Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Happy Paczki Day

Some Pollack I am......I didn't even realize today was Mardi Gras, or Paczki Day as it is known in our house! My mom remembered that Wotilja's in Euclid were having paczki, so we loaded the kids into the car and headed out. Last year the paczki's were not a big hit:
This year, Nolan still wanted nothing to do with them, but Reagan.....well, let's just say my mom only got a small bite of this one!

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Our Big "Ad-Benture"

I made the mistake of telling Reagan we were going on an adventure to an indoor water park, Great Wolf Lodge, a day before we actually left. She is relentless in her pursuit of what is on her mind and this was no exception. It reminded me of a cassette tape my mom has of me packing all my toys to take on a trip to Geagua Lake. I was just as excited and relentless as my little girl. The ride was about 90 minutes and of course the kids fell asleep about 72 minutes into the ride, but as soon as the car stopped, they were up and raring to go! Reagan was so excited and ready to go "'play water" that she almost couldn't stand for the rest of us to get our swimsuits on. Finally it was time to splash, slide, ride the lazy river, and relax in the family friendly hot tub (or bath tub as the kids called it.) We played until dinner time and decided to just eat at the Lodge, you know us....we'd much rather seek out that little independent gem, but we promised the kids they could go back in the water before the 8pm story time in the lobby. Nolan enjoyed dinner.....a little of everyone's actually. As Bill says when we put Nolan's plate down "keep your hands and feet away from his face until he is done." The boy packs it in, yet his pants fall off his skinny little butt. At least he is blessed with a fast metabolism! Reagan needed to get "back to water!" We headed back to the pool where Nolan seemed to go into a food coma. He was full and sleepy, so he cuddled on my shoulder while Reagan splashed around some more. We made it to the lobby for stories and then it was off to bed. Once it was lights out, they were out in 5 minutes...maybe less! Bill and I stayed up to watch Battlestar Galactica. Yes, we are that geeky. One of the many things I love about us! The next morning, Little Miss was raring to go "back in the WATER!!!" It wasn't happening fast enough for her, so she took matters into her own hands and dressed herself. We hung out until lunch time (and nap time for Nolan, poor kid could barely keep his eyes open) and then headed home.
While this was not my top vacation destination, I have to say I had a really fun time. The kids were good and seeing them have a blast was well worth it. We'll be going back soon! more photos:http://www.photoworks.com/photo-sharing/shareSignin.jsp?shareCode=A291552C7C4&cp=ems_shr_alb_pml&cb=PW

Monday, February 16, 2009

Valentine's Day Party

www.nolanpchak.blogspot.com We went to my Aunt Eleanor's for dinner Sunday night for a little Valentine's Day bash for the kids. While Reagan and Nolan are still very curious about things, I think they may be moving out of the "must touch everything" phase. I didn't feel like I said "NO" 5,000 times while we were there. It also helped that Reagan and her cousin, Sadie, had fun "playing" together, as much as a 6 month old and a 21 month old can play. I caught a couple of cute moments between the two of them. Reagan enjoying her sucker, while Sadie enjoys Reagan's hair. Kissin' Cousins Sadie's a sweet little peanut. For the last couple of weeks, Reagan wants to be called "babe." My mom called her that once and she liked it so now practically all her sentences end with it. I overheard her in the kitchen with my cousin Jim and he gave her something and she replied, "thank you, babe!" I'm going to have to watch out for her!!!!! Nolan is still my sweetheart. He knows he gets sympathy from me if he bumps his head (even though we don't have to treat him any differently, I still panic when he hits his head) so if he is in need of a cuddle he comes up to me says, "Come 'ere.....what matter.....bump head." He knows I can't resist and I love that he has the whole conversation on his own.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Happy Valentine's Day!

Yes, Nolan can still fit in his shirt from last year! He is a lean, mean get-you machine.

Friday, February 13, 2009

New Camera

So, I've had an awesome new camera since Christmas and I'm just getting to playing around. I like it. ALOT. I can't wait for some sunny days, spring flowers, and sunsets. And more time figuring out the settings! So, Uncle Ed, I can finally say YES, these are taken with the new camera!!! As Bill said, Nolan in HD.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Couple Of Pics

Some photos from the past week..... Using the fry cups as drink holders.
Playing at the best playground ever.
The sweet & charming look.
Typical Friday. Dinner at the favorite local spot followed by a visit with "Unc" Sam & Aunt Deb.

Friday, February 6, 2009

What They Have Been Up To......

www.nolanpchak.blogspot.com Enough of the silliness about our lives it is time for a post about the kids. Let's see what have Reagan and Nolan been up to besides trying to stay warm? Watching a feature from their "theatre"
They are learning shapes, colors, and talking in sentences. Yesterday Reagan said, "I want to watch shapes." (their Baby Einstein DVD about shapes.) They recognize galaxies and molecules, and they are getting imaginative in their play. I hear Nolan mumbling while he "cooks" in his kitchen. Reagan puts her legs on the window sill and hands on the train table and yells, "surfin'" (When I hear that, I put an end to it quickly as I picture the train table sliding out and her smacking her chin. Nolan is so super polite, even when I'm not around to hear it. It makes me so happy to know that. He loves to "wa-hands." He just can't get the -sh in wash! He does not like to be dirty. We were shopping the other day and Nolan was with me (Reagan was with Grammy)and the cashier commented on his clear speech and sentences at his young age. I told her you should hear his sister! The cashier was a retired English teacher that studied language development in toddlers and specifically twins. Interesting conversation. She is convinced they will not develop their own langauge since they have such a grasp on our real langauge at such a young age. I agree. Nolan has mastered the art of manipulation. He has me at "come 'ere" every time. He comes up, puts his arms out and says "COME 'ERE."
How could anyone resist!? I can't and since he'll probably stop this in a week, I pick him up.
EVERY.TIME. Coming soon to a gallery near you.... Valentine crafts. Notice Nolan use of mixed mediums. Crayons, stickers, and sticky sucker juice!
Yes, Reagans bangs are REALLY short. Too short for my taste and this is with two weeks growth!

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Freeze Frame

All this time jumping on the show, LOST has got me thinking. Yep, this is another one of my deep thought posts. OK. After reading the question, what is the first thought that comes into your head...... What is the one moment you've experienced that you would like to go back and do over? Not so you could change the outcome of something, but just for the sheer pleasure of experiencing it all over again. I know I should say the birth of my children, but I was heavily drugged so it's not like I really remember it fully. We are fortunate to know many people in the wine business and are able to experience our passion up close and personal by being able to hang at wineries and stay in their guest house. Like this one at Terra Valentine Winery, on top of Spring Mountain in the Napa Valley. My moment to relive would be February 2006. We had had a wonderful evening; dinner at Cindy Pawlcyn's Backstreets Kitchen and then back to the guest house for a roaring fire, lovely bottle of TV Cab, and some dark chocolate, but it was the daybreak that made this the most special place. Words don't do it justice. I am lucky because my minds eye caught those colors that morning as the fog settled down in the valley hanging over the grapes holding that moisture in. My real camera didn't quit get it, but the pictures are proof that something so simple and pure existed. Fog settled on top of the vines. Slowly burning off.... All gone. For a moment, Bill and I were the only two people in the world. Well, at least on top of that mountain, enjoying breakfast. For me, that moment was just about living the beauty of the sunrise, vines, and being with the one I love. I had just had surgery a couple of months before. We were struggling with coming to terms with the fact that invitro was probably our last hope for a family. There were some really dark days before (and I'm not going to lie, after as well), but this day made my life worth living right then. It gave me hope that each day starts anew and with purpose. The fog needed to be there to hold the moisture in the valley so the grapes could soak it all up to withstand the sunshine for the rest of the day. The sun needed to be there to makes those grapes grow and the vines burst with fruit. The vines needed to grow so one day they could end up in a bottle on my table. That day made my dark days a little less. That moment became my happy go-to place when my life seemed to be at a standstill. I went there when I was in the operating room having three embryos transplanted. I think about how someday we will take Reagan & Nolan there and I will get to share the most breathtaking sight I had ever seen with the two most breathtaking sights I have seen since that day.