Thursday, November 13, 2014

Avika at 3 Months

Here is Avika home three months!

 
She is still doing very well.  We have some nights were she sleeps through the night- we are working toward everyone in the house sleeping all night.  Wouldn't that be great?  I'm excited that she is eating almost anything we try with her.  Miles is back to being our pickiest eater! 
 
Reading books in her room she shares with Delia

 Avika spends a lot of time in the car with me- dropping off/ picking up the kids and running errands.  She has started making a lot of noise while we drive around.  It's all babbling, but it sounds like she is singing songs or telling me a story.  We are anxious for her to add to her one word vocabulary, but she will come around when she's ready!  I am constantly amazed by how much she understands considering she has only been hearing English for three months now.  She seems very bright and I don't doubt she'll be talking before we know it
It's hard to remember life without Avika as part of our family.  It feels like she had been with us for much longer than three months.  Even the older kids have commented on this.  We are getting some routines down to help life run more smoothly.  I am challenged to be more patient and gracious with this little girl.  Amazing how a two year old can push my buttons!  I am grateful for all of her personality, though,  and that she feels safe enough with us to share it with us!

Friday, October 31, 2014

Halloween '14

This year we got to trick-or-treat with a cop, an ice princess, a fairy, and a G.I. Joe.



Isaac was Snake Eyes (I think?  I let him pick this out at Walmart)  He was excited to have a costume with muscles!  I can't believe how much candy he got- his bucket was almost overflowing!

Oma made Delia's beautiful Elsa costume.   She loves the cape!
 

Officer Bong reporting for duty.  Don't know if it gets cuter than this!

Thankfully Avika was happy with old dress up clothes of Delia's  She loves dressing up!  She cried when I took her wings off to put her in her car seat.  This was a her first Halloween- she got through the carnival and six blocks of trick-or-treating without crying.  What a trooper!

We got to spend the evening with our friends C and J.  Turns our great minds think alike- they dressed as a cop and Elsa, too!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Delia at Seven

Delia just turned seven!

Delia's favorites at seven years old:
Food: bacon
Color: Indigo
Subject in School: art and P.E.
Thing to do at home: color
Movie: Alexander and the Horrible, Terrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
Books:  Rainbow Magic Fairy books
Sport: soccer
Animal: peacock and leopard and swan
Number: seven
Toy: Lego Friends Legos
When I grow up I want to be a vet.
If I could go anywhere I would go to India.
My favorite thing that happened when I was six was my sister coming home!
 
At seven years old Delia is so kind and thoughtful.  She is always thinking of others and loves to do things for her siblings.  She is unbelievably creative and loves to draw, write and illustrate stories, and constantly makes up original songs.  She is a loyal friend and a great student.  She is so grown up (and not just because she is super tall) and carries herself like a lady!  D we love you so much and love that you came into our lives seven years ago.  We hope this is year is amazing!
 


Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Fall Soccer x3

Tonight we closed out another soccer season.  Matt coached Isaac's, Delia's, and Miles' teams.  He deserves a gold star or two!


Miles' first season- he was a little more sensitive than I expected (crying when kids stole the ball or scored a goal) but he played well when he was not pouting.  He is fast and a great dribbler!
 
 
 
Delia continues to be a great aggressive player.  I love watching her team play- the girls are very encouraging to each other and are passing to each other and trying to play as a team.


 
Isaac has graduated to playing with goalies.  I think his highlight of the season was getting to wear goalie gloves.  Despite being a little timid on the field he is a smart player.  When he's not screwing around he's looking for a good pass, but mostly he really enjoys playing with his friends!



 The third grade boys got to turn Matt's goatee pink for winning their last game of the season.
 

Miles at SF

Miles' field trip to Sutherland Farms a couple of weeks ago...
 
On the hay ride...

Riding with his best friend A...

Playing in the corn kernel pit...

In the corn maze...

He picked the perfect pumpkin to take home!


Avika at Two Months

 Here's some shots of Avika home two months!
 
 We are still doing well, not a whole lot has changed in a month.  Still working on developing trust and bonding.  We are hoping to have a night out soon and leave all the kids with my parents.  Hopefully Avika is ready for it!  Avika is still very busy and loves to get into trouble anywhere she can find it.  She is definitely ;earning how everything works in our family, testing boundaries a lot.  We are working on patience! 
She loves to play with her siblings and her toys and follows the cat everywhere.  She is my big helper- always going to shop for groceries with me or pick up the kids from school.  We are still waiting for her to pick up some more words, but she is pretty good about communicating with signs and pointing. 
 
 
Taking "selfies" with Mommy.  We do this a lot to diffuse tantrums...



Having fun playing dress up...

Friday, October 24, 2014

The Bongs Go To Washington

A couple of weeks ago we did something huge!  A trip to Washington D.C with all the kids.  Yes, we flew all four kids across the country.   And lived to tell about it. 
The boys on the plane- they were awesome!  I can't believe how well everyone did.  And this was after a four hour, middle of the night drive down to Albuquerque to catch our very early flight.
 
The girls were also great on the plane.  Avika only cried a little bit on the flight there and on the return flight. 

Thankfully we had my parents with us on both flights because we brought all this through security.  Twice.  An umbrella stroller, two unwieldy car seats, three backpacks, four wheelie suitcases, a purse, a diaper bag, and four small children.  Did I mention we did this twice?  And got all of it on and off a plane.  Twice.  We are superheroes!

Of course we had to hit some of the Smithsonian museums while in D.C.  Our first stop was the Air and Space museum for Isaac.  We got to touch a moon rock!
 
This is out in front of the Museum of Natural History.  We were hoping to see dinosaur stuff for Miles, but unfortunately most of the dino exhibits were closed.  
 
We did get to see the rock and gem exhibit, which was amazing!  Avika and I are posing in front of the Hope Diamond (behind lots of glass so it does not photograph well.)  Avika means diamond in Hindi and the Hope Diamond is from India, too, so we had to get an up close peek at it.  This sucker is over 45 carats!

The next day to headed to the White House!  Here we are waiting in line for our tour.

This is us in front of the White House after our (very, very brief self guided) tour.  The kids were not super impressed, but at least they can now say they've been to the White House!  I thought is was awesome, even if I didn't get to share my WH joke with anyone (There haven't been this many Bongs in the White House since the Clinton administration!)

Then we headed back to the mall to see the Lincoln Memorial.  This is Isaac and Delia at the bottom of the LM steps with the reflecting pool, Washington Monument and the Capital in the background. 

At the top of the Lincoln Memorial.  This was so cool!  Pictures don't do it justice, I'm so glad we got the chance to see this in person.  On the steps on the way down  I tried to point out to the kids that this is where Martin Luther King Jr. gave his famous "I Have a Dream" speech (they've studied it in school.)  I pointed out that in a way our family is the fulfillment of MLK's dream... the kids just wanted to know if they could pet the ducks swimming in the reflecting pool.  Maybe in time they'll appreciate all the history they got to see during this trip?  We also walked through a sculpture garden for Delia this day and saw a tiny bit of an art museum for my little artist.

The whole reason for this trip was to go to my sister, Emily's, wedding.  Delia acted as flower girl with her cousin, Eva.  Avika turned left at the bottom of the stairs instead of right and kind of missed her flower girl opportunity.

Here's Aunt Emmy and her new husband, Dana, on their way down the isle.  The wedding was beautiful- I am so grateful we were able to be here for this! The ceremony was very touching and thoughtful and the reception was fun- the kids loved dancing and playing with cousins.  Don't know why I didn't get a picture of all six of us (it was a major achievement to get us all dressed up.)  Emily, you will have to send us wedding picts!
 
 
The next day we went to the National Zoo.  This was mainly for Avika as she loves all animals.  Unfortunately this was a rough day for her (for all of us really) but we did get to see some animals before the long, long, long uphill trek back to the car.
 
Here she is looking at a cow.  We think she said "moo" when she saw it!
 
In between fits waiting while Miles and Delia rode the carousel...

On our last day in town we went to the best park ever.  The kids all said this was their favorite part of the trip (Really?  After the White House tour that I set up four months ago?  The Lincoln Memorial?)  But it really was the most amazing park.  If not for the bugs we could have spent days playing here.



All tired out after playing at the best park ever.  We had so much fun in D.C. - it really was the trip of a lifetime.  And we probably won't go on vacation again for many, many years as I am still trying to recover.