Tuesday, December 27

Ho ho ho and

oh, I look like fat santa myself now. I have been eating nonstop since 21st of december. But honestly, I am so sick of potato salads and sausages I am about to puke. ( lol) sorry dear sweet Estonians. If you read this, make sure that If I come to your house- only serve water and gabbage. Thank you !!!

Today was -15C cold. Cold, cold cold. Everything is soo beautiful. White, sparkling- looks clean and really peaceful. Regina is doing better, but they do miss usa. We have no interenet connection at home , so kids are bored to death because they have nothing to do. My moms house is really small- just 3 rooms and kitchen. The rooms we live in we also sleep in. So it is grazy 24/7. We also are allready getting to each other nerves......

On a happier note- tomorrow (dec 28th ) is our 7th wedding anniversary. For that we leave kids with my parents and drive to tallin to celebrate. ( tallin is about 350 kilometers from my parents house, it takes about 4 hours to drive there, but it'll be worth it.

Take care and happy holidays...

Thursday, December 22


our loggage did not. In denver we only had 15 minutes to change our planes, and we made it to the right gate after gates were closed. they had to open an emergency door to let us in. It was 2 floor plane, huuuuge but boring. I dislike lufthansa. I AM totally sas person. anyway, ouR SUITCASES wEREs still in denver last night. THEY should arrive today around 4.50. so we'll see. at least i was smart enough to take our 'goats' because i just new that something like that will happen. i blame it on kathy....anyway, mu husband is somwhere in the sky flying towards sweden. i do not know when will I SEE HIM

Tuesday, December 20

I can almost reach it- I AM REACHING IT ALLREDY- GOT IT!!!


My neighbor who works in Post office just told me that I WILL BE THE first person to get package today. So it should be here shortly!!!!!!

Reginas passport is finally in system. BUT it is not in our local post office. It is in Santa Ana distribution center. I have to wait another hour to start making phonecalls before I have more answers. PLEASE, USPS do not let me down today. I NEEd THIS PASSPORT ASAP. Customer service girl does not know whick post office it is. Fingers crossed.

Monday, December 19

One more for you Beth and for those who find it hard to belive that once or twice I was overweight pumpkin....;) Baby I am carring is my sweet boy Gabriel ( 2001)

To BETH!!!

Hei, Here I am with blond "shorter kind of hair". And Nick full set of hair and Regina IS HERE ABOUT 13,5 MONTHS OLD :)

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It is 2.30 pm

ANd I Reginas passport still is not in tracking system. I made phonecalls all morning along and since her passport is not in USPS system yet it is not possible to track. I was told that It was picked up today 1.30 pm, but it is available to track after 6.30 pm and it will be at our house in 12.00 pm tomorrow. ( IF deliveries are on time)./ My flight is on 1.20 I live 35 minutes from airport. I just can not risk waiting until last minute.
I do not know what to do.... I hate this.

Sunday, December 18

Ho,ho , Ho and merry christmas

Santa baby.... bring me some cash, like few million dollars. I really need that money....;)

Today was busy day. We woke up 9 am. Ate breakfast. I told kids to check their stockings and they did and , oh how surprised they were when they discovered that stockigs were not empty anymore. :)

Then we headed to Ralps to buy some food. And around 2pm we went to our neighbors house for Christmas Partey.
The moment I stepped into her house , my christmas spirit came back. her house looked amazing. She had about 3 snow willages , 2-3 christmas trees, EVERYTHING was decorated and it was done in such a classy manner. Her house was A M A Z I N G!!!!! It was like a museum inside. Beautiful :) We had early dinner there, chit chatted with neighbors and then around 4 pm we left.

Then we headed to Reginas friends house. We exchanged gifts, kids played and I had fun talking to Beth. :) After we got home , gabriel played with his new car for an hour , regina sorted out her stickers and now they are sleeping and I am trying to figure out what have I not packed. lol

I have 2 HOT pink suitcases full of things. One suitcase weighs 56 lbs and other 30 lbs. I have my backback almost ready- it is missing my laptop and camera. I packed Reginas suitcase because I wanted to take along something they have not seen yet because our trip is 18 hours total and if I do not have any good surprizes to take along with me, I'll be in big trouble. lol

Now I ran into another little problem. I have tracking number for Reginas passport ( it is through USPS, BUT it does not work. It is starting with letters EV, but when I check usps letter, non of the tracking number there start with EV. So I think I hav to wake up early to find out what is going on and Why I can not track her passport.

OK. Now good night. I take my acking bones to bed and dream about sourkrout and blood budding.......
Santa better bring Regina and gabriel great toys this year. Regina and gabe decorated lots of cookies for santa to eat.
Little girl in a big city. I took this pic from our baclony.

Saturday, December 17


This morning, when I woke up. I looked at myself at the mirror. My eyes were all puffy, red, I looked horrible. Well, it is all because of crying for hours last night. I called to passport agency for about 6 times yesterday- each time I had to wait 30-45 minuts before I could speak to someone, and each time I had to listen to same classical masterpeace.... No more Bach for me.

So today I logged into passport site and the message I got was this-

Thank you for submitting your passport application!

Your passport application locator number is ......

We have finished processing your passport, and it has been mailed to you.

You paid for overnight delivery. This means you should receive your passport on or about 12/18/2005.

I can not belive this. Yesterday they had no news whatsoever and today. Now lets hope that overnight delivery works. I am beyond happy- now lets just hope that this was not another error.

I think my grandma up there somewhere heard me cry....

Friday, December 16

Now, back to our St Jude trip.

Overall It was great trip. Regina is doing better than ever:) Her speech is up to date, and speech therapist commented how good she is doing. I blamed it on Reginas teacher.lol They sayed that there should be more teachers and schools like that :)

And I am soooo proud of Regina. She did 2 MRI's without sedations. Unbelivable. She was so ready for it. No complaning, no tears, no fuss at all. She just climbed on MRI table , closed her eyes and fell asleep. And of course , everybody who was in MRI room told us, that even some 16 year olds can not do such a good job staying still. :) And they told REgina that she is the BEST MRI kid ever.lol

Since I did not have a car for my stay, We pretty much hang out in hospital or in Grizzlies house. This time of year there is lots to do. In grizzlies house there were 2 christmas parties with awsome southern dinners. lol First dinner had lots of food- BBQ meatballs, sweet and sour meatballs, chicken, vegetables, lots of different cheeses, fruits , drinks and variety of desserts. It was fun dinner. On thursday the Wilsons( sp?) hotels hosted dinner and after dinner Santa came and gave kids lots, and lots of educational presents. :) I could not belive the rudness of some parents and kids. They opened their presents, ran back and seyed- I do not like this toy, this it a baby toy, I want new toy etc. - I was embarrased for them. Gosh, gifts were awsome, not some cheep toys- those were Discovery toys, games etc. Anyway- it was just great. I even managed to get myself to feel chirstmasy for a while. :) There are good people out there .....

AND we are now home. It felt sooo good to hug my little boy after this stressful week. he had this silliest , cutest, sweetest smile on his face that melted my heart. Sadly I was just way to tired to enjoy it completely, and I did pick up somekind of stomack bug... anyway- I have been huging my kids on and off last 5 hours. I think they will be sick off my hugs soon. :):)

Now everybody - cross your fingers and hope for holiday miracles for us.....

Oh I do not know how to deal with it anymore.

I WAS promised, that Reginas passport will be ready today. So I called LA passport center AGAIn- after 45 minutes on hold I got through. And all I got was- sorry LA passport center is down today. We have no information to give you. Go to our website blah blah blah. '
I have been crying my eyes out for about half an hour. I do not remember when was the last time I cryed so much about something that is not even worth crying... I just need one simple YES or NO.

BTW. Nick got his visa :) Thanks to my good friends in Estonia who did everything in theyr power to make his visa process faster. :) Thank you guys.:):)

Wednesday, December 14

Not happy.

I called to passport services, and got news I was not ready to hear. I was told that they have not even started revewing Reginas passport case. WHF??? Last week, when I called them, I was told it is in LA and it will be ready by today. When I confronted them about the info I was told last week, I was told that well, everybody makes mistakes..... I better not get my hopes up- they emailed to LA passport services with URGENT matter, but they also did it last week, and 2 weeks before that. So I do not think that URGENT matter much for them. Oh, well, seems like we will celebrate our christmas with palm trees and hormone treated foods instead traditional estonian christmas food....


Regina did her MRI without the sedation yesterday :):):):) SHe fell asleep right away and everybody commented how GOOD she is doing with everything. SHe did have to have IV line placed in because of MRI with contrast, but she did so good. No crying at all!!

NO changes in REginas brain. SHe is doing awsome, she is cancer free!!!


Monday, December 12

We are here.

Today has been really lazy day. 7.30 we had endocrine clinc apointment. Regina has not grown at all( 1 mm maybe.) But she did gain 4 lbs since last time( 3 months ago). They told me that most likely next time we fly over here they have to do insluline injected grownt hormone testing on her. brrr. GROW regina, GROW.

Tomorrow 12.00 she has MRI and that is it.

She still is coughing a lot and has lot of discharge from eyes , nose and lungs( she spits out a lot of yelloishy gooo).


Saturday, December 10

I allready miss you Gabriel.

I just dropped Gabriel off to my friends house and I allready miss his silly laugh and whiny "but WHY mom". I hope he stays healthy and happy for the most of the time and I hope he listens Miss P. well!!!! Love you Gabe. Posted by Picasa

This is not happening .,..

I swear, we are cursed. EVERY singel time we go to Memphis, Regina gets sick DAY before her trip. So this time it is the same old story- runny nose, cough and she is overly sensitive. Is it stress? Is she worring so much about her upcoming trip that she just gets sick thinking about it?? OH. I just hope that she does not get worse.

Friday, December 9

This picture is taken on thursday, 5 minutes before Keesu was picked up by his original "mom". Now he is back with his 2 sisters and mom. Notice power ranger in front of Keesu? I have not idea why it is there or who but it there,but it looks kind of cool. lol

Student of The month...

Regina got her FIRST student of the month award today. :) Students name are pulled out of "hat" and it is random. ( sounds fair).. Regina had this proud smile on her face the whole time she stood in front of her class. :) I am so proud of her :):):) Posted by Picasa

Snow day...

Today is Friday. And it was snowday In Reginas school. Kids were told to wear scarves, mittens, sweaters etc. Not many kids did though. :)  Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, December 6

Mom, why roses have thorns???? I DO NOT KNOW, because they are roses?

Oh my

Good old times. This pic is taken last year , when we had our"vacation" from St Jude. For a while I thougth I have to 2 girls, because all gabriel wanted was to wear dresses. Now, more than year later he is little better. He still likes to dress up as princess, but not everyday. Now it is more like once in couple of weeks. lol

Everything is going pretty well with us. Kids miss their dad very much and ask every day when Dad is coming home. I do miss my dh a lot, but only because I need a brake and I do not want to worry about babysitters or parents night out or after school activity places. I miss going to movies and eating in nice restaurants. I miss his clothes on the floor next to dirty laundry basket, I miss cooking for him and I miss his hugs and kisses. ...... I MISS HIM TOO!!!!

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Sunday, December 4

Christmas/Holiday madness has begun. North pole adventures, community holiday partys, parades, Santas running around like there is no tomorrow... no wonder kids are confused about Real santa.......;)

Friday, December 2

Find Hilary... lol, well, really it is a turkey in discuise, so the pilgrims wount find and eat them for Thanksgiving. It was one of the projects she had to do for her school. It was her idea, i just helped her to find the right materials :) If only Hilary knew about it....
Mommy- I want to eat fried potatoes and mini hamburgers.

Thursday, December 1

Keep Everything crossed.!!

Regina is doing GREAT!!!
BUT, there are 2 important last minute before Christmas kind of things that are pending right now.
#one- We went ahead and applied Reginas passport yesterday. Problem is, I was told that there is a slight chance that it WILL not get ready when we need it. ( SO START CROSSING EVERYTHING ALLREADY).. and other thing... Nick has something MAJOR going on for him( couple of things- if everything goes well, and there is buyer for his company, he does not have to go to china so often..

#two- his Estonian visa application is still not approved.... MORE CROSSING PLEASE......

Tuesday, November 29

Short update.

There is nothing new to report. Both kids are doing really great. Both of them are happy and healthy right now.
I think I am starting to get Pre Memphis Syndrom . lol We will be flying over there on 11th( early morning) and back on 16th. I hate going there this time. HATE, HATE, HATE. On 12th there is little Christmas celebration on Reginas school and 16th is the last day of school this year. She will miss it. :(

I also found somone who will "adopt" Gabriel for a week . I feel horrible about leaving him with somebody else, but I really have no other choice right now. I do not want to take him to Memphis for 6 days. There are lots of things for him to do in the hospital that can keep him busy, BUT,for me, it will be one of the most nervwracking times ever. ( not because Gabe is there, but because I will be worried about Reginas MRI's and other apointments, and with 2 kids and no help at all- I'm sure I'll go grazy..... :)
Parisa- right now I have no Idea how I can pay you back- I probably will babysit your kids rest of my life...... ;) Thank you so much for that great offer. I would have never thought about asking it from you :)

Oh- I think I am allergic to my cat. I can not get myself tested this year b/c of insurance issues, but all the signs are telling me that my rescent healt problems are b/c of my naughty kitty. So kitty has to go. Sooner the better. Kittys Original owner will take him back and keep him. :) So at least I know that he will be in good home. :)

Friday, November 25

View from the Park.( palm Springs)

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Thanksgiving 2005

It was fun filled day. Day before thanksgiving we went to our neighbors house in Palm Springs. They just bought their second house there. People who know me, know that I am total chicken when it comes to driving to new places. My car has navigation system, but I still get all sweaty and nervous. So few days before our trip I did some research about addresses,and places and how to get from one point to another. etc. lol.
Anyway- our trip started out kind of weird. We were supposed to follow our friends to Palm springs( last minute thing). I was about to take 5 North( highway), when I suddenly hear cops, and fire trucks and ambulane everywhere. Oh boy, I just knew that there was accident on 5. I was so freeking right.
I got a phone call from our friends and they told us to wait for them , because we have to take another route to Palm springs. So we did. I followed them till Riverside- traffic was total bitch. HORRIBLE. I lost them about 6 miles before Riverside mall. My friends husband had business meeting somewhere there and me and Soch with kids just walked around in the mall until he was finished.
So finally around 5pm we started driving again - it was 60-70 mile trip from Riverside to Palm Springs. We followed our friends closely and it was around 7 pm when we finally arrived to Palm Springs. We all were hungry and stopped in KFC. KIDS ate without complaning - That was real fun for me to watch. lol.
-- After KFC we went grocery shopping. We bought food for our Thanksgiving dinner.

__ On Thanksgiving morning Soch baked really good chocolate cake, I made prep. for dinner and after Cake was baked we went to park to play. But oh boy, it was wrong thing to do. IT WAS HOT, and it was around 10.30 AM. HOT HOT HOT HOT. We only played for 30 minutes and it was enought. To much heat is never good.

Then we had simple lunch, kids had theyre quiet time , then played a lot indoors and around 4 pm I made dinner.

Our menu was not traditional at all. Our past week was filled with traditional thanksgiving food , so , I made something else.

-- Bacon wrapped, cream cheese and garlic filled chicken breasts
-- Potato , carrot, cabbage, squash cooked over low heat for about 4 hours.
-- Cream sauce for chicken
--Basmati rice with almonds
-- And Miss Sochys famous Chocolate cake

So , there you go. Nothing fancy. For kids we made pizza. After dinner we played and acted silly. And around 12.00 am we finally hit our bunk beds and fell asleep.

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Wednesday, November 23

Tuesday, November 22

Larger than life..... :D
Happy Thanksgiving. lol Kids wanted to decorate something , so instead me letting them draw on my white walls, I opened boxers full of christmas stuff , and told them that they can decorate this tree.

Sunday, November 20

What a day...

Whew- I am glad it is almost over. lol It started 7 am for me. I woke up, made my famous Estonian potato salad to my pregnant Mexican friend who was in mood for Estonian food. lol She is funny. She is pregnant and has these weird pregnancy food moods. Since she DOES not cook ( yup, she eather eats out or orders in), I help her out in food department. After that kids woke up, we made pancakes and waffles, and cupcakes for breakfast . Gabriel wanted to have his farfalle pasta- FOR BREAKFAST!!!!!!!! Then we just watched some old christmas shows for kids and around noon time we headed out to Reginas friends B-day. AGAIN, it was in Scooters Jungle- THE hippest place for 5-6 year olds to hang out and chill. lol Us moms just sit there and wait until 3 hour fun is over or take slides with kids and play ping pong . After that party we went to someone elses house for hour- another B-party/ early Thanksgiving party combined and then party NO3 was in our neighgbors house who also celebrated Thanksgiving little early. Menu for a day was filled with pizza, potato salads, turkey, stuffing, pumpkin pies, cookies , nuts , beans, mashed potatoes, spinach( spelling) tips, and other foods that tend to make you really fat. But it was fun day. It is 8.41 now and both kids are in bed and sleeping. They were worn out today. Really.

Regina is doing pretty well. She has runny nose that does not want to go away. Lately she has been pumping her head into things . Falling down, hitting her forhead with car door couple of times, pumping into things. Her poor head must be hurting all the time, but she never complains, so I really do not know if she is in pain or not.

We have been working on weekdays really hard past couple of days and she finally got them right now. She knows exactly what comes after friday and what comes after monday etc.

We also have been working on some other things like- If I ask from her , WHAT MAKES HER HAPPY- she tells me she does not know, or she is always happy- which is not true at all. When I ask from Gabriel what makes HIM happy, he has million answers, he tells me he loves playing with his cars, and eating corndogs makes him happy, jumping makes him happy, playing with mommy and daddy makes him happy etc. Then Regina hears his answers and tells me OH yeah, same things make her happy to. BUT she can not answer to these questions first, she has to have examples.
If I ask from her what is her favorite book she tells me all the books, and then I start asking from her about if she likes scary scooby doo books, or Nightmare before christmas books, or my books etc. She finally gets it and tells me that she likes Dora books and strawberry shortcake books. It takes A LOT OF time for her to think and come up with answer, and most of the times she has no answers for my questions.
She also has become very sensitive to everything. She can not stand if I am right and she is wrong- She gets mad, really mad at me. She listens to me talk and sayes YES mom, and then she forgets it.

EX. She was sitting on sofa. I asked her if she wants milk. She sayed yes. So I went and got her some milk. I gave it to her. She looks at me and tells me that she does not want milk she asked for ORANGE juice.
OR. She is dressed up and I am ready to take her to school. I tell her LETS go Regina, it is time to go to school. SHe tells me , YES mom. And she just sits there and does nothing. SOmetimes I have to tell her that couple of times before it registers in her brain. She finally gets it and does what I told her to do.

Other than that she is doing great. She is pretty happy most of the time.She misses her dad very much and ask constantly when he is coming home to play with her. :(

Saturday, November 19

Bird and Gabriel- That bird flew over my head, almost touching me.

Found this...

I was just reading my past posting and found this pic http://diana78.blogspot.com/2004/11/regina-and-her-tpn.html

Last year Regina was admitted to the hospital during thanksgiving and was in pretty bad shape.
Hour at the beach. Oh, it is such a beautiful day today. I asked what kids wanted to do today and they both wanted to go to beach. So we went there to play at the park and just hang out. Regina has serious issues. lol She wants to go to beach, but she hates sand. She hates how it feels between her toes. So, she constantly sat down and cleaned between her toes...lol she is funny.

Friday, November 18

Gabriel had a haircut today. At first he refused to get into Creat clips, but when I promised to buy him a car( I KNOW, I should not have), he agreed to get his hair cut. First pic is taken 3 days ago and sec. today. :)

Thursday, November 17

Chilis update!!!!

Chili's Grill & Bar raises $3 million for St. Jude


Chili's Grill & Bar and its patrons showed their support for the life-saving mission of St. Jude in September by helping to raise more than $3 million during the restaurant chain's national fund-raising campaign, "Create a Pepper to Fight Childhood Cancer." This success was achieved as people nationwide, including those at St. Jude, focused their attention on the tragedy that unfolded in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

Speaking of Chili's commitment to make the campaign a success, Todd Diener, president of Chili's Grill & Bar, said, "These kids need our help in order to have a fighting chance against cancer and other deadly diseases. We are proud to support St. Jude's efforts to find cures and save children."

During the campaign held in honor of National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, employees at more than 900 participating Chili's restaurants nationwide encouraged guests to donate $1 or more for the opportunity to color a pinup of Chili's signature pepper. The pinups were proudly displayed throughout the restaurants to recognize the donors' support for St. Jude. In addition, Chili's donated 100 percent of its profits from September 26 to St. Jude to help reach its goal of raising at least $3 million in September.

"Chili's 'Create a Pepper' campaign touches the lives of thousands of children who depend upon St. Jude's life-saving research and care," said John P. Moses, chief executive officer of ALSAC, the fund-raising arm of the hospital. "I know I speak for our patients and their families when I say a heart-felt 'thank you' to Chili's and their patrons for making a difference in this critical fight for cures."

The inaugural national campaign held in September 2004 raised nearly $2.6 million, building tremendously on what originated as a local campaign in Memphis and then grew to a regional effort.

Wednesday, November 16

This is one of my all time fave pics of Regina. It is taken in 2003. She used to go To Tutor Time, and these pics were taken just before Mothers day and we received them on mothers day( i think). So pretty much, the wanted to surprise , us, moms , with beautiful pics. Pics did not surprise me, I knew that my kids are adorable .lol I was surprised to see the prices on these pics. lol But since picture packages came out so good, I just had to get them. :)

Hoping for miracles to happen.

In St Jude we met lot of kids. Some of them are doing awsome now, but some of them are trying to survive. There are 2 girls who we met, and both of them have same kind of cancer.( Osteosarcoma)
Sadly, doctors ran out of options and there is nothing much they can do to save them. :(
Pamela has been fighting since March 2004- http://www3.caringbridge.org/tn/pamelahensley
Ashley was also diagnosed in 2004( august) - http://www.caringbridge.org/la/princessashley

Thank you :)

Tuesday, November 15

I just have to post this pic. lol This is how my girl loves to eat her fruits. First, she cuts them to tiny pieces, then she tooks sandwich pics and sticks it to every single piece. Long process, but hey, at least she will finsh up the whole pear without complaning . lol

Friday, November 11


Today was no school for REgina. Public schools celebrate here every holiday and since it was Veterans day, she got day off. I did my 40 minutes of cardio workout and then I took Regina to see movie Chicken Little. But oh boy, what a surprise when we arrived at movie theater. At 11.15 Parking lot was full, parking structure was full. It is not some little movie theater. It is huuuge plaza with shops and restaurants and usually at that time of day it is never full, infact, It is almost empty. After driving around we finally found parking spot. THen the real fun started. We had to wait on line for 35 minutes to buy ticets. We wanted to catch 11.30 show, instead we got 12.10 show . We also planned to buy popcorn and drinks, but line inside was even longer than outside and because of that I decided not to buy snacks. Regina got really upset and mad at me for not following her rules. But I won anyway. lol

Chicken little was ok movie. It had some funny jokes inside but in overall NMS. I did like the message this movie was sending out to parents. lol Go see, then you'll know what I am talking about !!!

I did not take Gabe to see this because he was preview of this movie( that preview that kind of looks like war of the words) , and he got scared and did not want to go to see it :)


Thursday, November 10

3 of us

Sometimes things just happen.

Today, after school, I took both kids to mall to get their pics taken. Pictures came out beautiful this time. They are way to overpriced, but I just had to get them. I ended up spending 92 dollars for 6 sheets of pics. We'll be eating bread and drinking water rest of the month. lol

After we got pics taken, we had hour to just shop around. Both of my kids wanted me to take one of those 2 seat fire truck cruisers. lol. They sat in and were really happy. Then They wanted to walk around for a while. As regina started stepping out, her leg got stuck in truck and she fell. Her forhead hit the floor. I am not sure what material was used for flooring but it was rock hard. I grabbed her and we both were crying her eyes out. I was so scared that she cracked her scull open. After 5 minutes of crying, she stopped and told me that everything is fine. Tomorrow her forhead will have nice purple bump , just in center. Oh, I am still worried. Kids fall and hurt themselves all the time. But when Regina falls or something is wrong with her I just get extra nervous. I do not have such a feeling with Gabriel. I am worried, but not psycho kind of worried. Will it ever change? Will I question every cry, every weird wink, every limp? I hate to feel this way. I absolutely hate it. I love both of my kids very much, but Regina always gets more love, more attention more everything. I just hope that Gabriel will understand this all one day and forgive me for not deviding everything 50/50.

Wednesday, November 9


Regina feels pretty good today. She still goes to bathroom quite often , but her energy level is good.
Today was fun afternoon. Regina was invited to his classmates Birthday . So all of us went to Scooters Jungle. http://www.scootersjungle.com/
It is a indoor playground for kids , with huge slides and other fun things to do. Regina and gabe had fun sliding down and then climbing up again. Even I took quite few slides down. I like having fun like this. After 1,5 hour of jumping, screaming, sliding and bouncing it was time for pizza and cake. I think my kids are done with pizza. Everywhere we go it it PIZZA. Seriously. Seems like it is the only food kids eat on birthdays. Pizza and cake. Pizza and cake. No offense ( how do you spell that word?) anyone, but if my kids refuse to eat pizza at your place, then know that they had enough. lol Offer some soup or salad for a change. lol

After that ( around 4.30 pm) we came home, I cooked dinner for kids, because they did not eat anything at all at that pary. Then they played for a while, Regina did her homework. Then I read them few Christmas stories( old fashioned ones) and now they are finally sleeping. snoring, really.

Myself I am doing ok. I think weather is about to change to worse because my left sholder is hurting really badly. It is hard for me to type with left hand. every time I move my fingers, pain shoots straight to my sholder. :(

Monday, November 7


+++7.11 PM
We are back from Dr's office. Doctor thinks that Regina might be coming down with cold/stomach flu. She has been running to restroom very often and had couple of little"Poop" Accidents. :( Her fever is down and she is doing her homework now. I will let her stay home tomorrow to make sure she is ok. :)

Reginas teacher called me today and asked if something was wrong with regina. She has been very emotional today and wanting to participate in any activities. So I went there and picked her up. At home I took her temp and she had 100,6 fever( latest). So Now she has chills, and then she feels hot and chills again. I just hope that this is not flu b/c she got a flu shot on last tuesday. Tonight I am taking her to see her doc. to get more answers what is going on with her. :)

Sunday, November 6

Today ( sunday) , 3 of us went to the park. They always wanted to go to that EXpensive park, but I sayed no, because entrance fee is 5 dollars. But it is beautifu and clean park with lake for fishing, little river, playground for kids and lots of green grass. :) They had fun playing and swinging. But we had to leave soon ( about 45 minutes after we arrived), because both of my kids got whiny and I really dislike whining.
One more week has passed. It was good week. Kids went to school as usual, and after school we spent time in bookstores, parks, and Chuckee Cheeses. On friday Reginas school hosted Family fun night. It was from 5pm till 7.30 pm and was filled with games for kids, dancing , and silent auctions. Anyway- I swear, I do not enjoy taking care of 2 kids on one event. If my husband was there to help me we would have had fun, but since one kids wanted this and other that i just got stressed even thinking about how to please them both. We did eat pizza,( haha, theme was Western), did 3 legged race, jumped in sak, and Regina and Gabe played with hoola hoops( sp?) After one hour chatting with people we know , we went back home and did nothing. On saturday we went to our friends house for little fall party. Kids had lots of fun playing with other kids and we adults had some much needed adult conversations about life, guys and food. ( pretty much all the things that suck). lol

Thursday, November 3

Monday, tuesday...

For now ,I am pretty sure Reginas memory and learning skills are not what they used to be. She used to know all the days of the week, months of the year.

I noticed that she asks me every day What day is it? I tell her what day is it and go on with it. So Next day she ask me again what day is it. I ask what comes after tuesday? She does not know. She tells me saturday or monday, but never the day that comes next. So now for about a week I have been constantly working with her , teaching what comes next and what is before. We do it in the car on our way to school and during her lunch. She remember them for a day- Like Whatever we go over on monday she will remember them for next few hours, but when she wakes up in the morning , she has no idea what is going on or what day is it. :( Gabriel knows all the days, months and he does not mix them up. He has memorised everything. And he remembers
them no matter when I ask it from him. She used to know when is her birthday ( 19th of sept) and when I asked from her when it is, she told me she forgot .
We also read every day. Sometimes she does very well with her words she knows- but there are days she does not recognise word- this, are, they- and there ara days she know all the words. So I really do not know how her brain works. But I know that mine stopped working, because I am running out of ideas how to make her perform better.

Today is one of those days I need hugs from people who care, but nobody is around. So here I am with my cup of decaff and pile of napkins next to my rocking chair... Today sucks...

Monday, October 31

My pumpkins in front of our house. )
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Ding dong , trick or treat....

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Gabriels class just few minutes before Halloween parada. His school has halloween parade every year. All ( most of kids) dress up for this day and then during the parade they take a walk around shcools playgrownd. They also have halloween party with candy, cookies juices- FUN FUN FUN!!!

Thursday, October 27

Regina gets it from me...

Today I attended my first parent-techer conference. It lasted about 15 minutes. Within that time Reginas teacher told me how Regina was doing and what should we do to make her perform better. Overall she is doing really well. We do have to work on letter sounds. She knows her alphabet and numbers and her spelling is good when word is at sight. I expected Reginas teacher to give me these news. I knew it all along. :)

Then on a other note- Regina gets upset really easily. Ex. If someone sits on the chair she wants to sit or she has claimed it is HER chair, she will get teary. SHE wants to be FIRST, FIRST , FIRST - so we have to work on that it is ok to be second sometimes. :)

Her teacher told me that we are doing great job raising her that she is doing awsome. That just did it. I started crying. I swear, I felt little embarrased, but I just could not help it. Being a parent is hardest work in whole world. And I guess that I just needed to hear that and it made me feel happy :).

Gabriel is getting more and more social every day. He learns something new every day. His name is long, and he had hard time spelling it out. 2 days ago he could not spell his name without my help. BUT today, when Regina asked from him how to spell his name he spelled it right G A B R I E L T A N!!!! Oh wow. That was amazing feeling. He also spelled fox and cat and dog. He is little slow compare to Regina but he is on his way being a very smart young man. He is something else.... :)

Wednesday, October 26

Wonderful day

Today was one of the best days I have had for a long time. :) After I dropped Regina and Gabe off to school I had very much needed conversation with one of the parents , whose son is in Reginas class. :) It was so nice to talk to someone who also has positive outlook in life and our parenting styles kind of match...

Then around 3-45 us and our very good neigbors went to Strawberry farms (Tanaka Farms)to a pumpkin patch. lol . We had so much fun.At first we all went to petting zoo. First thing kids had to complain was the smell. ThenGabriel screamed like a girl because he was afride of baby goats. I thought ok, at least Regina is doing good. Why did I think that way. Next thing I hear is BOTH of them scraming like 2 babies. lol . They both wanted to hold my hand, but I told them NO and I ran away from them. lol I know i am mean,l but hei, these pets were like baby cheeps, pigs, lamas, and others I'm not sure about. Suddenly they both calmd down, and wanted to feed pets( I guess they saw mommy was mean old witch who was not willing to save them from evil goats). lol We were in petting zoo about 30 minutes . When it was time to go Gabriel did not want to go. I was amazed. HE was inlove with those animals. He gave them kisses, hugs and sayed I love you baby sheep. lol

After petting zoo we took a tractor ride up to the pumpkin and vegetable fields were we picked our own pumpkins. Kids also ran around in hay maze, and chased each other. They had lots of fun there. We will be talking about this day for many many weeks to come. :)
Now both kids are fast asleep on their beds. It was wonderful to see Regina running around like she has never done before. She was running nostop for 10 minutes, jumping up and down and constantly giggling. :) She was happy today :)