Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Why is your bath water blue?

The bath water is blue thanks to some really cool bath color changing ball things. Aunt Trix gave these to us a few months ago, but this is the first time we pulled them out to use them.

I would highly recommend these. Cohen loved it when the water started turning blue.

In honor of our blue water, I decided that he should also have a blue crayon (safe for use in the bath tub).

So here are a few of my favorite shots from our fun, blue bathtime!

He was all smiles in the tub! He loves his bath!!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Can you believe he’s out there in the backyard in a swing, just a swingin’?

Ok…take that to the tune of John Anderson’s “Swingin’” and you will get what I’m trying to toss out there.

For his birthday, Jace and I got Cohen a swing set. We’ve been working hard the past few evenings to get it put together for our little man.

One night while we were working on it, it got really late, but we didn’t want to stop, so we hauled Cohen’s chair outside and fed him dinner while we just kept working. Another day we turned on the sprinkler and just let him play, while we worked. Tonight, he finally got to try out his new swing set. He really didn’t know what to think of it until we finally got the slide and swings attached to it…now it’s all he wants to do!

Jace's favorite thing about putting together this swing set was all the help he got from me and Cohen!

Finally getting to try it out for the first time!

Of course, it is the parents' responsibility to make sure everything is safe, right?

Cohen's first time up he got help from Daddy.

The second time, he needed no help.

After all that sliding, we moved on to the swings...

I know he loves his new swing set, because when I told him it was time to go inside to eat, he threw a huge fit! He'd rather swing than eat? Who are you?

After we were done eating, some of our most favorite people in the world came over for a visit. What a special treat!

Stella colored a picture of a dad (this is the one from the library that Cohen refused to color for Jace for father's day. Thank goodness Stella came over to help with it!)

I love to watch kids play together (or whatever you may call this). Here is Stella, minding her own business, cooking some delicious food for us.

Then, along come Cohen....

...and Molly...

...then there goes all Stella's food.

I love pictures like this...the ones where I have no idea what is going on. I can think of a million different captions for this, but it appears that Missy or Jace is just to the left of the camera, and Aaron and Stella are very interested in whatever she/he's passing out. Molly must have just got a dose of what's being passed out and is super excited, poor Cohen got too much of whatever is being given away and he's passed out on the couch. Leave you comments for your own caption to this picture!

This one is for Stella's dad, Damon. Your girl is grilling a tiger!

And the last thing we did was get a group shot of all the kids! They were all so much fun to have over and I can't wait for them to come play again!!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Have you lost that bounce in your step?

Well, I have found something to help bring that bounce back!! Cohen, Aunt Trix, Scarlett, Stella and I all spent the afternoon at BooKoo Bounce on Monday. It was a last minute decision to go and I’m glad we did it. We had so much fun!!

Basically this place is just a large warehouse with big inflatable bounce things everywhere. Cohen really enjoyed the big slide at his party and the big bounce thing at Stella’s party, so I figured it was only a matter of time before we had to go to a place like this.

Below are a few of my favorite pictures from that day. I must mention, I made a deal with the very pregnant Scarlett…I would play with her child on the bouncy things if she would take some pictures of my child…she did an excellent job!

All smiles for the camera!!

Stella put us all to shame with her ability to climb and jump! Those gymnastic lessons are really paying off!!

Both kids took a break from the bouncing to do a little reading.

But then we all went right back to bouncing...

Playing a little ring-around-the-rosie in the bouncy thing. Stella had just given up on us when this picture was taken, but check out Cohen's face...he was just getting started!

Not sure what's going on here, but this picture made me laugh.

I love this picture. It may appear that Cohen is being a little gentleman and helping Stella up the ladder, but noooo...he is in fact trying to push her off so he can get on it. What a great kid!

This was Cohen's favorite slide...he could climb up and slide down all by himself.

Of course, getting pictures was not enough for the supermom we call Scarlett...she also managed to squeeze a few cute videos out of the day as well. This one is my favorite, because Cohen does a little dance at the end...too cute!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

What was your second trip to Russia like? (AKA: Going to get Cohen – Part 2)

New Orleans 2/9/2010 1:14AM
Vladivostok 2/9/2010 5:14PM

 We got to go visit Bogdan today. He hasn't really changed much. I think he's a bit taller, but other than that he looks the same.

He was not happy to see us today. I've never seen him so upset. We got to the hospital around 11:30am and he screamed for the first hour. We tried bribing him with cookies and toys, but nothing worked. He liked to walk up and down the hallway, but he even cried while he was doing that.

Around noon, they brought us food for him. This kid inhaled everything the last time we were here, but not today. He was so upset, he wouldn't let me feed him. I asked one of the care takers to come in and help us. He ate about 4 big spoonfuls, and then screamed some more. So not like him. I really think he was not feeling well. And then towards the end of the day, he started to get sleepy and he screamed some more. Hopefully tomorrow is better. Even with all the screaming, I still think he's the most wonderful little boy on the planet.

We also took our first trip to the grocery store today. Since we are staying so long, we will be cooking for ourselves a lot! I was totally overwhelmed at the store. I got yogurt, milk, water and bread. We will go back tomorrow and hopefully get something to go with my bread. All I wanted today was peanut butter. I LOVE peanut butter! At the store, a tiny bottle costs almost $10 and it didn't look that creamy. How will I ever make it?


New Orleans 2/9/2010 4:49pm
Vladivostok 2/10/2010 8:49am

Well, tomorrow is our court date! It's our last day as a family of just 2. I still cannot believe we are here doing this! I cannot believe this is actually happening to us. It still feels a little like I'm living a dream. Even after all our hard work and planning, I still have no idea what to expect. Geez.

Yesterday we went and walked around the hotel. It's cold here, but not as bad as we thought it would be. We walked to a nearby park (that was totally covered in snow). It was beautiful. The entire surface of the water on the bay is totally frozen. We actually walked out on it. It's very solid! I've never seen anything like this before in my life. I know the pictures will never do it justice!


New Orleans 2/10/2010 1:21am
Vladivostok 2/10/2010 5:21pm

Today we got to visit Bogdan again. Our last day of visiting him…tomorrow he comes home with us!! Our day was so much better. Bogdan screamed only for about 30 minutes. Jace held him tight and rubbed his back and he finally calmed down. He still didn't want to eat much, but he just let Jace hold him. It was so cute.

After being with us for about an hour, he would sit and play. Todd and Diana, the other couple here from America, sat with us for most of the day and we got to play with their daughter, Isabell.

We played with blocks and the wooden duck. He even let me hold him for a minute or two. Later in the day, we had one of the care takers come try to feed him, because he refused to eat for us.

After visiting with Bogdan, we went back to the grocery store and to the baby store. We loaded up on baby food, formula, and diapers. I'm so happy our coordinator, Irina, told us about what he eats. His poor stomach would be so upset with our food.

We also found out today that the ladies at the hospital are potty training the kids. I don't know how far along they are, but I know he's not fully trained yet. I'm thinking we will just leave that alone for now and start again when we get home.

I can't believe he's coming home with us tomorrow!!


Saturday, June 19, 2010

Would you like to pet a llama?

Yes. Yes, you can! Today I got to pet a llama, bifallo (pronounced like "beef-alo." It's a cross between a bison and a buffalo, not sure about the spelling), a deer with velvet like antlers, and lots of other fun animals.

We visited the Global Wildlife Center located in Folsom, LA. If you have not hit up this family friendly attraction, it is a must see! You take a ride on a covered wagon and get up close and personal with some pretty cool animals. The ride is about 1.5 hours and Cohen did great for about the first hour. He loved watching all the animals, but after that first hour, we had to work harder to entertain him. He was still a good kid, just got a little whiny...nothing we couldn't handle.

Below are a few of my favorite pictures from our adventure.

Mommy and Cohen getting ready for the big wagon ride!

Look at that face...I think he's a little excited!

The animals come right up to the wagon and let you feed them from your cup.

Our tour guide told us that we should hold our cups with TWO hands when feeding the animals to avoid this...

Take a close look at this picture...yep, that's the face Cohen makes when he's asking permission to do something. Look close...he's got his hand in another little boy's food cup! I guess he was checking with us to make sure that was ok.

The llama's actually ate the food right from your hands!

Just pour it right in!

Check out the birds behind Cohen and Nan...according to the tour guide, these birds actually migrated in one year and ate too much that now they can only get about 2 feet off the ground...the fences around the Global Wildlife Center are 8 feet. I don' think they are upset about having to stay here.

Pose for the camera Trix and Awesome!

We had a bunch of fun!! Can't wait to go back...but hopefully next time we will plan this for the fall or was stinking hot out there today!!