We drove to NY for a short trip to see relatives.
Maybe next trip will be longer & we can visit with more people. We did get in a little bit of shopping at FAO Shwartz!
And Howie’s mom, Marge made the kids these great sweaters!
While we were there, their grandparents gave them Furbies & we finnally found out what language the kids have been speaking… Furbish!!! That 1st nigh we spent more time putting those toys to bed then the kids!
Chanukah was nice but it really screwed up the kids. We only gave them 1 present every other night but they got so much from other people (mostly my parents, surprise, surprise) that now, everytime they see wrapping paper they yell “present! More present, more present!” open it, throw it on the floor, then they yell for more! We have also discovered that when a toy says ages 3 & up, it doesn’t mean they will choke on it, it means 2 year olds will break it within 48 hours! One of my favorite gifts is a bracelet with 4 little shoes on it. The kids point to each shoe & tell me who they are for “Ana, Ala, Lala & Mantha”. Mitch’s favorite was an autographed bikini calendar of 1 of my moms customers… a former Playboy centerfold. We are sooooooo different sometimes!
And whenever we got in the car this month, the kids say “ooooh, lights, pretty lights! More lights?” over & over again! Now that everyone is taking them down they say “more lights? Um, no.” It’s cute for about 2 minutes, then we start to pray for sleep or some other distraction! Also, we went out without them for the first time. It was the first time they had been apart from me (while awake) in 7 months! I called from the car & was told (by Dad & Megan) that they were fine & didn’t miss us at all. I cried the rest of the way to the party! When I called again at bedtime Alek was hysterical! Apparently, he started crying when he realized I was gone & wouldn’t stop until 40 minutes later when he fell asleep! I had tried to talk to him on the phone but it made him worse. I didn’t realize until later that he had never heard my voice or Russian on the phone before! Oops! He’s starting to get better, but for awhile afterwards he was very clingy & forgot he was potty trained!!!
New Years Eve was a nice quiet dinner with friends. We did the countdown early and put the Ukrainian kids to sleep while the adults & Kelsey stayed up to throw bags of confetti for the real thing (I didn’t want to make a big mess so I wouldn’t let everyone open the bags… It was pretty funny).
The house is really coming along! The first picture is from 12-13 & the others are from 1-7! The kids like to walk around going “WOW!” As if they know what they are looking at!
BOTH We’ve taught them all kinds of good things lately. Like when you say “Who’s the best Papa in the world?” and they say “My Papa!” or we say “How much do I love you?” and they say “This much!” or we say “Who do you love?” and they say “Mama!”. Also, if you ask Ana “Do you know that you’re cute?” she says “I know!” then they both tell us “Mama cute, Papa cute, Grandma cute…” and the list goes on! The funny thing is when Mitch does something really goofy, they shake their heads and say “Papa stuka!” (our word for really silly in a stupid sort of way). And sometimes Ana even rolls her eyes!
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