Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Christmas 2009

Ready for Church

Opening our Christmas Eve present


My Ride on Truck

A very happy Lucy with her present

Playing with cousin Aiden

Our first Christmas with the boys and our first Christmas together as a family!!! Roman and Maxim had a great day and even though we think they were over stimulated at times they really enjoyed the new ride on train and truck they each got and their new Christmas pajamas!!!

This year we stayed in New York for Christmas .. we decided not to travel the 3hours to Massachusetts on Christmas day so for Christmas Eve we went to mass on the Marist campus and then came home for dinner and our traditional Christmas Eve present of new pajamas!! The boys were in bed at the usual time but you would have thought they knew Santa was coming when they were up and ready to go at 5:30am!!! We got them back to sleep and they slept "in" til 7:30am!!! The boys each got a new ride on/push toy ... not sure that Happy and Lucy are excited about the toy but Roman and Max seem to really enjoy them. They also each got to open a present .. Max got a remote control car and Roman got a toy vacuum!!!

We spent the late afternoon/early evening at Stephen's sisters with her family and Stephen's parents and brother. The boys had a great time there playing with their cousin Aiden and opening a few more presents!!!

We will be heading to Massachusetts on December 31st to celebrate Christmas and New Years with the Nadeau side of the family! We can't wait ... it should be a lot of fun!!!

Highlights from December

Well ... the month of December is quickly coming to an end ... it's been a busy month for the Pupek boys with lots of new things to see and do! Here are just a few highlights:

- First snow fall ... we got our first winter storm in early December and the boys had a blast .. they even got to go outside and build a snowman with Papa!

- First road trip to Massachusets ... the boys and I went up to visit Grammy and Auntie Sara December 18 - 20th ... they even got to shop at Patriots Place!!! We all had a great time and Roman and Max got to meet their cousin Billy and Uncle Josh! Billy was a big hit and the boys really like to play with him and well ... Billy is excited to have two new boy cousins!

Helping Grammy sew their winter hats!

- First time baking Christmas cookies ... just before Christmas the boys and I made gingerbread men ... it was fun but I had to "fire" Roman half way through ... I think he was licking the M & M's before putting them on the cookies!!!

- First haircut in the states for Roman ... Roman got his haircut just before Christmas! The woman who cuts his hair is from Russia and she was able to talk with Roman ... although he became very shy and wouldn't say much ... he looked so cute getting his hair cut!!!

- First ride on Papa's new tractor!

-First time having popcorn as a snack!! (this is Mama's favorite snack and also Lucy and Happy's)!!!

The biggest first was our very FIRST Christmas together as a family but that deserves it's own post ... coming soon!!!


Sunday, December 13, 2009

Home a Month

Tomorrow, December 14th will mark our being home with the boys for one month ... at times it has gone quickly and at times it seems like it's been FOREVER!!! I have been so busy with the boys that I completely missed December 3 and writing an 8 month letter for them ... I'll make up for it with a Christmas letter.

The boys are doing really well and enjoy playing and being together! Tonight as I was checking email I could hear these giggles coming from their room so I decided to go in and sneak a peak ... well apparently Roman was standing on his bed and jumping up to land on his butt and Max was standing in the rocking chair at the end of Roman's bed just laughing his head off at his brother!!! I thought it was very cute and had Stephen sneak up so he could see what they were up too! We get to hear their giggles very often because their other favorite passtime at night is chasing one another up and down the hallway upstairs and giggleing at each other! Oh and they also LOVE to empty the laundry basket in our bedroom and push each other up and down the hallway ... they do this several times a day ... especially when Mama dares to try and take a shower!

Roman has really adjusted to the dogs ... he's lovin Lucy and Happy and even lets them sleep on his bed and gives them kisses all the time!

Check this out ... Lucy and Roman playing in the snow!

Roman is beginning to learn some English words and phrases ... the first thing he said was "knock it off" ... guess I say that a lot ...mostly to the two dogs when they are wrestling in the house! He's also turned into quiet the doorman for Lucy and Happy ... he is willing to open the slider when ever they want to go out or come in! He also LOVES ... I mean LOVES to brush his teeth ... he asks to "brush our teeth" at several points in the day ... it may be the electric toothbrush like we have that is the reason but at least he'll have some pearly whites!

Max is adjusting pretty well also ... he is a MONSTER eater ... pretty much eats anything you put in front of him ... although he's NOT a fan of brocolli or carrots but most anything else he'll eat it up! He also loved to brush his teeth and is a little curious about what he sees on TV! He also sat on Santa's lap ... Roman wanted NOTHING to do with Santa but Max had no problem sitting with the man in red!!!

So in the month they have been home they have been to the pediatrician, gone to have blood drawn, been to the store several times, been to Marist to visit new friends who have been waiting for them to arrive, enjoyed our first winter storm and our first snow day, and today we went to get our Christmas tree! They seem to be adjusting very well and are not shy with kisses and know who Mama and Papa are and even talk with Grammy and Auntie Sara on the phone each week!!! They like to ride in the car and when they went to Auntie Joanna's today Roman did okay with her 3 dogs .... I'd call that progress!!! It's been a busy, hectic, overwhelming, crazy month but we all seem to be doing well and are now getting ready for the boys FIRST Christmas and New Year's!!!

A few pictures from the last month:

Roasting Pumpkin Seeds with Mama

Building a snowman with Papa

Getting in the holiday spirit

creative cup holder

laundry basket races!