Sunday, April 20, 2008

Happy Anniversary, "Katya in Michigan"!

A year ago yesterday, our friend Katya from St. Petersburg arrived with her mom, Rachael, on US soil! She met her brothers and sister, and has ever since been referred to as "Katya in Michigan" by my girls. (All the Katyas floating around tend to complicate things a bit).

My friend Rachael posted the cutest video of Katya singing this popular Russian lullaby today. It's from "Good Night, Children," a very, very popular children's television program that is on every night from 8:50 to 9:00 p.m. (As I've said before, Russian kids go to bed later than their American peers... NO ONE is in bed asleep before nine, at least no one I've ever met... People used to think I was strange for making my kids go to bed earlier than that...).

You can check out Katya's singing on her mom's blog--but here is the original for all to enjoy. Isn't the claymation neat?

10 comments:

Rachael said...

Thank-you for this! LOVE the claymation -- too cool.

Tina in CT said...

So cute! Do the girls watch it?

Nataliya said...

I love this song! I used to watch this program when I was growing up, and I sang this song to my children when they were little! And yes, nobody would put the kids to bed earlier than 9:00 p.m.

garnet said...

Trying once again -- I think Blogger comments has something person against me . . .

I haven't yet watched the video because downloading is so slow here. But I did want to comment on the late nights for kids as we've witnessed that in Romania. It seems late nights in general for everyone-- people are regularly just starting supper at 10:00 or later. When my husband's cousin got married she saw nothing strange in holding a rehearsal for the little ones participating in the wedding (my two were five and two) at 10:30 or so later. Uh, no. (She was also going to call another family to bring their two boys over.)

I got your comment about the afghan (or whatever is the best term for it) and am definitely interested. Could you email me at robynlari at a Yahoo address so we don't have to bore your readers with details? Thanks.

AdoptaMama said...

Great video. Thanks!

My girls, now 7 & 5 are in bed most nights by 7:30, and even as early as 6:45-7:00 on a good night. They NEED their sleep and I NEED my time even more. ;) Neither complains and both fall asleep shortly after hopping into bed, although Alena, who is 7, typically reads for a bit before turning out the light for good.

My Katrina was a Katya, too. Ekaterina, but we westernized it to Katrina. I LOVE Katya, but had to correct waaaaay too many people who butchered the pronounciation. We'd get "Kat-eeeeeeeeeeee-a" or "Katcha" (rhymes with "Gotcha!". Wasn't worth the headache for me. Her Papa and I still use it at home and her big sister uses it as a term of endearment, especially if Katrina's sad or hurt. It's like she reverts back to having to protect her, like she probably had to in their first life, back in Russia.

~Patti

Tina in CT said...

I guess I should count my lucky stars as Moscowmom was in bed early. She needed her sleep and I needed my downtime. Moscowmom still needs her sleep but doesn't get it or downtime now that she's a mom of two active girls.

garnet said...

I finally tried to download the video and it says it is no longer available?

I'm about to try and learn how to put video onto my blog myself -- have no idea what I'm doing but suspect the family would like to see recital video.

Christine said...

What a friend!

Anonymous said...

Rachel is down 7-7:15 and Emery is asleep 7:30-7:45, then I do my little "happy dance" and plop on the couch to watch all the bad american tv that we missed in Moscow - like "Rock of Love, 2" heeheehee : )

miss you!
jeannie

HRH said...

So sweet.