Saturday, February 03, 2007

Christmas in February



Last night we survived a sacred right of passage for parents. We assembled a kitchen set for Molly and a Geotrax train set for Aidan. We started around 9:00PM and weren't done until 12:30AM. The assembly directions for the kitchen included 19 steps each involving multiple pieces. An engineering degrees was recommended but not required. Pat and I worked well together and there was minimal squabbling. What was the occasion you may ask? Well, these were to be presents for the kids for Christmas but Christmas Eve festivities and a few glasses of wine after Molly and Aidan went to bed put the kibosh on that. Then Pat decided to clean the rug in the playroom before we put everything together so January turned to February and there you have it. The kids were thrilled with their new play things and spent most of the morning playing with them. Aidan was in choo choo heaven and Molly was cooking up a storm. They each played with the other's new toy and exhibited excellent sharing skills (surprise, not always the case!). It was fun to watch them play.

We had a sorry excuse for a snow storm last night and were left with a measly two inches. This was the first accumulation we've had all winter so we had to make the best of it. After breakfast we told the kids that we were going outside to play in the snow. Aidan said to me "I need my bathing suit." Snow suit, bathing suit whatever. We bundled the kids up and they had a blast. They helped daddy shovel the driveway with the shovels from their sand pails. They enjoyed walking through the snow and seeing their foot prints. Pat made them snowballs and not knowing what they were or what you're supposed to do with them Molly quickly deduced that they were to be eaten. She ate one snowball and unhappily left another outside for later. We were out for about an hour and went inside because mom and dad were cold. A much more successful outing than last year when Molly and Aidan cried to go back inside after only 15 minutes in the bitter cold and whipping winds. They'd never make it in their native Kazakhstan.

4 comments:

Suz said...

Oh my goodness they are bee-you-tee-full!!

What blessings!

Thanks for commenting on my blog, it's good to "meet" you!

Dawn and Joe De Lorenzo said...

The children have gotten sooo big! They are beautiful! I can't wait to share our first holidays with our son.

Hugs,
Dawn

Edgar and Dorothy said...

Pat and Alli, my wife and I also adopted 2 children from Delfin. We finalized everything near the end of May 2005, so we missed you guys by no less than a month. I don't know how I haven't bumped into your blog earlier. I just started reading about Olyesa, shishkabobs, Gros, Adiana Plaza and it's bringing back so many memories. And the dates of your blog seem to pick up right where we left. We kept a blog at www.castillos2kaz.blogspot.com. I can't wait to keep reading. Anyway, I just thought I'd write as a fellow Kostanai alum.

-Edgar

Kim said...

It's funny we got our son a Christmas gift that just got opened and put together too. He got a hockey net and it has sat by the door in it's box since Christmas. He spent the night at a friends last week and they wanted to use it so his friend's dad actually put it together for them. Amazing how little things get put off for awhile.