Back in Business!

Hey Everyone!

I’m back in Israel…so I’ll start continuing my posts. I’ve been back for about a month, but have been really busy. I’ll let you all know the whole inside story shortly. Just wanted to say that “I’m back in business!” So, plenty of new blogs will be coming out soon, maybe by the time school starts for me – August 13th. Basically, I’m doing hard core studying for math, and I’m trying to fix some new issues with the high school that have recently come up  (I know! Already, and I haven’t even stepped a foot into high school for one day!). I have my whole summer to talk to you all about and then definitely my thoughts…and you know, the usual, whatever pops up – which is always common around here. Just thought I should give you a little heads up, and a bit of excitement from the lazy summer days. Hope to write soon!

Birthday!

Hi, I know it’s been awhile since I last wrote, but we are finally (FINALLY) starting spring break and I just had my birthday (the day after school finished!). I had such an amazing time! Actually, a week before my birthday, this last Sunday, my two best friends surprised me with a spa! I got a massage for one hour and then went into the Jacuzzi for another. It was one of the most amazing birthday gifts ever! I never knew it was coming. In fact, this is the second year one of my friends (that was there) had a surprise birthday for me! She gets me every time….

For my actual birthday (March 31st – I’m 14!), I had a sleepover. One girl, whom I adore and is in a grade above me (9th), and another 8th grader, slept over. Two other of my friends that were suppose to come, didn’t end up, and my other friend (who planned the surprise birthdays) went to France for spring break. So, even with the few girls, I had the most amazing time! I think this year would be my favorite birthday. We talked and caught up (with my ninth grade friend, whom I rarely see because she is in the high school) with each other for a bit. Then, we all went to the mall and went bowling. There was an arcade there as well. We got enough “money” to buy these dragon (non-permanent) tattoos from the arcade games. We were going to wear them, but then the next morning I couldn’t find them. So, i’ll have to look for them. Then, we went to watch 21 Jump Street at the movies. It was a great movie, except for the language. Very interesting…. After that, we went to Kyoto, which is a Japanese resturant (MY FAVORITE). We decorated these mini (“wedding” shaped) cakes at about 12 at night, and didn’t go to bed ’til 1 AM. In the morning, I played chess, some fuz-ball, but we all just relaxed because we were so tired from the day before.

I did spend time with my family (actually, my mom and dad, since my brothers are at school) as well. We watched The Middle together, and just had a ton of fun! I also, (my biggest gift) got a brand new computer! I’m so excited, it’s for all of high school since the school doesn’t provide them in high school, and it is my first computer ever. I’m so thankful! It’s just SO pretty, in fact I’m writing on it right now!

(I have some ideas about future things, like making up all the fun birthday surprises my friend has given me, and also some gift ideas for her….I would like to talk about it, but she might read this). But thank you all for letting me have the best birthday I could ever have wished for! (Also, I forgot to mention, this 7th grader – a very sweet girl – made me a cake this Friday. I would also like to thank her as well!)

KISSES AND HUGS FOR ALL OF YOU FOR MAKING MY BIRTHDAY SPECIAL!

School Today!

School was really nice. I got to see all my friends that I hadn’t seen in a long time. My best friend was like oh, well hello there. Because I hadn’t seen her in SO long (less than one day ago). So, it was all fun. I had chorus, Hebrew, humanities, and P.E. I didn’t do so well on my Hebrew final as I had hoped, but that gives more room for improvement. Also, my class is pretty hard with all these 11th graders and the test was very similar to the Hebrew subject test (or SAT 2). This is actually a better environment for me, I think. To be pushed more that what I am capable of doing so I learn more, even if I don’t do as well. Since I’m not in high school yet, where my grades count, I can have the pleasure of learning beyond. Also, next year, I will have learned so much this year that I will have a better basis of knowledge and understanding.  I missed everyone and I think I’m actually glad to be back in school, with my regular routines again.

Youth Home — Be Thankful for What You Have

Today I went on a school trip (with the whole 8th grade) to a Youth Home in Yemene Orde (which is up near the Carmel Mountains). Last year a fire struck close to the Carmel Mountains burning the boys houses (but not the school) at the Youth Home. This orphanage/boarding school is only a High School for 9th-12th graders they were pretty upset that the school was not touched but the boy’s homes were burnt down. Luckily the Israeli government helped pay to put in temporary houses for these teenagers.

Basically, as we listened to the lecture by the main owners at Yemene Orde Youth Home, they told us their goal is to bring up the teenagers as normally as the possible can. Not all of them are orphans, some just live in really bad circumstances and live there. So they have a separate place for houses and a place for school. They usually have 500 kids, which is the same size as our school. Most of the teenagers there are Ethiopian immigrants and there are a few Russian teenagers as well.  While we got to talk to a few of the 12th graders (Ethiopians and Russians), we also watched a video (that occurred 5 years ago) when the 12th graders went back to Ethiopia — since the Ethiopians are the majority and got to go back to their countries. We got to see how the felt about going back to see their families; how they didn’t really fit in, but the peers that go to the Youth Home with them were more of their family then their actual family; how the Russians at first envied the Ethiopians to go back to their home country, while they could not; and how later the Russian seniors after the whole trip was happy for the Ethiopians.

After this trip, all I can say is that these teenagers went through a lot in their lives.  We are lucky to have everything that we have now, which is the whole meaning of Thanksgiving — to be thankful for everything we have. Also, the teachers and principle told us that we were not to allowed to use any electronic devises including cameras at the Youth Home, because they did not want us to flash around gadgets that these poor teenagers do not have. So, I was not able to take any pictures except for one’s on the bus on the way there and back.