahblah rigamarole involved in getting passports for my kids was a drag. But hey, we got to go to Belgium! I'm glad you can DIY for at least part of the process.

ISRAEL! I'm really glad for you guys!It's going to be great - how could it not?! How long are you planning on being there for?

Looking forward to hearing about your other trips too. I've been to Israel four times too - although the first was from birth to age five. My brother's been living in Jerusalem with his wife and 5 kids for the past 2 years. I hope we can (re)join them (long term) in a few years

Anonymous said...

I'd offer my couch up for y'all to stay on for the trip, but I don't think we have that kind of room....

Anonymous said...

that last one was me, robbie....

Safranit said...

I've got beds for 5..

1. A pull out couch that sleeps 2
2. Guest bedroom with two single beds
3. Pull out trundle bed in the girl's room.

Plus I know someone with an inexpensive apartment that sleeps 2 or 3....you can give us your kids and you can sleep in the guest apartment!

We would really love to see you if you come....

motomama said...

She is beautiful. Glad to hear you're planning a trip. Think you could glom on to a synagogue trip and get a group rate?

zahava said...

Interested in a few days at Chez Treppenwitz? Conveniently located in the NOT humid and land-of-pleasant-breezes Gush Etzion block -- and only 20 minutes out of J'slm? Let us know! We'd love to have you!

PsychoToddler said...

Kiwi: She does have her moments...

Pearl: I think it requires a lot of momentum to build up to make it happen, and unfortunately right now it's mostly at a standstill. So I'm hoping by posting here enough of you will pester me to keep it going. The passports are the first step.

ST: We're thinking August right now (don't want to be there during the 3 weeks, although as I recall Tisha B'av at the Kotel is pretty intense). We did put a query out to a list serve and got a few responses, but it's still too early to commit.

RM: I'd actually love to visit Europe and maybe Hawaii and South America....These are all pipe dreams. But we're setting our sites on Israel for now.

Robbie: I don't think I could impose on any bloggers to bring my family of 8 for a several day stay. I think maybe a visit or dinner date would be nice.

Safranit: See above. But we will be in touch in the months before the trip to figure it out.

Motomama: Thank you. I don't like organized tour groups. We'll do best on our own I think.


Zahava: No question we will come visit you. I think it would be cool to do some kind of musical thing too, but we'll see.

Steg (dos iz nit der šteg) said...

wow, go for it!

i'm hoping to be in israel this summer, but probably in july, not in august.

and my great lakes road trip will hopefully take place at the end of june.

Jameel @ The Muqata said...

I'd even meet you at the airport with a sign!

:)

PsychoToddler said...

Steg: We'll meet again, don't know where, don't know when.

Jameel: Great! Can you pick us up from the airport?

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