2010 in Review

Our 2010 was filled with lots of travel, smiles, laughs, family, friends and surprises.  It was a great year!  Here are some of the highlights...

Confirmed our 2nd pregnancy

Took a trip to Miami to celebrate Kaitlyn's 1st birthday.
While we were there, Kailtyn shared some news.
Took a trip to Cincinatti with Liane to visit Kim.  We joke that it was our crazy Girl's Weekend.  Kim was in the hospital and I was knocked up--not exactly the kind of crazy we were used to in college.

Barby, her brother Alex and his son Ryan visited us in Quito.

Kaitlyn had a great Easter and participated in her first Easter Egg Hunt.
We took another trip to Miami where Kaitlyn got her first haircut.
Took a trip to BaƱos, Ecuador.
We packed up our belongings and moved out of our apartment in Quito...and apparently took no other pictures.
Departed Ecuador for the final time. :)
Spent a week in Washington DC and visited with Ron's cousin, Phil (Kaitlyn and Jonathan's Godfather), his fiance Holly, and their son, PJ.
Began to enjoy our long summer in Miami!
Kaitlyn's first trip to the Miami Zoo.

Enjoyed our first 4th of July in the USA in 3 years.  It was fabulous!
Took Kaitlyn to meet Mr. Chuck E. Cheese.
Ron moved to Israel and started work.

A wonderful baby shower thrown for me by friends and family...
and a surprise guest, Kim!
Ron flew back to Miami and our family became complete with the arrival of Jonathan.
Grandma comes to Miami to meet her newest Great-Grandchild.

Jonathan is baptized.
Kaitlyn had her first visit to the Urgent Care Center because of a very high fever.  We spent the next day resting and eating lots of icee pops!
Precious moments spent bonding with her cousins.

Mom, the kids and I fly to Israel to have our family reunited.

Jonathan's first Halloween and Kaitlyn's first time trick or treating.
Kaitlyn and Jonathan get settled into their new home.
Jonathan's First Thanksgiving.
Our nephew, Jacob Alexander is born!
We took a trip to Nazareth.
Our first Christmas in Israel.
Happy New Year!


Who's Teething?

Lately, there's been a lot of fingers in the mouth
and lots of bibs to catch all the drool.
Even with those classic signs of teething, we didn't expect this:
I suppose since Kaitlyn showed the same signs for many, many months before getting her first tooth (almost 10 months old) we figured it was a long way off.  Well, yesterday Jonathan gave me a huge smile as we played on my bed and it caught my eye.  I was shocked!  I can't believe he's already got a tooth!  That means the adorable, youthful, gummy grin won't last as long as Kaitlyn's did. *Sigh*

He hasn't shown any other symptoms...no fevers and no horrible crankiness.  He's been such a happy baby.  Hopefully, as the rest of the teeth make their way in, he'll continue to handle it like a champ!

Does this look like a miserable, teething baby to you? 

I didn't think so. :)

2010 Christmas Recap

The house isn't quite back in order and there are still unwrapped gifts under the tree that haven't found a permanent home yet, but that's ok.  It reminds me of all the excitement, laughs, cuddles, kisses and laziness that took place here over the weekend.

I am 100% convinced that Christmas as a parent is way better than Christmas as a child.  Tell that to
my 6 year old self and I would have undoubtedly disagreed.  There really is nothing like seeing your child enjoy the magic of Christmas and mystery of Santa.  It's just awesome.  And we haven't even really hit the peak of it yet since Kaitlyn still isn't quite old enough to truly get it.  I'm sure next year will be even better!

Christmas Eve night, we bathed the kids as usual then got them in their Christmas pjs.  We told Kaityn it was time to go downstairs to get the cookies and milk out for Santa.  (Sidenote: I have no idea what's up with these first pics of Jonathan.  He looks like a ghost.  I didn't do any crazy editing, but the lighting was definitely whacky.)  
We secretly arranged a webcam chat with Santa (her Papa T is personal friends with St. Nick, himself) and had the computer connected and ready to go when she came downstairs.

(Click here to see the video if you're reading this in email.)

As you can see, she's still not completely sold on the idea of Santa. We put the cookies and milk out then the kids were off to bed.

The next morning was so much fun!  Kaitlyn woke us up around 6:45am.  Luckily, she didn't even remember that Santa was supposed to pay her a visit overnight, so Ron and I had time to get cameras ready, brush our teeth and make coffee.  Then the fun began...

Santa was very good to me.  I got the gorgeous Missy camera bag from Jo-Totes, which I adore!
The perfect coffee mug.
And some oh-so-yummy White Chocolate Peanut Butter.  This stuff is heavenly!
I'm not sure who had more fun, Kaitlyn or these two goofballs!

We are truly blessed.  I hope everyone reading this had a great weekend, as well.  Happy New Year!
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