This will be another short post because although we were able to get the boys to take a nap this afternoon, it was while we were out on a walk earlier than normal because the construction work was going on again below us – it sounds like they are removing the 9th floor completely. We sat in the shade near the statue of Lenin behind the Chernigov hotel where we’ve stayed on our previous three trips, and only let them sleep for about 1/2 hour for fear we’d have a difficult time with our bedtime routine tonight. We both commented on how we feel lucky we’re not here in the summer where it doesn’t get dark until much later. Of the three rooms with curtains, the bedroom has the thinnest for letting light in (of course).
Oksana brought another set of clothes by tonight. Our cloths are being hung to dry and therefore take two days to get back. Fortunately we have Alex’s poop a little more under control and haven’t had to change his clothes in the middle of the day. We handed over one more bag and then it’s laundry in Moscow.
On a warm note, I learned today that when Evan says “Mama ska” he is not saying “Mama is angry” but it’s his pet name for me (and he also says “Papa-ska”). He first said “Mama-ska” one day while I was in the kitchen washing dishes and had to say for the 100th time “Ne troguy” (don’t touch) and that’s why I interpreted his loving name the way I did.
The outside of my right foot seems to be a magnet for little boys’ feet – that’s the only place they’ve stepped on me, I swear. The shoulder is still weak but less painful. I am still cautious about lifting heavy items or moving it in certain ways. Now we are dealing with Chris with a sore throat and chills. Olga is supposed to be in Bryansk tomorrow with another family we know from Fort Collins and can hopefully help with medicine as I brought stuff for the boys but not for us.
The boys are starting to learn to play – they are starting to build ‘domes’ (houses) with the blocks and Evan forms a line which is the ‘poiesd’ (train). Alex even moved a small felt horse I found on top of the fridge as if it were walking on the floor. We love to see these positives! 🙂
Yes, it will be so, so nice to be home, although we’re thinking there’s much more childproofing that we need to do – they touch, and will destroy, EVERYTHING!
Here are a few pictures from our walk today. Given that this was the first time the boys have taken a nap, they will be some “see, I told you you were there” kind of shots. See what I mean?