January 11, 2016


Posted in Family news/Updates at 9:13 pm by Mel

For Christmas this year the grandparents gave gifts of classes for the kiddos.  Ajax signed up for tae kwon do classes and Noomi signed up for dance.

Ajax has attended three karate classes at Master Shinn’s in Okemos and loves it.  He’s in the Tiger Tots class and so far has been the tallest in his class, which he thinks is pretty cool since he’s one of the smaller kids in class.   He attends class two day a week, which seems a lot, but he’s starting to get pretty excited at the prospect of earning higher belts.  I’m not sure if that’s the right lingo or not, but he’s got his eyes set on the yellow belt.

Noomi has attended one dance class (Creative Movements)(ages 3-5) and she was beyond excited.  Excited doesn’t even capture it.   When I got home from work, Noomi was already in her ballet outfit spinning in the dining room.   As she’d been talking about dance class for month she was over the moon that she was really going.  On our drive there, however, she started to get nervous and said that maybe she would only watch the class.  When we got there she met several of her friends from school and all nervousness went out the window.  I watched her through the window (apparently we’re not allowed in) and she was the only little one break-dancing and spinning on the ground… thank you Mr. Ajax.

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January 9, 2016

New Years Eve!

Posted in Family news/Updates at 9:09 pm by Mel

This New Years we spent the evening with friends in Williamston.  The kids had a blast playing, we ate a ton of unhealthy food, and everyone (except the baby) made it to midnight.

We played an exciting game of Settlers of Catan (one of Dave’s Xmas presents), which brought us up to midnight.

I cannot believe the kids made it up that late but they did and we all watched the ball drop.  We had sparkling cider and the kids had noise makers.  It was a good time all the way around!

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January 7, 2016

Christmas 2015

Posted in Family news/Updates at 9:05 pm by Mel

Well our family had a wonderful holiday!

The kids and I volunteered at St. Vincent sorting gifts and afterwards I treated them to lunch out and then several hours of fun at Jumpin’ Jack (a large inflatable playground).

Dave was able to take several days off, so we had plenty of family time!  A large part of our family time was spent watching the original 3 Star Wars movies.  And then Dave treated Ajax to the new movie- The Force Awakens.  The kids are all about Star Wars these days.  Noomi has also been watching them with us and loved Darth Vader. She said his cap was so pretty.  And then in the middle of one of the movies when we were all snuggled on the couch she turned to me and said, mom, I like ponies. Do you like ponies?  (on another occasion she suddenly stated, oh I love sparkles, do you love sparkles?_ what a little girl).

Christmas Eve we hosted dinner out our house which was wonderful.  The kiddos enjoyed their holiday PJs and then slept in till almost 7:30 am.  Grandma Dara and Grandpa Rod stayed the night so everyone got to open presents in the morning.  After gifts we headed to my Grandpa Nader’s house and then to Theresa and Tim’s house for dinner.   It was a long day and everyone had a great time.

Oh, on a side note Noomi couldn’t quite pronounce Christmas, so she was saying Smis-Mis.  It was darn cute.

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December 20, 2015

East Lansing- Winter Festival

Posted in Family news/Updates at 9:22 pm by Mel

After a week of not feeling well, Ajax was finally well enough to go to school on Friday.  He was quite happy about this as Friday was PJ day and spelling test day.  Ok, he wasn’t thrilled about the spelling test but he got 12/12 and was very proud.  Noomi seems to be a trooper and managed to avoid the nasty virus that ran through our home.

On Saturday we decided to take the kids to the East Lansing winter festival.  It went something like this –

Kids refusing to put on shoes or jackets meant we got a late start.  Because we got a late start we had to hunt college town side streets for parking and stood in the longest line ever to see Santa.  The line was so long it snaked its way through the Marriott lobby with dozens of screaming kids.  Dave was kind enough to stand in line and I took the kids to look around the rest of the festival.  Me: look kids a goat! how cool, wanna feed him?  Kids: nah.  Me: look kids hot coco, want some?  Kids: nah.  Me:  look kids a man carving a snowflake from a block of ice with a chainsaw!!  Kids: can we go back and wait in line with dad?

The only thing the kids seemed to take joy in were the hotel lobby escalator.  Up and down. Up and down.  We rode that thing for over a half hour.  Finally, it was time to see Santa and Mrs. Clause, the kids had been talking big for several minutes, this year Ajax promised to take a wonderful picture.  But when the elf came to escort them to the stage, both kids freaked out and I had to drag Noomi, finally gave up and held her in the picture.  And all of this with dozens of other parents watching.

After the picture fiasco, the kids were finally interested in the goats.  We tried to take a family photo on a sleigh made of ice… but well, the photo speaks for itself.

On Sunday, I took Noomi to a birthday party and Dave and Ajax did a bit of holiday shopping.  And then we all went to bed!

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December 1, 2015

Lumberjack by day

Posted in Family news/Updates at 4:02 pm by Mel

A few weeks ago we headed up north to Mikado for a visit.  We headed up early on Friday and had a pretty easy drive up.  Theresa, Tim and baby Vivian were also up for the weekend.  With so many hands on deck Rod decided that we should take a giant 80 foot pine tree down.  While Rod knew what he was doing, the rest of us were pretty green.   With Dave on the tractor, Tim guiding the line and Rod working the chainsaw, we all watched from the safety of the house as the giant tree came crashing to the ground.

Ajax was a tremendous helper and a very hard worker.  He pulled branches, piled them up and hustled with the adults.  I was very proud.

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November 30, 2015

Sledding and Trees, misc.

Posted in Family news/Updates at 3:33 pm by Mel

A miscellaneous post for you!

The Wednesday before turkey day the kids and I had off.  The night before we’d been hit with a dramatic storm leaving us with close to 12 inches of snow.  So we decided that we should go sledding on the hill in town before the sun melted it all.  We got an early start and had the hill to ourselves for almost an hour.

The kids and I climbed all the way to the very top of the hill (which ended up being much bigger than it appeared from the road); I loaded up both kiddos on the sled with Ajax in the back and gave them a shove.  I realize in hindsight I should have given them a bit of guidance because they made it halfway down the hill swerved and then rolled.  Both received snow burns on their checks.  After that Ajax rode the round sled and Noomi and I took the longer one, which proved safer for all.

After an hour more families arrived and Ajax had a blast racing the other boys down the hill, while Noomi had lost interest in sledding and proceeded to stomp around in the icy mud puddles.

I loaded up some muddy kids and took them home where we made pies for turkey day!   The kids were very proud of the apple pie they helped make.

Today (Saturday) we put up our Christmas tree and decorated for the holidays.  The kids were pretty excited.

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November 28, 2015

Turkey Day 2015

Posted in Family news/Updates at 3:19 pm by Mel

Turkey Day 2015 in the books!  What a wonderful day- beautiful weather, family, and of course, lots and lots of food!

We hit the road fairly early and headed to my grandpa Nader’s home in Dearborn.  Dinner at the Nader’s is fairly early, around 11 or so, and then runs like an open house till about 5 pm.  When we got there, there were about 40 others there with lots of little kids.  Noomi wore her Elsa Frozen dress and showed everyone her spinning/twirling dance moves.  When we sat down for dinner the house and entire block lost power.  So we ate Thanksgiving dinner in the dark!

After eating the kids spent the rest of the day running wild outside as it was in the mid-50’s and sunny.  Ajax had a ton of fun wrestling with his cousins and playing dodge ball.

Around 2 or so we headed to Theresa and Tim’s house in Ypsilanti for second turkey!  How wonderful that we were able to see both families on one holiday. We felt very fortunate as everyone was there.  Dave thought the last time he and his sisters had Thanksgiving together may have been high school.  The kids of course had fun and we even managed to take a new family portrait with our tiniest family member.

We ended up bathing the kiddos at Theresa’s and then loaded them up for home.

Overall, an excellent holiday!

Grandma Mary and Aunt LisaKim and AngieNoomi and Clara

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November 10, 2015


Posted in Family news/Updates at 8:44 pm by Mel

Well at 7 pm tonight the kids were in bed and out.  For some reason both kiddos were exhausted and barely seemed to keep it together tonight.  At one point Ajax was crying during dinner because his taco broke in two and Noomi was lecturing him that he had to eat all his food.  I have no idea why.

Ms. Noomi has been a handful in general, as yesterday she was angry at Dave while sitting on the potty and started yelling at him – Daddy!  Daddy – do-do!

November 8, 2015

Weekend updates

Posted in Family news/Updates at 6:07 pm by Mel

Another weekend in the books!

On Saturday, Emily and Adrian came over to babysit Noomi so that Dave and I could take Ajax to a doctor’s appointment.  When we got home all three of them were sitting on the couch watching Frozen.  Noomi was very excited to share Frozen with them, lol.  We bummed around the house and then because no one felt like cooking we went out to dinner.  The burger place we chose also had an arcade area, so the kids had fun playing a few games though we couldn’t convince either of them to try the pinball machine or Pac-Man.

On Sunday, Dave made us an awesome breakfast and then the kids and I hit up the park so that Dave could get some work completed.  We had a blast playing at the park and the kids ran wild.  We got there pretty early and at first there were no other kids present, which meant the three of us were running wild playing tag.  After an hour though some more kids showed up which gave me a break, lol.  When we got home, the kids helped a neighbor rake leaves and I cut the grass.

Ajax has been obsessed with America’s Funniest Home Videos which he just discovered on Netflix.  It’s cracking us up since that’s what we used to watch when we were little.   Noomi’s been telling us periodically that there is a dinosaur that lives in her pointer finger.  The dinosaur isn’t always there (of course), but when he does show up she yells – hey my dinosaur is back!  And she’ll hold up her finger.  I asked if I could see the dinosaur and she looked at me like I was crazy saying, no mom!  Ajax just rolled his eyes and said, mom she doesn’t really have a dinosaur in her finger.  Thanks buddy.

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November 3, 2015


Posted in Family news/Updates at 9:16 pm by Mel

Some quick little updates on our household.

Noomi absolutely loves her preschool.  She loves her teacher and friends.  She is excited to go school each day and seems to be learning more and more each day.  She can spell her name and can write it.  We’re working still working on recognizing all the letters in the alphabet and numbers are hit and miss.  Her arms are also perfectly healed.

Ajax is turning into a serious first grader.  He has homework every night, which I’m not much of a fan of.  He now has spelling tests each week.  He’s doing wonderful on them – 12/12 last week!  He’s also doing well in math.  Michigan uses common core and so far I don’t see why so many parents are mad with it.  He’s quite proud of his mad math skills.

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