30 December, 2006

Christmas 2006

We decided to have a nice quite Christmas this year - we went to Christmas Eve Services, but otherwise, stayed home with just us. It was nice to be together and to appreciate our family.

We made our traditional home-made pizza for dinner early this year and ate it before going to church. Yummy! It was fun to do the cooking with the girls. Courtney and the girls wore their footie pajamas to Christmas Eve Services - how cute they were. Even Chayton was dressed in Christmas gear.

The next morning of course started really early. I think all the crazies were up by 7am. We went downstairs to see if Santa had come.

Lo and behold! He came - he ate all of his cookies, and his reindeer at all the carrots outside! How exciting!

Two of the best gifts that the girls got were the "juju beads" (not quite sure how you spell that one). These are music makers that are made out of seeds that the girls can wear around their waists. Talk about making some music! As if our house wasn't loud before!




Chatyon's First Bottle

Chayton's growing up ... he had his first bottle!

And all of my worries were for naught. Courtney sat down, put the bottle in his mouth and he just started sucking away. Guess I'm not needed :-)!

But now, he'll be ready for daycare at the end of January.

21 December, 2006

Christmas at Rockerfeller Center

Not too long ago, Kaija and Daddy got to go into the city to see the Christmas Tree at Rockerfeller Center.
What a great day the two of the had! Not only did they see the tree and skating rink, but also saw the windows at Macy's.

What a special memory!

How Fast They Grow!


Can you believe it - Chayton is 9 weeks old all ready. Where does the time go? He is growing so fast - cooing and talking like you wouldn't believe.

The girls love their brother - and are very big helpers to me and Daddy. Chatyon loves to watch them. He also loves our reading time at bedtime. He'll either sit up with us on my lap, or will be breastfeeding, but he'll start "reading" along with me. It is just too cute.

Hannukah Parties

It's that time of year - time for school Hannukah Celebrations!

Kajia's came first on Friday with a show put on by the Kindergarten class. They each had a line to say in their presentation. And, yes, Kaija stood up and loudly (and proudly) said her line!! Yeah, Kaija! After the show, a few songs, and then it was lunch time. We also were able to get a picture of Kaija with her teacher, Donna. What a treat!












Then on Monday, it was time for Nazeriah's Hannukah Celebration. All the 4-year old classes came together to put on a show for the parents. After some great songs, it was time to go up to their classroom to have a Hannukah snack! Nazeriah's friends Ilayda and Eden were right by her, singing.









Sleep-Overs!

Wow - our girls are haveing sleep-overs, can you believe it!! This past weekend, Kaija had her friend Miki over and Nazeriah went to her friend Ilayday's house. (See more about Nazeriah's sleep-over at http://ilayda-okan.blogspot.com/.)

Kaija and Miki had a great time together. They've been best friends since they were about 18 months old. When Miki got to our house, we left to go to the Cookie-Swap Party of our friend Steve, where the girls ran around, ate cookies and played. Then it was home to eat dinner and to get out the tent. The girls were so excited - they got to sleep in the tent all night! Boy did they giggle and laugh - just like girls.


The next morning, it was bubble bath time, then off to pick-up Nazeriah, and then we headed out to Church. It was the day of the Holiday Pagent - all three girls sat, eyes glued, watching the action. At church all three behaved wonderfully - which was good, since I had to step out of the sanctuary to take care of Baby Chayton and Daddy was playing Santa collecting all of the gifts for the children at the Newton Street School. Although, I will say, having 4 is harder than having 3!

Getting Our Christmas Tree

This year, we all went to a sustainable tree farm in New Jersey to pick out our Christmas Tree - even Baby Chayton and Fuzzy Bear from Nazeriah's class. Fuzzy Bear gets to go home each weekend with the Shabbat Child - and it was Nazeriah's turn. Chayton was all bundled up & in his sling - slept the whole time!

What fun it was to search out the "perfect" tree for our family. Of course, you know that any tree we would have picked would turn out perfect! It was hard - there were so many trees to pick from.















After our look-around, we found it! Daddy cut it down in now time flat, and we were off to the cabin to pay for it and to get some hot apple cider.

Then it was home to go decorate it!

Nazeriah's Shabbat

Not long ago, it was Nazeriah turn to be the Shabbat Child in her pre-school class at the JCC.

Did she have a good time - she was the center of attention in her class for a good hour and half. Who wouldn't love that!

Auntie Alisa and Kaija were able to come to share it with us - what a treat!

To begin with, Nazeriah got to say "Shabbat Shalom" to all of her friends in class - by song, no less. Next comes a few more songs, then it is time for Nazeriah to have herself "drawn." And she gets to do some writing on her picture. Check out those neat braids!

Then it is time for the blessings, challah and snack - clementines and apples courtesy of Nazeriah. After that it is story time with Mommy.

What a great time we all had!












19 December, 2006

What Great Discussions

Today coming home from school, it was amazing the diversity of subjects we talked about: Kaija's Hannukah activities, Kaija & Nazeriah's snow ball play during gym, Santa coming, Winter Solstice, New Year's Eve, Nazeriah's birthday, our upcoming trip to Boston, and, last but not least, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Whew.

What wonderful information we can get our girls to start thinking about. Nazeriah was asking what other holiday's were coming up, since we were talking about Hannukah. So after discussing how we will light our Hannukah candles tonight and then on Christmas Eve we will make our home-made pizza's and go to church, we went through the Winter Solstice celebration we will take part in at the Environmental Center and First Night Montclair on New Year's Eve with our friends the Rossi's and Vural's.

So, the next upcoming holiday is Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday. "Who was he mommy?" We got to talk about the wonderful, caring man that Dr. King was and how he was teaching people to be nice to each other, and to make sure, no matte if their skin was purple, white or brown, that all people are treated equally and fairly. "Where does he live, mommy." Next onto he isn't with us anymore, but there is the Martin Luther King Center in Atlanta, GA. "Mommy, can we go their with Big Grandma - she lives in Georgia?"

So we then got to talk about Big Grandma's house, and Kaija started telling Nazeriah all about the cows, how nice they are, how you can pet them and feed them, how she and daddy chased the cows, and you get to wear your bathing suit and play with lots of balls at Big Grandma's house. How sweet!

Next onto how we were going to go to Georgia this spring and see Big Grandma and Uncle Jack and Aunt Karen. "I ran through their sprinkler, mommy, and Uncle Jack sprayed me with it!" said Kaija. Then onto how the girls would like to have Grandma and Grandpa and Aesop and Ellwood (their dogs) to come with us to Boston! What cuties!

Got to go, time to read books and get ready for bed.

03 December, 2006

Pictures

Chayton at 6 weeks
Smile!

Look how long he's getting.




At the holiday craft fair