Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Happy 2nd Alesha Day!

On May 20th we celebrated our 2nd Alesha Day.  It has been 2 years since we stood in an orphanage in Kolkata, India and became a family of 4.  What a blessing Alesha is to our family.  It is amazing to see how much she has changed in the past 2 years.  We are blessed beyond measure.

We celebrated by going out for Indian food and eating some cake when we got home.  Alesha's oldest brother Martin baked and frosted her cake this year.  So sweet.

Our little princess

Me and my girl

Daddy and his girl

The boys with their sister

Enjoyed dipping her cracker in all the sauces.

All my boys with Alesha.  Cake made by Martin.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Alesha's 1st time at Timberline Lodge at Mt. Hood 4-14-12

While the boys were tearing up the slopes I entertained little miss for 7 hours at the lodge.  Above is our adventure in the snow, which she LOVED!  Below are some pictures of how we spent the rest of our

Smokey the Bear

This wheel is spins

A box of pretty rocks on the floor at the ski shop =  1/2 hr of entertainment

Beautiful day. Sunny...must put on sunscreen ;  Cold....must put on layers of clothes

My attempt at a self picture of the two of us

Our beautiful girl

Maybe next year I will hit these slopes :-)

They have BIG chairs in the lodge.

End of the day.  Just waiting for my daddy and brothers to come to the car so we can head home.

Thursday, May 03, 2012

Mt. Hood Timberline Ski Trip 4-14-12

Here is a video my husband took with his new toy, a GoPro camera.  He captured this footage by skiing close to the boys with the camera attached to the end of his ski pool...CRAZY!  I am SO proud of both my boys. You would NEVER guess that this was ONLY their 5th time skiing and snowboarding.  This footage was taken on the black diamond run up on Mt. Hood Timberline.  These boys are HOOKED!

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Easter 2012

I don't know about you, but Easter snuck up on me this year.  With our family having the flu the last 2 weeks of March and still recovering I couldn't believe that Easter was here already!  Darin took the boys skiing so I decided to take Alesha to a community church Easter event happening in our neighborhood.  Since I was still weak from the flu I took advantage of somebody else planning an activity for us to attend :-)  This was Alesha's first BIG egg hunt.  She wasn't quite sure what to do.  There were SO many people there it was crazy. 

I always find it strange that when you go to a FREE community event (put on by the local church no less) that people have tons of stuff to complain about.  What ever happened to thanking the people who put on the event and just enjoying yourself?  I for one was just thankful for a nice sunshiny day and enjoyed spending time with my daughter. 

After sometime they officially started the egg hunt with a loud whistle and all the kids and parents ran like crazy for the hundreds of eggs laying wide open in the grass.  My cautious girl when it comes to lots of people stayed back and let everybody pass her. She finally found a long lost egg that somebody had missed.  It was already opened...probably somebody stepped on it, but she didn't mind.  She finally mingled in a bit with the other kids, but was not near fast enough to scoop those eggs up compared to the veteran egg hunters and their parents.  In the end, she had 6 1/2 eggs compared to all the other children who's baskets were overflowing (some with 50 or more).  My little love was so happy with her 6 eggs it brought as much of a smile as the 50.  She sat quietly and opened each egg delicately as she looked to see what treasure layed inside.  A sticker, a sucker, and a chocolate candy.  Perfect! 

Waiting for the whistle

Finding the long lost egg that everybody passed up.

Trying to figure out what to do.

Alesha with her 6 and one-half eggs.

We then headed over to where the fire engines were and Alesha loved it.  To my surprise she climbed inside the truck after she saw a little boy in front of her getting his picture taken.  We made our way through the Easter story display they had out and grabbed a bottle of water and bag of chips for our drive home.  I was exhausted, but it was a fun day.

She was pretty excited to sit in daddy's truck.

 The day Easter arrived we had not decorated eggs, nor did I get my traditional Easter baskets made for the kids, we had no guests coming over for dinner, and we missed church service, too. This made me so sad.  I just simply didn't have the energy to get anything done or make plans for people to come over when I didn't know when we would be well.  My kids were amazingly understanding.  The boys organized an egg hunt for Alesha in our yard and I managed to get a few pics of Alesha in her Easter dress.  My boys tend to steer clear of the camera these days.  I guess that is a middle school boy thing.  We spent the day together as a family and enjoyed dinner together.  At least I made the traditional Easter dinner.  Most importantly we gave thanks and talked about what Easter is really about. Jesus is Risen, He has Risen Indeed!  I hope next year will be filled with sharing this holiday with family and friends.

WOW, her lashes are LONG

This smile brings joy to my heart!

Alesha and Daddy

I'm all done with pictures, mommy

The boys showing her all the eggs

I loved how she carried her basket like a purse.

"Look, I got a lot more eggs with just me at the egg hunt" :-)