Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Keira 1st Santa Delivery

Here is Keira on Christmas Day after Santa came with all her presents.

Israel chatting it up to the camera

Israel's first recorded laugh....

laughing at Auntie MK....

Friday, December 25, 2009


Thanks Kim and Aaron for a great day!
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x mas 3

b day cake for Jesus

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xmas 2

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xmas day 1

a bunch of tired peoples
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Christmas Eve Groovin'

Keira loves music! She is dancing, but watch what happens when Santa comes. She immediately starts sucking her thumb and tenses up.

Family pic xmas eve 2009

After multiple attempts, this is the best we could do.
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The Kalpakgian Cousins

Minus Dominic and Ari and Israel
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Xmas eve- Keira

We spent Christmas Eve at my cousin's house. Great times! Keira was all smiles all night until Santa showed up. Check out her face ( below) when Santa appeared at the party!!! Hilarious. She is most definitely scared of Santa. She would not sit on his lap!
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Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Mother Goose

By far Keira's favorite thing to read and recite are Mother Goose Rhymes. She loves Barney's Mother Goose DVD and the Mother Goose Book. She knows everyone of the rhymes from both of those by heart. Here is a video of her reciting them back. One of the cutest videos I have seen :)

Monday, December 21, 2009

Putting it all back together

Mike putting the bathroom back together

Keira his ever ready annoyance, I mean helper was standing by asking questions and chatting away!
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Just chilling....

I can't believe how close it is to Christmas! If only the rest of winter flew by this quickly! Keira is really into Christmas this year... she talks often about Santa, her princess dress that she hopes he will bring, presents for Jesus etc etc. Its so fun to watch. There is a special needs man in our neighborhood that dresses up as Santa for the area businesses. He can often be seen walking to work in his Santa suit. Keira will see how out the window and excitedly yell. "There's Santa!!!!" Israel has shocked us all by sleeping a few 8 hour stretches at night. Its been heavenly!!!
Other than holding down the fort we have been busy making cookies for cookie swaps, shopping and wrapping presents and playing in the snow.
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Thursday, December 17, 2009

Baby its cold outside!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Outside my window....Can you say freezing??? After coming back from a play date with some mom's from church and bundling up the kids and getting them in and out of the car, I called Mike and asked him if he was ready to move. He laughed as he thinks the Northeast is a great place to live. I told him to go outside without a hat and hang out for a few min and really get a feel for that windchill and then tell me if he is ready to move. He laughed again. I wish Allegro had an office in North Carolina!!!
I am thinking… I want to move, I want to move, I really really want to move somewhere warmer!
I am thankful for … my warm house and my working furnace. Even if it doesn't have a wood stove, a fireplace or anything super warm and cozy.
I am reading … Nothing. I can't even seem to keep up with the newspaper.
I am hoping … that Mike will see the light and realize there are warmer places to live.
On my mind … that I have absolutely nothing to wear to my cousins Christmas Eve party. That it seems to be taking forever to lose these dang extra pregnancy pounds and I am feeling frustrated about it.
We’re learning … How to express our opinions, push mama's buttons and make good use of the time out spot ( Keira), how to sleep longer stretches at night ( Israel).
Noticing that … our lack of closet space is really really bothering me today and that this cold weather makes me grumpy.
Pondering these words … from a friend's facebook page " 91 days till spring" yes yes I know. Its bad. I just quoted something from facebook.
Around the house … Israel's room currently has no floor, our 1 working bathroom is torn apart, and the rest of the house is busting at the seams.
One of my favorite things … my collection of fleece.
A picture I am sharing … Good bye 2009. Keira is constantly bugging me to let her play with the calendar ( that's what she has in her hand in the below pic). She sees me writing appointments etc on it all the time and thinks it must be something special. After letting her play with it and scribble on it a few times to the point where we couldn't even read it I had to say no more. Well today I put up the 2010 calendar and gave Keira the old one to play with and write on and she was pretty excited.

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Tuesday, December 15, 2009


Showing me her sock she proudly colored all over!
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Not so happy

Keira's reaction to being cut off from licking the brownie batter ( I gave her a good chocolate covered spoon so its not like she didnt get much!) It was right before lunch too.
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Monday, December 14, 2009

Christmas Letter 2009

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Sunday, December 13, 2009

Third Anniversary of sorts.....

( current bathroom tore apart)

The new plumbing for the bathroom going in under the floor.

( new sink and toilet pipes in the floor and wall for the new half bath on the second floor.

Yesterday marked our third anniversary as homeowners. Mike celebrated the day by tearing apart our recently completed bathroom in order to get plumbing to the new second floor 1/2 bathroom. We hired a plumber but Mike worked along side him. The highlight of the day was the fine layer of drywall dust all over the house... Great way to mark the anniversary!!!
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