Monday, April 14, 2008

We're Doing Something Right...


As we were leaving the gym yesterday, I overheard the girls talking to each other:

Katya: Talia, Talia, let's get home so we can keep playing!

Talia: OK, OK!

Katya: Let's play Big Sister/Little Sister, OK? All afternoon, for the rest of our lives!

Talia: Yes, yes!

(At this point my heart literally melts. The hours of screaming/fighting/whining fade into the back of my mind. Ah, familial harmony...)

Me: Oh, girls, that's sooo nice!

Talia: I'm the big sister and Katya is the little sister.

(Now my bubble is about to burst...)

Talia: And you're dead. Daddy, too.

Me: Huh??

Katya: Don't you know, Mommy, that stories are always more interesting without the parents around??

(I guess we have another Comparative Literature student on our hands!)

(Now let's really add some insult to injury...)

Katya: We could call you Grandma, though... You are pretty old...


Both sets of pictures were taken during the past two years; I love how they portray the girls' relationship!

18 comments:

Rachael said...

Oh I LOVE the top two pictures. Priceless.

And what active little imaginations they have! I wouldn't take their musings personally...what little girl hasn't wanted to be a Pippi for a day? Better yet, Pippi with a sister!

I also loved the Box Car Children series as a kid. I always imagined what "fun" it'd be to be in charge of my siblings and fending for ourselves!

Tina in CT said...

Did you know that Gertrude Warner, the author of the Boxcar Children, is from Putnam, CT, and was my father's elementary school teacher?

I have tons of the books for Tami to bring back this summer for Katya to read. I've been collecting them at yard sales and consignment shops ever since Katya was an infant.

I loved the books but don't remember reading more than the first one.

I did a beautiful scrapbook page of the girls on the couch and had the picture blown up.

Nataliya said...

Oh, I love these pictures! Katya's comment about you being old is priceless :)

Tina in CT said...

If you're old, Grandma & Grandpa Bravo, Grandpa Portland and I must be ancient relics!

The second picture down is one of my all time favorites of the girls.

Anonymous said...

ahhh grandma...at least they know they always have each other.

Debi

garnet said...

Gorgeous photos -- I love the lighting on the top two.

Now that I think about it, there are so many books where kids are involved in adventures without parents. All the Narnia stories, so many of the E. Nesbit stories. Even L.M. Montgomery's Emily and Anne series, the girls don't have parents although there are adults around.

Natalie said...

Those pictures of them sleeping are priceless, so is the story!!

pearly1979 said...

I'm a lurker but had to come out for this one. Those pictures are just precious. So, so, so sweet.

Tami said...

Awww...that's so sweet. Well, except the you being dead part, but STILL. Too cute. Love the pics!
I had never noticed how great sisters can be. Not having one, myself, I've recently noticed Anya and Maddie hanging on to each other like your girls. It's too cute! And it does a Mommy's heart good. :)

Christine said...

This is too precious. Thanks for sharing.

Annie said...

But aren't they so right??? I LOVE that early 10th century genre - Pollyanna, Daddy Longlegs (my favorite), Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm, Anne of Green Gables...all these little orphan girls.

Annie said...

10th century???? What the heck? TWENTIETH (of course)

I've doubt I've read any 10th century literature, perhaps this is my call....

Annie said...

Gorgeous photos.
Too cute. Love the pics!

How did you get those little videos "voki"? I tryed, but I cannot get them on my blog. Maybe you can help me, please.

AdoptaMama said...

Very very sweet! It's obvious their sister bond is very strong.

I have two sisters; one I'm extremely close to (22 months older than me), and one that's 11 years older and I'm really just now developing a peer relationship with her. My girls are 5 and 7 (adopted at 2.5 and 4.5, bio sisters) and their bond is so strong, it's really almost twin-like. There are days I feel left out of their little games and secrets. I know I'm there mother and I absolutely LOVE the relationship they've got, but sometimes I want to be one of them, but then I step back and realize that's not why we adopted them! ;)

I envy the fact that you're living in Russia. Not that I want to live there at this point in my life, but I do yearn to go back. Someday...

Love your blog. Thanks for sharing.


~Patti

kate said...

Secret Garden...Little Princess/Sara Crewe...Five Go ________...Peter Pan...

(just wanted to add to the no parents=good lit list)

Books without parents are the BEST! Next best is parents who are extremely permissable and allow the children to function as if they weren't there. ;>

kate said...

**that was meant to be an -ible and not an -able. Cat on lap hinders typing.

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