Sunday, November 2, 2014

Halloween 2014

Our lemon and our tiger.This year Arosha decided that he wants to be a lemon. I asked him a few times before ordering a costume, but he did not change his mind. I think it’s a cute idea. There was pretty much only one lemon costume available online, so I did not have much choice. It turned out to be OK. Not great, but not too bad either. Arosha’s favorite color nowadays is yellow by the way.

Anюta has gotten Arosha’s old tiger costume. She looked cute in it, although she did not fancy the hood all that much.

YUM!It was pretty cold outside, but at least it was not raining. I put Anechka’s costume on top of her jacked and a hat, so she would stay warm.

Arosha liked trick-or-treating with Rachel in local stores last year so much that he wanted to repeat the same thing this year. I tried to arrange for Rachel and her little brother to join us, but they decided not to go at the end. I also invited Alex, Arosha’s new classmate, but they also bailed on us at the last moment. I think it might have something to do with the fact that Arosha and Alex fight sometimes, and his mom was not sure how the whole thing will go. Oh, well.

Grandpa and Arosha.Anyhow, after I picked Arosha from school, we put on his costume on the playground (on top of the jacket and a green hoody), and went to get some candy. I mostly stayed outside with Anюta, so Arosha went to the stores by himself. He got less candy than last year because he visited less stores. It was not as much fun for him since he had no company, but he still liked it. He even got a $1 bill from a random lady at Subway store, and we spent it on the kid’s rides by the Pizzeria.

We were finished in about an hour and went to the playground. D. Borya joined us there, but we only stayed there for about half an hour, since it was getting really cold.

Little tiger.And in the evening we met up with our neighbors — a 10 year old girl Nicole and her mom. We joined them last year for trick-or-treating around the building, and did the same this year. Nicole was wearing a mermaid costume, but unfortunately I did not take any pictures in the evening.

We started from our wing of the building, then proceeded to the part where Danya’s parents live, and I left Anechka with t. Oksana.

Grandpa with grandkids.Arosha had a blast. He was running around happily, and even though many people did not open their doors, there was someone giving out treats on almost every floor in each wing of the building. It took us almost two hours to go through, and I felt like a squeezed lemon at the end.

He got a lot of candy. We still need to go through it and sort all the chocolate things out for Danya’s work, since none of us eat chocolate at the moment (Danya and Arosha don’t like it, me and Anюta can’t have it on account of her eczema).

Mom.All in all, I am happy with the way the day went. Arosha was waiting for the Halloween for a long time, and anticipation was increasing the closer to October 31 it was getting. I wonder what costume he’ll pick out next year.
1
1

Leave a comment

O.o teeth mrgreen neutral -) roll twisted evil crycry cry oops razz mad lol cool -? shock eek sad smile grin

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Seven Lakes 2014

Arosha and Grandpa.Last week we went to Seven Lakes for a picnic and some pictures. T. Oksana did not feel well, so it was just us, kids and d. Borya.

Autumn.We got to the lakes relatively fast, although there was a little bit of traffic in Manhattan. Then by the lakes we lost about 25 minutes trying to find a place where we usually stop. It was a gorgeous sunny day, so we were happy to be closer to nature at last.

Colors.We had a small picnic pretty much right away — I took some boiled eggs, baked potatoes, bread, kolbasa, tomatoes, cucumbers and celery. We got a little cold while eating, but warmed up afterwards.

Throwing stones into the water.The autumn colors were past the peak, but the nature was still very pretty.

Washing shells in the lake.We went down to the water. Arosha and I were throwing stones of all sizes into the water, and Anюta tried to do the same without much success.

Anna with Dad.Arosha and d. Borya found some worms and other insects — both of them love exploring nature. They also found a woolly bear caterpillar, which Arosha really wanted to take home for observation. D. Borya said that the caterpillar was about to turn into pupa and encase itself into cocoon. Unfortunately, Arosha might have squeezed it a bit too hard while picking it up, so it did not survive the road to Brooklyn.

Lake Welch.They also saw some wild berberis, and Arosha really wanted to try some. We did not let him, but I had dried berberis at home, and he ate some and really liked it. It’s funny that he always wants to try everything he sees outside, and one of the first questions he asks when he sees things is whether they are edible or not.

Walking.Anechka also enjoyed our trip. I am so glad that we are able to get out of the city from time to time.

Autumn colors.We stopped at Red Bowl restaurant in Williamsburg on our way back. Haven’t been there in a while, so it was nice to chat with David and Vivian and to eat their delicious food. Danya went for Peking Duck as usual and I got steamed sea bass with tofu. Yum!
In: Family, Travel   Tags: , , , , , , , ,
Time: 14:37   Comments: No Comments   Post a Comment  

Leave a comment

O.o teeth mrgreen neutral -) roll twisted evil crycry cry oops razz mad lol cool -? shock eek sad smile grin

Friday, October 31, 2014

Anna — 13 Months

Нашей Анютке 13 месяцев. За последний месяц она стала намного больше всего понимать и говорить. Из слов она говорит “пи-вей” (привет), “па-па”, “бай-бай”, “ти-та” (часики), звуки многих животных (собачка, свинка, кот, уточка, овечка, корова), “буй” (бух), “пу” (плюх), “би-би” (это машина бибикает), “ма-ма” (когда я особо ей нужна), “дай-дай-дай-дай”, ну и некоторые другие звуки.

Она может показать где у неё ушко и ротик, а так же то, как надо говорить по телефону (прикладывает ладошку или какой-нибудь предмет к ушку и слегка наклоняет головку). Она обожает махать ручкой на прощание, хлопать в ладошки, делать “топы-топы” ножками и иногда даже посылать воздушные поцелуи.

Анечка ходит уже очень быстро и вот-вот побежит. Еще она иногда пытается подпрыгнуть, но у неё это пока не получается. Зато она отлично лазит по диванам и кроватям. Вообще она гораздо более устойчивая, чем был Ароша в её возрасте.

А Ароша, кстати, уже практически привык к школе. Идёт он туда не только без слёз, а даже с удовольствием. Ему до сих пор немного грустно оставлять нас дома, но общение и занятия нравятся. Он, научился по-английски считать до 12 и знает почти все дни недели (начиная, на американский манер, с Sunday или воскресенья). Насчёт того как он понимает всё остальное я не уверена. Надеюсь, есть какой-то прогресс. Вот расскрашивать картинки у него получается уже явно лучше.

Anюta at Seven Lakes. October 25th, 2014.Анюта до сих пор просыпается ночью 2-3 раза. Даже не знаю как её от этого отучивать. Днём она грудь берет редко (обычно перед дневным и ночным сном), а коровье молоко пить не хочет. Поэтому мне хочется дать ей дополнительное молоко ночью. Она, кстати, с удовольствием ест творог и йогурт, которые Ароша до сих пор не любит (за исключением небольших порций ванильного йогурта время от времени).

Еще Анюта предпочитает есть сама. Даже ложку с йогуртом она хочет держать самостоятельно. Я, в принципе, не против, хотя жидкость из супа давать ей сложно (а у самой еще не получается).

Анечка очень любит поулыбаться и посмеяться. Вообще у неё очень веселый характер. А еще она очень любит купаться.

С диатезом, к сожалению, проблема так и не решилать. Он становится то лучше, то хуже (приходится использовать гидрокартизон в таких случаях), но полностью не проходит.

На горшок она садиться тоже не желает, хотя “а-а-а” кряхтит при виде горшка исправно. Мне, конечно, надоело стирать подгузники, но ко всему привыкаешь.

Анюта стала с бóльшим удовольствием рассматривать книги. Ей нравится, когда я рассказываю, а не читаю. Наверное, понимает так больше. Она любит тыкать пальцем в картинки, и вообще когда ей что-то надо, то она указывает на это пальцем и либо говорит “дай” либо издает какие-либо другие звуки.

А с Арошей мы сейчас читаем японские сказки. Весьма своеобразное чтиво, но есть там и неплохие. Еще мы читали недавно молдавские рассказы о мальчике Гугуце — многие вещи там устарели, но всё равно было интересно. Времени читать книги для Ароши у меня стало меньше, но я обязательно стараюсь делать это каждый день. По-английски мы тоже читаем, но обычно совсем детские книги, которые ему раз в неделю выдают в школьной библиотеке.

Arosha picking mushrooms at Floyd Bennett Field.А еще Ароша постоянно ходит немного сопливый. Врач говорит, что это у него аллергическое. Ну, я знаю, что от холода у него всегда нос течёт, а вот начсёт пищевых аллергий я даже не знаю что сказать. Врач говорит, что надо исключить молочное, мучное и сладкое, но дело в том, что эти продукты он и так получает в очень ограниченных обьёмах. Вобщем, будем надеяться, что сопли всё же со временем пройдут.

А мы все болеем по кругу. Я вот уже почти 3 недели никак не могу избавится от кашля и насморка. У меня на прошлой неделе вообще пропал голос и я могла только шептать. Честно говоря, это было ужасно, потому что я жутко болтливая, особенно когда рядом дети. Даня тоже затемпературил, заболело горло и уши. Еще болеет т. Оксана. Всё началось с Ароши. Анюта тоже переболела, но это было уже больше месяца назад.
In: Family, Life In General   Tags: , , , , , , ,
Time: 11:51   Comments: 1 Comment   Post a Comment  
1
1

Leave a comment

O.o teeth mrgreen neutral -) roll twisted evil crycry cry oops razz mad lol cool -? shock eek sad smile grin

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Anna — One Year Old

Birthday girl.Our baby-girl is ONE year old! We love her so-so-so much! She brings so much joy into our lives. I am so happy that Anna Leah is a part of our family!

Mommy love.There is not much to say in terms of Anюta’s development. She is walking better — trying to run actually. She seems to understand more, but does not say much other than “mama”, although she might have said “mooo-mooo” a few times (the cow’s sound). She can also clap her hands if you ask her or if she sees somebody doing it.

Birthday dress, first doll.Anechka tries to climb onto things — Arosha’s bed, living room sofa, bedroom sofa, kid’s chair. Arosha’s bed is easy to get on, but she still have some difficulty getting off, although I’ve seen her do it a few times. The sofas are hit and miss. It’s funny that she starts to cry out of frustration when she can’t climb on, but the minute she does, she beams with pride and joy instantaneously.

Siblings.Anюta can play independently for a while, although in the last week or so she is very clingy. I think she is probably teething. She even ran a fever with no other symptoms for a few days. Аnюta has 3 teeth so far, and I can see number four breaking through.

She gets up 2-4 times a night and takes 1-2 naps during the day.

Birthday guests.I am still breastfeeding. Anna is not nearly as fond of the process as Arosha was. In fact, she seem to prefer bottle over my boob (I express milk to take to the playground sometimes), even when its contents are cold. I am planning to go on for a while, hopefully. She still does not eat that much solid food, especially now with the whole teething business. So I’d rather fill her up on human milk than on that of other mammals.

Misha and Sasha listening to Anna's grandfather's stories.Anюta loves holding my iPhone. I usually let her do it when changing diaper or getting her things ready for bed. Yesterday she put the phone to her ear and started to make sounds. That was so funny. She did it again twice already.

Blowing the candle out for Anюta.Arosha is getting used to going to school. If last week he was crying at home before going, this week started tear-free. He keeps saying that he is sad and that he wishes the parents were allowed in, but at the same time he admits that school is not bad and that he likes being there. I think we are very lucky that his friend Rachel got into the same class. It made the transition much easier than it could have been if this was not the case.

Grilling on Daniel's birthday.Arosha is starting to learn English little by little. He still understands little I think, although if you ask him if he understand anything, his answer will be that he understands everything. I was surprised yesterday when he said a whole bunch of things in English (like simple commands such as sit down, lie down, some days of the week, some food items, etc). We bought Apple TV so that he can watch Sesame Street at home per his teacher’s recommendation. He was very reluctant at first, but now he is OK watching an episode from time to time.

Cheesequake flower bloom.We did a small celebration of Anechka’s birthday on Saturday. In the morning we went to Brooklyn Heights with Alex, who wanted to hang out with us, and took some nice family pictures. We then had a birthday lunch at a high-endish pizzeria. And in the evening we invited Danya’s parents and sister with her fiance and also Misha. I did not cook — we ordered food from local Russian cafe. It was a nice celebration, although Anechka was rather fussy and went to sleep an hour earlier than normally. She was asleep by the time for the cake, so Arosha blew out the birthday candle for her.

We went to the doctor for her one year well visit, and her stats are the following: weight is 19lb 6oz, height is 31.5 inches. Apparently she is long and lean.

Cheesequake grilling.Oh, and by the way, I wanted to write a few words about Danya’s birthday, which was a month ago, but never got around to it. He did not feel like celebrating much, so us and Danya’s parents went and had an impromptu barbeque at Cheesequake State Park in NJ. I bought coal and everything for burgers at our local Silver Star, but apparently left all burger patties in the store. Luckily, this problem was relatively easy to fix, although I felt quite embarrassed. All in all, it was a nice celebration as well, although I am not sure if the day felt special enough for Danya.
1
1

Leave a comment

O.o teeth mrgreen neutral -) roll twisted evil crycry cry oops razz mad lol cool -? shock eek sad smile grin

Thursday, September 4, 2014

First Day of School

First day of school.Today was a big day. Arosha has started school. A day that started a new phase of his life. We often talk with him about steps a person takes in his life and school is one huge step. He was aware of it for some time now and when the day was nearing he was full of anticipation.

We, as parents, however (or at least I) was anticipating it with quite a bit of anxiety and only time will fully relief me of it. How will he met all the challenges of dealing with all kinds of situations on his own without us being around?

Constructing something.How will he conquer the language barrier? His Russian is very rich at this point, but his English is very much non-existent. Luckily this is far from a unique problem in our area and Pre-K is the right place to deal with it. To our luck the TA in our class speaks Russian.

How will he deal with aggressive kids? He is a very peaceful kid with a keen sense of right or wrong and he typically prefers to avoid confrontation. He does socialize with a lot of kids on the playground and Alena lets him deal with majority of confrontational situations on his own. Hopefully that gives him some foundation and hopefully if he cannot deal with something the teachers will help.

School gear.How will he be able to handle being on his own for 6 hours every day (our school does full day Pre-K), considering that he has never been without his close family nearby for any periods of time? Luckily he knows a couple of kids in his class from the playground and his good friend Rachel is in his class as well — although she will start her school next Tuesday. Hopefully the fact that he is not there “alone” will be helpful to him also.

Today we met his teacher — Ms. Lupion. She is a nice Jewish lady who has been teaching Pre-K for the last 28 years. Alena has heard a lot about her and every parent who had a child in her class gives her endless praises. She is a strict, but a fair teacher. We really know numerous mothers who were very happy with her. We are very happy with the fact that out of three Pre-K classes in our school Arosha ended up in hers.

School lunch. And both teacher and a TA.First day went all right. I don’t know how it will go from now on, but I wish our little boy all the very best in this important journey that he has started today. And I’m sure that he will be able to meet all the challenges before him as all the kids (like ourselves) before him.
In: Family   Tags: , , , ,
Time: 17:00   Comments: 3 Comments   Post a Comment  
1
1
2
2
3
3

Leave a comment

O.o teeth mrgreen neutral -) roll twisted evil crycry cry oops razz mad lol cool -? shock eek sad smile grin

Monday, September 1, 2014

Anna — 11 Months

In Marine Park.Our little Anechka is 11 months old today! She is such a delightful baby — very serious, but at the same time easily amused. She is so curious about the world around her. Anna loves picking up everything from the ground — be it twigs, stones, candy wrappers or empty water bottles and other garbage.

Anechka adores dogs. Every time she sees one, she stops whatever she is doing, and rashes towards it. She then squeals in excitement, and tries to touch a dog, although she is kind of being cautious at the same time and not really touches it. Anюta also makes high pitched “aaa-aaa” sound when she sees a dog — very similar to what Arosha did at her age. And of course the smaller the dog, the more she likes it. Big ones, even though still very interesting, are more scary. Which makes perfect sense, you know.

In Marine Park.Anechka still is very weary about strangers. She even refuses ice-cream and toys from the children on the playground which are not familiar to her. She does not like when adults other than family pick her up or touch her. I think it’s not so bad, especially for a girl. Arosha was different — more open, less cautious. He is still a conversation starter with anyone who can understand him (who speaks Russian that is).

Anechka’s vocabulary still consists of two words — mama and “dai” (give). I wonder if she’ll be an early talker like her brother was.

She can play by herself for a pretty long periods of time. Enough time for me to do things around the house oftentimes, like start cooking something, vacuum, etc. When she gets bored by herself, she likes to follow Arosha and tries to play with him. Sometimes he does, sometimes he does not. You should hear how those two laugh and/or squeal together sometimes. Their favorite place to do this is the elevator. OH MY GOD! I have to cover my ears sometimes because of how loud they get.

Ready to go.On playground people often comment on how independent she is.

Arosha is starting pre-K next week. I can’t believe it! He is such a big boy already. I hope it will go well. I am so curious to see how he’ll handle being away from me for such long periods of time. I am so curious to see how long it will take him to start speaking English. I hope he’ll get a good teacher and nice classmates.

I think we’re finally done celebrating his birthday. He was lucky this year and got 3 cakes! The first one was on his actual birthday, the 8th. Just the three of us (Anюta was asleep) celebrated. It was funny when during the birthday song he said — “enough already” (he really wanted to blow out the candles). I don’t think he realized that it was a little rude, so we just laughed and finished singing.

There is no fence we miss.The second celebration was with some of his and our friends — Alisa and her parents, Emma and her parents and Misha. Danya’s parents were away on vacation. I did not cook — just made two salads, and the rest we ordered from the Uzbek restaurant “1001 Nights”. This was definitely Arosha’s favorite party. Every time he has kids over, especially Alisa, he has a blast. He proclaimed on numerous occasions that he’ll marry her when he grows up. Alisa said that she does not mind. Those kids are too funny! By the way, when we ask Arosha why he wants to get married, he tells us that he needs a good wife to have children with.

Arosha's guests.Arosha got LEGO sets, school game and money for ice-cream (I say, we got all summer worth of ice-cream covered by the generous Misha) as gifts. Danya helped him to assemble some of the lego things already. I think you can never have too much of those.

Anюta seemed to enjoy all the birthday activities too! She ate well together with everybody and then followed children around and played with balloons and new toys (Ignat and Vika bought her a present too).

Playing.I was pretty tired by the end — Anюta got up really early that day and I did not have a chance to get any rest during the day. I even had to do laundry after putting Anюta down for the night (I wash cloth diapers every other day). Still, I was very glad how the party turned out. I honestly think that at this age celebrating at home with 1-2 friends is much more enjoyable for children than going to childrens’ gyms or a restaurant with a large group of kids for 2-3 hours.

And the last party to celebrate Arosha’s birthday was with his grandparents and aunt Lina and uncle Lenya. We also invited Misha again — he lives just a few minutes away from us and we thought that it’ll be more fun for everyone if he comes. I cooked wine-brased beef and garlic potatoes and a few salads. Danya said that he liked the food more than shish-kebabs from the restaurant that we had a week before.

Our guests.I am not sure how much fun Arosha had without children, but I liked his party still. And the cake, which we don’t have a picture of, was the best from all three. It had lots of berries and a very light cream inside the thin crust.

I am not sure how we’ll be celebrating Anюta’s birthday in a month, but I hope that we’ll contain it to just one party.

Leave a comment

O.o teeth mrgreen neutral -) roll twisted evil crycry cry oops razz mad lol cool -? shock eek sad smile grin

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Arosha — 4 Years

Birthday balloons and a lightsaber.Нашему фантазёру, баловнику, лазателю по заборам и деревьям, любителю девочек и компьютерных игр, мелодраматическому хныкателю, высокому блондину, красавчику и просто любимому сыну уже 4! С Днём Рождения, Арошенька! Расти умницей, не болей, будь счастлив! Мы тебя очень-очень-очень любим!

Ароша очень ждал свой День Рождения. Последние недели две он чётко знал сколько именно дней осталось до его праздника. Еще он хорошо запомнил, что родился он в августе, хотя конкретную дату обычно забывает.

Morning "almost" surprise.Наши дни очень похожи друг на друга. Мы много гуляем на улице — хорошо, когда есть кто-то из его подружек — каждый день читаем книги, играем в “пьяницу” (причём Ароша жутким образом мухлюет, но я ему это позволяю) детскими картами, спим, едим, играем на iPad. Ароша очень любит смотреть как Даня играет в Star Wars, а я в Hearthstone. Мы, конечно, очень ограничиваем его время у экрана, но практически каждый день он минут 30 тратит на это занятие. Причём, что интересно, в моей карточной игре он хорошо знает что какая карта делает, знает все классы игроков и тому подобное. Когда он придумывает сам какие-то игры, то часто интегрирует какие-то элементы из обоих этих компьютерных игр в свои фантазии. Ну, например, что он маг и у него есть лайтсэйбер и что он нападает на “плохих” и их побеждает. Вобщем, типичные мальчишечьи “войнушки”, только в реалиях его жизни.

Birthday ice-cream cake.Всвязи с такой любовью к Star Wars, мы купили Ароше в подарок лайтсэйбер. Сабля очень понравилась, и Ароша вот уже несколько дней с ней всё время дома играет. Еще мы купили ему новый двухколёсный самокат на замену старому трёхколёсномы. Выбор пал на Razor Cruiser. Пока у него не очень получается на нём кататься, но это дело времени.

Battle.Еще мы записали Арошу в школу, которая находится напротив нашего дома. Сперва его туда не взяли, а взяли в другую, на Манхэттен Бич, но на прошлой неделе из нашей школы позвонили и сообщили, что всвязи с большим количеством желающих, был создан еще один клас pre-K, и если мы хотим, Ароша туда попадёт. Мы подумали и решили, что несмотря на то, что школа на Манхэттен Бич лучше, преимущества нашей всё же перевешивают. Во-первых, сюда намного удобнее добираться — максимум 5 минут пешком. До другой школы пешком занимает 40-50 минут в каждую сторону, а машину я не вожу. Дедушка согласился отвозить Арошу, но для этого ему надо каждый день в течение года планировать вокруг Арошиных занятий. Ну, и последнее — в нашей школе занятия с 8 до 14:30, а в другой – с 11:45 до 14:15. Думаю, что 6.5 часов школы (которая, вобщем-то еще не школа, а больше детский сад) для всех нас подходят больше, чем 2.5. Надеюсь, Ароша сможет быстро адаптироваться и выучить английский. До начала учебного года осталось меньше месяца. Кстати, Арошина подружка Рэйчел тоже пойдёт в этот класс. Надеюсь это облегчит для него процесс адаптации.

Balloons.Еще Ароша что-то снова немного приболел ко Дню Рождения. Ничего такого серьёзного — немного повышена температура, немного сопли, немного кашель — но мы перенесли празднование на неделю. Анюта, похоже, тоже заразилась. Надеюсь, они успеют придти в себя к следующей субботе.

Arosha with his lightsaber.Мы, правада, купили шарики (в этом году этим занимались дедушка и папа), праздничный торт и шашлыки, так что Ароша всё же почувствовал себя именинником. Но всё равно хочется, чтобы к нему пришли в гости его подружки и он получил даже больше удовольствия. Дедушка и бабушка в этом году на Арошин День Рождения как раз улетели в отпуск, но они успели его увидеть и поздравить до отлёта.

Making faces.Ароша очень любит природу — всё растительное, всё живое (вклучая жучков, червячков и гусениц) и неживое (камушки, палочки). Мы 9 августа ездили на ферму, и там собирали ежевику, баклажаны, помидоры, кукурузу, чернику, персики. Так вот кто же был самым лучшим сборщиком урожая? Ароша! Особенно много он насобирал ежевики — она была первая на нашем пути, и энтузиазма было еще через край. Причём, несмотря на то, что мы советовали Ароше часть ягод собирать прямо в рот, он упорно хотел собирать именно в коробки. Анюте, кстати, на ферме тоже понравилось. Она всё перепробовала, но особенно много сьела ежевики.

Kids.Ароша любит знакомиться со всеми на улице. Обычно он подходит к понравившимся детям и начинает спрашивать как их зовут. Естественно, по-русски. Некоторые отвечают, некоторые игнорируют, некоторые говорят грубости (“не твоё дело”). К счастью люди из второй и третьей катогории Арошу не смущают, и он продолжает быть очень общительным.

Serious business.Ароша очень много болтает и средне слушает. Когда ему звонили и поздравляли его с Днём Рождения, он не давал людям на другом конце трубки что-то особо сказать, а перебивал их и рассказывал о себе.

P.S. Мы измерили Арошин вес и рост — 41½ фунтов (19кг) и 45½ дюймов (116см).
In: Family   Tags: , , , , , , , , ,
Time: 18:36   Comments: No Comments   Post a Comment  

Leave a comment

O.o teeth mrgreen neutral -) roll twisted evil crycry cry oops razz mad lol cool -? shock eek sad smile grin

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Стихи

Ароша выучил стихотворение ко Дню Рождения бабушки Оксаны. В прошлом году мы делали ей открытку, ну а в этом хотелось удивить чем-то новым. Стихотворение Ароша выбрал сам, и на заучивание ушло 4 дня. Он до сих пор иногда сбивается, но в принципе помнит его неплохо.

А еще мы наткнулись на старое видео, где Ароше год и 4 месяца. Мы никогда его не ставили потому что для нас оно было слишком обычным. Теперь вот смотрю и поражаюсь, сколько он всего знал, понимал и мог сказать.
In: Family   Tags: , , , ,
Time: 21:05   Comments: 3 Comments   Post a Comment  
1
1
2
2
3
3

Leave a comment

O.o teeth mrgreen neutral -) roll twisted evil crycry cry oops razz mad lol cool -? shock eek sad smile grin

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Anna — 10 Months

Us on grandma's birthday.Вот Анютке уже и 10 месяцев. Она такая славная и весёлая! Утром меня неизменно встречает её смеющееся лицо.

Анечка всё лучше и лучше ходит. Она часто пытается увеличивать скорость. Еще не бегает, но, думаю, скоро у неё получится. Она неплохо залазит на горки, поднимается ползком по ступенькам, ходит по наклонной плоскости вверх и даже вниз. Вобщем, умница. Все очень удивляются, когда узнают её точный возраст, ибо двигается она как годовалый (а то и старше) ребёнок.

Eating.Анютка очень любит каши, особенно овсянку. Гречку и пшёнку она тоже ест, но они более сухие, и, наверное, поэтому меньше нравятся. Еще она всегда с удовольствием ест чернику, бананы, варёную морковку. На днях она с огромной скоростью трескала помидоры и сладкую картошку. Вобщем, репертуар увеличивается. Я ничего не пюрирую, и покупное пюре из пакетика она тоже есть отказывается, за исключением мангового.

Arosha with flowers for grandma.Грудь Анюта стала брать намного реже, в среднем выходит около 3-5 раз в сутки. В идеале я бы хотела прокормить её до 1.5-2 лет, но не знаю как с такими темпами получится.

Mama with kids.Она неплохо говорит ма-ма-ма-ма-ма-ма-ма, но пока только когда хочет сама, а не по заказу. Но это явно относится ко мне. Еще, когда она чего-то хочет — например, чтобы Ароша угостил её мороженым — она издаёт громкое “аааа”.

А вообще она приносит мне очень много радости. Конечно, и Ароша тоже!

Anюta.Ароша, кстати, обожает играть в игру, в которой я делаю вид, что у меня нет детей, а он потерял маму и решил выбрать меня своей мамой. Ну и потом еще радует меня, что у него есть маленький братик Ари (или иногда он говорит маленькая сестричка Анюта).

Aroshka.Мы очень много гуляем на улице каждый день. По 3 с лишним часа утром и 1.5-2 вечером. Анюта, кстати, очень любит шарики с водой. Она их лопает. Надо отдать должное Ароше, он никогда не против, чтобы я надула первой ей, да и всегда готов поделится с другими детьми на площадке.
In: Family   Tags: , , , , , , , ,
Time: 18:54   Comments: No Comments   Post a Comment  

Leave a comment

O.o teeth mrgreen neutral -) roll twisted evil crycry cry oops razz mad lol cool -? shock eek sad smile grin

Monday, June 30, 2014

Anna — 9 Months

Anюta. 9 months old.Вот нашей малышке уже и 9 месяцев. Она уже ходит. Еще, конечно, не очень уверенно, но с каждым днём всё больше и лучше.

В последнее время я с детьми по будням часто хожу на Manhattan Beach. Идти туда примерно полторы мили в каждую сторону и занимает это у нас примерно 40 минут. Конечно, немного утомительно, но с другой стороны — это неплохое добавление к физической нагрузке. Ароша проходит такое расстояние без проблем, остановок и нытья.

Должна сказать, что они оба очень любят воду. Арошу невозможно вытащить из океана, хоть он и довольно прохладный. Анюта тоже как может быстро топает к воде и очень любит ходить по ней и шлёпать руками.

Они также хорошо играют в песке. Вообще на пляже весело — там обычно есть наши старые или новые (пляжные) знакомые. Мне можно поболтать, а для детей и компания есть, и дополнительные игрушки.

Brother and sister.Единственный не очень приятный момент, это мытьё под холодным душем. Но выхода у меня нет, потому что они под конец с ног до головы покрыты песком. Анюта плачет всегда (и трясётся от холода), а Ароша через раз. Я думаю, что от всей этой холодной воды они только здоровее будут.

Мы стараемся выходить на пляж пораньше, быть там в 9-9:30 и уходим с песка где-то в 10:30-11.

А вчера мы всем семейством ездили на Coney Island. Ароша очень любит кататься на разных каруселях и колесе обозрения. Всё прошло хорошо, хоть было и жарко. Анюта тоже прокатилась на колесе обозрения и на одних каруселях. Не могу сказать, чтобы это вызвало какой-то особый восторг, но и неудовольствия она тоже не проявила.

А на прошлых выходных мы ездили в зоопарк на Staten Island. Было неплохо. Ароше, конечно, там понравилось больше. Он стал вообще как-то больше замечать разных животных и интересоваться ими. Анюта, которая часто пищит от восторга когда видит собак или зверей на ферме, была к зверям в клетках развнодушна.

Strawberries.А еще неделю назад мы ездили собирать клубнику на ферму. Ароша набрал, наверное, фунтов 5. Он даже есть её на поле особо не хотел, а хотел собирать. Анюта тоже там ползала и пробовала ягоды. Я знала, что у неё после этого обострится диатез (что и случилось, но не в очень сильной форме), но не дать ей пожмякать и попробовать клубнику я не могла. Клубника, кстати, в этом году не очень сладкая, потому что было очень много дождей.

Анюта уже неплохо может пережёвывать пищу. Зуба у неё по-прежнему два, но это её не останавливает. Она пока не особо любит овощи и фрукты, а предпочитает хлебобулочные изделия и мясо. Еще Ароша её как правило угощает мороженым, которое он ест практически каждый день. Она, ясное дело, сьедает немного, но радости испускает на все 100 порций.

Picking strawberries.Вообще дни сейчас длинные и тёплые, так что на улице мы проводим очень много времени – 5-7 часов каждый день. Мне, конечно, тяжеловато это чисто физически выдерживать иногда, но на то оно и лето.

Книжки я Анюте читаю не так часто, как Ароше, но она слушает как я читаю ему, и, думаю, этого достаточно.

Спит она днём два раза — минут 30-40 на утренней прогулке, и часа 2-3 дома. Ночью просыпаетя 1-2 раза, но меня это не напрягает.

Анюта очень общительная, много улыбается и с удовольствием идёт на контакт и с детьми, и со взрослыми. Мнногие малыши на площадке любят её, делятся с ней игрушками и хотят покатать на качелях.

Leave a comment

O.o teeth mrgreen neutral -) roll twisted evil crycry cry oops razz mad lol cool -? shock eek sad smile grin

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Anna — First Steps

Today our daughter took her first independent steps. She is 6 days shy of 9 months. I’ve heard of babies walking this early, but never thought that I’ll have one of those!

She started to stand unsupported a few weeks ago. She also started to cruise around furniture some time ago and is getting better and better at it.

And overall, she has such an amazing personality. Laughs and smiles pretty much at everybody. I can’t get enough of her!
In: Family   Tags: , , ,
Time: 22:37   Comments: 3 Comments   Post a Comment  
1
1
2
2
3
3

Leave a comment

O.o teeth mrgreen neutral -) roll twisted evil crycry cry oops razz mad lol cool -? shock eek sad smile grin

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Shenandoah

Shenandoah National Park.Our vacation started on Wednesday evening. Just as planned we left home after Danya finished his work. I think it was a good thing that we left when we did — even though we did not drive all that many miles, but finishing packing and getting out of the house alone saved us good two hours for the next day. Nothing is fast with two little ones.

Shenandoah.After a 3 hour drive we arrived to Hershey, PA at around 11pm. Our hotel, Hampton Inn, was located on Chocolate Avenue, which really amused Arosha. There really is nothing much I can say about our stay there — we just spent the night, ate breakfast and moved on.

There is an amusement park in Hershey, but they were still closed for the season. The only memorable thing for me are the lampposts on Chocolate Avenue — they were made in the form of Hershey kisses.

Skyland Resort.We stopped at Harrisburg for a tour of the state Capitol, ate a pretty decent lunch at Ruby Tuesday’s and then proceeded to Shenandoah.

In Shenandoah we checked in and went to get some dinner at the local restaurant, which had two sections — the main dining area, which was very busy at the time, and the bar. We decided to eat at the bar, even though their menu was much more limited. I ordered a salad, which was pretty much the only thing that I could eat with my diet. Big mistake, as it turned out.

Big Meadow.It was close to Anюta’s bed time, so I gobbled the unappetizing plate of wilted greens, droopy tomatoes and weathered onions. My head was starting to hurt and I felt tired overall. I left the boys to finish their meals and ran to the room to feed Anechka and put her to bed.

Danya and Arosha decided to take their equally horrible tasting meals to go and joined us shortly. By that time not only I had a horrible headache, but felt nauseous. I think I yelled at poor Arosha for being his overly active self and had to run to the bathroom to throw up.

Big Meadow fog.Long story short, I was throwing up half the night. This summoned an anxiety attack in Danya and his stomach went all crazy on him. To make things worse, Arosha kept falling off the high bed he was sleeping on (and he had no such issues in the hotel bed the night before). The only thing that made it all better in my eyes was that is was happening to me and not the children. I could not imagine how much worse it would have been if this was happening to one of them.

Climbing tree.To prevent Arosha from falling down again — he fell 3 times before we did something — Danya moved his bed to the wall and went to sleep on the other edge. This worked well for Arosha and not so well for his dad since our little unit kept trying to push Danya off in his sleep. The next evening Danya put two beds together so that Arosha will at least have the whole bed to move around.

When we got up on Friday morning, I was all better and so was Danya, although this incident brought a bout of evening anxiety feelings for him. Too bad it had to happen.

Under the tree, while Arosha is climbing.There was a small and expensive breakfast buffet in the hotel, which was not included in the price of the room. We decided that it was not worth it and got some oatmeal and yogurts instead and went to see the park right after.

When we were driving from Hershey, we saw nature waking up — lots of trees with fresh green leaves, lots of trees and bushes in bloom. This was not the case higher up in the mountains though. We’ve been to Shenandoah in November before, and I have to say that at the end of April everything looked about the same if not worse.

Luray Caverns.We’ve decided to go to the Big Meadow since it was the most memorable place from our last trip. Before our vacation I was imagining it all covered in mountain flowers. Ha-ha, so silly. There was not even a single green grass spear. Oh well. It was still a nice experience. We started walking towards trees in the horizon and walked into the cloud of fog. The weather was grey and grim, but at least it was not raining. Yet.

Arosha found a big tree with a lot of brunches at the bottom and he kept climbing up and down. He had so much fun! Danya also climbed up and down ones. Anюta just sat under the tree and played with dry grass and pine cones and stones and pretty much everything that she could find.

Donation pool.After a while we headed back to the car and kind of got lost. The fog was everywhere and the Big Meadow was … well … BIG! I did not take us too long to find our car, but it still felt like a little adventure. I have to confess thought that if Danya was not there it would have taken me much longer to find the way out.

Just as we got into the car it started raining, so all other hikes had to be canceled. We decided to drive down to Luray and visit the famous caverns instead.

Car and carriage museum.The drive was OK. It kept raining on and off, the children were asleep. When we arrived to our destination and Danya got out of the car to get something from the trunk it started pouring really bad. My poor husband jumped into the trunk to stay dry. I think he spent around 15 minutes there. Don’t think it was too comfortable, but it beats walking around in wet clothes.

Luray.When the rain got a little lighter we ran to the entrance and bought tickets for the tour. Unfortunately in order to see caverns one has to get a tour, there is no such thing as just walking at your own pace. The tour duration was a bit over an hour and I was a little anxious as to how children will handle it.

Caverns.The caverns themselves were nice. I’ve been to similar caverns twice — ones in Crimea, Ukraine and ones in Carlsbad, New Mexico. All of them are quite impressive, and even though the novelty wears off, it was still interesting to see all the rock formations. The unique thing about Luray Cavers was The Great Stalacpipe Organ. It was interesting to listen to it and I hope that the vibrations will not harm ancient stalactites in any way.

Arosha seemed to like the caverns too, although he got tired of the tour by the end. At some point he was asking Danya to take a picture of each and every rock that entered his field of vision. It was cute and a little annoying at the same time. Anюtka was not too impressed with the caves, but she did not throw any bad fits, which is already good.

Big Meadow in fog.We finished our Luray trip with the tour of the automobile museum. Danya found it to be relatively interesting and Arosha wanted to be done with it as soon as possible.

Skyline Drive. Shenandoah National Park.We drove back to the lodge and ate dinner at the local restaurant. It was much better this time. Danya and I have decided that it would be better to leave one day early — it was not one factor, but everything together: cold weather, lack of laundromat and hot water, horrible beds. Luckily, lodge’s stuff did not give us any hard time at all. So next morning after another round of yogurt and oatmeal we left for Tennessee.

Leave a comment

O.o teeth mrgreen neutral -) roll twisted evil crycry cry oops razz mad lol cool -? shock eek sad smile grin

Friday, June 6, 2014

Great Smoky Mountains

Great Smoky Mountains. View from Clingmans Dome.Great Smoky Mountains National Park was on my list of to-visit places for a while now. I spotted it on the map for the first time during the spring-summer of 2010, when we were thinking of our last vacation before our kids started arriving — Alena was well along into her pregnancy. At the time we decided that it was too late to try anything as ambitious as 1,400 mile trip at the minimum.

Zoo at Natural Bridge.Later that year we went to Shenandoah for a week’s stay with my parents and our brand new family member. From that moment on I kept mentioning Great Smoky Mountains from time to time and we kept deciding that it was too early to do something like that. This spring I brought it up again and somewhat to my surprise Alena agreed.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park entrance.Not only would this be by far the biggest drive for Arosha in his life — although he has shown himself a great traveler during our Washington State trip. And not only it would be the first trip with Arosha without my parents, no. We also had a tiny new unit who wouldn’t even be 7 month old by the time our trip would start.

Sugarlands Visitor Center.Keeping all the above in mind we planned the trip in such a way that we would make several stops on our way to Tennessee and back to give our kids some breaks from long drive days. Our original plan had a single stop in Shenandoah for three nights and two full days of relaxation at the park before driving another 400 miles all the way to Gatlinburg.

Newfound Gap road.But since we decided to leave Shenandoah a day earlier (more on that in Shenandoah post) we figured we’ll just split our drive into two 200 mile sections instead of a full 400 mile jump. But to our surprise our kids were so good that we ended up making it all the way to the end in one day, thus adding another great day to our best part of this vacation — our stay in Great Smoky Mountains.

At the top of Clingmans Dome.On our way we had two breaks — one was a detour to see natural bridge instead of which we ended up visiting a zoo. Kids had a lot of fun there. Arosha fed goats, llamas, giraffes and camels among the things that I remember. Llamas were making all kinds of sounds while gobbling up the treats and both of our kids found them to be by far the most amusing bunch. As a result llamas got most of our treats.

Same location.Our second stop was for a lunch at some local BBQ place where I got 1/4 (or was it 1/2) of a rack of ribs which were double the size of the normal rack that I’m used to seeing. Good thing I wasn’t greedy and didn’t order the whole thing. It was interesting, but it took much more fighting than ribs usually take. Not fun. We were tired after.

Conquering the fear of heights.So we kept driving and driving and our kids kept being totally content, taking naps and at some point we figured that it no longer really makes any sense to spend a night elsewhere but our final destination. Only when we got off the main interstate and started driving via a local road with traffic lights Anюta started to get annoyed and started crying. Luckily it was only for the last 5 miles of our drive.

Observation tower at Clingmans Dome.On our way to Gatlinburg we were greeted by a neighboring town of Pigeon Forge. We always imagined that Gatlinburg would feel a lot like Bar Harbor near Acadia National Park or like Port Angeles by Olympic National Park or even like Ashford near Mount Rainier. Pigeon Forge though was nothing like. The best analogy that I can think of is the Canadian side of Niagara Falls, but bigger — everything is covered in flashing neon signs, mini-golf courses, houses of scary mirrors, Guinness record halls and so on and on and on for miles.

On the way down.To our relief Gatlinburg was a lot more toned down, yet still not a serene and cozy town we expected it to be. We were glad to find out that our hotel is located on the edge of the town and on a top of a decently sized hill. The location was so great that it was only a third of a mile away from one of the entrances to Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Stopped on the side of a road for one of the numerous trails.The hotel itself, as I wrote earlier, was not what you would expect to find near a national park. This one was a fifteen plus story building bustling with activity. We were lucky enough that they had a room available for our first unplanned night — we did check via their website before driving all the way there. But reasonably enough they had no upgrade for us on such a short notice.

Us at Laurel Falls.The room was on the first floor. When they asked us whether we preferred to just stay in one place or we would like to get our upgrade for the rest of the nights we inquired what kind of upgrade it would be. — We would put you on the 15th floor. — How many are there? — Fifteen. — We’ll move!

Thus our Tennessee stay has begun. Hotel and our room were great. Breakfasts were included. Lunch and dinner menus were reasonably priced. Pools were fun. And Great Smoky Mountains National Park was right beside us for us to explore.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park


Laurel Falls.Now after my not-so-short introduction on to the park itself. In the park we visited four major scenic places or destinations, two visitor centers and did a number of smaller hikes in the forest by just pulling off the road and taking quite trails.

On the way to Cades Cove.Our very first stop was by a standard national park entrance sign. We saw some people taking their pictures by the sigh and I kindly offered to take a picture of all of them. The nice people offered to take our picture as well and I confessed that it was my plan all along.

Woodpecker.After that we stopped by Sugarlands Visitors Center to put together a plan of actions for the next five days. We also got our passports stamped. Arosha now has his own passport with a pretty nice collection of stamps already. Too bad we didn’t buy it for him back during our Northwestern trip.

Taking a break from all the driving.My conversation with a ranger about places to see and hikes to take was interrupted by loud howling cry. Arosha was all in tears and at first we got very scared that he hurt himself somehow — he really only cries that loudly when it really hurts. Luckily it was not that — turns out he was playing under the stand (desk) with his pasport while I was talking and somehow managed to drop it into that stand.

Meadows at Cades Cove.A bunch of rangers gathered around, but only to find out that stand is solidly built and attached to the floor and there was no way to get inside of it. Arosha was terribly upset and couldn’t stop crying. Several rangers tried to calm him and tell him that they will save his passport. They ended up taking their stand apart and extracting the passport. From that moment on Arosha was much more careful with his collection of stamps.

Old aqueduct.We put off the destinations that we discussed with the rangers to other days because there was one place that I’ve read about before coming to the park that I really wanted to visit — Clingmans Dome. Clingmans Dome is the highest mountain in the Smokies and it has a 45 feet observation tower build on top of it offering unobstructed view in all directions.

Old mill.This is the destination that we ended up visiting tree times, but did the hike to the top only twice. So on our first day our first trip up there was on a relatively clear day. But from the top there was still significant haze. However the views were magnificent.

Bear cub!The hike itself is only half a mile long, but it is very steep. Alena had to carry Anna in her arms as she didn’t want to sit inside her ergo (which was the case for pretty much all our hikes), but Arosha had no issues doing the hike on his own.

The whole family. Mama bear with 3 cubs.Several days later we came here again. The day was very foggy and we were hoping to get above the clouds. It was not meant to be. Clouds were too high and when we started our hike we ran into a couple coming back down. We asked them if the visibility was any better at the top and they said it wasn’t at all, so we just turned back.

Wild turkeys.And several days later we got up here again on a cloudy day. Even though we did get above the clouds the cloud cover underneath wasn’t as thick as I was hoping it would be. We made the hike to the top again and did take a bunch of nice photographs. So overall I have to say if you’re going to see only one place in Great Smoky Mountains this is the destination to go to.

Fog at Clingmans Dome parking lot.One our second day we went on a hike to see Laurel Falls. The trail was three mile round trip with a pretty modest altitude change — non stop climb up to the falls and descent on the way back. The trail was paved, but there were several signs warning of danger as there were fatal accidents on this trail before. The path was laid right along a steep cliff and children had to be protected and supervised at all times. So while we were hiking up I was firmly holding Arosha by his hand.

Trail to Clingmans Dome.We passed by several small streams on our way up and Arosha loved them. As did Anyuta. Arosha found some branch with a bunch of leaves on the end and started dunking it into the water and then “washing” everything around him. He kept pretending that he had this awesome broom and kept talking and talking about it. At one point the end with the leaves just fell off. That fazed him for all of 2 seconds when he declared: “I just pressed a special button and my broom turned into a vacuum cleaner. It works even better now.”

Thick fog.The waterfall itself wasn’t big or anything, but since waterfalls seem to be our favorite destination in any park — we liked it. The trail led us to the bottom of it and it was falling on the huge boulders right in front of us. Arosha started fishing with his “vacuum cleaner” and when Alena let Anna touch the water she turned into a little speedy propeller with her arms flying in circles.

Another random trail to nowhere.Eventually Arosha managed to slip and fall in with one of his shoes into the water. However that wasn’t enough. Soon enough he ended up knee deep in the water with both of his feet. And we had no spare pants, socks or sneakers. I fished him out quickly enough, but his feet were all soaked. We had to go all the way back like that and we had to listen to Arosha’s whining about how it was horrible and not fun at all.

Riding an old log.When he would switch to crying we would try to cheer him up by saying that all people only saw the waterfall, but he actually was inside of it and that it was quite funny. He kept disagreeing and protesting claiming that there was absolutely nothing funny about his tragic situation. Later on when he was all dried off in a new set of clothing he did admin that maybe it was a little bit funny after all.

Wonderworks at Pigeon Forge.So after our mandatory stop back at the hotel (to get dry clothing) we got back into the car and drove to Cades Cove. Cades Cove is a place with a bunch of old houses and farms and things like that, but the main attraction for us was the fact that apparently that was the best place to spot wild life. And that indeed ended up being true. We did see a total of 8 bears, a whole bunch of deer, wild turkeys and a really good looking woodpecker on that day.

Climbing.Our first spotting of a bear was actually not far from the entrance to the park itself. We saw a whole bunch of cars stopped on the side of the road going in the opposite direction. I did an SUV maneuver through the median, put on my big lens and got out of the car. I couldn’t spot the bear myself, but soon enough some kind folks did point it out to me. It was far away enough that I felt it was safe to get Arosha out of the car and show him the bear. He did see him too.

Snowboarding.In Cades Cove we just kept driving very slowly and looking around. Alena spotted a woodpecker on the tree, but by the time I had my camera in hand he already jumped off. I did get several nice shots of him still.

Urtica burn. Luckily we avoided Poison Ivy.Our kids fell asleep on the way there and got some rest on the road. Then we stopped at some gift shop where we discovered yet another stamp (we got one at Clingmans Dome too) and an old watermill.

Trail to Grotto Falls.Arosha played with the water throwing all kinds of stuff into an old aqueduct, pretending to be cooking some soup which had about 50 different ingredients. We saw some wild turkeys, but one guy scared them all off before we had a chance to take a picture — we did find some more on our way back that did pose for us.

Grotto Falls.The best way to spot a bear is to see for a bunch of stopped cars and a bunch of observers with cameras. Thus we spotted a mama bear with two cubs, but they were quite far away. I could see the black dots through the camera, but not much more. They were sitting in the open field when suddenly a deer ran out of the woods and stopped. After realizing that it probably is not the best idea to be handing out around the bears the said deer disappeared in the woods even more hastily than it appeared.

Walking behind the falls.And several miles later we saw a whole bunch of cars again. I got out of the car and went about 50 meters into the woods. And there I saw several photographers taking pictures of a mama bear and her three cubs not far away. That’s where I got my best pictures of the cubs climbing the trees. Needless to say that was pretty exciting.

View from behind the falls.On the next day we went onto another trail. This one was located on a scenic road that started right around the back of our hotel. The trail was to Grotto Falls. This one was also about three miles both ways which Arosha also hiked without any problems. However this time we were much more careful around the waterfall itself in order not to have to do the hike back in a half wet condition again.

Gatlinburg. View from our hotel.The trail was also very scenic as any other trail. But the waterfall itself stands out because you could hike under and behind it. I actually carried Arosha under it because it was a sure way for him to get a shower otherwise.

Over the clouds at Clingmans Dome.We also spent half a day in Pigeon Forge and went to a weird place called Wonderworks. They had an upside-down building and all kinds of weird things inside, but overall it ended up being pretty boring. Arosha tried climbing a special mountains, but he didn’t seem to like that at all, and couldn’t really grasp the concept of having a safety on him and why he needed that at all.

Observation tower path.On our way back we stopped for a lunch at a hole-in-the-wall Cuban restaurant. And we saw a beaver on the side of the road. At first time we went by him too quickly so we made a U-turn and came back and he was still sitting on the side of the road. But as soon as I touched my camera he split with the speed of light — so no picture.

Wildflowers.And on our last full day we again went to Clingmans Dome, which I wrote about above and after that went on a trail through the woods the start of which was literally one third of a mile away from our hotel. Just a nice quite trail that runs along a mountain river and no people around.

Trail by our hotel.On our way our way out of Tenseness we crossed the whole park and came out on the other side in North Carolina. We stopped at another visitor center on that end, bought some wildflower honey for ourselves and our parents and walked around the old farm that used to be located near it.

Newfound Gap road.And that’s pretty much it. We picked a very good time to visit the park as everything was in full spring bloom. Everything about this stay was great. The only regret is that parents weren’t with us. They surely would’ve liked it a lot as well.

By Oconaluftee Visitor Center.P.S. All pictures are posted in chronological order.
1
1

Leave a comment

O.o teeth mrgreen neutral -) roll twisted evil crycry cry oops razz mad lol cool -? shock eek sad smile grin

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Anna — 8 Months

8 months.Can you believe Anna is 8 months already? Doesn’t it seem that just yesterday she was still 3 or 4?

She is turning into such a delightful little human! Her personality shines through more and more every day. Anechka loves company, but does not need to be in the center of attention all the time. Often she can play by herself as long as we are in the same room. I don’t think I ever experienced this with Arosha — he always wanted constant interaction!

Suddenly standing.Anюtka started to crawl a while back. She can move pretty quickly around the apartment. She usually follows me wherever I go — kitchen, bathroom, bedroom. She crawls kind of funny. If Arosha looked like a giant lizard, she looks like a crab. Her arms and one leg are in the regular crawling position, but another leg she puts not on the knee, but on the foot. Not sure if my explanation makes sense, but we’ve made a video, so it’s easy to see. I call her my little crab from time to time.

Teeth proof.Anna smiles a lot. Especially if I am around and she feels safe. She is not afraid of strangers (again, if I am around), but does not like when someone other than me is holding her. She can tolerate Danya or his mom for a short periods of time, but that’s about it.

She loves to pull herself up and actually started cruising a little bit holding onto furniture. I wonder when she’ll start standing by herself.

Cruising.She can say “ma-ma-ma-ma-ma”, and I think that often she means it. When I am away and she wants to find me or is tired of crawling and wants me to pick her up, she often would do that “ma-ma-ma” chant.

Annushka loves animals and birds. When we went to the farm, she was laughing so much while looking at ducks and horses and sheep. She also was really fascinated by pigeons the first few times she saw them. Each time they flew, she laughed.

Exploring.She is still breastfed. She does not eat too often — sometimes her breaks during the day are 5 hours long. She wakes up 2-3 times during the night to eat, but I really don’t mind. We are loosely following baby lead weaning, but she barely eats any food. She likes trying what’s on our plates, but usually spits out everything. She figured that she is not a fan of quinoa, buckwheat or avocado (my morning staples at the moment).

More cruising.Anechka seem to like Arosha very much. She often will lighten up when he gets up in the morning (usually an hour or two later than her) and crawls to him. She does not like when he is pulling her down from behind though — and Arosha likes doing that. He seem to like her a lot too.

Arosha at a farm.We went to the allergist on Friday to see if he can identify anything that might be causing her eczema. The doctor did a skin test for 60 different allergens and all results were negative. I can’t tell you just how relieved I was to hear that. He prescribed a hidrocortisone cream and it helped to clear the worst things up. I don’t know how long her skin will stay more or less OK, but now I have hope that she’ll just outgrow this condition. I feel really bad for her when eczema flares up and she keeps scratching and scratching and scratching.

Early May.Just to sum it up, Anюta is such a delightful little girl. I adore her and love her with all my heart. And of course I love our son just as much!
In: Family   Tags: , , , , , , , ,
Time: 15:48   Comments: No Comments   Post a Comment  

Leave a comment

O.o teeth mrgreen neutral -) roll twisted evil crycry cry oops razz mad lol cool -? shock eek sad smile grin