Sunday, December 20, 2009

Day 2 - Allergy attack

Well since we were up pretty late when we got in, needless to say that the girls didn’t get up till 11am. We ate breakfast and sat at the house for a bit. My dad has a little Pomeranian dog that is about 5 years old. He’s a grumpy little dog sometimes. He’s very protective of my dad. So this brings me to say that Aiden had a hard time sleeping; she was coughing, congested and watery eyes. We chalked it up to that she just had a cold. We realized that in the morning she must be allergic to dogs. She has never had any reactions to our cats. We realized this and thinking about the last few visits with the other relatives and friends who have dogs and started having the same symptoms. We finally decided to get out of the house and do some shopping, especially to get some children’s allergy medicine. We also picked up a few other items from Target for the girls and a few other necessities. Today was a bit uneventful so there’s nothing really to report. :o(

The best part of day 2 was getting to sleep in longer than normal, and watching the girls interact with their cousins and playing with them
The worst part of day 2 was Aiden's allergy attack and feeling miserable
What we learned on day 2 was Aiden is allergic to dogs
The weather on day 2 was cold, 20 degrees and scattered snow showers, very light though

Nothing comes between a man and his dog. :o)
Aiden with her cousin Cody in the toy/computer room

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Day 1 - Flight to Michigan

We woke early (7am) to begin our day to get ready to travel to Michigan for Christmas. Our friend Lisa came to pick us up at 9 and headed to the airport. The girls handled the flights really well. It was the girl’s first trip on an airplane and it was an interesting journey. We took 1 car seat on the plane with us and checked one in @ the gate. Kyra occupied the car seat and Jake & I took turns holding Aiden. The first flight was good really good. Kyra stayed awake the whole time, fussed a small bit but just about 20 minutes before we landed in Dallas, she fell fast asleep. Hmph, go figure.

Our first stop was a 2 hour layover in Dallas, Texas. Luckily it was still late afternoon and it was still partially lunch/dinner time so we grabbed a bite to eat. As we were walking through the terminal to get from one gate to the next I looked and Jake and said “It would be cool if airports had a play land.” Not just 10 minutes later we get closer to our gate and there it was...a play land. The girls were able to run off steam before getting on our next flight.

We arrived into Detroit around 11:30pm. By the time we got off the plane and into the baggage claim it was after midnight. Since we had so much baggage Jake felt it was easier if he went and got the car and picked us up. Kyra and I waited in the terminal while he and Aiden grabbed a shuttle to the car rental. Not too long after he headed back to pick us up and then headed to my dad’s house. When we got to my dad’s everyone was sleeping but they eagerly got up and visited with us. They were really excited to meet Aiden & Kyra. I think the jetlag of the day has gotten to them for they were pretty wide awake when we arrived.

The day has ended and it’s time for bed. We’re so pooped. We and the girls have had a very long day. Thanks for reading. I will try to post new journals daily so please keep checking back. See you next blog.

This lower part is thanks to the Pascoal’s for the use of their idea from there WDW trip last year. We’re stealing the idea.

The best part of day 1 was Aiden & Kyra being really good and falling asleep on the 2nd leg.
The cutest part of day 1 was Aiden saying goodnight to everyone and says to Grandpa “Goodnight Santa” for he looks like Santa with his beard and mustache. – *photo attached*
The worst part of the day was getting into DTW @ midnight and the long amount of time it took to get the rental car.
What we learned on day 1
was when it comes to carryon luggage, REDUCE, REDUCE, REDUCE and luggage is never free…$60 later.
The weather on day 1 was cold, 20 – 22 degrees in DTW

The real question is: Does Santa really exist??? HECK YEAH, and here's the proof. Just ask Aiden. :o)

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Intel Christmas with Santa

We were lucky enough to be invited by the Pascoal's to attend Intel's annual Christmas with Santa visit for friends and family of Intel employees. Drew works at Intel. Aiden was pretty excited to see Santa. The wait time was way less than we expected. We had a pretty big group, it was us, the Pascoal's & the Monick's as well as Stephanie's mom who flew in from SoCal for the weekend. Evan also works at Intel so he and his wife and their little guy Liam was there too! All in all there were 12 of us. Aiden was enamored by Santa and forgot to tell him that she wanted a jumprope for Christmas. She happily jumped on his lap and took some beautiful pictures. Kyra on the other hand was a little more standofish so Jake sat with her next to Santa on her daddy's lap. She didn't cry though. Here are the results. See you next blog.
Kyra was afraid to sit on Santa's lap so Jake held her next to Santa and that was OK with her.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Halloween & Christmas

These last few months have flown by so quickly. Getting the girls, making adjustments, everything has changed soo much.

Halloween was fun. We had a mini Not-So-Scary Halloween party. Our friends Drew, Maria & their 2 boys Aiden & Jeremy came over as well as our friends Evan, Stephanie & their little guy Liam, who is just 3 weeks younger than Kyra. We had a special visit for the weekend which was our cousin Amber and her daughter Allee from Fresno. All the kids looked absolutely adorable. Aiden dressed up as Cinderella and Kyra dressed up as Ariel. How convenient...both Disney Princesses. Kyra was in the stroller as we all went out to do our 1st Trick or Treat Halloween with the girls. After the first few houses and getting candy, Aiden would look up at me and say "On to the next house mommy". It was soo cute. The funny thing about Aiden was, she didn't necessarily want the candy I think it was the novelty of going to houses and getting the candy. LOL. She hasn't really asked for any of the candy she got that night. Jake & I have been munching on it mostly...well mostly Jake. I know, we're bad. LOL.

Thanksgiving we spent at Jake's mom's house with sibling and their kids. We had a really nice dinner followed by some yummy dessert.

We leave the 19th to travel to Michigan for Christmas with my family this year. It is very exciting for not only Jake & I but for the girls too. Aiden is super excited to meet her Grandpa Deel, and all her aunts, uncles, cousins, and great aunts and great uncles and everyone else. We got a family Christmas portrait done to put in our cards this year. It came out pretty cute. Of course the best one we took, Aiden was hamming it up. Kyra had some great smiles in some and not smiling in others. We found this one to be the best out of them all. We had a doozie of a time trying to keep them both happy which to a 19 month old who's squirmy was rather difficult.

I would say that Kyra has made such progress in our home. She smiles alot more and she is starting to talk more. She says things like kitty, meow and now she's into saying SEE, SEE. We put up our tree and she walks towards it but doesn't touch it. I think she's just fascinated by it. She stands there and just looks at it as if to say "How did this thing get in here"? We bought the girls personalized ornaments from Bronners and also bought them each their own Stocking to hang above the fireplace with their names on them. We are absolutely taking them with us to Michigan, that way Santa can fill them with goodies. Every morning since we put up the tree, Aiden walks down the stairs and says to the tree "Good morning Christmas tree". She asks just about everyday if it's Christmas yet and we tell her in just a few weeks but right now until then it's Christmas time. She's in the 'I Want' stage so we keep telling her that she's going to have to put that on her list to Santa. Which reminds me, we need to get that done and sent to Santa soon. We are taking the girls on Saturday to Intel to see Santa. Our friend Drew works for Intel and they have a little Christmas party for the families of Intel and they invited us along. Aiden is excited. I'm sure her & Kyra will do great when they see him. Jake & I bought the book, The Night Before Christmas last year and we'll be taking that with us to Michigan so that Jake can read it to the girls on Christmas Eve. I've always wanted to do that and have a tradition like that when we had kids and now my wish has come true. So let the Christmas Family Tradition Begin with a beautiful book.

If I don't blog before the end of the year we hope that everyone has a Very Merry CHRISTmas and a safe & Happy New Year! See you next blog.