Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Princess Playdate

Although Kyrgyzstan has a relatively small IA program, we are lucky that there are many families in our region with children from Kyrg. And it just so happens that HD's best friend, Ellie, only lives about two hours away. We try to meet up every couple of months, but between our crazy schedules it usually ends up being 3-4 months between visits. We were SO happy to figure out that all of our kiddos were out of school for Election Day so we decided to meet up at a fun playplace half way between us. As it turns out, all of the big boys had other plans so it was just the toddlers; but boy-oh-boy did they have fun together. We played for hours; the kids jumped, ran, and played the entire time. They were so tired afterwards that during our quick lunch, we were actually complimented on their behavior. Ha! It was such a fun day. We can't wait for our next playdate and hope many of the other families with Kyrgyz kids can join us.

The girls had so much fun in the bounce house.

The playhouse/kitchen was another hit

Anybody want some eggs?

Ellie, the future musician

Ellie's face in the window cracks me up!

HD loves to slide

Pudding was fascinated by the Lego wall

The girls spent a lot of time at the train table

My little monkey

Smiles at lunch!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Happy Halloween

My little goblins has such a fun time trick-or-treating. We were a little concerned how HD would react; she has been going through a phase where she is terrified of almost all Halloween decorations. I'm not talking about a little bit scared...she gets absolutely hysterical at the sight of anything the least little bit scary. My big boys were troopers when we couldn't put out our usual Halloween decorations this year so I was keeping my fingers crossed that HD wouldn't cut short our night of fun. I needn't have worried; as soon as HD realized that she received candy at each house, she was a happy camper. Pudding LOVED the night. He would literally run from one house to another, shrieking in joy as his bag filled up with sugar! We could barely keep up with him as he ran from house to house. At almost 8-years-old, Chipmunk is an old pro and thought he was such a big kid as we allowed him to go up to the doors without us. Monkey enjoyed going door-to-door but was much more interested in handing out candy at our house.

The only picture I was able to get of all four together and looking at the camera.

I can't believe how big my first two babies are getting...sniff, sniff...

The cutest little pig ever

I think the monkey costume was very appropriate for Pudding

Mommy and her little goblins

Monkey loves any opportunity to get messy!