i remember like it was yesterday when i wrote this post. same title.
i was about to start an adventure with my sister of moving to israel.
and here i am about to begin a new journey with my husband.
all day i have had this weird feeling in the pit of my stomach.
nervousness and excitement all rolled into one
i cant describe what i feel.
it’s good & its bad.
sweet& sour.
i can’t wait to see my mom, sister and best friend, dandi, but i was so sad to say goodbye to my family here today. and it was even harder to watch dekel say goodbye to his friends and family. knowing it will be at least a year before we are back in this country made the goodbyes even harder.but it’s a journey we are about to embark on with smiles on our faces.
we are seriously so excited to travel around & then make our way back to dallas.
hopefully dallas will have great things in store for us  🙂

i plan to travel blog, hopefully at least a few times a week.
i hope you will follow along this journey with me us.


the last few days have been all about family and just hanging out with ones we love.
since we leave the country in 4 days, we are just soaking up all the time we can get with them.
since “moving in” to dekel’s parents house, we get to see his older siblings and their kids a lot more, since they drop them off if they need to run an erron or if they are just stopping by to say hi. dekel’s older brother, elad, has two children, a 3-year-old daughter named ma’ayan & an 8-month-old baby named eitai & dekel’s sister has a 1.5-year-old daughter named maya. below are some photos we took while just hanging out in the living room playing with the kids. i must say that to see dekel holding the baby was kind of an emotional experience  🙂 he was just so gentle with him and it was so cute to see them study each other!!today we met up with my dad for a hummus lunch in ramat yishay then we went to visit my saba & savta (saba means grandfather & savta means grandmother in hebrew) where we just hung out, talked and laughed. my saba is quite the comedian! we will see them again friday night for shabat dinner where we will need to say goodbye until we come back to visit, probably in a year and a half from now.

dekel & baby eitai

dekel’s dad, efraim & baby eitai
dekel took this very “artistic” shot & i love it!
little maya
me & dek heading to my grandparents house for a little visit
saba charles & dekel bonding
my saba grows these hot chili peppers & always has an abundance of them in the kitchen
my saba is a sculptor & showcases his works of art throughtout their house & in their garden and even has a large collection of them in a room of their own


this is a 3-foot tall sculpture of a fist that he carved out of marble, it has a special place in a corner of their computer room upstairs
my israeli grandparents 🙂
saba charles & savta claude
tonight dek & i are going to watch sinister.
have you seen it?
hope i dont get too scared!

dekel & i had such a random, but wonderful day yesterday.
we woke up early to go to the social security office to sign some papers & then we headed to super-pharm to get some last minute medications and cremes before our trip (which we leave for in 5 days!!!), then we hit up the grocery store to buy some beer and snacks for a going away party we will have on thursday. after we ran our errons we met up with dek’s family for lunch at a hummus place in afula, then deke’s friend called and asked if we could help him out for the rest of the afternoon with something & since we had nothing else to do, we happily agreed.
dekel’s friend elad is a tour guide (he took us on this hike!), like for nature parks & stuff, and he had a nature tour to give to kids grades 4-6 from 4 pm- 9 pm but the lady who was supposed to help him cancelled last minute. he just needed us to help set up a bonfire & some food where he would end the nature tour so everything would be ready and waiting for the kids when they got there.
elad provided the wood for the fire and the food and tools and dekel, our friend guy & i went to where they would end the hike and we set everything up a long wooden table that was there. we prepared marshmellows on sticks & dekel made dough for the kids so they could make pita on a tabun. a tabun is a metal dome that you put over a bonfire, it heats up from the fire & you place the dough on it to cook. there was also labane with zaatar and olive oil & chocolate spread for the kids to dip their hand-made pita’s in after they cooked. we also made a big pot of sweet, mint tea for them cause it was kind of chilly after the sun went down.
ready for the day!


 guy & dekel
 the pretty pink sky
 making some mint tea for ourselves while we wait for the kiddos to arrive
 dekel getting the bonfire wood ready to use.
i had a nice view, huh?  🙂
 marshmellows on skewers for the kids to roast
 dekel making the dough.
there were 35 kids & each one was to get a small ball of dough to roll out to make his own pita.
we went through 4 bags of flour!



labane with olive oil & zaatar
while we waited for the kiddos, guy made us sambusak with olive oil & zaatar filling.
it’s a thin pastry that you can fill with cheese, onions & whatever you want (we only had olive oil & zaatar) & you fry it to a crisp and dip it in labane.
it was soo good!
i must have had like 5!
 dekel got the bonfire going when it got dark & chilly out
around 7 o’clock they finished their nature hike & we lit the 2nd hannukah candle and said the blessing
 dekel was in charge of making the kids pita’s on the tabun
all in all it was such a fun day, but we smelled so bad from the fire we showered as soon as we got home & then we made this for dekel’s mom so she would see it when she woke up & came downstairs since her birthday is today:
tonight we will celebrate with her & then tomorrow we are going to meet up with my dad in ramat yishay.
hope eveyone had a wonderful weekend!

so tonight is the last night dekel & i will sleep in our little flat here in tel adashim.
we are “moving in” with his parents for the last week we are here in israel.
and then, in 10 days, we leave for thailand!!!
i have pretty much packed up all of my clothes, except for a pair of jeans, shoes and some tee shirts for the upcoming week. i have packed up all my toiletries and taken down all of our photos. i have boxed up our kitchen (see photo below) and we will donate (or give to dekel’s mom) all of our pots & pans and cutlery and food products. it became surreal when my uncle came to pick up the oven they let us borrow when we moved in here. that’s when it hit me that we are moving. i dont know why, but that did it.
anyways, we have had some great times in this apartment. made some great memories. had some fantastic meals & enjoyed fun company. this is where dekel and i started our life together. living here was the test to see if we could stand to be together, haha. glad that worked out!  🙂
for sure i am going to miss the grapefruit tree outside our kitchen. it’s so nice to just get up, pick some fresh fruit & make some juice. love that stuff!



dekel and i are going vegan.
we are going to stop eating meat & animal by-products alltogether.
we are quitting life as we know it. cold turkey. (pun intended)  🙂
this includes eggs & dairy.
and i looooovvvveee me some cheese!
it’s going to be hard and its not going to happen over night, but its a way of life we think we should lve by.
we just believe very strongly in animal rights and humane justice too much.
we are starting with our diet first, substituting things like soy milk & tofu for what we are used to, and slowly we will work veganism into our way of life in other aspects, like our home products, my cosmetics, our furniture, maybe even clothing…
“becoming” vegan is never something i even considered before a few days ago when i saw this.
it shook me.
i was never thinking about what i ate and where it came from until i “took my blinders off.”
i am not writing this to try to convince others to do the same, but i would like to suggest that you really become very aware of what you put into your bodies and where the food you eat comes from. living a healthy life and being kind to others (whether its to people, animals or nature!) are the some of the most important things in life, in my opinion.
so, to kick off our veganism, we devoured some falafel  🙂
wearing: tee from marshalls, hot pink bra from target, skirt from h&m, belt from golf,
sandals from twenty four seven & a LAMB wristlet from my bestie






as i mentioned in the previous post, dekel and i just returned from our wedding in larnaca, cyprus. before flying, i wanted to know where i was going. dekel had been before, but to a different city and he had been in the summertime, which is much different. in the summer, there is more to do. you can beach hop, take part in the water activities, visit wineries, bunjee jump, etc. so i looked up what there was to do in larnaca during the winter. i didnt find much, but i just kept getting the thought that it’s a very historical and pretty place. when we got there, i for sure thought it was a pretty cute city, i especially loved hearing greek all around me and seeing the signs in greek, which look somewhat like quantitative formulas, but our short trip was such a fun adventure. i do realize that we did not travel during the best months, because even on the boardwalk, restaurants and pubs were already closing at midnight. there was one night where we wanted a midnight slice of pizza and asked the reception where to go, with confidence he said just to head into the city and that we were sure to find something. so thats what we did, we got to the boardwalk and nothing was open. i mean, NOTHING! and it was valentines day! we were so hungry so we just stopped at a mini market to get some oreos, potato chips and sprite. we did see one place that was “happenin” and that was a bingo club, if that says anything  🙂  overall, it was fun. and the best part was marrying the one guy who accepts me for who i am and who wrote in his vows that “loving me is not just an emotion, but that its switched into a way of life and that keeping me safe, happy and loved have become his goals in life.” how lucky am i?!


these “attention! drive on the left” signs are everywhere! in cyprus they drive in the right side of the car and on the left side of the road. needless to say, i left the driving up to dek and he definetly made a few practice rounds in the car rental parking lot.
view from our hotel room
just arrived. about to head out to the boardwalk for lunch
my dress + an amazing view

arridipou town hall, where we married
a pretty church in the town of arridipou
the larnaca boardwalk
lunch! burgers at ‘times’ restaurant. for him: mushroom creme burger with local larnaca beer. for me: hot & spicy burger with hoegarden
photoshoot at an abandoned building we thought was cool
chruch in larnaca at night
pretty blue shutters in across from the larnaca marina
near the larnaca marina

exploring around the marina
picturesqe blue & teal boats
bright oranges at the larnaca market
champagne & mint chocolates courtesy of the sweet hotel staff
writing vows
wedding day morning
we’re married!
wedding hair. inspired by this photo.
lunch (and cocktails!) as a married couple at tgifridays  🙂
sharing delishious fajitas
 lunch of caesar salad & white wine at the hotel
 heading back home to israel…married  🙂
 we stopped to pick out some shells to bring home. its our tradition.
 note: this next photo is not edited at all. the sky was just that beautiful!
 hope you enjoyed going through our adventure!
now back to my 30-day-challenge  🙂

my parents are wonderful. 
they are both encouraging, supportive and loving.
my mom lives in dallas and i miss the hell out of her! i can already tell i am like her in many ways, like i have the trait of hers to always want to include people, to never have anyone feel left out. i definetly took that from her. she is also very giving. she puts her family before anything else and i can only hope i grow to be as selfless. she is very casual, especially now that us three kids (i have two siblings from the same parents) are all over 18. my mom’s not afraid of anything…i took this from her too. and without a doubt, i have her “travel spirit.” she encourages me to fly far, saying “you can always come home” and “you are never lost, you are always somewhere.” i love that i can count on her for anything. we have grown (esp since high school) to be best friends and so very close. i love you, mom!
my dad lives here in israel and i see him about once or twice a month. he is hard working and very driven and this is where i get my drive for success and my business skills. he is rational and thinks way more on the practical side than his emotional side, which is actually very unlike me. my dad is true to his word and if he says he will be there or he will help, you better bet your bottom dollar he means is. dependable, i hope i get this from him  🙂 ive always been a daddy’s girl. i love you, dad!

hi. my name is miyan & i live in israel. i was born here in haifa, but i was raised mostly in dallas, texas. half of my family lives there and half of my family lives here. i have the best of both worlds.
1. i am getting married in 6 days!
2. i am the oldest of 8 siblings
3. i make a mean tuna salad
4. i still sleep with a baby blanket that my grandmother made (i call it moddet)
5. ive flossed maybe like twice in my life but have no dental problems due to good genes, thanks mom!
6. my blonde eyebrows are like invisible, i have to use filler or else i look kinda freaky
7. i have frequent cravings for pulpfree orange juice, especially around midnight
8. my pinkies are crooked
9. im so picky, yet so indecisive. im a libra.
10. i want to live in san francisco or washington dc when i “grow up”
11. i speak hebrew fluently
12. im a golfer
13. sweet & salty is my favorite mixture of candy, like take 5 or caramel covered popcorn
14. i have like no memory capability. seriously, i suck at remembering things
15. i color coordinate my closet

so…i got engaged this past weekend!
im like so akward about it because im not like screaming from the rooftops and i feel like im not enthusiastic enough. it has nothing to do with how much i love dekel, because im madly in love with him. the thing is that we had talked about getting married before so i knew it was coming. i just didnt know when or where. i didnt even know he would actually ask me to marry him, since we had already talked about it and agreed it was something we would do in the near future. but it was so sweet and he totally caught me off-guard and im so happy. we are so happy. we plan on flying to a nearby greek island called cyprus to marry in a civil ceremony and then celebrating with friends and family in israel and then again in dallas when we move back next year.

some photos to document a special day to us:
random wild horse & a beautiful sunrise
 fog on the way to the hermon mountain
pretty pine needles

playing in the snow

 nervous to go on the ski lift. i had no idea a proposal was to come!
 riding up in the freezing cold with winds of like 100 mph
warming up & enjoying hot chocolate after he proposed
the simple, yet gorgeous wedding band

i follow the rockstar diaries, and if you dont- you should.
she began this movement of posting other bloggers’ lists of 10 things that make them terribly happy.
i have done this before (here), but its definetly time for a new list.

1. thinking about & planning our trip to thailand for new years 2013

2. skype dates

3. wine nights

4. suprising others with small gifts (bought or created)

5. imagining & planning my our entrepreneurial idea for when we move back to the states

6. hearing that i make my parents proud

7. receiving compliments from strangers

8. feeling the christmas spirit all the way over here in israel

9. when boyfriend looks at me & tells me im pretty

10. giving myself perfect mani / pedis & saving $20 bucks doing it

 i would love to hear your list, as well!