February 25, 2014
We had an excellent plan. As I have mentioned we found a reasonable home to rent in our dream town, with a move date of March 8th, we had the move planned out, we had kids organized, we had family in agreement, all was aligned. Grandpa Rod was going to come down with the truck for the weekend so that Dave and I could move boxes, while Grandpa got some well deserved kid time.
Then on Wednesday of last week my Great Aunt Norm passed away at the age of 98. She was an incredible woman, the matriarch of the family before she became ill. She also held the old family stories and Lebanese recipes that her mother once made. As hard as I try I have not mastered jutera. I have never gotten it to taste the same as when Aunt Norm made it. My grandpa Nader and I even put our heads together one time and tried to make it (my grandpa saying, I think Norma does this…) and it turned out so bad that I don’t think we even ate it.
This was also the first death in the family of someone that Ajax really knows and remembers (as he was too young when my grandpa and Dave’s grandma passed). As a matter of fact, when the topic of elderly family members comes up, Ajax would always point out that Aunt Norm was the oldest person in our family. We weren’t too sure how to explain to him that Aunt Norm passed, so we ended up sitting him down and just telling him. He had one question and that was could he say good bye. Dave said that he could absolutely say good bye when ever he wanted and Aunt Norm would hear him. At night he then asked me, how far of car drive was heaven? I tried to explain that it was up up in the sky and that your spirit flies there when your body gets tired.
So now, instead of moving boxes we changed our plan and Dave and I would go in for the funeral on Saturday. Ok, sounds good. On Friday night, however, when Dave was on his way into the house from getting the mail, he slipped on ice on the side walk, flew through the air and landed with his leg pinned underneath him. We thought it was a bad sprain, so we decided the ER wasn’t necessary. On Saturday morning, Noomi and I went to the funeral, while Rod and Ajax took Mr. Dave to the Urgent Care where the Doctor confirmed via X ray that Dave broke his lower leg in two places.
Dave is now on crutches with the Doctor’s order to stay off it and keep his leg up with a pending appointment with his family doctor this coming week. When it all hits the fan, ya know? lol.
February 19, 2014
Here are some pictures from the weekend. We busted out the water colors and both kids had fun painting. Noomi didn’t really get the paint thing, but enjoyed splashing water on the paper then dumping the water on the floor. Good times.
Noomi loves the bows in her hair and has been insisting on multiple bows all over her head, lol. Ajax thinks its pretty funny.
February 16, 2014
Some fun family updates!
This past Friday was Valentine’s day and each child had a mini-party in their classrooms. We remembered Valentines day cards for Ajax and he picked out Spiderman ones that each came with a littler ruler. Ajax and I sat at the table after dinner and wrote them out together. He was pretty proud. Noomi opted to bring in jello cups for her party, but I inadvertently bought sugar free jello.
Saturday we packed and cleaned and packed some more. Then we headed to Brighton to my cousin, Kim’s house for a family dinner. Ajax and Noomi were the only little ones there, but had so much fun playing with everyone and running wild throughout the house. Kim’s couches also had these large pillows, dozens of them, enough for Ajax to make a 4 ft mountain of pillows and then leap off the couch onto them. Noomi of course had to join in and it surprises me how tough she is. The kids ran so much that they passed out on our hour drive home, though Noomi chatted for about 15 minutes or so, while Ajax passed out almost immediately.
On Sunday we got the keys to our new home in Williamston. We took over two loads and let the kids explore it. Ajax picked out his room and both kids were quite excited to actually see the house. We noticed a few young kids outside playing and the neighborhood seems very family friendly. On the downside Ajax got his finger snapped in a mousetrap and that took a bit to calm him down.
Tomorrow is President’s day so I’ll be home with both kids while Mr. Dave heads into Dearborn. I’ll try to get them both outside, but it’s just been so cold this winter that they can’t be out for long. This winter has set records in the amount of snowfall and low temperature. When Ajax and I went out to shovel the driveway today I through him up onto the large build up between our driveway and our neighbor’s driveway, which is about 4 ft high and packed solid, so that he could run circles on top of it. When we trudged into the backyard the snow was up to my knees and I could tell that I wasn’t hitting the ground while walking, but only the densely packed ice/snow that covered the ground. Ajax followed in my tracks otherwise he would’ve up to his waist, lol.
Pictures are coming, but I was not able to upload them tonight.
February 9, 2014
This weekend we started packing up as we have less than a month before our move date. Noomi is oblivious to the hustle, but Ajax is getting a bit more anxious. We’re hoping to get the majority of items moved over before our move date and so far we’re finding packing to be much more easy without a newborn and rambunctious three year old.
Today grandpa Gordy came over and took Ajax to see the Lego Movie. Ajax was so excited and sat through the entire show. As soon as he got home, he immediately told on grandpa and told me all about the candy he got at the movies. What a stinker.
February 3, 2014
Well, we’ve been a busy family here. We finally found a house in Williamston (aka. Small town USA with EXCELLENT schools) and will be moving the second week in March. We are very excited to transition to Williamston and are hoping that we will love it so much that we will eventually want to buy our next home there. Ajax is getting a little washy about moving, but his main concern is starting kindergarten in a new school. It’s understandable, that’s a big change. We will try to get him into T-ball this summer so that we can hopefully meet some families in the area.
We’re also hoping that we can keep Noomi at the same daycare in East Lansing because we love the teachers and environment, but we’ll have to see how that goes given the distance between my work, Noomi’s school, and then Ajax’s school in Williamston.
So overall, this means we will be packing soon. No one likes moving, I wish a bunch of elves could come and move us overnight.
January 20, 2014
One of the things I love about the kids daycare is the little piece of paper I get at the end of each day telling me what they did. I find it so entertaining that I felt I should share their day today!
Ajax’s day for 01/20/2014- he ate everything and relaxed quietly. Here are the teacher’s notes- We discussed things we do in the winter. Ajax said shovel snow. We planted four different kinds of herbs. We drew snowflakes in our journals.
Noomi’s day for 01/20/2014- she ate well and napped from 12:05-2 pm. The teacher’s notes state- We counted to five. Learned the colors and said the name of a friend wearing the color as we went over them. Learned the letter “A” and said words that begin with it. Our circle time story was “I love you because you are you.” We did a book review. We fingerprinted a friendship mural.
January 19, 2014
This weekend was fairly quiet to report. On Saturday my parents and grandma Flo came to visit. We made pancakes, and Ajax got to play in the snow with grandpa, while my mom and I went grocery shopping.
On Sunday, we took the kids to this small natural history museum on Michigan State’s campus. The kids loved it and ran almost nonstop. They also chattered away nonstop about everything. We tried to remind them to keep their voices in check, but they were pretty excited. Noomi’s favorite thing were the stairs, while Ajax loved the dinosaur bones.
On a development note – Noomi’s vocabulary is finally expanding. She is currently referring to all drinks as wawa. We keep repeating to her WATTTTER, Water. But she keeps saying – wawa. Oh well, she is now at least using words to communicate what she wants.
Ajax is also doing well, though he’s been in a bit of a stubborn phase lately and I admit that he’s so quick and sharp, I have to remind myself that he’s only 4. I hope he someday uses this power for good, lol, because right now he’s pushing poor Mr. Dave and I pretty hard.
January 12, 2014
In the recent Parents magazine (Feb. 2014), I saw a recipe for a dessert, which looked awesome, easy and quick. It was so easy that Ajax helped put most of it together. It cooks in the microwave and we all hovered around watching it rise. Ajax was quite proud of his dessert!
- 1/4 C milk
- 1/2 tsp white vinegar
- 6 tbs flour
- 1/4 C sugar
- 2 tbs unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/4 tsp baking powder
- pinch of salt
- 3 tbs vegetable oil
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/2 tsp red food coloring (I didn’t have any food coloring)
- In a small cup, combine milk and white vinegar.
- In a small bowl, combine flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt.
- In a separate small bowl combine the vegetable oil, egg, vanilla, and food coloring. Add the milk mixture and the oil mixture to the flour mixture. Stir until well combined. Divide batter between 2 mugs; do not fill more than halfway.
- Microwave each mug individually for 1 1/2 minutes. When done the cake should be firm and springy, not doughy. If it isn’t done, microwave in 15-second intervals up to 2 1/2 minutes total. Let cool for 3 minutes. I think this would be excellent with a little hot fudge over top and a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
January 11, 2014
The other night I was rushing to pick up the kids as I left the office a bit late. The kids do not like to be the last ones picked up and I don’t really blame them. When the clock creeps toward 5:30-6 pm everyone wants to go home. After I collected the ninos and loaded them into the car, Ajax asked what we were having for dinner. I said that we were most likely having leftovers as I was very tired and daddy was working in Dearborn today. Mom, he said, I want you to make dinner. I will make dinner, I said, when have I ever not fed you dinner? Ajax then said, Mom, I want you to make dinner, or I’m gonna beat you. I immediately busted out laughing, as Ajax was completely joking. I looked in the rear view mirror and seriously told him that wasn’t funny. He then wagged his finger at me smiling saying, I’m gonna beat you mom, really, I want you to make dinner. This went on for a bit, when I realized this such thing probably shouldn’t be encouraged, so I called a time out and told Ajax that though I found this conversation funny, he wasn’t allowed to say that type of thing to anyone else. Ajax said ok!
After the kids went to bed I told Dave about my conversation with Ajax. Dave pointed out that I needed to watch what I said around the kids because Ajax picked that up from me. I told him that was ridiculous… but apparently I had threatened to beat Dave just last night for failing to make rolls with dinner.
The above photos were taken by Ajax who ran around with the camera. He was quite the photographer.
January 6, 2014
Grandma Dara and Grandpa Rod were heroes and babysat the kids for two days last week since Dave and I both had to work on Thursday and Friday. We ended up meeting Grandpa near Saginaw at the Cracker Barrel on News Years day, which was a first for the kids and they loved it. And then we met again at the Cracker Barrel on Saturday to pick up the kids. We then stopped back in Lansing, changed, and then headed into Farmington Hills for dinner with family friends. Dinner was excellent and the kids ran nonstop. It was very nice watching the kids run around with all the other kids, running the same pattern around that house that I ran as a kid (round the stair case, into the kitchen, down the hallway and back into the living room). We ended up staying till about 9 pm when we realized a pretty big storm was rolling in, so we hit the road. It was a good thing that both kids passed out because it took a very long time to get home.
On Sunday a wicked storm rolled in with frigid temperatures and over a foot and a half of snow. The weather was so bad that schools and businesses alike closed for Monday. Hence, I am home now with the kiddos. Dave and Ajax spent time outside yesterday and today shoveling, but so far none of the side streets have been touched, so I’m unsure how I’ll even be able to get to work tomorrow the snow is so deep.
Here are pictures of our day at home so far. Noomi and I made a blanket fort which Ajax played with legos and matchbox cars upstairs.