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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Halloween 2017

Friends. The whole bunch.Halloween is probably one of the children’s favorite holidays. They were anticipating it for a long while. Aroshka even had post Halloween blues the next morning, but luckily the sadness passed quickly.

This year they chose to be a puppy and a giraffe. Danya was a little worried about Arosha’s costume pick since the vast majority of boys his age were dressed as either a superhero/movie character, someone scary or someone like a policemen, fireman or some kind of warrior. Daniel was worried that other children would tease Arosha and ruin the joy of it for him, but luckily this did not happen.

Anna's class.This year our school has a new principal — a young woman, who so far seems to be very nice and well liked by both teachers and parents. Our previous principal was a bit rigid for my taste. He was a young man with a military background and sometimes I was not sure if he cared more about the school, or his career advancement. Anyhow, with this new principal, the children were allowed to wear costumes to school, and also the parents association prepared a trick-or-treating event for all grades on the school yard. I think that something like this did not happen for a long time, if ever.

Anna's teacher.After school we went home to eat and then meet up with the usual gang — Erica, Ilona and Natasha with their children. We went trick-or-treating through our local stores as we do every ear. It took us about an hour, and the children were super excited. We went to the playground afterwards. They weather was on the cold side, but at least it was not raining.

Our units.When we got home, Arosha talked me into continuing trick-or-treating throughout our building. I don’t like doing it to be completely honest, but I did not have a heart to deprive him of this, since we’ve done it every year for the last 4 years. I did put a time limit on this activity though, so we did not go through the whole building, but just through our wing.

Units.They got two huge buckets of candy at the end. They will eat very little of it though since I limit their sugar intake, and normally they prefer ice-cream to any other sweets. Anna’s eczema resurfaced the next day — she is sensitive to certain things, and I guess all those artificial colors and other bad things in candy might have triggered it.

All in all it was a happy day for the children and they already started to plan their next Halloween.
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Friday, October 20, 2017

Anna’s 4th Birthday

Anna. 4th Birthday.At the end of September Anna has turned 4 years old! Congratulations, our little shining star. Be healthy, be happy, be lucky and loved!

Anna’s birthday fell on a Wednesday this year. I decided to celebrate the very same day after school. I think it’s more exciting for a birthday girl, plus it would have been so hard to wait until the weekend party for both her and Arosha.

Siblings.As I wrote before, we have a birthday balloons tradition with Arosha. We did not do it for Anna last year, and she made me feel a little bad about it when she decided that we just forgot to get her balloons. She was not terribly upset, but she was fully expecting a bunch of balloons for her birthday this year. I guess that’s only fair. It’s a good tradition anyhow, something that really sets their birthdays apart from all the other holidays.

So on Tuesday, Anюta and I went to Party city and got a helium tank and a bunch of balloons. It took me and Daniel about an hour to fill them up in the evening. Still easier than buying ready balloons at the store and bringing them home. We still have about a quarter of those balloons hanging by the ceiling 9 days later.

Brother.So Anna got up in the morning, saw the balloons, was happy. Then she went to school and I went to get her a birthday cake. It was a really hot and humid day, so Daniel’s dad helped me and drove me to Cherry Hill supermarket. She wanted the cake specifically from that place, because their cakes are so beautifully decorated I suppose. I promised her to get the pinkest cake there is, and so I did.

At 1 o’clock I went to school to celebrate her birthday with her classmates. I got some cupcakes and juice and filled party favor bags for all the children. It was my first experience like this since Arosha’s birthday is during summer break.

Traditional balloons.Anюta was happy to see me, but after eating her cupcake, she did not want to participate in any celebratory class games. She preferred to sit with me in the drawing corner and just draw things. Oh well, it’s her birthday after all.

We planned to stay at the playground until around 3:30, the time of the party. However, the weather was so unbearable, that we got home at 3:00. I’ve decided not to cook anything, but to order pizza and sushi instead. Anюta invited her friends Mila and Liza, and they came with their moms and siblings (Smion, Alex and Andrusha).

Family.I was a little worried that the children will be bored or that they will turn the apartment upside down, but it was not bad at all. Girls played together really nicely. They played with toys, Anna’s kitchen, mosaic, did some water-coloring activities. The boys spent a lot of time building the contraption lab that Arosha’s got for his birthday, they also played a few board games and tried to pay hide-and-seek up until the moment of Shublik’s release.

This year we locked Shublik in one of the closets, so the kids have more space. In the past we used to lock Shublik in one of the rooms, but my mom suggested a new plan, and I think it actually worked out very nicely. He did not object at all, and probably it felt safe for him. Of course, Arosha let him out at the end while trying to hide in that particular closet, even though we warned everyone that that closet is off limits and I even put a few strips of scotch tape on the door, so that it would require more effort to open it up.

Celebration. Guests.The guests stayed until about 6 p.m. and then went outside and played there until about 7 p.m.

In the evening the grandparents and aunt Lina came to congratulate our little birthday girl. I really hope that she enjoyed her special day.
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