Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Part of the curriculum in the girls' school is a class called "Social Intellect." The kids really enjoy it; they do all kinds of activities designed to work on emotional intelligence and social skills. This really "sold" me on the school when I was first looking for a place to send Katya; while explaining the program to me, the director said, "What's the point of turning out kids who can all get top marks, but who can't get along with others and aren't happy inside? We think it's all equally important." Exactly.
Monday, April 27, 2009
How I wish I could have seen this on Broadway with Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick!!! Somehow I just don't think the Russian translation could fully "nail it," so I passed on seeing it here.
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Saturday, April 25, 2009
This building on Daev Street has always grabbed my attention... It's not hard to tell why!
Friday, April 24, 2009
Natalia is begging me to go see this movie today... We're off to Mega Mall to stock up on towels and pillows so we're ready when our company arrives in two weeks! (Wow! So soon! This is really happening!)
Thursday, April 23, 2009
A native Moscovite, a nurse by training and a mother of two (youngest entering teens, oldest working), Svetlana provides our kids with a rare combination of intellectual and physical development, as well as fun. She's disciplined and attentive in routines and activities, but not harsh and prefers to motivate with carrots, not sticks.
As she's worked in expat families, she is comfortable reaching an understanding with non Russian speaking parents.
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2.7 gls 4wd
Model year - 2001 (we bought in '04)
54-26 GL. RC: 110min. CCA-600A.
CCMF68L. 12V. 68AH.
Block motors -- 730-0292
Less than 45k km (only driven on weekends around Moscow).
Comes with winter tires.
Had always given us a good ride.
Priced to go, at $12,500.
Will become available end May.
- Frunzenskaya Embankment, 7 minutes from metro Frunzenskaya
- 105 square meters, 3 rooms (2 bedrooms, dining area, living room, kitchen, bathroom, high ceilings)
- Stalin-constructed building
- view of Moscow River from bedrooms and living room
- ample storage (this is not common in Moscow!)
- equipped for high-speed internet and cable
- air conditioning
- new windows
- dishwasher, new stove, new refrigerator, new washing machine/dryer (combined)
- nice renovation
- HD television, large screen
- partially furnished
- garage space optional
- near Gorky Park, Neskuchniy Sad, Sparrow Hills, MGU
- near Luzhniki sports complex, three playgrounds, Frunzenskaya metro and Children's Park
- good schools nearby, both public and private, Russian and British
- Rent negotiable... Check the listings for the the area with the the real estate agents in the city and you'll find that $4,500 would be VERY fair for the level of renovation and the incredible view.
- Very nice landlords
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Monday, April 20, 2009
Sunday, April 19, 2009
I came across these Russian chocolate eggs at the store the other day... While we have chicks, eggs and lambs in the USA... Here the eggs feature soldiers in various traditional uniforms... One egg cost 53 rubles, or $1.61. I found quite a few Easter treats at Auchon, the French warehouse-type store.
It's a story...
Of a lovely lady!
Whose show was really loved
by your young mom.
She was always...
Sure to watch it...
And she knew you two would love it
(Behind our "Complete Brady Bunch TV Series" dvd collection).
She practiced for hours,
then taught the beginners' class...
Now it's time to study
so all her tests she'll surely pass!
(Under Mia's desk... Mia is a doll who comes with books about her life as a figure skater in a family with three boys who play hockey).
Flip it up, flip it down,
it's comfy either way...
When your friends spend the night,
this is where they like to stay!
(Inside the sleeper couch in the kids' room).
So pretty, like the sky...
It came via Africa to match your eyes...
Next time you put it on,
feel around around for a wee surprise!
(Inside the pocket of the light blue coat passed down to Katya from Camille over at place2place).
Daddy sets this every night,
before shutting his eyes...
No matter how loudly it beeps,
it never helps him rise!
(Behind Chris's alarm clock).
Way up in the air,
like a branch from a tree...
this shades the younger one
as she falls fast asleep.
(Taped on the top of the big green leaf that hangs over Natalia's bed like a canopy).
This takes so long to use,
but it's better than washing it all by hand...
While helping out her mom,
Kit has to stand and stand.
(Inside the 1930's washing machine for their Kit doll).
What kind should she make?
Lets hope that Ruthie
will really love her cake!
(Inside the 1930's oven for their Kit doll).
Here girl; come on!
Where are you, Grace?
Let's go for a ride!
It's such fun to race!
(Inside the 1930's scooter for the Kit doll).
Has a clue fallen down here,
tucked deep inside?
Usually your remotes
pick this place to hide.
(Tucked deep inside the folds of the couch).
These aren't for shaving,
and they won't remove your hair...
They are, however, awfully fun--
when you want to go from here to there!
(Inside the basket where we keep our Razor scooters).
Before leaving for work,
she stuffs in this... that... everything!
She looks like a turtle...
What on Earth does she bring?
(Inside the backpack/computer pack I use for work).
Hurry up, do you have
everything you might use?
A swimsuit, a leotard,
shampoo or gym shoes?
(Inside girls' gym bag).
She found one sock...
but where are the others?
Are they being used as hockey pucks
by her three playful brothers?
(Inside the Mia doll's drawers).
This just might be a place
where a fairy would hide
all her treasures and secrets--
locked safely inside.
(Inside the girls' Tinkerbell jewelry box).
These three girls are so clever...
They always know what to do...
You can count on these girls
to spot every single clue.
(Behind the Nancy Drew books).
Pretty soon you'll head west,
to this girl's expansive land...
Full of forests and adventures...
Will you catch salmon by hand?
(Inside the Native American Kaya doll's dress; my dad lives in the area portrayed in her books).
"No, thank you," she said,
not meaning to offend...
"I can't drink this beverage,
but I'll always be your friend."
(Behind the Colonial Felicity doll. Felicity, a Patriot, wouldn't drink tea with her Loyalist friend, Elizabeth).
Up high in the forest
where time can spin and whirl,
await countless adventures
for a special boy and girl.
(Behind the Magic Tree House books).
Out in the dark night,
down below or from afar,
passers-by look up
and admire this star.
(Inside a window decoration).
Just a little bit of this
poured from a box
removes all the dirt
from the smelliest socks!
(In the laundry detergent).
Too bad they can't flush,
because the smell makes you gag...
Fill up their potty
with what's in this bag.
(On top of the kitty litter bag).
Add some milk, heat it up...
It's ready so fast...
Full of berries and vitamins--
with cream added last!
(Inside the box of instant oatmeal).
A girl's best friend,
with fur so soft and snowy white...
She can even keep your secrets
tucked safely inside!
(Inside the pocket of Katya's "Coconut the Dog: a Girl's Best Friend" pillow).
You know you shouldn't use this,
but wish you could, day and night...
To make copies of your work
from every interesting site!
(Under a flap on our printer/copier).
When you're cold in your parents' bed,
you never need to freeze...
You open up your daddy's drawer
and put on one of these!
(Inside Chris's t-shirt drawer).
If you pour in too much,
it could cause many troubles!
Just what do you do
when the room's filled with bubbles?
(In the basket in the bathroom where we keep the bubble bath).
Look in this drawer
to find my FAVORITE thing to munch...
How I love them when they're fresh,
For breakfast! Dinner! Lunch!
(In the drawer in the refrigerator where we keep the carrots).
What a life! What a laugh!
Can you believe it? Look at that!
He's so spoiled! He's so lucky!
What luxurious transport... for a cat!
(In the wicker doll carriage the girls use to take Lyalya, our cat, for rides around the apartment).
What a beautiful box,
bejeweled like a crown...
so full of beauty...
creates a smile from any frown!
(Inside the ceramic box Katya made last fall at school).
Yay, it's such fun!
And so great on the plane!
Let us use it some more...
'Cuz it's good for the brain!
(In the case with the Nintendo DS game).
This friend is so sweet,
she can make her violin sing--
She packed up her bag
with what she needed to bring!
(In the bag Natalia's friend brought with her).
This friend has such ideas!
Magic shows! Zoos!
I've hidden something yummy
inside of her shoes!
(Inside the shoes that belonged to Katya's friend).
You must be adorable and little
if you want to fit in...
Or an agile cuddly hamster
to take their wheel for a spin!
(Inside the "Littlest Pet Shop" club house).
When your mom and dad said, "I do!"
there was only sun and no rain...
They look so young and in love
in this pretty wooden frame.
(Behind the picture of Chris and me on the mantle).
Such great fun for anyone
who would like to be a sleuth...
French? German? American?
You could be busted.. Poof!
(On top of the "Spy Alley" game).