Sunday, December 23, 2012

Welcome Grandma!! Happy Days are Here!!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Oh Holy Night

According to his teacher, this is a very advanced piece for Ryan.  But he is motivated to learn it!!  I had to bribe him with media time to do it for the camera :)

We're Glad You Came!!

Annalea's performance in the school Christmas Play...her class was part of the opening act.  I think you will agree that stage fright will not be an issue for her.  It was a VERY large audience!!

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Family Room Transformation: Before and After

We finally took the plunge and replaced my 15 year old shabby chic sofas in our family room.  After much research, we chose Elite Leather furniture based on their excellent quality (100% made in California) and lifetime warranty.  And the price was pretty reasonable as well!!  We opted to go for a sectional sofa to allow for more seating an more effectively utilize the space.  We are VERY happy!!  And the kids love being able to have the whole family sit comfortably together!!

A big applause to Hamilton Sofa Gallery and Elite Leather.  We placed our order and was promised delivery in 8 weeks.  The furniture was delivered in 4 weeks!!!

Before (looking into kitchen):

After (looking into kitchen):

Before (looking from kitchen):

After (looking from kitchen):

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Love those Magna-Tiles!!

I think we have a future architect on our hands!

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Back to School...Finally!!

Don't get me wrong...I love my kids.  But August is a tough month.  Swim season is over, no camps, and kids who are tired of going to the pool every day.  Thank goodness we had a couple of trips to the beach to break up the monotony.  I love when the air starts getting crisp and fallen leaves swirl around on the ground.  It is time for structure and sweaters!!  Well...sweaters may come later in October.  Kids are loving school.  Ryan is now in middle school and loves having a locker and changing classes.  He doesn't love getting on the bus at 7 am though!!  Annalea loves her new more year of preschool, but a new school makes it all the more exciting!!

Ready for first day of Middle School!!!

Annalea couldn't wait to meet Ryan at the bus to walk him home.

Ready for first day in new school!!

Friday, July 13, 2012

Annalea vs Atlantic

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Ryan's second A Meet of 2012 -- Go Ryan!!

Monday, June 18, 2012

Roasting Marshmallows on Father's Day

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Annalea's zest for accomplishments

Ryan is now a Middle Schooler

Monday, June 4, 2012

Ryan's Piano Recital

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Finally...another neat freak in the family!!

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Ryan Hits a Triple with bases loaded

Friday, April 27, 2012

Goodbye Thomas, Hello My Little Pony

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Annalea--The Little Engine that Could

Monday, April 9, 2012

Easter 2012

Easter Day was very eventful this year!  The Easter Bunny was very generous this year, even giving presents too large to fit in the kids' baskets. 

After those Easter morning discoveries, Mommy mad an attempt at Easter Bunny pancakes.

Annalea couldn't wait to try out her new paints!!

After church photo shoot

Easter celebration at the Portmans.  Robin made over 20 baskets!  This year she invited the entire staff of her manicure place, so lots of kids!!

Friday, April 6, 2012

Annalea on Billy Goat Trail

Friday, March 30, 2012

Trip to Aspen

Our annual trip to Aspen Snowmass was a success despite the lack of snow this year. Snow was a bit slushy on the bottom of the mountain, but you could rely on some fabulous skiing at the top in places like Big Burn and at the top of Elk Camp Lift.

Annalea had her first lessons this year and loves it!! Ryan also went to ski school, and is now skiing on blue (intermediate) trails!! I skied with my friend Nancy, also an adoptive mom of an Armenian born sweetie. Here are some pics and videos for your enjoyment!!

At the Airport eating potato chips -- "I'm a duck!"

Nancy and me getting ready to ski down Big Burn.

Annalea her second day at ski school.

Sunrise from our balcony.

Night out in Aspen.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

The Wheels of Justice Move Slowly, but Justice Will Be Done

Finally, Vanessa Kachadurian, the infamous cyber stalker who harassed my adoption agency and many people in the adoption process (including me), will see her day in court.  You may recall a recent post about the lawsuit that was won by Hopscotch Adoptions.  Shortly after, Vanessa was exposed by another party for cyber stalking.

Today, Vanessa will be standing in front of a judge for threatening the life of Bennet Kelley, the attorney who represented Hopscotch.  In another interesting twist, it turns out that there is yet another charge against Ms. Kachadurian for assault.  You can read all about this in this recent blog post.  I must admit that the following quote from Bennet's blog post was music to my ears, "Moreover, Kachadurian was clearly displeased with the settlement to the point that she attacked Plaintiff, co-counsel and myself once we got outside the office building.  It seemed almost poetic that the case ended with Kachadurian spending the night in jail."

 Normally, I would feel sorry for someone who obviously must have some sort of mental illness.  But as a victim of this horrible person, I feel inclined to revel in her destruction, and hope that this will finally teach her a lesson.

As Vanessa's self destruction progresses, I will keep you posted.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Do you like my new shoes?

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Happy Birthday Ryan!!

Last summer Ryan's bike was stolen from the pool parking lot when he left it there overnight by accident. We were able to find the same exact bike for his birthday present!!