Sep. 18th, 2009 08:51 pm
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Last year when we went to Disney World and Hannah went to visit Tinker Bell, she was told that her fairy talent is "Hiding Fairy".  Today during dinner, we talked about Hannah's hiding talent to which Hannah responded:  "I am not a Hiding Fairy.  My special fairy talents are - I am cute, I am adorable, and I walk really fast."


Sep. 10th, 2009 09:56 pm
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Conversation today at dinner:

Adam: Hannah, so who are you sitting next to in school?
Hannah: A smelly boy who sneezes at me!  Sneezy Smelly Boy!


Sep. 9th, 2009 04:17 pm
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So they are back home from their first day at school.

Hannah was all upset when I talked to her because she did not get to play as much as she played at pre-K.  She is still reconciling that this is a real school and is more serious then last year.  Otherwise she was all happy and she saw a girl she went to pre-K with who is not in her class, but for some reason came to Hannah's class twice today.

Becky, who was hysterical and scared of the second grade greeted me with the following: "Mrs. Beggins is the best teacher ever, she is so nice, she reads a story to class everyday and there is no homework till Monday!"

After that they both hang up on my justifying it by saying that they need to get ready for their play date.  Sabrina arranged another play date for them with another au pair who watches two girls same ages are Becky and Hannah.  Becky also seems to like the older girl there, which is always a plus.  According to Sabrina, they are both into fashion and arts and craft and the other au pair told Sabrina that that girl also has hard time making friends. 

They don't know it yet, but they are getting cake and flowers tonight!
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While Hannah and I were cuddling:

Me: Hanny, how did you get to be so cute?
Hannah: Sabrina tought me.
Me: Whad did Sabrina teach you?
H: How to make my bed and clean my room.
Me: Do you like Sabrina?
H: <very enthusiastically> Yes!
Me: What do you like about her?
H:  I like that she calls me her baby and pick me up upside down.
Me: Hanny, who is your favorite au pair?
H: Sabrna! <after a pause> And Alla.
Me: What do you like about Alla?
H:  She is skinny like me and she speaks Russian.
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June 11th cannot get here soon enough. That is when our new au pair is coming. I need my children back home after school where I can dictate what, when, and how my children do and what they eat. 


Becky is in after school program. Overall it is good. They do homework there. They play outside or in the gym. She is always sweaty and tired from active play when I pick her up, which is great. However, they also provide a snack (included as part of the program). Typical snack is a apple juice and a bag of either Doritos or Pretzels or some other chips/candies.  How’s that a snack? How is that supposed to give kids nutrition and energy?


Hannah spends afternoons at her school-friend’s house. Great for me since Hannah know the family, likes these kids, loves her perpetual play date, and has fun after school. Bad, because that family’s idea of after school snack is either McDonalds kids meal, chips, candies, or some other junk like that, plus sugary drinks. 


The worst part is that I cannot do anything about this in either Becky’s or Hannah’s case. Yes, I pay money for both arrangements, but I cannot change after school program and I cannot dictate to Hannah’s friend family what to feed her. Even though I am paying for this through the nose, they are doing me a favor after all. 

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Вчера у Беки была бэйсбольная игра.  Ну что вам сказать про способности моего ребёнка.  Мяч ударить битой у нас не получается совсем.  А когда её поставили охранять 1-й бэйс, то вместо того что бы ловить мячик, она подбирала с земли горсти грязи и зачем-то растирала её на своём животе.  В результате на её белой форменной футболки весь перёд стал жёлто-серый.  В конце концов она очнулась, побежала за мячом, подобрала его и прибежала обратно.  Счастья было....  И за все эти старания была её очередь получить "командный мяч" подписаный её тренером.  Сегодня она этот мяч гордо понесла в школу показывать друзьям.

А что делала Ханна в это время?  Ханна, в розовых брюках, белой кофточке, и розовой куртке, села на большую кучу смеси грязи с песком и очень заинтересованно там ковырялась - сначала палочкой, пором камушком, а потом и руками.  После этого ковыряния она начала подбирать и кидать мелкие камни за забор.

Пока я их привезла домой и забросила в ванну под душ мартышки мои были ну прямо как два чумазика-трубочиста.

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On Saturday, I took Becky for a hair cut.  She was very proud of getting a big kid hair cut” “Just like on ‘What Not to Wear’, Mommy!”  Becky, in a very polite and grown up fashion explained to this hairdresser from SupperCuts what kind of cut she wants.  She asked for bangs and to have about 3 inches of lengths cut off.   When all was said and done, Becky was very happy.  She is especially proud of her new bangs, she never had them before, and proudly adds them to all her self-portraits.   


Hannah apparently felt a bit left out after Becky’s bragging about the hair cut.  In any case, on Sunday morning, we were getting dressed and ready go (to Brooklyn to pick our shower for the bathroom), and Hannah came to me asking to put bows in her hair.  I have spend time brushing her hair and putting bows in.  All the while I kept thinking that something is wrong but could not figure out what.  2 hours later, while were having lunch in the restaurant in Brooklyn and Hannah was sitting across the table from me, I finally saw it.  SHE CUT OFF HER BANGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  COMPLETELY!!!!!!!!!!!! DOWN TO THE STUBBLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!   The entire front portion of her hair is gone.  In addition, she seriously butchered her hair on the sides and behind the ears.  So today, I took her to have her hair cut.  She ended up with a cute little bob and now looks like a little doll.  Her bangs will have to grow out. 


Apr. 30th, 2009 11:38 am
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Hannah had one of her cute moments.........She is to be picked up from school by her classmate's father today.  We left her booster seat in school for her to use when she gets picked up. Her teacher asked to leave the booster in the hall, so Hannah twice went out to tell it "Hello seat, don't be scared all alone" and "You're a brave seat"
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У меня ребёнок помешан на зайчиках.  Любой образ длинно-ухого приводит малую в дикий восторг.  Сколько у нас этих самых плюшевых косых, я уже потеряла счёт.

Вчера взяла малых в доллоравый магазин где им было разрешено выбрать две какие угодно штуки каждой - это же сколько счастья у детей за $2.  Ну, Ханна, конечно нашла ещё одного плюшевого Степашку и его-же, но в шоколадном варианте.  Тут же начались выпрашивания съесть всего шоколадного Степашку - а он большой.  Ну она со мной договорилась что мол съест только его голову сегодня, а остальное завтра.   Почему голову?  Потому что она хочет его кушать и целовать в одно и тоже время.   Ага, все себе это мысленно представили?

Пришли домой, ребёнок берёт зайца, отламывает ему голову, и ходит по дому и целует это-го самого, покалеченного, да так пылко и практически в засос, что у зайца всё лицо расплылось по Ханне, и естественно по всему к чему Ханна дотронулась - дверь, полка, стул, Бека, я, новый плюшевый косой, несколько старых плюшевых косых, и т.д.  Пока я её спаймала и умыла, пришлось мыть пол дома. 

Вот так сильно мы любим зайчиков.

My child is obsessed with bunnies. Any kind of bunny shape starts brings her the joy only a chocoholic in Godiva store can understand. And I cannot even tell you how many stuffed bunnies we have in the house.


Yesterday, I took girls to the dollar store where they were told they can pick out two things eat – or the amount of joy you can buy for $2 is unreal. Anyhow, Hannah found another stuffed bunny and a chocolate bunny and immediately started begging me to eat the chocolate bunny. The bunny was way too big to eat at once, so she compromised with me. She agreed to eat only bunny’s head and save the rest for tomorrow. Why head, you ask? So that she can eat bunny and kiss him at the same time. OK, I will wait while you picturing this. Pictured? Ok, moving on.


We get home, Hannah takes her chocolate bunny, rips his head off, and is walking around the house with the invalid bunny and French kissing him. She was so earnest in her love for bunny, that her kisses resulted in Hannah being covered by melted chocolate, and consequently everything else she touched – door, shelf, chair, Becky, me, new stuffed bunny, a few old stuffed bunnies, etc. By the time I got a hold of Hannah and cleaned her, half the house needed to be cleaned.


And that how much we love bunnies at our house.

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I was expecting Becky to get sick since last Friday.  She has been supper tired and lethargic starting Friday morning (slept till 8:20am instead of usual 6:30am), did not eat her lunch in school, did not snack after school, and then slept the whole afternoon after school till 6pm.  Then the same on Saturday and Sunday, although she was better on Sunday, but her tiredness did not go away until yesterday (Tuesday).  So now it seems that she is fine, did not get sick or anything, although I still don't know what made her so tired for 4 days.

Hannah on the other hand seemed perfectly fine the whole time.  But, then yesterday evening while eating dinner she complained that her throat hurt when she was swallowing.  I checked and her throat did not seem to be read and she did not have any other symptoms.  So at first I thought she was just tying to get out of eating dinner.  However, after going to bed at normal time, Hannah woke up around 10pm naked, crying, and completely congested.  I know for a fact that two hours earlier when I tucked her in bed, she were pajamas. Anyhow, a decongestant, a new pajama, and a bunch of hugs later, Hannah went back to bed.  At 3:27am she came to visit me saying that she had a nightmare again, but went back to bad without any problems.  Then this morning, she woke up with 101 fever.  A tylenol and a short nap later, she is feeling a bit better, although she still have a fever. 

So now the fun part:  I am home with her this morning until Tania comes home from school around 12:30pm and then I will go to work.  Tomorrow Hannah has no school, so I will have to be home with her in the morning again, until Tania comes home from school, and then on Friday, Hannah has a school trip to the circus, so I will not be at work again in the morning.  As understanding as my boss is, I am just not sure how much she like me taking 3 morning off in the row.  I did tell her about taking Friday morning off before as that was a planned school trip, but today and tomorrow was not really planned. 


Mar. 17th, 2009 08:45 am
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On Saturday, we got the new disk of Pinocchio that was just released by Disney. Girls were all supper excited; couldn’t wait till our semi-traditional Saturday family movie night. 


We all snuggled on the couch, figured out the logistics of blanket sharing, and started the movie. Not even a third of the movie in, they both get scared. They were scared of the fox and how Pinocchio got locked in the bird cage, and just generally scared. 


As a result, Hannah has been waking up with nightmares every single night since then. For four night now, she has come to our room in the middle of the night saying that she had nightmare. And believe me when I tell you, Hannah has “pathetic” patented. That little, squeaky, barely audible, almost crying voice at 3:30 in the morning is not fun a little scary. She usually requires to be taken back to bed and tucked in to her blanket. Then she is back to sleep. I however, have to climb back upstairs, and spend the rest of the night staring into the ceiling.  


This morning, Hannah came to me with her nightmare at 5 am. My alarm is due to go off at 6 am and as usual I went to bed late last night. The bad mommy that I am I told her to go back to bed and wait for me, but I never made it out of bed. I think I just fell back asleep because the next thing I remember is my alarm blasting into my ear.


I hope this stops soon. I talked to Hannah this morning and we talked about how Pinocchio escapes the bird case and the bad fox and returns back to his father and becomes a real boy. Some how Hannah did not seem convinced and thus I am expecting a visitor in the middle of the night again, tonight.

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I just remembered something that happened on Tuesday.

I came home from work and girls and Tania were at the table eating dinner.  Everything was well.  When they were done, and it was time to clean up the table, Hannah told (not asked) Tania to clean her plate and told Tania that she was a 'cleaning girl'.

Well, that did not go over well with me.  Besides the lecture that Hannah got from me regarding respecting people and polite way to speak, she was made to clean up the whole table and then to pick up everything off the floor in the dining and living room.  I also made her apologize to Tania, which she eventually did, but was not happy about.  Being made to clean was not a big deal to her, but apologizing she did not like.

The funny thing is, I asked Tania later if Hannah really did apologize to her and Tania said that she did not even know why I got upset. She did not actually hear Hannah call her 'cleaning girl'.

Later, when Adam got home, Hannah got another lecture form him about the respect and proper behavior.  To be honest, i am not sure how much of it Hannah absorbed, but I figured, if we keep talking, eventually, it will sink in.l
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Дети себе сегодня сами готовили завтрак.  Происходило это так:

Бека достала яйца из холодильника.
Хана плакала что она хотела достать яйца.
Я  разбила одно яйцо в тарелочку.
Бека достала молоко из холодильника.
Хана плакала что она хотела достать молоко.
Я налила чуть чуть молока в разбитое яйцо.
Хана плакала что она хотела налить молоко.
Бека вилкой разболтала яйцо для яичницы.
Я вилкой разболтала Бекино яйцо для яичницы так что оно разболталось в конце концов.
Я пожарила Бекину яичницу.
Бека понесла свою тарелку с ею приготовленной яичницей к столу.
Я  разбила одно яйцо в тарелочку.
Хана крутилась под ногами.
Я налила чуть чуть молока в разбитое яйцо.
Хана крутилась под ногами.
Хана вилкой разболтала яйцо для яичницы.
Я вилкой разболтала Ханыно яйцо для яичницы так что оно разболталось в конце концов.
Хана крутилась под ногами.
Я пожарила Ханыну яичницу.
Хана крутилась под ногами.
Ханна понесла свою тарелку с ею приготовленной яичницей к столу.


English )


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Сегодня утром Бека нашла Ханыну пропавшую шапку.

Некто не возражает если я буду ругаться нецензурными словами? 

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Сегодня, моя начальница и я пошли на ланч по обсуждать всякие рабочие дела в тишине и спокойствие. 

У моей начальницы тоже есть au pair, M.  Так мы познакомили М. с Таней и девочки подружились.  Здорово.  Вчера М. рассказывала моей начальницы заливаясь смехом что моя Ханна заявила Тане: "Мы очень любили нашу прошлую au pair, но мы тебе тоже дадим шанс нам понравиться".

Как говорит мой папа качая головой: "Ой, Хэнни, Хэнни!"

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Hannah and her friend D have devised a new plan for them to become sisters. Since Adam refused to marry D's mom, Hannah suggested to me today that I should marry D's dad. And then she said we will all be one family and live in D's house.

Why in D's house, you ask. Well, according to Hannah, D had a trampoline. Therefore, our house is not good enough for this new happy family. <rolls eyes>

And a 'Hannah' bonus: )


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