27 September, 2007

A Day In The Life

I just spent a great morning with Ilayda and Okan. Hakan had an appointment and Alisa is helping their friend Ozlem move.

Since all my chilren are at school and I have off for the Jewish holiday of Sukkot - I was the lucky person who got to play with the kids. What fun we had cooking in the sandbox together. Little Okan's hand is so yummy in mine and Ilayda is just so grown up.

I had to leave once Dobao came over - our house alarm had gone off. I didn't think that the people would come to work on the porch today, but off course they did!

Now i am off doing some errands and fitting in an eyebrow waxing and manicure .... Something i don't treat myself to too often. I'll soon go to pick up the girls from school - I love being there when they first get out of school!

Courtney is down in GA helping his Grandmother move into an assited living facility; so he is having an interesting week to say the least. I wish I cold be there with him - but it didn't make sense to bring all the children. As much love and diversion that they would bring, it would make things even harder.

10 September, 2007

Chayton - Standing Up!

Can you believe it?!? Little Man Chayton is pulling himself up ... watch out world (or at least Mommy & Daddy).

Yesterday morning he surprised me by greeting me in his crib standing up ... next thing we were downstairs and he crawled/pulled up on the first step of our stairs and was sitting there staring at me ... next he was trying to crawl up a stool ... and he can use the bottom legs of the kitchen table to pull up to stand under the table! Our friend Karen got to see him climb all over me, and by using my body, stand up all by himself.

I'm a proud little mama!

06 September, 2007

First Day of School 2007!

A few pictures for now, commentary to come later! I promise.

Camp Allen: Princess Day

Now on to Princess Day! After doing some social things in the morning, we were off to Fresh City for a princess lunch complete with accessories! After that, we headed out to Kip's Castle (a new Essex County Park location that is under renovations right now; you can't go it, but can get on the grounds) for dessert. Can life get any better than this?

Off to Sandy Hook Beach!

Camp Allen: NYC

On Thursday, we hoped the train and headed into the city for a day at Central Park. We packed lunch and had a grand time eating it watching all the people go by. After finding a place for a good game of kickball, we all took a ride on the carousel - how fun. After some more ramblings in the park, as well as stopping for ice cream, we hoped on the subway and headed to the Toys R Us in Times Square - always a great place to go and wonder around! After that it was time to head home to pick up Chayton.

FW: Splish Splash

What a great day! We are on our way home from Hurricane Harbour water park at Great Adventure. We are actually racing to pick up Chayton before daycare closes! Hit a little traffic and the last ride we went on we stood in line a little longer than we thought it would take.

Kaija wasn't ready to leave and actually said to just leave Chayton at daycare. That's quite unusual coming from her mouth as she is usually being caught saying "I love you soooo much!"

The park was a lot of fun. We got there by 11am and didn't leave until 5pm - and we all could have stayed longer. We went down 2 slide rides, played in the water playground and took it easy on the lazy river and wave pool. What was really nice is that we rented a cabana - so we had a central meeting point and a place to get out of the sun (complete with carpet, coffee table and loungers).

In the beginning both girls were a little unsure of what a water park would be like; but they quickly got into the groove. For Kaija, all she needed was to see all the water and fun stuff and she was off. For Nazeriah, we had to go through a bit of drama first - okay a good chunk of crying and not wanting to do anything ... But after the first half hour she realized that it was more fun to have fun and not waste the time crying.

So there we were racing to get Chayton and be home to get our grocery delivery (which if you haven't tried this yet you need too! Shoprite at home - the Brookdale Shoprite). This ended up being the latest that we've picked up Chayton - and we had our grocery order on standby waiting for us to get home.

Courtney dropped Chayton and I off at home and took the girls to go get dinner. Which was - don't faint - ice cream sundaes. (We hadn't ordered that with our normal groceries, so they had to run to the store.) It was a really yummy dinner if I say so myself. And with all that sugar both girls are fast asleep! We even remembered to do our exercises, Dr. Melissa!

Now I'm pumping my last bottles for the day and will soon hit the sack as well. (Alisa - that car charger is sure coming in handy - I just wonder what those truck drivers think when they pass. At least Courtney was driving this time!)

"I wanted to make it grown"

Monday was the first day of Camp Allen. After a full and fun weekend filled with friends (and since C and I had fun and didn't spend the time to get ready) we decided that our fist day of camp would be a low-key "resting" day. This also was good since C and needed to do a few things for work.

So the morning started off with the girls and I taking Chayton to school, then heading to the JCC to pick up something I forgot. On the way home we stop by "Buster" ("No, Nazeriah, that's Blllooockkk - Buster," corrected Kaija). Each girl got to pick out their own movie; after steering away from Barbie and Hannah Montana (a "G" movie, but I'm just not ready to admit my girls are getting old enough to start moving into this genre), Nazeriah settled on Mulan II (okay I caved a little) and Kaija picked Dora (felt much better about that).

While the girls watched their movies on the portable DVD players in their beds, Courtney and I took care of work and tried to clean the mess that our house is in. We had to empty out our hall closet (our biggest closet that we have) for the porch construction project and that stuff is everywhere.

After that we went out to do some errands (fun!). Come to find out Nazeriah was doing a garden project in the back of the minivan. She took the big rock that Ilayda gave here the other day and started pouring the water from her water bottle on it - all while sitting in her seat in the car. "I wanted to make it grown." Unfortunately Courtney had to break it to her that rocks don't "grown" and that, yes, she had to sit in her wet seat on the ride home. Aahh the thinking of a child.