I should explain the name of the blog “Little Temujin”.
Our little one is not the typical blue eyed and blond Russian kid. Actually, he has big brown eyes, long lashes and brown (seems curly) hair. He is definitely mixed but we are not sure what races. So, in absence of a true family tree, we decided that he is a distant relative to the legendary Genghis Khan whose original name was Temujin.

"Adoption is when a child grew in its mommy's heart instead of her tummy."
Author: Unknown

Friday, December 3, 2010

Growing up ... Happy 2 Yrs Old!

Our little Vanie turned 2 this week!!! Jason and I can not express how much we love this sweet, happy, and genuinely good, and charming little man and how proud we are of what he has accomplished so far. The past year has been filled with yes, a lot of work and getting used to a very different life style for us, but at the same time the most exciting and happiest days of our lives.

We love you so much, Vanie! You are the sunshine of our lives and we can not imagine our lives without you and wish you the best of everything! Mommy, Daddy and Zorro!

Sooooo... how do you know your kid’s 2nd b-day is coming up? Here are a few clues Vanie has been dropping:
- He’s been singing “Appy beduh” for a month now
- He has been saying “two” and showing one index finger on each hand (for 2 years old) as soon as someone asks him how old he’ll be
- He starts singing “appy dudah” any time he sees a cake, wrapped present or we light a candle for dinner
- He asks “appy?” every time he sees his toy story fork b/c the last b-day we went to was in the soy story theme (so now toy story characters mean happy birthday)
You just got to love how little kids interpret things…just adorable!

Vanie’s b-day party will be this Saturday – nothing major just a few kids and friends at the local park. I will post pictures after the party.
In the mean time, it was a very exciting Tuesday. I bought all kinds of balloons, mini cake, wrapped his present and had them all on the coffee table in the living room waiting for him as a surprise.

He was stunned in the morning when he got up. And although we got him a train as a present he was most excited about one of the balloons with Spidernam (his new obsession, a story for a separate post).
We spent most of the morning with all the grandparents, aunts and cousins, my aunt/ uncle and great grandma on skype so they all can get some of the b-day boy. My parents even had a cake with candles for him on the other side (in Sofia, BG) and blew out the candles for him while video conferencing with us.

This all was way too much for Vanie, I think, and although he didn’t cry on the way to daycare, he started once we got in, he even tried to run out. Even bringing one of the balloons (the puppy) with him didn’t help. I left mini cupcakes for all the kids to enjoy on this special day.
I worked from the Newport Beach office that day (just 10 minutes drive from home) and left early in the afternoon to get Vanie from daycare so that we can do some of his favorite things. We went to the park, then off to the mall to ride the holiday carousel (we even saw Santa from far – Vanie is afraid of him), and we rode the mall escalators a few times (until I thought it would become suspicious to the security guards J) and spent time in a few toy stores. More picture posts to come very soon…

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