Sunday, November 30, 2008

Sam and Tyler Playing at Home

Sam and Tyler have been enjoying each other's company more and more these days. We spent some time playing upstairs today (something we rarely do) and had a blast finding toys for Tyler to play with and even some that Sam could enjoy as well. It was great to see them interacting together, Tyler really seems to respond to Sam.

Sam and Tyler, 8 months

Here is Sam trying to entertain Tyler despite Tyler doing his own self-entertainment while jumping upstairs. We certainly give Sam a lot of credit, however, as he is usually the main one who can get Tyler to start giggling, very cute!

Happy Belated Birthday, Gema!

Gema celebrated her Texas birthday during her trip to San Antonio. Not only can we get BR ice cream cake here (which we did), but we were also able to help her find one of a kind items at Bussey's Flea Market in Schertz, Tx. Sam was particularly keen on the figurines of the Lion King, but we didn't think that would interest Gema, nor would the numerous tables with used Beany Babies...luckily, we had already sent her a present, but we had a nice time nonetheless.

Grandpa Reading The Sneetches with Sam

Grandpa got a few moments of down time during this Thanksgiving holiday when he was not in the kitchen cooking away. During one of these rare moments, Sam jumped up next to him and enjoyed his rendition of Dr. Seuss' The Sneetches.

Playing Around

We had a nice time playing with Gema and Grandpa also. We did lots of puzzles and building to pass the time away as the weather outside was a bit inclement.

Cooking for Thanksgiving

Well, we had a terrific Thanksgiving holiday thanks to Gema and Grandpa's visit. As you can see, everyone (except me) got into the cooking spirit. Grandpa did the lion's share of the cooking and everything was great. I think it was my first totally Kosher, Gluten Free Thanksgiving. We didn't even have to skimp on the stuffing. What a treat!

Monday, November 24, 2008

Sam and Jacob (and Carly)

Sam had his friend, Jacob, and Jacob's sister, Carly, over for a playdate yesterday. It really is amazing how much fun kids can have just rolling in the grass! They were all giggles all day. Sam was just so happy and carefree.

Sam and Owen at the Park

Well, we had a great time at the park on a "cold" Saturday. As you can see, Sam and Owen had a lovely time, following each other around, climbing up and down everything and running around screaming. They really had a blast!

Sam and Owen Dancing

Here is Sam and his good friend, Owen, dancing at the park. As you can see, they are dressed like twins, totally unplanned, but very cute.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Tyler Exercising

Once I realized how much Tyler enjoyed jumping in his exersaucer, I bought him one of those over the door jumpers to see if he would enjoy it as much. As you can see, he LOVES it.

Mike's Iraqi Birthday

Mike finally got our birthday package after 2 1/2 weeks of travelling the world. Sadly, it was about 5 days late for his actual birthday, but he was such a sport, he even tried a piece of the moldy homemade birthday cake. Happy birthday in Iraq, Mike, we hope it is your last birthday spent without us.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Tyler Jumping

Here is Tyler jumping in his exersaucer, I think I really need to take him to a trampoline to have him really work up his leg strength. One of these days, I do believe that he is going to catapult himself out of this little yellow confine, LET ME FREE!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Tyler Laughing at Silly Sam

Sam seems to have much better luck getting Tyler to laugh than I do. All Sam has to do is look at Tyler or jump anywhere around Tyler, and the laughs start flowing. We had a great time today, just playing around and giggling.

Another Party

Sam went to another birthday party today. The theme was bouncing animals. There were goats, rabbits, a baby pig and some chickens, all in Samantha's backyard. Sam had a great time with his friend, Jacob. He is hoping to have some leftover cake and ice cream tomorrow as he did not have time to eat his today.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Happy Birthday Mike!

In honor of Mike's 37 th birthday, we had a little celebration. Sam invited his friend's Anna and Owen over and I invited their mom, Vanessa. After a great round of singing, Sam blew out the candle and the kids enjoyed some gluten-free, dairy-free cookie bars. We thought about Mike a great deal today, and we were able to speak to him over the phone, and Sam was able to sing to him in real time. We hope that he had as much fun celebrating his birthday as we had here in Texas. Happy Birthday Mike!

Tyler Playing Around

Here is Tyler playing outside and enjoying himself. He loves to put everything in his mouth at this point, mmmm.

Tyler, 7 1/2 months

Tyler had a great time playing outside today. He really loved feeling the grass and being outside in the fresh air. He and I enjoyed some quality time playing together.

Tyler Trying Hard Not to Laugh

Tyler and I spent some quality time outside today enjoying the beautiful weather. I tried desperately to make him laugh. He really made me work for it.

Iraqi Sunset

This is a picture taken over the Western horizon overlooking a security checkpoint. The sunrises and sunsets have been stunning here, peaceful. And especially in light of the events which took place here 2 days ago, contradict the overall situation in Mosul.

The second image is taken from the main road through the FOB Marez. This is the road I take up and down to go to the gym, dining facility, vendors, you name it. It's very dusty especially when vehicles drive past you.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Spending Time with Martha

I rarely get any pictures of the boys with Martha. So today, in celebration of her birthday, I made it a point to get a shot of everyone together. Martha has been with us for over a year now and we could not survive her in San Antonio without her. She is really such a cornerstone of our family, we are so fortunate to have her.

Blowing Out the Candles

After the singing, Sam and Tyler helped Martha blow out her candles. Sam even attempted a Glazier tradition of trying to smear his name from the cake (thanks for teaching him that, Gema). Sam does not quite realize that it is impolite to stick your hands in another person's cake yet. Perhaps another lesson for Gema...

Happy Birthday Martha!

It is official, Sam can sing "Happy Birthday" in 4 languages! Prior to this particular video, he sang to Martha, "Feliz Compianos Tibya" which is a combination of Spanish and Russian, but once the cameras were rolling, he remembered to say 'to you' in Spanish instead. We had a nice celebration for Martha's birthday. Sam was particularly excited about the cake.

Mike's Clinic

Here are some of Mike's latest photos from Iraq. The first two are Mike in his clinic. The other two are pretty self-explanatory. He tells me that all is going well there, pretty boring, in fact. I guess that is better than any alternative.

Sam at Sammy's Party

Sam tried desperately to climb up an insurmountable bouncie mountain in socks. After all of the kids tried, the parents got in there to show them how it should be done, but we had more trouble than they had. I even got some rug burns to show for my efforts. What FUN!

Sam Sliding

Sam had a great time at Pump It Up where he celebrated Sammy Woo Bloxberg's 4th birthday party. Sam tried all of the bouncie slides and games and he had a smile on his face the entire time. To be honest though, I think I had more fun than he had.

Now There Were Three

Decided to go for a walk in the neighborhood with all three boys. You see Tyler got to hang out with the big boys as well. We stopped at the park and kicked the soccer ball around and went along the hiking trail, what a nice morning.

Jason and Sam at the Zoo

Jason and Sam enjoyed a lovely time at the San Antonio Zoo on Saturday. The weather was perfect and Sam was so excited to show his cousin the flamingos, the bears and the hippos. They even enjoyed smelling the flowers.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Mike's First Days in Mosul, Iraq

Although I (Elizabeth) do not know the content of these pictures that Mike sent me, I am guessing that the first was when he flew into Mosul, the next are his stellar accomodations and the last is lining up for some formation, perhaps checking into the base? Hopefully, Mike's technological connections will improve and he will be able to fill us in on the details.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Jason Visits

Jason (and his parents, Robyn and Charlie) made the long trek here from Boston to visit us in the Red State of Texas (Go Obama!). Sam brought Tyler and Jason to school today and we all enjoyed some Shabbat sing-a-longs and some dancing. We also were honored today and came up to do the blessings over the handwashing and the challah (Sam purposely wanted to do the challah so he could snag a piece). We are excited for more fun in store with our visitors.