MyLifeUncommon

MyLifeUncommon

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Victory Day

Taken by Alex
Ready. Set. GO...
Yana and I hit the stairs, running as fast as we can. She cuts me off and takes the inside as we sprint up and up, four flights... she just beats me and touches our leather apartment door first. Our laughter echos in the concrete hallways of our apartment building. Alex walks slowly behind. Obviously too cool to race, but not too cool to smiles at how ridiculous his mom and sister are acting. 
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Our apartment is on the main street in Kiev and although we had direct orders from Roma not to leave the apartment today... I HAD to get away from the obsessive WiFi use, mine and the kids. 
So, I gave the camera to Alex and we went for a walk and had a late lunch. We were gone for about 3 hours, and only stayed on our street. 

Candles everywhere representing the fallen lives. Taken by Alex
Taken by Alex
Today is May 9th, Victory Day. This is Ukraine's Memorial Day, and they had so much going on right outside our apartment door that there was no need to go anywhere else. We did stay away from large crowds, just to be safe.

With the long Holiday weekend, we really can't do much in terms of getting things done so we can return home. 
Taken by Alex
Taken by Alex
Taken by Alex
Taken by Alex
So, we are forced to relax, which is an amazing blessing after the month of craziness. 
We have had "Farkle" Marathons (the world's greatest game),  got to Facetime with Adam and the girls, and cook a few meals (in the microwave because I can't figure out how to turn on the oven or stove, I think the pilot light is out?) Did you know you can make scramble eggs in the microwave? You can!

We went into a book store, that is about a half mile from our apartment, and bought about 9 books. Classic novels for Alex, ones he might have to read in High school, Yana bought every book that had a sobaka (dog) on the cover. They also wanted me to buy a book for Lily and Elliot, so we got an alfavit (alphabet) book for them to learn.

I busted that book out during lunch today and I tried to learn, but I could only get through the first four letters. The kids were laughing so hard they were crying as we sit at a tiny table in the front of the very crowded restaurant. My mouth does not make those sounds. Alex kept reassuring me that "Ukrainian hard." And it totally is, some of the letter sounds are more like grunts or punched-in-the-stomach-sighs, plus I have never been able to roll my tongue! They laugh and repeat the utterances, over and over and over, but I just can't do it, I can not make those sounds, yet.
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I try to take a picture of Alex but he turns around and faces the wall, he put himself in timeout. :)
We are having fun bonding and being silly. We are having fun seeing the beauty God has set before us, and we thank Him for giving us a week here together. A time for them to say good bye to Ukraine.
"But godliness with contentment is great gain."
1 Timothy 6:6

We are Learning each other, what makes us laugh, what makes us mad. We learning what it means to follows rules and to respect each other. We are learning that sometimes it will be a real bummer to have a mom and dad, but that most of the time it's gonna be pretty awesome or at least I think so. 

Taken by Alex




  




2 comments:

  1. So happy for you guys! Hope your trip home goes smoothly.

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    1. Thank you. It did and we are so thrilled to be home all together.

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