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Sunday, April 29, 2007

Day 2

My morning started with being in the shower and hearing Vika open the door and say, "Hi, Babushka!!" Thank god for frosted glass! It was bad enough the night before when I got in bed with them to read a story and Eamon said, "Babushka, you're big and heavy!!" (is it any wonder I love them....) Deduyshka came in and rescued both of us - but it certainly did wake me up. At least the little darlin's stayed asleep until almost 7:30am today.

Yesterday we started out with "omeo" for breakfast (Mama translation: oatmeal). Then some bike riding and a showing of A Bug's Life. I sat between the kids while we watched and, luckily, they were so engrossed in the movie that they failed to notice my napping.

I got brave and decided we would go on an outing. Started at Subway to pick up lunch and then headed to the park for a picnic. Note to self: don't try to have a picnic with toddlers within 20 feet of a playground. The siron song of the slides and monkey bars totally overshadowed a turkey sandwich and apple slices. So lunch was brief.

I promised them that if they had good manners and listened to me, we would go for ice cream. With that kind of incentive, they were perfect. So after park time was done we headed to Cold Stone for a much-too-big ice cream cone. Between Cold Stone and Cost Plus (my siren song...) there is a great fountain. Since it was a pretty warm day, the kids wanted to play in it so we took off their shoes and socks, rolled up the pant legs, and off they went. Eamon was really getting into it even holding his head in the water.

Of course, once it was time to get out of the water, neither one of them was too thrilled about walking around in wet jeans. Eamon walked like he had kakats (that's Russian for "poop") in his pants and a had a look of dismay on his face. However, we made it to Cost Plus just fine - got some extra dark chocolate for me (great with red wine) and some new bath toys for the kids. Okay, Eamon still wasn't very happy, and Vika tried to hide from us. But all in all it was a good afternoon.

Their Grampie (Ed's dad) came over and joined us for dinner, which, as usual when the kids visit, was interesting and laughter-proviking. Their stories are never ending, often intense, and always entertaining. After a bath with their new toys, we all settled down to watch Pete's Dragon. Ed and I will be visiting Pasamaquoddy in September and I really wanted him to see Doc Terminus sing his song.

So now I need to go through the house and pick up all the little Vika and Eamon stuff that is strewn about. That's no small task.


Jenni said...

I hope you were able to remove all traces of the kids (because if not, then that means we've left some important object at you house)> BTW, it's 8:45 am, and the kids are still sleeping. You guys wore them out!

Wendy said...

Awww...looks like you are having fun with them. It kills my mom that we moved away and she can't spoil Her Boy like she used to. What cuties!

Heart of Rachel said...

Wonderful photos! It's nice to see the kids having an awesome time. Thanks for sharing.

Arlene said...

You always know as soon as you walk into my house or get into my car that I have kids, because it's impossible to keep up with the stuff they leave behind!
Glad things went great with the kiddies :-)