Saturday, May 29, 2010

Saturday, Memorial Day Weekend

Well, thought I'd check in.  Nothing major happening here.  Thank goodness.  We got to go over to our neighbor's house for dinner.  Spare ribs, boiled potatoes, corn on the cob, etc.  The works!  It was delicious and best part was, I didn't have to cook.  LOL.  Fortunately, at our house, Warren does quite a bit of cooking too.  But, it was still nice to go elsewhere and enjoy a meal.  The kids had a wonderful time playing w/ friends.  Did I mention we live in the BEST neighborhood.  It truly is a great neighborhood.  Everyone helps everyone else out.  Love it.  We stayed and chatted quite a bit.  Got conned into letting Irina & Yana each have a friend over.  Then Bojan and Alex stayed at the neighbor's.  You really can't replace great neighbors and we are seriously surrounded by them.  I mean that too.  You just have no idea what they've put up w/ from this house.  Very understanding.  Anyhow, it was great just cooking out and enjoying some adult conversation.  Girls and I didn't go to yardsales today as there really aren't too many on a holiday weekend.  Max went to work this morning.  Girls cleaned up around here.  Bojan went to a friend's house all day and is spending the night there.  Warren and I actually went off to do a little shopping.  Found a great produce stand and bought a watermelon w/ seeds.  I was SO excited.  Let me explain why.  Lately down here, all the stores and stands are selling seedless watermelon.  To me, they just don't taste as good.  Not to mention they are definitely not as big.  Plus, the kids and I(sometimes) love to see how far we can spit the seeds.  I know, a little redneck but fun.  So, to come across a stand finally w/ seeded watermelon was awesome.  We went to the store and picked up a few groceries as well.  We made fresh salad with some sauteed shrimp and zucchini on it.  Plus, some fresh yellow tomatoes from the garden.  Warren just got back w/ a net to clean the pool.  Kids should be able to get in next week.  Now, we're going to watch a movie together, kick back and relax.

Tomorrow, we are going to a friend's farm.  We LOVE it there.  They have emus, chickens, goats, baby ducklings, turkeys, bunnies, etc.  A lot to see and kids have free range to run around.  2 of the kids from there are also from Yana & Alex's orphanage.  We hosted them together.  Amazing how kids in an orphanage across the ocean can end up as friends on this side of the world as well.  We'll be there all afternoon tomorrow.  And, probably a good chunk of the evening.  LOL.  We all love to talk.  Monday, the plans are to still go to the zoo.  We have a yearly pass that we are able to get through Warren's work.  Great deal and quite a savings.  So, we're going.  We're cleaning the pool and doing the yard a bit this weekend as well.  Girls did awesome cleaning up the house while Warren and I were out.  I'm still on a declutter mission.  I'm getting there slowly.  Very slowly.  I declutter one area, another one gets messed up.  Ahh, progress. 

Oh, any locals that know of a place where we can get a very, very cheap bed, let us know.  Alyona has now decided she no longer wants to sleep on her dogbed.  Plans are to fix up the current garage(though there is no place to put said stuff in the garage) into Alyona, "little bit" and "little princess's" room.  Meantime, we'll need a temporary bed for Alyona.  Trying to find one online since it will be used a short time.  So, you come across one for sale, let me know please.  I can hardly wait for her to have a real room again.  Trying to find a way to make that happen.  The fixing of the house is throwing us for a bit of a loop so working out some solutions.  There are some solutions just trying to find the best one.  I wil explain more a bit later.  Some great things are happening but just want to hold off saying everything till I know what direction we're taking.  Just know, we have a bit of paying it forward to do for sure.  And I promise we will.  People are very generous and it is just very humbling to witness.  And this has nothing to do w/ money either.  People giving time and themselves can make a huge difference in the world.  Again, more a little later. 

Okay, so much for my nice weekend.  Max just slammed the door on Alex so Alex smashed his finger.  It was to "get even."  Lovely.  Now, Alex was trying to explain what happened.  Well, you know these kids have FAS.  Well, stories get very distorted and we have to sort them out as parents.  Umm, gets interesting.  So, we had to gather that Max was talking to a frog and not a duck as Alex had said.  Alex said "frog, duck whatever."  I think it is time for an animal lesson, don't you?  Warren has the patience of Job.  Seriously.  With processing speeds being slow w/ FASers, you have to approach arguements, conversations totally different.  Now, IRina is putting her two cents in and saying Alex is experiencing karma.  LOL.  Never dull.  Chat a little more later. 

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