Hmm... And not really! When we finally got home from IKEA, it turns out the toilet brush, a main item on my list, had some how not made it into our bag!
But I digress. My poor mom made it all the way here, with her plane arriving an hour early, only to have me then arrive an hour and a half later than I'd intended due to HORRIBLE traffic because of the Victory Day Parade rehearsal.
Incidentally, if my mom had already been here this morning, we had 2 tickets ON RED SQUARE to see the parade thanks to one of my well-connected students... But that, yes, is another story.
In any case, I got to the airport LATE. It should have taken 45 minutes. It took three hours. I gave up worrying and just chilled when I was still only five minutes from our home, and my mom had already landed... Nothing I could really do at that point other than call my husband and ask him to have her paged at the airport to just sit tight...
I also called the nanny and coached her how to say "Traffic bad. Call Tamara mobile. 7-475-123-4567. Don't worry." THAT WAS FUNNY!!!! I figured my mom might whip out her Russian visa application and look up our local home number, which she has never
used, so it was worth the preparation...
In any case, we got to the airport and I marched in, determined to find the information desk -- near which my mom should be sitting. At one point, Natalia said, "Um, Mom? Can I go back and talk to Grandma?" HEL-LO??! Couldn't she have MENTIONED that she'd already seen Grandma a bit before??! So we back-tracked, found my AMAZINGLY composed and calm mom, and then headed to my car.
Did we head home?
We were HUNGRY! Natalia and I had planned on grabbing breakfast on the way, which clearly hadn't happened... So we stopped at Mega Khimki, a huge mall with an IKEA that is 10 minuutes from the airport and directly on our way home.
How many hours had my mom been up?! Well, she enjoyed her Swedish meatballs, potatoes and new toilet brush!
She also wanted to see the ice rink there, since it's pretty cool... Which took us by Starbucks (cue to hear the angels sing, "Hallelujah!"...) and H&M! I didn't even know that H&M had opened a store in that mall! It was my first time seeing it in Moscow!!! Sweden is "right next door"... But up until now, I could only only buy H&M in NYC or Danbury, CT!!!!
I managed to get Katya a beautiful new leotard for her ballet recital for $8.13!!!
I LOVE H&M!!! I AM SOOOOO HAPPY!!!! I GOT THE GIRLS SOCKS THEY'LL ACTUALLY WEAR AND PAJAMAS APPROPRIATE FOR HOT WEATHER! Yay! They won't walk around naked this weekend when the rest of our guests arrive!!!
We then headed to Katya's school. Traffic was almost non-existent, yet my mom thought it was horrendous. Katya and Natalia gave us a tour, we met some teachers, and then Natalia, my mom, and headed home. We enjoyed looking at the "Victory Day" bulletin board in her classroom. I, stupidly, asked Katya, "Which drawing is yours?"
Chances are you guessed right!!!
Katya loves school so much that she wanted to stay through the end of her play rehearsal that evening.
My mom, Natalia and I went home to unpack suitcases
and rest a bit. We then went back to school and watched the end of
We then went for a little drive to see where I teach and to the ATM. Some cops saw me walk out of an ATM and started to pull me over for NO REASON AT ALL as I left the parking spot, but for some miraculous reason left me alone. I was stunned how quickly my mom was able to stuff my withdrawal into her bra...!!!
On then to the gym, where the girls wowed my mom with their INCREDIBLE progress in swimming since last summer. It's HUGE.
We ate dinner at the gym and headed home...After blowing up my mom's mattress and making sure she was settled, I assembled the vegetarian lasagne I'd been working on for a few days. My mom will stick it in the oven before we get back from the airport this weekend.
Off to bed now!!!!!! I hope my mom is sleeping REALLY well!