So. It was quite nice to arrive on a holiday weekend, really. Yes, all the stores and shops are closed, but Devin managed to get out last night before sunset (on the advice of our upstairs neighbor) and grab some food that should last us until we can do some real grocery shopping. The streets are so quiet and everyone is dressed in their Sunday best! (It’s the last day of Passover, in case you were wondering about the holiday.) I was happy to have Devin home all day again. He was gone so much this past month, and he never had any weekends, so it’s been a nice break for all of us!
Today we spent the morning lazing about and playing. By 10am we left to go back to the border crossing to see if we could find our lost items/bags. It’s lucky it’s only about ½ hour away! We got there, and Devin went in to find our things. He found most of our loose stuff (pots and plates and some of Claire’s stuff…that kid!! She brought EVERY little tiny purse that she owns! What do I do about that?!?!?), but there was no sign of Josh’s carryon bag. The kid is devastated. With good reason, too. In that bag was all of his favorite books (Choose Your Own Adventure, Bunnicula series, Flat Stanley series, Time Warp Trio…), his reading light that he got for his birthday, ALL of our toothpaste and toothbrushes (so sweet that he gathered those together for everyone), his camera (ouch), his scriptures and hymnbook (ouch), his pinewood derby car AND his trophy that he won from the Pinewood Derby on Friday (ouch, again), his lapel pin collection, our UNO Attack game and Phase 10… Anyway, listing it doesn’t make it feel any better. Poor kid. The WORST part is, though, that when we were getting the bags, that was the only one I picked up, and unzipped just to check and make sure it was ours. I KNOW we had it with our stuff. The only thing I can think of is that it didn’t get put onto our cart. So, either we left it curbside and someone took it, or someone saw it and thought it was theirs and took it, or…well, I Have no idea. So, so sad. We don’t get ‘reimbursed’ for lost items when going through the border crossing. *sigh*
After our long search, we went to a big park here called Sacher (or Saker, as the GPS likes to call it) Park. So amazing! Jerusalem wins with the coolest parks! It is a huge park with LOTS of green space. The children’s area (slides, etc) was SO awesome! The slides are super tall and the kids just loved climbing on them! Even Devin joined in on the teeter totter! (I did, too, and I had Josh and Andrew on the other side of me, and they kept me up in the air! Silly boys!) We found an exercise park area, too, and all the kids joined in on the rowers and presses and stuff. They had such a ball! Then Peter went on the Merry-Go-Round too many times and threw up, so we had to call it a night. Ha!
And tomorrow, we start not only a new unit, but a whole new experience exploring the Holy Land! :)