It is 11:03 as I start to write this blog. I look up from the kitchen table to my now quiet house. A half finished horse puzzle lay scattered across the family room carpet. Princess high heels by the kitchen sink. The living room table has 4 empty new shoe boxes, a beach bag full of damp towels and pool toys on top of it. The laundry hampers piled high next to it (which is not unusual in this house) but tonight, it seems unbearably larger among all the other mess.
"Why is this house such a disaster?" It was spotless two days ago...
Adam and I were talking about it this evening after everyone went to sleep, and we both came to the conclusion that we both are doing the same thing. While I teach summer school from 7:45-12:15 everyday, Adam has used that time to bond with the kids. And when he goes and works in the afternoon, I am doing the same thing. We have unconsciously made the same choice; the time usually spent on doing the breakfast dishes has become time spent investing in these kids. These really, really awesome kids.
And she is the best helper, like a little mommy. Lily and her have really connected. "I love Yana." Lily said to me while I was reading stories before her nap today. Maybe it's because she has done every puzzle we own with her, or because she played tick tack toe on our patio 20 times this afternoon with her (the evidence is in pink and orange chalk) or maybe it is because they like to swim in the pool together. Yana showing Lily how to swim like a dolphin and how to do back flips and hand-stands in the water. Not to mention, Yana has some awesome hiding places when playing hide and go seek. This little girl is a gem and only wants to fit in and be loved.
Alex, (AKA Sanya) Mr. Cool Guy. I ask him "Alex, you like pool?" (This is how I talk now) He replies "Small," Really?!? Small?!? Our pool is not small. "Alex, you like store?" "Small" Seriously kid? Aren't you from a small orphanage in a small town? I guess America is not that impressive to him so far. Now that being said, he was really excited to get a hand-me-down shirt that says San Diego on it. Da, (Ukrainian for yes) that shirt ended up in the “Da, I want to keep” pile. Alex has shown some seriously amazing qualities. He is such a pleaser. He does whatever you ask, and he is just a good kid. Alex will not let me carry a single thing. He is always taking items out of my hands; laundry baskets, groceries, plates...this kid even opens doors for me. Also, he can do some killer tricks with a soccer ball.
We have been busy...We have gone to the park to feed the ducks, we have been to the pool every day. We have also run a few errands. For instances, I took them shopping for groceries yesterday to see some items they would eat. Alex picked carrots and Yana picked bananas and when we walked by the meat department, they both looked at each other and said in English "STEAK!" I ended up buying a family steak, you know the kind you put in the crock-pot, it might as well been prime rib or a new york t-bone the way they went on and on about steak. Even after we got home, they took it out of the bag and showed Adam, "STEAK."
I am hopeful that before this hosting experience is up in August, I will be able to find 10 minutes prior to 10:15pm to do dishes from this morning, but for now, we are having fun just bonding with these kids!
1 Peter 4:8-11