Josiah, almost 2 weeks old

»  olya    27 Aug 2006 @ 11:34    

Klopek? Is that Slavic?

»  mark    23 Aug 2006 @ 05:31    

For all you fans of the classic Tom Hanks movie, “The Burbs”, we started referring to one of Maya’s lego pieces as Dr. Klopek, and now that’s what she calls him. All we have to do is say, “Where’s Klopek?” and she goes looking for him. I don’t know. Do you see any resemblance? My brother, the doctor!

Photo credit: Olya

We’re moving

»  mark    21 Aug 2006 @ 08:37    

Just a note for those who haven’t heard already. We’re moving to a new place by the end of August: a house for rent just a block and a half from our current residence. It’s exciting and overwhelming at the same time, but I guess that is not much different than any other move. Of course it does have the advantage of being in our current neighborhood. So while our home will change, at least we’ll be surrounded by people who are somewhat familiar.

So if you’re thinking of dropping by for a visit, make sure you e-mail us first for new directions. Our phone number should remain the same.

Josiah – almost 2 days old

»  olya    16 Aug 2006 @ 22:06    

Our “nephew” is here!

»  olya    16 Aug 2006 @ 00:17    

Just Maya

»  olya    15 Aug 2006 @ 08:24    

Maya’s a funny

»  mark    8 Aug 2006 @ 07:11    

With all the running around we do, I don’t think I take advantage of the opportunity to write down all the funny things Maya does and says. She is quite a character. I wrote this up a week or so ago, but never got around to posting it. So without further ado…

Wednesday, August 2, 2006:
Tonight we had another one of those moments where Maya did something really outrageous that made me mad, but at the same time it was kind of funny. All the same, I had to show her the stern face because I really didn’t want to encourage what she was doing.

I was changing Elijah’s diaper and Maya was behind me on the other side of the room. It got kind of quiet, and that is always a warning sign. But I was concentrating on the task at hand, so I didn’t look back immediately. Big mistake.

While my back was turned for those few moments. Maya was busy giving herself a facial treatment with a bottle of lotion. She had it all over her face, looking much like I do when I shave in the morning, except she was also putting some in her hair. She kept saying “shampoo, shampoo…”

I hurried and finished with Elijah, then not knowing how else to clean all that lotion off, I picked Maya up like a sack of potatoes and rushed her into the bathroom. Then with great skill, I disrobed her, and put her in the shower while trying to keep myself at arm’s length from the lotion. I turned the water on and pointed it right on her head, then went back to check on the baby in the other room.

I’m not sure whether Maya got all the “shampoo” out of her hair during her brief shower, but she sure does have the softest face of anyone I know.

Not bad, huh?

Here’s another one from last night:
We were strolling around the grocery store picking up a few things when we turned onto the condiment aisle. All of a sudden Maya starts shouting “Crunchy pickle! Crunchy pickle!” I had no idea what that was all about but Olya claims it is from a television commercial. I guess we’re going to have to be careful how much TV this young impressionable mind is getting.


Camping in Mantua – Mark’s view

»  mark    8 Aug 2006 @ 07:04    

I would only correct one thing from Olya’s description of the campout. I wouldn’t say “except for ” the “sunrise hike” with Elijah everything was great. That hike was one of my favorite parts of the campout. True, it was a little dark when we took off, and it wasn’t my intention to go so far, but I’m glad we did. More than removing the noisy baby from the campground, it was a bonding experience.

We saw wildlife as we walked through meadows and up the road. It rained that night, so everything was very fresh and the grass smelled very good. We picked sunflowers, watched the sunrise, and enjoyed the calm of an early summer morning. How often do I get to do that? I mean, we’re up that time practically every day, but I don’t take advantage of the opportunity to get out and enjoy nature each morning. So it was one of my highlights.

Sorry to all for the disturbance. You should have joined us!

Day 2 – Hiking nobody-knows-where :)

»  olya    7 Aug 2006 @ 09:30    

Day one – part 2

»  olya    7 Aug 2006 @ 09:16    
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