I hope we are not boring y'all too much with our blogs. Everything is such a routine now so it's not too exciting! But we really do appreciate all of you for following our journey, praying for us, and sending encouragement when you notice that we may need it! All of you are amazing!!
But anyway, we did our normal thing today and practiced a lot of walking. I really believe that he is getting stronger since it seems that his stamina has increased. We are very proud of him!
It seems that the nannies in this groupa try to dress him well, like in coordinating outfits, and all boy clothes. Since being moved to this groupa, we haven't seen him in pink at all except for a bit of pink on his tights. He has been wearing cobalt blue for the past 2 days and I really like that color on him! He's so handsome.
We ran into the twins again today and they latched onto my hands and I had to pry their little fingers off! Trust me, I didn't want to, and I did it lovingly... There is a little girl in their groupa with Down syndrome, beautiful blond hair, very independent, and she broke away from the groupa and jumped onto Chris' legs in a bear hug. Her feet weren't touching the ground! Chris bent down and squeezed her! I wish I could just bring her home, too!
Our little dude was even happier on the evening visit. We just knew that we wouldn't get to play outside because the thunder was rolling in, but we were wrong. No rain, so we played outside for 1 hour and 30 mins. He laughed and laughed! He even responded to "ee dee tu da" go there, "ee dee syu da" come here, while going back and forth between the 2 of us. I almost feel like we are having to teach him Russian so I'm not sure if we should stop speaking Russian all together or use Russian and repeat it in English.
Anyway, we had a wonderful visit and were sad to have to return him to the nanny. Again, they thanked us over and over for the Pampers...
We are trying out a new dish tonight made with Lavash shells... Chris is frying up the chicken right now! We also have to mix together a dill sauce and sprinkle it with cheese. Lavash shells look like flour tortillas and so the whole thing will look like a quesadilla but it's a local dish here. Hopefully it will be good!
Today, let's talk ice skating. It's pretty hot outside here, and today it was humid too, so ice is a good topic!
Inside the Karavan, they have a full size ice skating rink. We usually sit around the glass and watch the skaters while we have our lunch each day. The best I can tell, since everything is written in Cyrillic, they have hour long sessions, and you pay and skate for an hour, then leave, or wait for the next session if you are a hardcore skater. Usually, between the sessions, they have the Zamboni resurface the ice, or sometimes it just sits empty. You have all types that show up there.
I do not mean to laugh about people's injuries, but to me, it seems like it is always the people who appear to have been just at the Karavan and decided to skate that wind up getting hurt. I have seen a young girl fly and land on her ribs, and she immediately grabbed them in obvious pain, I saw a guy who landed face first and bloodied himself up (they even had to come scrape the blood off the ice for him since he left a trail along the ice), I have seen people limping off the ice, but, thank God, I haven't had to see anyone get carted off by paramedics. The bloodied guy was the closest. I could just imagine the person's day... they had a great afternoon shopping, found some awesome sales, got that trinket they had been saving for, ate some decent food, then someone in their group was like, "Hey ya'll, let's ice skate!" Everyone was all for it, but this person was reluctant, feeling accomplished for what they had gotten done that day. Ultimately though, peer pressure wins out and they strap on a boot with a knife blade on the bottom of it, then 1 short hour later, they are being hauled off to the emergency room with a broken arm or something. Man, what a way to top off your day, huh?
See ya'll tomorrow!