Friday, October 29, 2010

Trick Or Treat


Zane helped a friend of ours in her scary porch theme. He is the scary clown.
No pics of Zoe . She was off with her friends this year.

My little Vamp Carson !

Waiting impatiently for trick or treat to start

Miss V & her first jack o lantern

Well, we are a little hung over this morning from Trick Or Treat :) I'm working on my second cup of coffee trying to get through the last day of a very busy week. Vania woke up this morning and couldn't get the words " where is my candy ?" out of her mouth fast enough ! I'm the mean mom who made her have breakfast before she plunged into her candy. I've already had to cut her off until after lunch :)

Vania had a great time trick or treating. Daddy pushed princess V around in her stroller house to house. Every time we stopped Carson & Vania would race to the door to be first. Carson was very good to help her navigate her way through the crowds & then you would hear her squeal " WAIT FOR ME !!!" as she ran down the driveway back to her carriage. Adam & I were cracking up . As if pushing her highness around wasn't enough , when we stopped Adam would say "if you want candy you have to get up & go get it." Vania would huff in disgust ,pop out of the stroller & retort "GOSH dad !" Such a DIVA :)

Inspired by my fellow adoptive parents I put yarn extensions in Vania's hair. It was a LONG process ( about 6 hours ). If I do it again I think we will break it up into 2 days.I think it turned out really cute & great for her princess costume. It makes her look about 5 years old. Hopefully the 6 hours of work will pay off & the extensions will last for awhile. By then I'm sure we will be ready for something different. I just love all the fun stuff you can do with her hair !!!!

One quick story. As we were 5 1/2 hours into the extension process. Zoe & Carson were also playing with yarn making bracelets. So we were passing the scissors around. All of a sudden I hear SNIP SNIP. I look down & two braids lay on Vania's highchair tray. Yes, Vania had gotten a hold of the scissors. I could've passed out at that point. Luckily , since they were bangs I was able to just trim them a little higher. The thought of having to take them out & re-do 2 more braids at this point was enough to make me crazy.

Happy Halloween everybody !!!!!!!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Fall Fun

The kids were all off school yesterday so we took a trip to Pigeon Roost farm for some fall fun.Vania has been asking everyday when we are "going to Halloween ". I keep forgetting this is all new to her. Pumpkins, hay, all the fall decorations. Whispers of trick or treat. It is fun to watch her excitement. For the last week I have had her hair in puffs with little Halloween rubber bands. She kept telling everyone that Halloween was in her hair :) This week we went with the orange & black beads to kept the Halloween theme going. So much fun ! Here are some of our pics ....

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Sesame Street:Song: I Love My Hair

Too cute not to share ! Gotta love Sesame Street. It is still my favorite kids show. Timeless !!!!

Friday, October 8, 2010


For a couple of months now Vania has become a back seat driver. Just like all my kids :) Whenever I stop at a light she shouts " Mommy, why are you stopping ?" . Whenever she feels I need to go faster she lets me know that too. Sometimes I wonder if she remembers riding in the tap taps in Haiti. Or just the craziness of the busy streets there. She may have been wondering for awhile now what's up with my driving but has only been able to express her opinion in the last few months :)

Anyway, Adam has been gone this week for work & I have been trying to hold the fort down. It has been good but rather crazy.I had to laugh today since it's Friday. I've held it together thus far & the craziness of keeping things together came to a head.

Zoe & I had eye appointments today . I had to have my eyes dilated during my checkup. So that means my pupils are HUGE, my eyes are bright yellow feeling funky, sensitive to light & a little blurry ( appointment complete, check ). I speed home ,with my slip on sunglasses they give you( very fashionable,NOT) to grab Zoe's homework she forgot before I return her to school (grab homework, check). She then reminds me she is missing lunch. So I grab Zane while I'm at the house and get them into the car to take them to Wendy's ( lunch provided Check ). I check my cell phone for a phone call I've been waiting for from the Jr. High. There is a message from the guidance counselor about Zane starting gym class, the one I've been waiting for ( VM check complete ). Must return call. So...... as I'm on the phone leaving the guidance counselor a message a big truck ( thanks Mr. Truck driver ! ) decides to cut me off so he can park in the berm & walk over to Taco Bell for lunch ! My response....s@%@$! Yep, right on the school counselors VM.( returned phone call, check ). I couldn't even walk away from this one because I had just left all my information. So, I called back apologized & left the rest of my question. I wonder how long I will have to wait for a return call this time? Oh well, what can you do right ?

I always tell Vania that mommy's van is not a tap tap. But today it may have well come pretty close to one !!!! TGIF

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Eight Days

I wanted to put a plug in for this great book , Eight Days ( a story of Haiti ) by Edwidge Danticat. My sister in law gave us this book a couple weeks ago & it is a really cool keepsake for Miss V. Do you remember the story of the little 7 yr. old boy who was pulled from the rubble 8 days after the Haiti earthquake ?The one with a really big smile ! Well, this story is based on HIS story of what was going on in his head while he waited for help. One part always shakes me up a little & reminds me of the many people who lost their lives that day & the many days to follow. It is definitely worth the read. It has become a favorite of Vania's :)