Thursday, January 17, 2013

Last Christmas Celebration This Season!

When people wondered (out loud) if us adopting another child with special needs would take away from the other two girls.....this is all I have to say :) Clearly it has already enriched their lives! Zoya has really been amazing with Sofia! 

Aren't these desks cool? I can have school with the little girls while Zoya is at school :) Thanks Uncle Bub! 

Sofia causing trouble while Mila tries to focus....
Miss Zoya, the teacher, tries her hand at behavior management...

"Wow, what a harsh teacher!  I'm so ashamed I got caught acting up!"

Zoya insisted on sitting in the chair! 

Two good students! 

I think you can probably hear her just from looking at this picture ;) 

Look, Mom!

She is crazy! 

Zoya helping Bub open his present

Zoya showing Sofia how to open presents :) 

It's a wedding cake! 

Big sister Zoya trying to take over Mila's present! 

Llama Llama books!!!
She loves these books! 

Zoya being a mama! 

Look at that belly! Mila is weighing in at 26 pounds, 10 ounces (at 22 months old!!!!)

Hi Mila! 

Learning fractions ;) 

"I can't believe she would try to blow my nose, doesn't she know how much I hate that????!!!!"

I posted this picture on the other blog, but it just cracks me up so much I had to post again! 

Our organized chaos! 

Playing music with Aunt Corrine

Love Mila's cheese face here while Sofia is getting into all kinds of trouble! 

Reuinted with Uncle Bub. At first she seemed a little hesitant but it didn't take long for her to remember him! 

Two of my babies! I love how they watch me love on the other one and when I catch of peak of them watching me they're always smiling huge! 

Chef Zoya!

Zoya's chef outfit...she looks so cute :) 

Aunt Corrine and Uncle Bub with the girls (all smiling!)

Monday, January 14, 2013

Christmas Catch Up

As life settles into a routine (HA.HA.HA, yah right I know)....I hope to have more time to update this space! I always print my blogs into books annually and love the idea for having those for my girls to read one's the closest this mama gets to I'm hopeful I can update on a more regular basis as I learn to manage 3 little ones ages 4 and under! 

CHRISTMAS, PART 1: (During my week home in between trips...Sofia was not home yet, Papa and Grandma Gigi visited and we celebrated Christmas with them)

Grandma Gigi!

She got alllll into it! 

It was a Minnie Christmas!

Mila was in a very bad mood during present opening (the next morning when her diaper greeted us we found out why!) this is the only picture I have...her holding her perfect "Elmo in Grouchland" DVD!!!

The girls got this cute little baby high chair for their dollies! Papa and Gigi found it at an antique shop!

Feeding Minnie

Papa feeding the big baby! 

Reading with Will and Gigi
CHRISTMAS....PART 2! (Basile Family of 5 Christmas)

Our Christmas Eve (Dec. 31)

Getting ready for our family dinner. Look at my big girls at the table! 

Ham and mashed happy girl! 

Sitting in a big girl chair! 

Weird Ukrainian face! 

Happy to be enjoying her first family meal! 

She is getting so big! :( 

My babies! 
The Night Before Christmas-read and recorded by Papa (you're going to have to re-record this with all 3 girls names now, Dad!)

She LOVES this book so much that eventually we had to hide it from her :) 

Beautiful babies! 

Always a tradition to open a few gifts on Christmas Eve. We opened gifts from Great Grandma and Aunt Debbie! 

And our "Christmas Morning" pictures... (January 1)
We got all the girls one gift together this year! They all LOVE this play kitchen! 

Playing nicely together!

Mila tickling mama's toes. 

Morning baba....Love how she stares into my eyes during baba time! 

more playing :) 

Cheese face! 

She's not sure what to think of all the craziness...

Each of the girls got to open one present from us....they were all kitchen toys for all 3 to share :) Our girls are not huge on opening a million presents, thankfully :) And with our biggest gift this year being our Sofia girl, it was a light Christmas with the presents (from Mama and Daddy anyways LOL). Our girls SERIOUSLY have everything they need and just about everything they could ever imagine they'd want...they're spoiled rotten by friends and family, that's for sure! 
Sweet Sisters...

She has no idea the beauty of a family that is about to unfold in her life :)

Later that day, Grandma and Grandpa B. came to celebrate Christmas! 
Grandma meeting Sofia for the first time! 

It was a Minnie Christmas for Zoya!

Sofia meeting Grandpa B. 

A new swing from Grandma and Grandpa B. 

I made some white chocolate peppermint kettle corn and Zoya would NOT let Grandma have any! 

My favorite picture of all 3 girls from Christmas!

There were several unsuccessful attempts leading up to that picture! 

Zoya is constantly hugging and loving on her newest sister, so sweet! 

Miss Mila!

Such a beautiful sweet child! 

Her crazy face....she's plotting her escape! 

It's safe to say Sofia enjoyed her first Christmas!  
Joy baby! 
Her smile is radiating! 

Whewww, that's it, for now! It only took me a week, and opening this post 6 times to finish it! We just celebrated our last Christmas with Uncle Bub and Aunt Corrine and I'll post some of those pics soon! I already posted a few of them on the Adoption Blog, which I'll be closing out after a few more posts. I plan on blogging only here, eventually!

I am excited to update here about how the girls are adjusting to one another and what our family of FIVE looks like now that Sofia is home! I've been one busy mama, as I'm sure you can imagine!