Live...laugh...love Life with 4 kids 6 and under. Our trip to pick up Tonito in China is: mid-March 2008 through April 12. Our trips to pick up Ricky in Ethiopia are in June and August of 2010.
Thursday, January 22, 2009
These pictures are from when Jim Gill (kid song singer) came to our preschool for a family sing-along. Maya had been sitting in my lap the whole time, but then we had to stand up and dance for something and when it was time to sit down again she found Tonito's lap. Tonito is the sweetest little boy, who has this kind and nurturing spirit- he and Maya have such a special relationship because he will protect her, and give into her every whim, share with her, comfort her- his empathy is amazing. Don't get me wrong- he and Maya can be fiesty and wild and stubborn as well, (well, I have never seen Tonito be stubborn, but Maya's favorite word is still NO!)- but when they share these tender moments you can't help but aaaaaw.
Here is Vivi with her mini-me. Maya brings out the peacefulness of anyone. She is quite indulged by her older siblings, and they would NEVER take away a toy from her (although they would from each other), they would never yell at her or hurt her. They spoil her with hugs and kisses, which she absolutely loves. I'm sure that will change as they grow up, but right now we are enjoying watching their nurturing side develop with their baby sister.
Monday, January 19, 2009
(by the way look at these crazy icicles looking out our kitchen window!)
We love to play with our cousins Sam and Nate. Here it goes: trying to take a picture of two 4 year olds, one 2 year old, and two 1 year olds... It isn't much easier with the mommies.
We also had our cousin Angie come over and play, and it happened to be her 3rd birthday- Happy Birthday Angie!
In our homeschool, we observed what happens to apple juice, milk, and water when we set them outside. We read about penguins and polar bears, did snowmen crafts, and made igloos out of sugar cubes.
Monday, January 12, 2009
Friday, January 9, 2009
When we first brought Vivi to this same sledding hill 2 years ago, she would cry everytime we would stop running with the sled. She would say "frio" and then "mas" and then "frio" and then "mas" (cold, more) as if she couldn't decide if the thrill of being pulled in the sled was worth enduring frostbitten cheeks- but the joy of the speedy ride always won. Her sister Maya had the same quandary on this frigid day (windchill below zero!)- and again decided it was so fun to be pulled be Vivi that she would happily tolerate the snow sneaking in her boots! She loved sledding down the hill (with us pulling her and adjusting the speed:) and wanted us to keep moving the *whole* time. Whew, a workout for us and then we came home and she wasn't even tired after just sitting in the sled for an hour!
Tonito is our daredeveil- he will do anything. He was the first one up the hill, and just sat on the sled and went right down, smiling the whole way! He would trudge up the hill, taking these little baby steps (under the snow was very slippery, glare ice), and then come flying down. We took turns going down with him, and then finally convinced Vivi to go down with him a couple of times as well. Everyone was soooo cold- the wind was cutting through our clothes! So we finally decided to go home, and could only convince the 3 kids to come with us with the promise of hot chocolate, and reading books under the covers on the couch (hehehe they think it is a treat to be "cozy with a blankie").
Sunday, January 4, 2009
This year, we celebrated Christmas with my mom's family up in Wisconsin! We spent one night at the Dells and played in the massive indoor waterpark all day, and then in the morning as well. Vivi is not interested in water slides, but loved the huge indoor climbing playset. Also she and Maya had a blast with Tia Didi and Grandma playing on the luggage carts! Tonito on the other hand- he is not scared of anything! In the morning it was just Tonito, and me and papi, and we took him on every single ride he was tall enough for. He is so funny because he seems a little scared on the way down, but then keeps asking for more!!! He seems to have no fear- which will be really fun once he is tall enough for roller coasters. After the Dells we all spent the next couple of days at my aunt's house, in the beautiful, snowy woods. We went on a sleigh ride (sans Maya who was a little frozen;), and had sleepovers at night. The kids loved playing with their cousins, and it was fun to see everyone again. We had SO much fun and can't wait to come back again for a visit! Thank you Anna, Jenna, and Nate for graciously sharing your bedrooms and toys with our kids:), and Auntie Pat and Uncle Pete for organizing the whole fun weekend!!!
Poor Maya looks a little cold here!:) She went to play in the car with papi, Tia Colleen and Tia Mimi while we went on the sleigh ride!
Vivi LOVES horses, and she loves singing jingle bells (so we changed it to "Oh what fun it is to ride in a 2 horse open sleigh"
Over the river and through the woods..
Tonito and Grandpa cuddling to get warm...
Our cousins enjoying the snow...