We were the closest family possible. Our world was turned upside down on 05/03/09 when my best friend, the person I love most next only to our children, my sister Trina was diagnosed with stage IV breast cancer. Her body gave out on her on 01/09/10 but she will ALWAYS be a part of our daily life and will continue to be in my posts. I started my blog to chronicle our daughter's international adoption from Guatemala and have continued to use it as a journal.

What you will find is my family trying to adapt to our new lives that were handed to us.



Sunday, July 31, 2011

Valentina's Birthday Present

Yes I am aware that it is currently July and Valentina's birthday was in February. That said, she didn't get her birthday present from Beya until last week. Our kids are so hard to get presents for because they have everything and mom and I refuse to get them birthday presents "just to get" so we try really hard to make their presents special. This year mom promised Valentina a trip to the mall as her birthday present. Valentina has been soooooo excited! Poor thing though, one thing after another kept coming up which caused her trip to the mall to be postponed. FINALLY this week we went to the mall! Now trust me on this one, this WAS thrilling for her. All she wanted was to go to the mall, eat in the food court and play games at the arcade so off the four of us went.

Eating at the food court, how exciting! Hey, when I was four I was excited to eat there too.



Check out Mister Asa giving me his "too cool for school" look, full of attitude.


Asa actually took this picture of him and Valentina. He's a genius with the camera if I so say myself. Trina always loved looking at the pictures he took because he would capture things from an angle that we, as adults, didn't see them from.


Valentina took this one of "the best big brother in the whole world!"


Valentina took this one too of my boy and me.


Before we left the food court Valentina had to ride the handful of rides that were up there. Of course she gravitated toward the pink train!



Asa naturally went for the blue race car. It never ceases to amaze me the inherent differences between boys and girls.

Next we headed downstairs to the arcade..... only to find out something horrible. THE ARCADE HAD CLOSED!!!! I felt so bad for Valentina. Here she's waited for five months to go to the arcade and it was CLOSED.

At the other end of the mall we did find a carousel. It was kind of creepy looking and the room that it was in smelled musty and old but Valentina loved it. The whole thing reminded me of a horror movie where the characters go in there for a simple ride and end up being hacked to bits by the sinister ride manager. But that's just me :) Poor Asa was terrified of riding the pony but he did it. You can barely see him but he's on a horse, holding on for dear life.


There he goes, grasping on to the pole. Each time Asa would go by he would slink further and lower down on the pole.


Valentina, on the other hand, would squeal with joy each time she would fly past us, barely holding on with one hand while the other would wave wildly at us. She has almost no fear whereas Asa is very cautious. They are good for each other because Valentina encourages him to take chances and Asa helps keep Valentina grounded, literally sometimes.

After the carousel it was time to ride the train.

You can kind of see the weird looking horses in the background that don't fit in at ALL in the train area.... or anywhere else as far as I'm concerned. The room was just scary. But the kids had fun and that's all that mattered.

Valentina kept saying that it was the best day ever so I guess her birthday present was worth the five month wait.

Asa has already decided what he wants for his birthday from mom and me.....a trip to Build-A-Bear.