Saturday, August 30, 2008

Bad health and travel is my excuse...

...for not posting in a while. I have been sick with this awful virus that refused to leave. And those of us who are parents know that parenting a small child when you are sick is just so painful!!

It took a little while for Kevin to figure out that I needed his help. And to make things worse, Annalea decided to start waking up at 5:30 right around the time I got sick. So after a few early mornings and my health continuing to deteriorate, Kevin finally stepped up to the plate and took over morning duty. That was a huge help.

Next week Ryan starts school. Second grade at Our Lady of Mercy is mainly preparation for First Communion from what I understand. I am told the second grade teacher is a great religion teacher. So maybe I will learn something from Ryan this year considering I do not have the Catholic upbringing.

Another great thing about next week is that my new babysitter starts. Her name is Natalie, and she will come two mornings a week. I am looking forward to the free time on a consistent basis.

One more exciting thing (well at least it is for me) is that my new gym is opening on Sept. 10. Lifetime Fitness is opening what they refer to as an Onyx level club 7 minutes from my house. Onyx basically means the best of everything. The club features locker rooms with cherry lockers, granite counters and limestone trim, hot tub, steam room, and sauna. The babysitting is awesome and is available most of the day for only $6 a month per child. The spa features massage, facials, manicures, and a hair salon (which I can use while my kids are in babysitting). A "chef driven" cafe features pretty good food from what I understand. And it features all the cardio and weight training you would ever want along with classes (of course pilates reformer). So this is how I will be spending my time...not too shabby. The club I belong to now is, on the other hand, pretty shabby, so I am ready for this!!

Other than that, the kids are great. Ryan is a fantastic big brother. When I was sick, he was a huge help...HUGE!!! Annalea is doing amazing. She is crawling at warp speed now, and is pulling up. No cruising yet, but I know that is coming soon. Oh, and she has really curly hair!!!

Friday, August 15, 2008

I am so thankful for my "Angels"

Last weekend I attended the 2008 Armenian Children's Reunion. The people in this group have many things in common, but the strongest link is that we all worked with Robin Sizemore to complete our adoptions in Armenia.

We call ourselves the Armenian Angels. We are all there to celebrate each other's adoptions and to support each other through the hurdles. We have formed some very strong friendships through this group. Living proof of this is my friendship with Nancy, who adopted Serine just over a year ago. Serine was in the same orphanage as Annalea and in the same room with the same nannies. And our biological sons are the same age and are the best of buddies.

So I am posting today to express my appreciation for knowing this very special group of people and also to thank Robin for bringing us together. I asked Robin in the reunion to say a few words:

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

It should be no surprise...

...that she likes pilaf.

Monday, August 4, 2008

Annalea made a new friend on our trip

While we were staying at a friends house in RI, Annalea got to discover dogs...probably the most kid friendly breed on the planet.