Monday, August 15, 2011

Almost a year.

Yes, I hate to say that I tried this Blogging thing and I just couldn't get the hang of it. Every day I would say "today I will post about the funny things Sarah says" or "today I need to write about that huge milestone Evie has reached," it just never happened!! Life just always got in the way. Too tired, too busy, blah blah blah.

Well, I'm turning over a new leaf. I am going to REALLY start documenting this crazy life of my family and I'm starting TODAY! Stay tuned for preschool transitions, Down Syndrome woes and wins, managing kids and a marriage, having a hubby that works ALL THE TIME, potty training, summer vacation, weight loss trials and tribulations, training to run my first 15K.... etc, etc, etc.

Bet you cant wait :) Lol.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Backpacks and Lunchboxes!

The day that I gave birth to Evelyn feels like just yesterday. I remember every second of it, her tiny little face, her little fingers and black hair that stuck straight up. Today I packed her backpack, made her lunch and dropped her off at Pine Spring Elementary for her first day of Preschool. She was so happy to be there that I barely shed a tear, surprisingly. I love this kid so much.

Friday, September 3, 2010

And the lifelong friendship begins...

I have dreams of my 2 girls being best friends. Sharing a room, sharing clothes, walking to school together, looking out for one another and loving every second of it. Well... okay, maybe not every second. I know, I have a sister, there is drama, tears and slamming doors. But there is still so much love.

Today was my first true glimpse of the reciprocal affection that Sarah now has for Evie. Evie has always LOVED Sarah. She follows her around, wants to hold her hand, and kisses and hugs her all day long. Unless she takes a toy from her, then that's another story. Anyways, for the past few months now that Sarah is walking, she has been almost running from Evie. She pushes her away when Evie tries to kiss her, she cries when Evie tries to hold her hand or dance with her, its so sad. But- today was the first time I have seen a glimpse into the future.

I took the girls to play at MoBu Kids during open play to wear them out before dinner. There were a lot of kids there and they were all running and screaming. Sarah got a little freaked out from time to time and kept scanning the room for me to save her. After she ran up to me and gave me a hug I said to her, "Go find Evie and give her a hug!" She turned around, scanned the room, ran over to Evie and then put her arms around her and hugged her tight. Evie in return put her arms around Sarah and it was the best thing I have ever seen. They hugged each other for an eternity it seemed and I LOVED IT.

I am so blessed.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

A Year Comes and Goes

A year seems like a long time, but when you have kids it really does FLY by. As I am both emotionally and logistically planning for Evelyn to move onto preschool in September, I cant stop myself from thinking about her still being such a baby in my eyes. I know she is 2 1/2 and that she is walking, talking and playing like a "little girl" but she is my baby and I want to do everything I can to protect her from the world. I cant believe she will be away from me for 4 hours a day and possibly even be getting on a big yellow school bus. I am not convinced I can put her on a bus, but maybe I will come around when September hits. Just a year ago Evie was only crawling for God's sake!!! I just cant imagine letting her out there in that world all alone without me by her side.

I recently saw a movie with some girlfriends that really helped to put things into perspective for me. Monica and David is a documentary about an adult couple that both have Down Syndrome... their life, their love, their family, and most importantly (at least to me) their independence. It is actually premiering on HBO coming in October, so please check it out. Anyways, I found myself really doing some soul searching after I saw this film, mostly about letting Evelyn experience life, the way she wants to do it. I know she is only 2 and that she still requires all my love and guidance and support at her age, but I really want to do my best to set her free when the time comes. I know she can do it, and as her Mom, its my duty to really let her live. I just need to keep reminding myself that she is a strong little girl and she knows what she wants- that will serve her well in this world and she will without a doubt reach her dreams.

Evelyn July 2008

Evelyn July 2009

Evelyn July 2010

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Lunch Date with the President

Yeah that's right, I ate lunch today with President Barack Obama and Russian President Dimitri Medvevev. Well, maybe I didn't eat with them, but I did get to shake both their hands. It was definitely a lunch I wont ever forget!!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

A Massive Update

Okay, so yeah... it's been quite a while since I posted anything on my blog. I don't know what it is- lack of time, lack of motivation or just a lack of clarity about the thoughts in my head. But I find it so hard to stay on top of this thing. Maybe its just working, raising two babies and everything else that goes along with it.

Anyways, in recent months there have been a lot of things going on in the Farhat home. Here is a quick little rundown...

April 2010: We bought a house!! From Georgetown D.C., to Arlington VA, to Jacksonville FL, to Falls Church VA, to Annandale VA. That's a lot of homes, a lot of boxes and a lot of packing for one family in a matter of 5 years. However, I will say that we are happy, getting settled and will be here for a l o n g time!

May 2010: Packing, packing and more packing

June 2010: Busy, Busy, Busy. First of all, We moved!! It was a lot easier than I had envisioned with 2 kids. Thank you to my amazing nanny for the girls who took them to her house the entire moving day so we were able to do it kid-free, which made all the difference. And, if you are in the market for a moving company recommendation, I can really say that I LOVE the guys that we used. Give My Truck Buddy a call!

Also in the month of June, my little peanut turned 1!! I really cant believe that the little tiny girl that I used to hold in my arms not that long ago... seems like yesterday... is already a toddler. Running around, stealing her sister's toys and talking and signing up a storm. Amazing.

Lastly in the month of June was my first trip away with girlfriends (since Mommyhood), leaving the family at home to fend for themselves. It was so much fun and desperately needed. Although I walked all over NYC in the heat, got little sleep, drank way too much and had to drive hours in traffic going through the Lincoln tunnel, it was SO RELAXING. Not to mention I got a hug and kiss from Donnie Wahlberg :) Sorry Bethany!!

Looking forward to the summertime now with the family... pool time, playdates, BBQs and a beach vacation. Bring it on!!!

Oh and I forgot to mention... Evie goes to preschool in just a little more than 2 months from now. Eeeekkkkkk! Are you KIDDING?? Where has the time gone?

Friday, March 19, 2010

"Oh No!!"

Dont worry, nothing's wrong. Its just Evie's new favorite saying...

She throws something and says "Oh No!"

She spits her food out on the floor for the dog and says "Oh No!"

She pushes her sister over onto the floor and says "Oh No!"

Apparently if you are really cute and say "Oh No" after everything bad you do, you can get away with anything! :)