Saturday, June 13, 2009
Saturday, August 02, 2008
A few weekends ago Pshko's high school friend and his family came to visit. This brought out Pshko's youthful vigor, as you can see below:
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Here is a baby pumpkin from our garden! I don't know if they're already supposed to be farther along than this, because our sunflowers certainly don't look like the ones I see blooming everywhere, but it's one of the high points of my day to go out and see how much these babies have grown. In my novice gardening, I planted a teeny bed, which the pumpkins and cucumbers outgrew long ago, tendriling all over each other and the grass surrounding them.
We have very nice neighbors who don't seem to mind that our backyard is a meadow, currently with a maze of paths mowed into it, which the kids love to run around in. We recently set up the framework for a little teepee, and planted nasturtium at the base of the bamboo sticks, in the hopes of growing a little flowery (edible) hideaway. We shall see!
Monday, July 14, 2008
Saturday, July 12, 2008
Then yesterday, I started singing Summertime at bedtime (you know, and the living is easy...), decided the kids should hear Janice sing it, discovered it was a lullaby (I had no idea, but it makes sense, as long as she is not singing it) from Porgy and Bess and that its writing by Gershwin was inspired by a Ukrainian lullaby. I have no idea if this is the same lullaby, but we then found this Ukrainian lullaby, with a video, that is decidedly not Summertimey, snowy rather, but very soothing and pretty:
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Now the kids have just had their cod liver oil, Kozhin is showing me which pages he wants to read tonight out of "100 Things You Should Know About Whales and Dolphins", Kazha is trying to use my boob as a spray bottle, now Kozhin is trying to write WALL-E on a piece of paper, Kazha is crying because I don't want to be a spray bottle anymore, Kozhin heard a sound behind the kitchen cabinet that sounded like a mouse, and thinks dormice are the cutest kinds of mice ever, Kozhin is showing Kazha how to cut out an airplane out of paper by cutting half of it out of a folded piece, Kazha is telling me I didn't change out of my tae kwon do shirt today.
Time to brush their teeth--they have been going to bed WAY too late lately!!
Saturday, July 05, 2008
They look like a huge colony of cute, tiny worms! (Sie sehen aus, wie ein Colony von suessen kleinen Wuermern!)
And they did, actually.
Lots to write about since I last wrote, I'll probably upload a bunch of pictures one of these days to try to catch up...