Thursday, September 29, 2011

Milana's 2nd Birthday

Here we go again, it has been almost two months since Milana's birthday and I am now just getting around to blogging about it.  I really must be more timely with these things if I want to remember everything that happened on said day. Did I mention I can believe my little baby is 2!!!  I remember carting my little baby around the house in my arms and now her feet dangle down and hit my knees when I walk.  What is it about kids getting older that makes you miss the baby phase even more?  I think it is the new found independence that they gain every day that makes you miss the tiny little baby you stayed up with all night.  Is this one of the reasons most women want more children, if so then I have fallen victim also along with other reasons.

I think Milana was one very happy birthday girl this year.   She got lots of wonderful books and toys from her family and friends.  Her grandparents got to watch her open her presents via Skype and see her squeal with delight at all the packages.  It is nice that they can share in her birthday even if they are so far away.

My little fairy loves Tinker Bell, so that was the theme this year. She even had her friend Yelina at her party.    We decided to take the girls to a large indoor fun center.  The girls had a blast climbing, jumping and sliding on the slides.  I think the parents had a pretty good time too doing all these things with them.  Afterwards, the girls got happy meals at McDonalds.  A fun time was had by all.  Since she turned two, it was time for a brand new big girl bed complete with slide.  Since the purchase of the bed it has been her favorite present.  She even puts herself the bed at night.  Best purchase ever and best birthday so far!!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Our first family vacation Crete 2011

Our first family vacation for our little family was all about the three of us.  We wanted to go somewhere that we could all relax and have fun.  Since we all like the water so much it was definitely going to be a beach.  We searched for a place geared towards little ones to make sure she was happy and finally decided on a resort in Crete.

We couldn't have asked for a better place to take playground, water loving two year old.  Our days were filled with sun, pools, swings, slides and sand.  The Mediterranean sea was blue and beautiful.  Milana preferred to play in the pools because they didn't have the sand or salt water.  The resort had a large covered playground for kids in case it rained.  Of course the slide queen had to go every day for a visit.  They also had children's group activities and drawing.  David and I took turns while it was nap time watching Milana. While I watched her, he would usually go take pictures of the beautiful surroundings and when it was my turn for free time I would usually go lay in a chair by the water and try not to appear too ghostly white.

 It was a really relaxing and fun vacation for everyone and it was hard to come back to reality.  Now we are getting ready for the big girl to turn 2 next week.  Lots of baking, wrapping and planning to do.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Trip 4 to the US April 2011

I have a very well traveled kid.  This will be the fourth time we have flown to the US since moving in 2009.  I think she is a pretty good little traveler but that not to say that we don't have help.  Eight hours is a long flight for a 1year old, especially one who likes to be up and about all the time.  Fortunately for us, we have a little thing called the i-pad.  It is especially useful on long flights for keeping the little one entertained.

We had some trouble on the way there and missed our flight from Chicago to St. Louis but we found a play area in the airport for Milana so the wait wasn't so bad.  Like I said this is the 4th time we have been back since moving and we did all of the usual fun things when we go to visit the G-rents.  Lots of park time where Milana became master of the slide, shopping, relaxing, shopping, getting ice cream and almost everything that would be fun for a little girl.  Milana was more interested in Mick my parents dog this time and they had a big time playing together.  We also a had a family picture taken of the three of us while we were there.  It was time for an update since we last time we had a picture taken at 5 months old.

Returning to Germany we hit another snag and missed our flight to Germany or rather Mr. Obama decided to fly into Chicago the same time we were and shut down all in coming flights.  It was ok because we got a really nice free room in the hotel and a nice meal.  Milana was exta excited because we were staying in a hotel.  This  kid loves staying hotels for some reason, maybe it's the big beds.  So the next day we left for Frankfurt.  All in all it was a nice visit and we enjoyed our time there.  Now that is Milana is older we are going to start exploring some of Europe and have our own family vacations.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Retro post Christmas 2010

All I can say is Christmas is just more fun with kids.  Seeing Milana open presents and marvel at all of the Christmas festivities is the best present of all. We took two weeks off of work to spend Christmas here at home. We did all of the traditional German Christmas activities like the Christmas Market, baking cookies, decorating the tree, etc.  We had to buy plastic ornaments this year because Milana was just a little too curious and broke a few of the glass ones that were up.

Most people in Germany do not make a Christmas dinner themselves instead they make reservations at restaurants that are open on Christmas Day.  Now this is a tradition I can get used to.  Not slaving over a stove all day and someone cooks for me, sign me up!  Our friends Marco and Nikki were nice enough to invite us to join their family at a Greed restaurant.

Milana got pampered with lots of presents.  My favorite present she received was a Frosty the Snowman book from my parents where they recorded their voices and it was like they were here reading it to her.  It was very sweet.  Something she will always have. Milana also received her very own apron from cousin Susan so she could help me make cookies. It was a great two weeks and I am looking forward to more fun next year.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Retro post Over the ocean and though the air to Grandma's house we go...

It was around Milana's birthday last year that I discovered I had 3 extra weeks of vacation to use from the previous year.  I thought and thought about what I would do with these extra days since David didn't have the same amount of vacation.  I decided that I would fly back to see my parents for two weeks.  The next question was "Do I take Milana too?".  Could I handle a nine hour flight with a toddler by myself?  More importantly could I haul all of the necessary toddler items and a energetic toddler too?  After much debate I decided I would give it a try and whatever happens happens.

The flight over was no sweat.  Milana was extra good and as the plane took off from Frankfort she was asleep.  Getting though Detroit airport was difficult with a stroller, car seat, large bag, toddler, purse and travel bag but I managed to make it with only an hour to change planes.  Once in St. Louis, Grandma and Grandpa were waiting to pick us up.  We stopped on the way home to get something to eat and Milana had her first taste of barbecue and gobbled it up.  We made it back to the house and there were lots of new toys for Milana to play with plus Mick the pampered pooch.

We had a blast while we were there.  Lots of shopping, going to the playground and trying the equipment for the first time, and relaxing.  We took a trip to an apple orchard.  Milana had a great time picking apples and eating the ones Grandpa peeled for her.  She especially liked the hayride that we went on to get to and from the orchard.  She also had her first professional pictures done. Milana was a little timid of Mick the pampered pooch but they made up eventually.

 Soon our two weeks were over and it was time for our long flight back and believe me it was a long flight.  Milana ended up getting snotty and which meant she didn't sleep at all and I had to hold her almost the entire 9 hour flight.  Once back in Germany, Daddy was waiting to greet us.  I think he really missed us.  He must have really missed Milana because when we got home there was a pink princess ball pit waiting for a certain little girl.  All in all it was a great trip and I was really glad that we had the courage to travel that far by ourselves.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Retro post Milana's 1st Birthday

So I am writing about my daughter's 1st Birthday a major milestone almost one year later?!  I think I just need a sticky note on my computer that says remember to blog.  I tell myself that you are working mom not living in your native country so cut yourself some slack right?  WRONG!!!!  Those are just excuses and I want to have this to look back on when I am sixty and can't remember anything.  As I am typing this "little miss" comes over and gives me a hug and a kiss.  No wonder I get so distracted!

I am not sure if Milana knew it was her birthday but for her expressions it seems like she did. She really had a blast.  We started out with wearing Tinker Bell tiaras and opening her presents.  She caught on quick to the idea of opening presents.  I think all kids like the sound of ripping paper. After all the presents were opened Daddy and her sat together and assembled her musical table.  This was a gift she picked out herself at the toy store.  She also got a number 1 hat that she had to model for us.

She was a little tired after the present opening so then it was time for a nap.  After nap time it was time for the traditional birthday cupcake.  This was her first very own cupcake to eat, destroy and smear everywhere and she didn't disappoint. When she was finished we headed directly for the bath to get cleaned up.  The rest of the day she had a blast playing with her musical table.  At the end of the day she was one tired and happy little girl and to her I think she had the best 1st birthday ever.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

How time flies when you are having fun.

Time flies when you are having fun, very busy, or somewhat forgetful to post on a blog that you started when your daughter was born. Whatever the case may be I haven't posted anything about Milana or our life in Germany for almost a year! I promised myself I would keep this up so I have a lot of catching up to do.

The last time I posted was my and Milana's first Mother's Day, so I guess I will start with the major events that happened from there on out.

Here in Germany, Father's Day is a holiday that occurs in June on a Thursday and you get a day off work for it. Traditionally Father's Day here in Germany is meant a sort of a "break" from the kids where the fathers go to local bars or sports areas and drink and have a day for themselves without the kids. It should be called "Pretend Bachelors Day". Kids still get their dads gifts and spend sometime with them but the dads go out a party by themselves too. We choose to celebrate David's Father's Day on the German holiday but with a more traditional approach of "Daddy-Daughter" Day.

Milana and I got David a new watch for Father's Day and they spent the day together playing, getting ice cream and taking pictures. They had a great day together and watching them together made me realize how similar they are. They even dressed alike too.

Seeing my husband with our daughter gives me that "warm fuzzy feeling". I love watching them interact together and how excited they both get when they seem to understand each other. It makes me very happy to see how much he loves her and would do anything for her.