28 November, 2006

May these times last forever......

What a wonderful Holiday weekend we had! It started out with all of us piled on the sofa Thursday morning watching the Parade. We hope to actually see it live next year. We then were off to the Vural's for a afternoon of food, fun and family. We are Thankful to have such wonderful people in our lives and are so happy that we could spend this day together.

After a good night's sleep (well, maybe sorta). We awoke Friday Morning to celebrate Kaija's 5th Birthday. What an amazing little girl she is. So full of Love and Curiosity. I think 5 is the perfect age - I asked her to stay this way forever, but she wants to be big girl like her Mommy. After breakfast we were off to the New York Aquarium. What a great time we had. Melissa and I came up with a scavenger hunt for both girls to do so they would investigate and learn about all the really cool things at the Aquarium. The Aquarium is located right next to the Beach and Coney Island, so after we left - off to the Beach! And to quote Kaija "Isn't it a great way to spend my Birthday at the Beach Daddy?" I couldn't agree more. What turned out to be a casual walk down the board walk turned into almost 2 hours of wave chasing, sand castle building and Melissa and I just watching our 2 beautiful girls explore the beach. I wish we could have stayed there forever. Yes, I am sure a few of you are wondering what we are doing at the Beach on November 24th in NJ, but it was a spectacular day.

Around 2 we all decided it was time for lunch. Of course Chayton is pretty flexible as he never has to wait to eat!! Off to find a diner! During lunch Melissa thought why don't we go the Bronx Zoo to see the Holiday Lights! Well, call us crazy but we did it. So, we left Brooklyn and headed to the Bronx. We arrived just as the Holiday Lights lit up the night sky at the Zoo. If you have never been to the Bronx Zoo it is just an amazing place and we ended up strolling around for almost 2 hours enjoying the lights and even convincing Nazeriah to not only pet but feed the sheep at the petting zoo! Ah my little Diva.

Our journey at the Zoo ended around 7PM and we headed home. One more stop, Kaija wanted Sausage (the vegetarian type) and biscuits for her Birthday dinner - grocery store here we come. After our fine dinner we all retired to bed around 9PM. What a day we had - everything was perfect and we all enjoyed each other and just soaked up the time together. Raising children is by far the best way to spend out days......

Saturday was Kaija's Birthday party so we had a house filled with laughter and the screams of excited young kids. We spent most of the day just enjoying the celebration and were once again lucky to be surrounded by so many friends to help celebrate Kaija's special day! We were also very proud of Kaija as she decided in lieu of gifts she wanted to raise enough money to buy a sheep from Heifer so another little girl could also have a special day. We are happy to say that Kaija raised $120 so she can buy a sheep. Check out her site - http://www.heifer.org/myregistry/kaijaallen they are a great organization!

Saturday evening ended with a "campout" in the family room. We set up their tent (big Thanks to Uncle Kip and Aunt Ingrid) and the girls jumped in with a truck load of stuff and had a great time. As I was drifting off to sleep on the sofa I could see them making shadow puppets against the tent wall and the laughter of a new found game filled the room (who knows what time they went to sleep, but it really didn't matter). What a great way to fall asleep and end a magical weekend together.

22 November, 2006

One Big Happy Family

It's final - it's legal - it's done! As of Saturday, November 18 we are one big happy family.

On National Adoption Day, we had our day in court and Nazeriah's adoption is finalized. We couldn't be happier! The Vural's journey with us to the courthouse in Newark, where after about a 2 hour wait, we had our 15 minutes in the court and were done. After that, on to the reception for the families and friends at Rutgers. We just got our official family photo taken, when the fire alarm went off! A few hundred people had to evacuate. Got to have some drama!

Once home, we had our open house to celebrate our family. It was so great to see so many of our friends and celebrate this day with them!

Of course, not only did our camera batteries die, but so did the Vural's. So we have to finish up the disposable camera and then we'll get some more pics up on the blog.

Omi and Nana's 2-week visit ended on November 11. Grandma and Grandpa also were up here for a week. It was great having them up here.

They all helped me out while I was recouperating - plus it is always a good thing to be able to spend time with family. Because of the distance (Omi in Florida, Nana in Las Vegas, Grandma & Grandpa in Florida), the girls don't get to spend as much time with them as we'd like - so every second counts!

And of course, Chayton. He is growing so fast and is just too cute! The girls are still dotting on him - there is meaning to that "smothering with love" phrase.

We're starting to get into some sort of routine - okay maybe he isn't, but the rest of the family is. It changes each day - last night we had a 5 hour stretch, then a 3 hour, then a 2 hour stretch between feedings. Hmmm, if only I could get him to agree on more 5 hour stretches ... but alas, he is a man of his own mind.

Can you believe that Kaija's 5th birthday is this Thursday? Nope, me neither.

Today she is celebrating her birthday with her class - ice pops and all. Check out the fancy birthday hat she gets to wear today!