Ocean Turns Four

Monday we celebrated Ocean’s fourth birthday as a family. She had a party at school and then we had a small celebration at home. I didn’t go back into work after returning from Vilnius that day and spent a bit of extra time with her. She had a great day and loved her presents. The kids are into legos right now, so most of the gifts had something you could build with. She also got a couple of Barbie ponies.

It is amazing how fast she is growing up. When we first came to Belgrade, she was just a baby. Now she is going to school and is such a sweet little girl.

Of course Oliver had to pull the jealous brother routine as you can see from the photo below. Congratulations to Ocean and Mama!

Ocean’s First Day of School


Ocean and Mom, originally uploaded by bill kralovec.

We dropped off Ocean yesterday at her school for the first day of classes. Ocean is attending a local international nursery school in the neighborhood of the school Nadia and I work at. Unfortunately, she doesn’t make the age cut-off for our school for the Pre-Kinder program. It would have been nice for her to go to our school, but this is a pretty good alternative.

They have rented a beautiful “villa” in the neighborhood of Senjak, about 500 meters from our school. As you can see from the photos, it is really nice and she will enjoy it. Ocean will only be going 3 days per week. She was so excited and didn’t cry when Nadia left, so i guess the whole thing was a success. She has been watching her brothers go to school, so yesterday was finally her turn.

Happy Birthday Angel

Ocean turned 1 year old today!!! Battery is dying, more on this topic later. (I’m back)

We didn’t have a big party because one year olds don’t deal well with crowds. She also doesn’t have any friends yet, although my colleagues Tim’s girls love her. We did get typical Serbian cake of chocolate mousse and light creme – delicious! As you can see, Ocean enjoyed it also.
She gets cuter by the day and is showing us genuine affection. We successfully weaned her and now we don’t even give her milk at night. She still gets up a couple times a night, but only for a hug from me and then I put her down on her stomach and put the blankets on her to make her cozy. Ocean calls us by name and points her finger and says “no,no,no”.
Grandma Kralovec sends this message to Ocean on her first birthday:
“To Grand daughter number one, who now is one!!
Happy Birthday:


Love Grandma & Grandpa

Family Weekend Journal May 24-25, 2008

Ocean, originally uploaded by bill kralovec.

Friday night I took Sebey and Owen to the dentist. There was a big thunderstorm that knocked out power for a while. I think finally the rainy season has arrived to Anaco.
Saturday we were invited to spend the day on a friend’s boat. Rolando & Minerva wanted to thank us for our work with their sons, Samuel and Jose. We had a great day in the Mochima National Park, and Owen and Oliver were loving the fact that a boat had a bed. Ocean also enjoyed the speed of the boat and is shown above as we go through the canals of El Morro. They even took us out for lunch at Plaza Mayor. Very cool to pull up on the boat and go to a restaurant.
Sunday was my birthday and I spent the day exactly how I wanted- with my family. We played hide-and-seek and Nadia and I went for a run together. I even got a nap in!
Final week of school – very busy.

Ocean’s First Time In Swing

Ocean First Time In Swing, originally uploaded by bill kralovec.

Tuesday I was left with Ocean and Oliver when Nadia was out doing errands with the rest of the family. We went for a stroll around the campus. Oliver rode his blue bike with my help and Ocean was in her stroller. We stopped to pick mangos and I put Ocean in one of the swings in the play ground. It was her first time in a real swing and she was laughing. She was also a bit scared. She is so cute and cuddly!

That is one of the nicest things we like about our time at Escuela Anaco-the fact that we live on campus and have a large area for the kids to play. We have plenty of space here, with two playgrounds, trees to climb, green areas to explore, the gymnasium, etc.

Ocean & Oliver

Weekend Family Journal April 26-27 2008

I had a bit of difficulty figuring out how to embed this video from flickr.com. I can now upload videos of up to 90 seconds to my flickr.com account. I uploaded several videos and will try to find time to upload some videos from earlier in the year. Some of my videos are over 90 seconds however, so I will make a Youtube account and put them there. The above video shows Nadia feeding Ocean. Nadia makes all of Ocean’s baby food from scratch. She takes much of her philosophy of feeding babies from the book, “Super Baby Food” by Ruth Yaron. Ocean is now 7 months old and is just so darn cute and cuddly. She has rolls of delicious baby fat every where! Nadia is also enjoying having a girl.

This past weekend we stayed in Anaco and relaxed on campus. On both Saturday and Sunday morning I got a chance to run, first with Oliver and then Ocean with my jogging stroller. I am making it a point to exercise more. Saturday morning Nadia and I made pancakes for the boys. In the afternoon, Andy, Owen, Oliver, and I went out to the mesa for a hike. We got a bit lost in the canyons, but made it back. The entire hike took about an hour which is pretty good with young children. I carried Oliver much of the way, although the little guy loved the whole experience. Owen got a bit whiny, but pulled through and sprinted the last 20 meters back to the car. Going out to that area really re-charges my batteries, and as I always say, a day with more time spent outdoors than indoors is a good day. Later on we swam in the backyard pool and I did some yard work.

Sunday morning after the jog, Andy and I took the boys shopping to Unicasa. I am amazed at how prices are rising here. Nadia and Ale worked on their Arabic, Spanish, and Serbian jolly phonics. The women are adapting the Jolly Phonics program to other languages. Nadia’s Serbian version has really helped us pick up the Cyrillic quickly. We did more party planning, as we are gearing up for Oliver’s third birthday party tomorrow.

One comment on the iPod and podcasts. They are brilliant! I can now listen to my favorite programs any time, any where. It makes jogging go by so quickly. I’ll do a post in the future with my podcast recommendations.