Saturday, June 24, 2017

Jadon's These Days

Chillin' on the couch...

Looking at pictures...

And riding his's a good life!

Monday, June 19, 2017

Father's Day

We had a very nice day celebrating Drew yesterday! Eliana really enjoyed helping me plan and execute the details also. We made a breakfast casserole for Daddy using the last of the homemade sausage Drew made, Eliana wrote Drew a little story and she gave him a massage at the Hyatt. She came up with the idea herself and it was perfect. We ended the day with food from the chicken place downstairs and a family walk. Just like we do almost every night...the walk part, not the chicken restaurant! :-)

Eliana and Jadon are blessed to have such a great Daddy as Drew! What a gift you are to us! We love you!

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Serious Concentration

As I've mentioned  before, our little man LOVES to eat! And when he eats there is no messing around, even when he's drinking a very cold smoothie. We got a video of him this week because it's so cute. He drinks the same amount as we do and he doesn't stop. I'm telling you, he's serious about his food!

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Dancing for Andrew

Our teammates' son, Andrew, graduated from high school this week and we had a party in his honor. We were asked to come up with some kind of performance to share with everyone, because Andrew loves performing, and as soon as I told Eliana she started choreographing a dance in her head. She also wanted to recite a poem at the end of the dance. Then, she asked me to accompany her on the piano! I was a bit hesitant because I seriously never have a chance to play and am quite rusty, but didn't want to disappoint her, so with the help of a friend, I got some music and we did it together. She volunteered to go first and man, she did great! She is such a brave kid! I'm continually amazed by her. 

Here the video of her performance. It was all her idea and planning!

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Getting Out

As I mentioned in my previous post about Jadon, he LOVES going outside. So, this morning when we actually had some free time on our hands, we got dressed and went for a little walk. We explored one of the pavilions behind our building and ended up at Aladdin. He loves going there too! It was a fun time with just me and my little man.

And, he's getting an early start with his race car driving career!

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

15 Months

Well, Jadon turned 15 months two weeks ago! He is getting so fun and really showing his personality more and more these days. It's so great! When we got his shots he was right at 24 pounds, which is around 70%. He loves to eat! It's funny though because he's getting more and more opinionated about things. The one thing he doesn't seem to like is a hamburger. He also sometimes wants food in a certain order and easily points to what other thing he wants, including his milk cup. And when he's finished with something, he just throws it down. Lovely!

Jadon is on the go all the time, which is why we didn't get very many pictures of him. He just doesn't slow down and he wants to grab the phone if you're taking a picture. He loves to go outside and will bring you shoes of all sorts to try to convince you to take him outside. Today he even came and sat in my lap and pointed at the sunscreen so we could go outside! Funny boy! He loves to walk around and ride in the stroller, really, any time outside is happy for him. He has a babysitter one morning a week and she always takes him on a stroller ride so when she comes he is a happy boy and greets her at the door with smiles and a hug.

Jadon is way more serious than Eliana ever was and takes much longer to warm up to strangers. When someone new talks to him he just stares at them. If someone is here at our apartment he'll hang around me until he warms up. In bigger groups he'll stay with me unless he know the people and then he'll play. This is so different than Eliana! It's amazing to me and makes me feel loved. :-) Jadon loves to sit and look at his books and will go to the shelf on his own and grab some to look at. He also loves to open drawers and cabinets and dump them all out. Oh, and he loves kicking and throwing balls. His first word seems to be "ball" also, which he doesn't say much. He'll also add "go" sometimes. He's not full of words but he communicates very well and makes a decent amount of noise. Once again, very different than his sister. 

I love this face! It is one of his favorites when he's excited. Jadon is just such a fun little guy. He is laid-back and easy-going. He'll give us kisses and high-fives but not all the time. He definitely exerts his will. He knows what it means to get his hand popped for touching something he shouldn't and he'll pop whatever is in front of him if I mention it. He'll hit Eliana if she's not doing what he wants so we're working on that. They play great together and he really enjoys being with her. He's sitting on her bed playing right now. We've worked hard to make their room safe and free of things he can swallow. That's been tough! Oh yeah, he is definitely a thinker and it's like you can watch him trying to figure out how things work. He can do the ring stacker and we have a set of nesting cups that he can stack as well. And, he still takes a short morning nap, which I try to limit to 30-45 minutes so he can then have a nice long 2-3 hour afternoon nap. He's in bed between 7 and 7:30 and wakes up between 5:30 and 7:30. He does great playing in his crib after he has a diaper change though. And, he weaned himself on his 15-month birthday! I was sad of course at first, but it's so nice now. Just another evidence of how he's growing up!

So yeah, Jadon is just growing and changing so much. He's so fun and brings us so much joy. We smile and laugh more with him in our lives and are amazed at how he's learning. We love him so much!

Saturday, June 3, 2017

6th Birthday Interview

I've been doing this interview with Eliana since she turned three. Believe it or not, some answers are very consistent including that she loves going to the park/playground/play place, her favorite toy is bunny, mama makes her happy, getting disciplined makes her unhappy and fruit snacks are her favorite snacks (despite the fact that she hardly eats them anymore...I think that since they have the word "snack" in them she says that each time? Who knows?). Anyway, this is a fun thing for me to do each year and it's fun to look back and see her growing up. If you want to click here, here and here.

1. How old are you? 6
2. Who is your best friend? Avelyn
3. What is your favorite thing to do? Color
4. What's your favorite color? Pink
5. What's your favorite food? ice cream
6. What do you like to do with Mama and Daddy? Go to the park
7. What's your favorite toy? Bunny
8. What do you want to be when you grow up? artist, nurse and a vet
9. What makes you happy? Mom
10. What makes you sad? Not having bunny (which is a consequence of bad behavior)
11. What's your favorite TV show? "Rapunzel"
12. What's your favorite book? George
13. What's the best part of your birthday? cake and ice cream and friends
14. Where do you like to go? to school
15. What's your favorite snack? fruit snacks (She hardly ever eats those anymore!)
16. What's your favorite birthday present? stroller (We did this before she got her presents and she didn't actually get one but since her others broke she's been wanting one.)
17. What's your favorite song? "Jesus Loves Me"

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Celebrating Kindergarten!

I took Eliana out for lunch today to celebrate finishing Kindergarten. We went to a fun cafe here in town and the weather was beautiful so we were able to sit outside. It was a fun time celebrating with my girl (and her brother!)!

I let Eliana take pictures of the patio so enjoy!

Monday, May 29, 2017

Spring School Program

Eliana's school had their spring program last week. This program really focuses on the kids who are "graduating" and starting school in the fall so Eliana only had one poem to say and she participated in the songs and dances. It was a very long program and it was hot in that room! She did participate in a little "interview" on behalf of her English class, which was pretty cute, especially since she started off speaking in English with a Russian accent. :-)

Anyway, we're thankful to finish up another program! I didn't take many pictures this time but I did get a couple of videos, including one with her "interview."

And ignore the titles...I messed them up. :-)

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Monday, May 22, 2017

Birthday Party Fun!

We had a great time celebrating Eliana's birthday on Saturday with eight friends. We were able to have cake and ice cream and open presents outside under the pavilion behind our apartment building. Then we took the kids to the play place in our building. It was a great way to entertain everyone and they all had a blast! Thankful for friends to celebrate with!