Friday, June 29, 2007
Monday, June 25, 2007
Reluctantly, Daria opened her gifts, some of which were taller than she is!
After some snacking (while our kids might have only snacked, the adults enjoyed a full course meal ) we headed to the Central Park, which is a must if you are in the city on a nice day.
Julia couldn't stay still for minute. Just like her brother, she wouldn't have minded covering the entire park by foot.
Daria didn't even get a chance to blow out a candle as both boys rushed to it as soon as it was lid up. Once it was out, they rushed back to a playroom without even tasting the cake. Of course, I was relieved as it meant more cake for me. Happy Birthday, Daria!
Sunday, June 24, 2007
One of the activities they share is "reading" or as I call it -- looking through the pictures. Since Julia can't ask for a book yet, she gets her point across by doing this.
I thought I'd never get 15 minutes of peace in this house, but I might have been mistaken. Will it ever last longer than 15 minutes? Stay tuned.
Thursday, June 21, 2007
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
Lucky me, there were more trains. I soon realized I had to find a chair because we were not going anywhere for a long time.
We missed a puppet show because David wouldn't leave the train station. Twenty minutes later the kid finally moved to another room and was he rewarded for that! The entire room was filled up with musical instruments including some small rattles for Julia. Everyone was again happy for awhile.
But serenity didn't last for too long. David found a stroller in one of the rooms and off he went. I just rolled my eyes, picked up Julia and started following him. If the reason we came to the museum was for David to push a stroller for the remaining time, then I was out.
I am going to refrain myself from making a sarcastic comment about this picture.
The kids had a blast, I... not so much. It's exhausting to take both of them to a public place by myself. Hopefully, we'll have a nicer weather tomorrow and can spend the day outside.
Sunday, June 17, 2007
Saturday, June 16, 2007
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
Two years, two kids and a double stroller later I still prefer walking through town. Walking with both kids in the stroller has become increasingly difficult since the combined weight is approximately 80 pounds. Then, after my son turned 2 years old, he decided that he preferred walking rather than sitting in the stroller. I wasn't surprised; he is my son after all. At first he insisted on pushing Julia in her umbrella stroller all the way to his school. Although the sidewalk is bumpy and not easily traveled, he's determined and he managed the route in 15 minutes.
David also insists on walking to the town park while I am pushing Julia in her stroller. He stops at the street light, waits for the light to turn green or for me to say "go" and only then will he start crossing the street. Today, for example, he walked 20 min to the park, ran around there for 2 hours, walked back home and still had the energy to take Julia's Fisher Price walker to the balcony and run with it back and forth. I, on the other hand, was exhausted, dehydrated and my feet ached. Nowadays I am so tempted to use the car, especially in this heat, but David refuses to get into it! He wants to walk! So, we usually end up walking, and David will point at all the buses and trucks passing by, shouting out their names as they pass. Meanwhile, I secretly hope that all this physical activity will lead to a sport scholarship for college. (I can dream, can't I?)
Friday, June 8, 2007
Why would I mention this in a blog? After all, children thank their parents all the time. But I am talking about my son, the same boy who two months ago would throw a tantrum every time I'd ask him to repeat any word. And today he thanked me without being asked, begged or bribed.
After realizing that my hearing didn't play a trick on me, I started questioning how David knew how to apply this phrase in the right context. It is true, I've been nagging him to use "thank you", but when was the last time he ever listened to me? I then recalled that he's been repeating just about anything his pal, Olivia, says and even "thank you" a few times after they had their snacks together.
I've always known David enjoyed Olivia's friendship, but I never imagined it was also going to be an educational one.
Wednesday, June 6, 2007
David and Julia are 17 months apart. Having such a small age difference between the kids has its pros and cons. It is a lot of work to take care of two little babies as a lot of people know, but the rewards are endless. Somehow I doubt Julia would agree with me though. She is a younger sibling and there don't seem to be any rewards in sight for her. Here is a peak into her daily sacrificies.
Julia gets woken up earlier from her naps or skips them altogether because I need to take David either to a daycare, classes, play dates or speech therapy.
She tags along everywhere David goes. He basically commands her schedule.
Julia occupies a back seat of their fancy stroller which means little to no view except her brother's back.
She is stuck eating chicken almost every night for dinner because that's the only protein that David eats (not including peanut butter and eggs). I cook two dinners every single night, one for the kids and one for me and Seth, so making a third one for Julia would be ridiculous (although making a separate meal for the kids is bizarre). Luckily for me, she doesn't mind stuffing her mouth with a whole drumstick.
And there is always the physical abuse. As soon as David sees her in the morning, he runs towards her screaming "Baby! Tickle!" and there is no escape for the poor girl. The mistake she makes is laughing non-stop when he either squeezes her hand, tickles her or shakes his head with a head full (not so full anymore) of hair in her face. It encourages him to do it again and again until she gets fed up with this and doesn't think it is funny anymore.
(It is obvious why the picture is missing).
The meaning of sharing is non-existent for David. Not only won't he let her play with his toys, she can't even touch her own either.
Lately, he's been getting better at letting Julia play with one letter out of his alphabet puzzle.
But sometimes, a moment like this happens ...
and I think maybe Julia doesn't have it so bad after all. Speaking from my own experience, I've always liked having an older brother, but I can only hope my son grows up to be half as good to Julia as my brother has been to me.
Sunday, June 3, 2007
David has very thick hair and it seems to grow so fast. Judge for yourself.
We usually give David a haircut once every 3 months. But in the summer his hair gets very sweaty and stinky, so he gets a buzz cut at the beginning of June. Today we brought him to SuperCuts, he climbed onto the barber chair, didn't move or scream and here is the result. Voila!
Saturday, June 2, 2007
Next came the lady with a guitar hanging over her shoulder and pretty cool musical toys. For those of you who know anything about my son David, know that he loooooves listening to the music, playing instruments and staring motionlessly at the people while they are singing. Here are some pictures to prove my point:
The party wouldn't be completed without bubbles of course!
David had an incredible time and it didn't even matter that he attended a 45 min music class this morning. He never gets bored of jumping endlessly to a musical beat. Thank you, Aunt Samara and Uncle Glenn!
Julia was busy "chatting" with her Uncle Jared who visited from the West Coast to attend the party.
Laughing at Daddy making silly faces
She is sure a happy baby!
On the way home Seth kept saying how adorable David was and how lucky we are to have such good kids. We truly are, but it is always easier when other people entertain them.