Crazy Weekend

Thursday night we went to the viewing and Friday we went to the funeral for my stepfather’s mother. It was hot but the kids were good int he church. We opted out of the burial to take on the task of caring for my niece and nephew for the weekend. And what a weekend it was…

Between the funeral and playing with Aiden, the kids were so pooped that by 7:45 pm all the kids were in bed. Aiden even initiated getting in his pajamas all by himself (a fight we usually have every night). I didn’t know what to do! Fortunately, Alina decided that she hadn’t had enough food and wanted to eat again around 8:30 pm. By 9 pm, all the kids were finally asleep, but I thought that was still early for the older ones!

On Saturday, Aiden had a pool party to attend. I called to make sure it was ok that I was bringing to stow aways. Everyone had a great time until Alina decided that nap time was essential and we had to go. We treated the kids to Rita’s on the way home and planned the evening campout.

Saturday evening was The Great American Backyard Campout. My brother Jeff came up and we set up 3 tents in the common area and camped under the stars. The weather was kind as it was cool with low humidity, perfect for sleeping. By the time we set up the tents, roasted marshmellows and settled down it was close to 10 pm. I thought for sure we would all be up early.

Sunday came at the early hour of 7 am due to Alina being up. We juggled the kids and deconstructing the camp while having to get the house cleaned up for Alina’s 1st birthday party. Jeff was unexpectedly called home so he wasn’t going to be part of the festivities and my mom and Tom went down to the shore to give Tom a much needed break. So it was us and the kids and my dad and his wife. The house got cleaned, the food was purchased and the intimate party was under way. My kids decided they had had enough of the craziness and wanted to rest upstairs for a bit. My dad followed them and the 3 of them took a snooze for a while. The rest of us played a game of Monopoly. Chris took care of the kids when they got up and my dad finally emerged and hung out with them. We called the game when all the properties were purchsed and a Wii marathon began. After lots of fun everyone left and we put the kids to bed. Finally a nice quiet house.

I think we will appreciate having a low key couple of days before the next crazy weekend begins!

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Sad News

My stepfather’s mother passed away. She was old and sadly at the end of her life living in a nursing home. She passed in her sleep, which was good that she was not in pain. My stepfather however is not doing so well. He is an only child and besides my mother and her kids (aka my brothers and I) he feels like he has no one left. He does have cousins and some family, but I can’t imagine being the last of your immediate family. He has no kids of his own from his previous marriage and none with my mom. I feel for him. I told him that we would take care of him if anything happened to my mom. I hope he feels some comfort in knowing that.

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Leaps and Bounds

Alina is really kicking it up a notch regarding her development. Today she said her first real word (besides “Mama” and “Dada”) which was “Banana.” She has also been taking steps on her own. She cracks me up because she has been doing a downward facing dog and then standing up for a month or so. Now she has added a couple steps to the routine! She is going to be walking in no time. Aiden is so excited when she does it, “Mommy, Mommy! Alina is trying to walk!” Let’s see if she is just like her brother and walking just before her 1st birthday next week.

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Cloud Angels

The kids and I were on our way to a playdate when Aiden discovered something. He announced that he saw a snow angel made out of the blue clouds and that the sun was shining through it. This kid is just too much, how can one not smile when he is around?

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Too Cute

Aiden did something that he has never done before and we were so thrilled. Chris and I woke up before the kids, which is an amazing feat in and of itself. We were chatting and heard a noise. I was sure it was Aiden getting out of bed, but he didn’t make an appearance into our room as he does every morning. Minutes went by and we were convinced that maybe he went to the bathroom or something fell in his room. Then we heard it on the monitor and couldn’t believe our ears…

Aiden had woke up and went right into Alina’s room. She had been awake, but playing in her crib and he must have heard her chattering away to her animals. He went in and started talking to her. It was adorable! “It’s ok little girl.” “I’m here little girl.” We heard laughing and giggling and almost went in to try and sneak a peek. We didn’t make our way in until Alina realized that while Aiden was really funny he couldn’t get her out of the crib and called for, rather cried, for us.

I hope this means that they will be friends as they grow older. Aiden makes Alina laugh the hardest out of all of us. She wants everything he has and he is learning how to share with her. He wants to hold her all the time and always makes sure she is comfortable. They were super cute while in DC and can only hope that this means we will have lots of fun vacations together.

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