Thursday, March 29, 2007

CEC+Cousins=Big Fun

Since Grandma Sue is on spring break this week, we girls thought it'd be fun to take the little ones to Chuck E. Cheese's for lunch and playtime. Uncle Tim and Aunt Melissa joined us. Thank goodness because Aunt TT, Grandma and I needed the extra help. We had Kelsey, Kylie, Isabella and Kelsey's cousin Haley with us. The girls had a blast and after 2 hours and 45 minutes of hard playing (and eating) we were all pooped and ready for a nap.
Isabella, Kelsey & Haley enjoy the Kiddie Coaster!

Isabella's favoriate ride - The Horse- earned a lotof token credits while we were there.

Up, up & away!

Thanks Aunt Melissa and Uncle Tim for putting me back on the "Horsey".

Here I come!

I'm not so sure about the mouse, Grandma!

I can drive just like Aunt Melissa!

Kylie can ride the Horsey, too, with help from cousin Haley and Grandma Sue.

Aunt Melissa even played!

Eating can be cute, too!

As a parent, I have a camera connected to my hip. I take pictures every day. It's no wonder Isabella expects a flashbulb to go off at any moment. Here are some pics of our "munchkin" eating lunch.

Celebrations abound

Isabella's Forever Family Day is also our friend Jakob's "Gotcha Day". We met the Miller family in line at the U.S. Embassy in Guatemala. The Miller's live in Northfield. What a small world!!! We celebrated Jakob's Family Day at a small Italian restaurant in Macedonia on Sunday. Good food, good friends, great fun!

Monday, March 26, 2007

Catching up on pics

Why are you making me where this? I know it's from Guatemala but I don't care!I said NO!
I know I'm cute! That's why Aunt Julie can't say no to me when I'm at her house.No Zoe, that's mine!

Sunday, March 25, 2007

Forever Family Day Pictures

I hope mommy has enough Web service today to get these pics up...

I love my Aunt Julie so much!

My Daddy loves holding me.

Check out my special ice cream cake. It was sooo good!

I had lots of friends to play with.

But I had to take a break with Papa Al because I was so tired.

And Grandma Sue gave me a big kiss and shoed me off to play again.

Uncle Keith let me chew on streamers.

My friend Nicholas and I try to beat each other in eating our ice cream cake.

Uncle Tim kept cousin Kylie occupied while the big kids played.I got lots of gifts since this was like my first birthday - one whole year with mommy and daddy.Everybody got big thank you hugs and kisses!

Shooo! What a day! Thanks for coming to the party!!!

Saturday, March 24, 2007

Web Problems

Sorry for the delay in posting pics from the Forever Family Day party. We are having really bad Internet problems. Every time I get close to uploading photos, Roadrunner stops working. Check back in a few days to see pics...hopefully!

Need pics right now? Visit Melissa posted photos from the party and made a tear-jerking video montage of Isabella's first year as a Kramer.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Forever Family Day

Today marks one-year since Kevin and I picked up our angel in Guatemala. This is like her one-year birthday for us. Think of us at 4:18 p.m. EST as we stop to remember when she was first laid in our arms. Pictures from the big family party will be posted later this week.

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

I love Elmo!

Isabella's new favorite character is Elmo. She walks around with her Elmo Valentine's Day (given to her by the Bennici family) and asks everyone to read it to her. She even takes the book in the car.

She's collected three different Elmo DVDs that she loves to watch! She also loves Cookie Monster.

Chuck E Cheese's

Last week, Grandma Mary, Isabella and I met a friend of mine at Chuck E. Cheese's in Canton. This was Isabella's first time there and she loved it! In fact, when the pizza came and the other kids wanted to sit and eat, all Isabella wanted to do was play. She didn't even care if the ride moved, she just wanted to sit on it like all the big kids did.

The kids who joined us are much older than Isabella so they showed her the ropes. They took control and helped Isabella on all the rides while the "mommies" talked. The girls even pooled their game tickets to score Isabella a blinking watch and some cool shades.

We will be going back very soon (Too bad though it's so expensive!)

Monday, March 19, 2007

Second Post-Placement...Done

We had our second post-placement visit today from our adoption social worker.

As part of our adoption contract, we have to complete four post-placement visits within three years. At a post-placement visit, the social worker asks us questions about Isabella's development - physically and emotionally. She observes Isabella playing and the interaction Isabella has with us. She then writes a report that goes to our adoption agency, the state of Ohio and Guatemala. We will have another visit in one year and the final visit in 2009, when Isabella is three.

Our social worker was very impressed with Isabella's personality and verbal skills. She, of course, mentioned how beautiful Isabella is getting and was excited when Isabella gave her a high five. Isabella performed in her happy, go-lucky way, showing off all her toys. She even gave the "nice lady" (Isabella's words) a hug and kiss before she left.

Tomorrow we will get ready for the big one year anniversary party set for Wednesday, March 21. It marks one year since Isabella made us her parents! Pictures to follow.

Friday, March 16, 2007

Read Across America Day

On March 2, Isabella, Grandma Mary and I visited Project Learn at the Main Library to celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday. The Cavalier Girls' cheerleaders were on hand to read stories and talk to kids about the importance of reading. Isabella was the only kid to show up so she had everyone's undivided attention. She loved hearing stories and showing off her Cavs warm-up suit.

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

What a beautiful day!

Hope everyone had a chance to enjoy the lovely 70-degree weather today! Isabella and I got out to run some errands with Grandma Mary and Papa Steve. We played outside for a long time, too!

Monday, March 12, 2007

Doctor check-up

On Thursday, Isabella had her 16-18 month well baby visit. Yes, I know. We are behind. She, in fact, is 21 months old, but since she was adopted, she lacked some standard vaccines. So she's behind a few months. She'll finally catch up in June with her 2-year well baby visit.

But anyways, she's doing wonderfully! Her new doctor was really impressed with her verbal and fine motor skills. A lot of Isabella's skills weren't even on the list of things a 21-month-old toddler should be able to do. It was so good to hear that she's doing well (even though I knew it already!)

The only hiccup accorded when the nurse asked me to strip Isabella for her weigh-in. Normally Isabella loves being naked, but today she knew a stranger wanted her to do something. She screamed as we put her on the scale. The nurse told me to have Isabella clap. So I told her to clap. But the screaming didn't stop. She just sat there, naked, screaming and clapping as fast as she could. It was adorable!

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Playing with Daddy

While Isabella loves playing with kids her own age, she really really loves playing with her daddy!

Playing with Paige

Isabella loves playing with other kids. That's way I'm so excited that an old childhood friend of mine who has a daughter Isabella's age likes to get together often. We try to see each other at least once every few weeks so the girls can play.

I don't want to wear that

As you may recall, Isabella likes to undress herself. She likes having no socks on. She likes taking off shirts. Now, she even likes taking off her pajamas.

Grandma Mary had a joy one morning of walking in on a nearly naked Isabella. She had removed her shirt, taken off her zip-up pajamas, had unbuttoned all but one snap on her onesie and had un-velcroed her diaper.

I guess she didn't want to wear that anymore!