Trip to the Temple Square

»  olya    31 Dec 2007 @ 17:02    

Finally made it there to see the lights! Lisa, I’ll add your photo shortly ;)

Where does she learn that?

»  olya    31 Dec 2007 @ 00:25    

“Mama, I want some lunch”

“Would you like pasta with white feta cheese?” (you’d better, because I have nothing else)

“No, thanks, I just want mere lunch”

Christmas morning

»  olya    26 Dec 2007 @ 23:43    

We had a wonderful Christmas morning, not perfect, but wonderful :) Kids enjoyed opening presents (which included some goodies from babushka and also 2 packages from a dear friend) and for a short little while they didn’t attack each other. It happened about 15 minutes later when they decided to start stealing each other’s farm animals… And we thought we were smart by splitting the present and giving 3 animals to each one of them.

I got all excited the night before because I remembered that we had video camera which we rarely use. I watched a two year old Christmas video when Maya was same age as Elijah is right now, and realized how wonderful it was to have that footage, listen to Maya’s babbling, seeing her short hair and saying ‘wassat’ while pointing at the Christmas tree, and calling me ‘Oya’ instead of ‘mama’… I wanted to get back on track by recording this year’s Christmas, so I charged the battery overnight. When I turned on the camera in the morning, both display and viewfinder looked pitch black, even though playback worked fine. So instead I took a lot of photos :)

22 weeks

»  olya    24 Dec 2007 @ 03:42    

This is outdated by now, taken 3 weeks ago, but as long as I’m trying to upload a photo to Costco printing (which is not working), I might as well make a post here…

Just playing

»  olya    21 Dec 2007 @ 17:47    

I know it’s been kind of quiet on our blog lately, without any new photos. Good thing Mark is posting more stories these days ;) I guess I’m just being distracted with several projects that I’m working on right now, that’s the best excuse I can come up with. So here’s a little something, Elijah playing. It was worth taking pictures of, because there’s no big sister pushing him around and ripping the toys out of his hands (Mark took Maya to run some errands).

It’s so much funnier when Maya says it

»  mark    10 Dec 2007 @ 21:54    

Last weekend we enjoyed a visit from Lisa. It was kind of like old times when she lived nearby and would come and visit. One of the highlights of the visit was driving around some of the neighborhoods east of us to look at Christmas lights. Maya and Elijah were quite impressed by the colorful arrangements and voiced their approval enthusiastically.

As we drove down a particularly well-lit street, Lisa decided to stretch Maya’s vocabulary a bit. She pointed to a darkened house amidst the bright lights and declared, “Look, Maya. That one is a dud.” Maya practiced the word “dud” a few times and laughed at her newfound knowledge. We didn’t think she understood what it meant, because nobody elaborated. But as we arrived back at our dark and undecorated house, Maya sighed, “Our house is a dud.”

All of the adults burst out laughing; partly because it was so unexpected, but mostly because Maya was spot on.

‘Oladushki’

»  olya    1 Dec 2007 @ 16:26    

They miss babushka’s cooking so I made oladushki for them.

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