Friday, January 3, 2014

AMG Pedal Covers

AMG pedal covers.One of the options that we didn’t get when we ordered our car was Sports Interior even though it could’ve been added for free. It included 3 things — AMG pedals, sports steering wheel and sports seats. The problem with the seats was that the middle part of the seat was made out of Dinamica — faux suede. It didn’t seem very durable.

Original covers.First mod on the new car — aluminum AMG pedal covers. Pedal covers are a gift from my parents for New Year. I’m afraid getting a sports steering wheel is going to be quite a bit more expensive, so we’re not going to go there. Plus I do enjoy the heated steering wheel during these cold days and as far as I know the two are not compatible.

Genuine MB parts.
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Saturday, January 4, 2014

5 Years Old

Shublik.Our Shublik has turned 5 years old today. He grew from a tiny kitten into an adult cat in our house. He still likes to run around at sonic speeds through our apartment, but with maturity he has definitely slowed down and became much more calm.

Shublik.Arosha and Shublik have a special relationship. Arosha likes to chase after Shublik from time to time, but mostly they prefer to stay away from each other. We are glad to have an animal in the house while the kids are little, so they learn to treat them right. But if we’re not around and Arosha attempts to do something that he shouldn’t do Shublik will remind him quickly how sharp his teeth are.

Sleeping.Shublik is a non stop purring machine, but all our guests get the most wrong impression about him. He does not like strangers and goes into guard-cat mode. He hisses, yawls and tries to claw all the guests — lest anyone forget that it is his house.

Shublik.When Arosha arrived Shublik hissed at him once and that got us worried. But after that he never shown any hostility towards Arosha unless, like I said above, Arosha attacks first. As far as Anechka goes — Shublik just ignores her completely and that’s how we want. Shublik is a great cat and our home is hard to imagine without him.
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Saturday, January 11, 2014

New Year 2014

Our little family unit. Featuring little and little little units.When Arosha was celebrating his first New Year, we had a lot of people to share it with. Anna’s first New Year was much more low key — just the four of us and Daniel’s parents.

Aunt Lilya got out of the hospital a few days before the year end and did not feel well enough to come, Lina and Lёonya were celebrating with his parents, Ignat, Vika and Alisa were celebrating with Ignat’s mom who came to visit from Moscow. My family is in Minsk…

Grandparents.I cooked herring “shuba” and olivie — luckily Anechka took a good nap while Danya and Arosha went to Kings Plaza to get one last gift (Swarowski figurine for grandma) and to ride an escalator. Arosha really wanted to help with cooking, so I asked him to peel some eggs, and he did it with great pleasure!

Danya’s mom made New Year staples — holodets, funchoza, “French” meat, oven roasted potatoes, fried eggplant with tomatoes and fried shrimp.

Danya’s dad bought a really nice bottle of French champagne — Veuve Cliequot. We had a cheaper champagne too the next day, and I can say that I much preferred the good brand one.

Our tree.We went to Danya’s parents at around 7pm and started off with some pictures. I like this new tradition of ours! By the time we were done, it was around 3 hours since last Anechka’s nap, so she got really fussy and started crying. I am surprised she lasted that long! I guess, she knew that it was important to be on family pictures.

I nursed her and she went to sleep peacefully. We started our dinner, and toasted the leaving year with some wine. I am very grateful to 2013. We got the best gift a family can get — a brand new life, our beautiful and healthy daughter.

Arosha really wanted to open gifts, so taking his age into account we did not make him wait until midnight, but let him start the process at 10. Last year d. Boris changed into Granfather Frost, but this year we thought that Arosha will see right through the charade. Instead t. Oksana suggested that we should distract him, while she will ring the doorbell and leave a bag of gifts at the door. We did just that. Arosha was slightly disappointed that Grandfather Frost was too busy to pay a visit, but later on he said that it was actually a good thing since he (Arosha) did not learn a poem for Grandfather Frost. Traditionally children have to recite a poem to Grandfather Frost to get gifts, but I had no luck with our smart, but stubborn son, who did not want to memorize any poems.

Alёna and Anюta.To be honest, by the time the New Year has come I was really tired. Without guests the celebration is not as exciting, plus lately I am chronically sleep deprived. We toasted the incoming 2014 year of the wooden horse and proceeded to open all the gifts.

My gift to Danya sucked — I got him leather gloves which did not fit well even though I bought two sizes, and UGG sleepers which had an odd fit as well. He got car pedal covers for the car from his parents, fancy socks from Linka (both gifts he picked up himself), and a bar of nice soap from t. Lilya.

I got a set of good German knives from Danya (so far I am really liking them), cast iron grilling pan from Lina and Lёnya (I picked it myself and it’s great), a daily calendar with our Instagram pictures from Danya (every day Arosha tears off a picture), clothes from Danya’s parents and soap from t. Lilya.

Alёna and Arosha.Arosha and Anechka got a whole bunch of toys from everyone, including Zhanna (Danya’s mom co-worker). The one Arosha plays with the most at home at the moment is a foam sword which Danya picked out for him on Amazon.

We did not know it yet, but Arosha was coming down with an upper respiratory tract infection, so he was really tired by the time the gift-gifting was over. I have decided to go home to sleep even though we could have stayed at Danya’s parents. I know that Anechka and Arosha are early risers, and I wanted to give Danya’s parents an opportunity to get a good rest.

It’s a good thing that we did leave, since Arosha was coughing and waking up a lot that night. Now, 11 days later he is still sick, although in much better condition. In addition he got double otitis, had a fever for 4 days straight (never happened before) and was prescribed antibiotics for the first time in his life. At first he stopped eating at all, but then he ate chicken soup for 7 days, by his own will. I had to cook it 3 times.

Little helper.Even though we tried to separate them as much as possible, Anechka got sick too. She has a bronchiolitis now, but she seems to be slowly getting well.

Anyhow, I hope this coming year will be happy, healthy and lucky! Cheers!

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