Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Christmas 2017

Christmas tree.This Christmas we have invited Daniel’s parents and sister and his colleague Ilya with wife and two children. We also invited Misha, as we do every year, but he already made plans to spend it with his girlfriend and her family in California, so he could not join us.

I made a list of all the things that I need to buy on Thursday evening and spent 3 hours Friday morning food shopping. I went to 5 different stores, but at the end the refrigerator was full and I was happy.

Kids a day before Christmas.On Saturday morning we went to a speech therapist with Arosha — he is still working on shortening Russian R and integrating it to speech. Also, his Russian “sh”, “zh” and “ch” need a little correction from time to time, since he tends to substitute them with English versions, which are very similar, but still somewhat different.

We switched therapists a few months ago since the previous one stopped making home visits, was very expensive and kind of stopped being useful altogether. This one is less expensive, but has a lot of work experience back in Russia, so I hope that she’ll be helpful with honing that stubborn sound. Daniel’s dad usually drives us to and from — the ride takes about 7 minutes and I could have done it myself, but I am mortified with parking, which is not so easy to find in that particular neighborhood.

Us a day before Christmas.After speech, we went home, ate lunch, and I spent about an hour prepping meat for my main Christmas course — beef braised in red wine. I also made a huge batch of compote out of apples, frozen black currants, raspberries, and sour cherries.

Then we had tickets for Christmas show “Morozko” in Russian Theater on Brighton. This is the second time that we’re going to the Christmas show there, and I am pretty happy with the quality of production. Both times it was a Moscow troupe touring USA. The children enjoyed the show, which is the most important thing.

Our Christmas tree.After the show Danya picked us up and we went for a nice dinner at local TGIF restaurant. Arosha and Anюta shared a steak.

At home, after children went so sleep, I spend another hour in the kitchen making filling for spanakopita and tiding everything up.

Arosha a day after Christmas.So imagine my disappointment when at 5:30 in the morning we were woken up by Anюta, who told us that Arosha keeps throwing up on his bed and needs our help. To make things even better, Anюta developed a nasty barking cough overnight. There was no way we could have anyone over for at least 3-4 days.

Arosha kept throwing up until 1 pm and then once more before bedtime. I have a stomachache for two days straight, and so does Daniel. I cooked part of the meat and a bit of potatoes yesterday, and chicken soup today. I really hope that no one else will end up throwing up for 8+ hours, because, well, it sucks. I am glad that Arosha feels better today and even managed to eat some soup. This was quite an unglamorous Christmas, but I guess everyone has to have one of those once in a while.

Anюta a day after Christmas.Also, a few weeks ago Daniel and the kids put up a Christmas tree. This is the third year when we use artificial tree instead of a real one, and I have to say I am pretty happy with it — real trees are not cut; set up and clean up is way easier; and we’ll start saving money next year since the price for this artificial one was 3 times the price of the real ones that we would get.

It took Danя about 5 minutes to set the tree up, and then Arosha and Anюta decorated it all by themselves! No, really, I must have put one or two ornaments on the tree, and that’s it. It’s amazing what a good job they’ve done! During the last few weeks Arosha and I kept buying new ornaments and putting them up. We also got a new topper star to replace the old one that just stopped working.
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