We will post once or twice more before closing this blog out - Alex and Mary will contribute the final pieces. Then we intend to physically publish this entire blog as a Coffee Table Book so that we can keep this as a momento
; we will also publish one for Zarina
to keep so that she may see the adventure that brought her into our life.Zarina
is always a joy to watch. She may drive me crazy often (and on purpose oftimes
), but even when she gets into stuff she shouldn't or she's still just plain wonderful - she's a joy whether she is being sweet or making mischief.
This little girl, my little girl, is my literal and figurative "golden treasure". It's as if she sprung directly from the image I created in my mind of the sort of daughter I wanted to have. She's funny, smart, physically gifted, and just plain perfect. And as you will see in the following photos, she's got her brother wrapped around her finger.
When I said funny, I meant as in actually having a sense of humor. To the right is her interpretation of a pirate. Once of her favorite shows is something on Nickleodeon
" - in their adventures, the characters have various make-believe adventures in their backyard which is transformed into the backdrop of whatever
they are doing, i.e sow mountains, the high seas, a prairie, etc. In one, they play at being pirates. This taught Zarina
among other things, that a pirate says "Arrrg
!" So Zarina
will also say "Arrrg
" when she see a pirate in an ad or in a show. As a matter of fact, I have an t-shirt with a pirate flag on it and Zarina
will point to it and say "Arrg
" and when I ask her my name while in the shirt, she will also say "Arrg
Recently she has begun to copy our mannerisms - she learned from
Mary how to put her hands on her hips and to day she was copying me sitting at the table
with my hand on my chin - I will try to get photos of this behavior somehow. She will sometime wag her finger at us and say "No, no, no!!!"
Alex is a very good brother to Zarina
, even though she claims as many of his toys as possible. He's very helpful and is on track to be a very good babysitter someday...soon...oh please ...oh please (just kidding). :-)Zarina
loves spending time with Alex - even if Alex wants some quiet time to himself to read, watch tv
, play videos, etc. His new nickname is "Ah-da
" since that is how Zarina
pronounces Alex. All we hear all day is "Ah-dah
" and then hear Zarina
zipping off in one direction or the other chasing him down.