Thursday, January 31, 2013


This was yesterday's great entertainment. Jaan made a huge snowball, and then Bogdan pushed it back and forth on the sled. Eventually they added an icicle stuck into it, which Bogdan insisted made it into a duck. I guess the icicle was its beak? All birds are ducks to him right now, and he was convinced that he was pushing a duck around. We girls followed them around and laughed.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Bogdan and butterflies

We're slowly easing back into regular life after Christmas. I was so thankful that we made it through all the holiday events without getting sick! But then by January 8th--the day after Christmas--the whole family (except me) was coughing and sniffling. They've been pretty miserable since then, but things are starting to look better now.

I was going through pictures, trying to decide what to post, and I found a theme. Here you have Bogdan and his current obsession: butterflies! Yes, he's my son. "Butterfly" is the one word that be both says ("ba-ba-ba") and signs. He's a little deprived of live butterflies right now, so everything that slightly resembles a butterfly is very important to him. Especially maple seeds.

Maple seed "butterflies" and pollen "caterpillars"
Sometimes they eat lunch with him.
Favorite reading material
He was not dressed like a girl; he was a butterfly.
See him signing? (And he really looks like Raia!)
Mama's presents
There was a very definite theme when I was opening presents. Bogdan was distributing everything, and after he brought me two presents and watched me open them, he brought me a third and very seriously told me that it was a butterfly. He was not disappointed.

Monday, January 07, 2013

Merry Christmas again!

It's Christmas again here! Jesus is so special that He has TWO birthdays. Plus, the Bible says "rejoice and AGAIN I say rejoice." That means we're supposed to celebrate twice, you know.

We went to church this morning, and the children did the play they had prepared for the last day of camp again, this time for everyone. Then, after church we went caroling for the housebound babushki. We just got home, and now we're ready to collapse with a movie, I think. Have to keep everyone awake a little longer now....

I'm already hearing snores from over on the couch, though.

There are more photos here.

Saturday, January 05, 2013

Another camp photo

Will and Kolya's group, "The Wisemen"
They were much more photogenic than my active little Snowflakes were yesterday. These guys stood straight and sang beautifully for the parents who came at the end.

Friday, January 04, 2013

Winter camp

We're having lot of fun with a winter day camp at church. Here's just one photo for now:

Some of the youngest group, "The Snowflakes"