A Year Ago in Snowy Russia…

8 Dec

Today, there’s a cold drizzle outside my window and there is a forecast for wintry weather this week.  The grocery store was full of people stocking up in case of bad weather.  This time last year in Russia, we had snow every day and the city had begun working on its ice sculpture display.  Folks didn’t rush to the store to stock up on food because snow and ice were part of their everyday world.  People often walked arm and arm because they helped to support each other as they walked down slippery sidewalks.

Over the weekend, we attended the Louisville Ballet’s performance of The Nutcracker.  It was the anniversary of us attending a ballet in Krasnoyarsk, Russia (Swan Lake) but this time we had Colin with us for the performance.  He was most attentive during the first half of the two-hour production.  I have to agree with him that the first half was the best.  How many people have gotten to hear their 31-month-old child exclaim with glee “Nutcracker!” or even manage to get out the name, “Drosselmeyer.”  We were pretty impressed at his enjoyment of the ballet which he’d been reading about for the past month.  We wanted to take a photo of all of us at the theatre but Colin was back to more typical two-year-old behavior after the end of the ballet.  He was way too wiggly and interested in the display of an art piece that looked like a house made of candy.  I ask you, why would anyone torture kids (and adults) with a big candy house you couldn’t go inside or touch?

He was cranky all the way home and crashed hard when he got home.  He was very disoriented when he woke up but we think we figured out that he was afraid he’d missed supper (he’d had a late afternoon nap after the matinee).

Back on December 8 of last year, we visited our sweet Colin after a weekend apart.  Here’s an excerpt from our blog posting from that day:

“Today’s visit with Colin did not start out easy.  He hadn’t seen us since Friday and one of the little boys in his group (the Apple Group) left on Saturday so we wonder if that change IMG_1055_resizedhas also concerned him a little.  We visited Colin around 9:45 or so.  He cried a lot at the beginning of the visit.  He wasn’t thrilled about the different room we were put in for our visit.  Bubble time seemed to interest him as did a snack.  He also was curious about Alan’s ukulele when Alan tried playing it for him for the first time.  Alan let Colin try the strings and look it over.  Towards the middle of our visit, Colin started settling in for a nap in my arms while Alan played quiet music.  He just didn’t want to play with the toys or even sit in my lap at that point so I just held him and rocked with him (boy! could I have used a rocker).  He went to sleep without his thumb but mid-nap started sucking his thumb.  At one point, his thumb fell out of his mouth but he continued to make sucking noises like it was still in his mouth!  He slept a long time.  His head slipped down into the crook of my arm during his nap and he snuggled in.  When he woke up, we had to take him back to the caregivers for potty time/diaper change which he was in need of though he was pouty about not being able to go back to sleep.”

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4 Responses to “A Year Ago in Snowy Russia…”

  1. Hannah December 10, 2009 at 12:58 am #

    Dmitry loves all things nutcracker. He collects them and has been begging to go see the nutcracker. Last year they had a special version with all Russian dancers but we weren’t able to make it.

    That cupcake place is called The Cupcake Shoppe. It is in the Vogue shopping center in the East End. They are wonderful and the ladies that run it couldn’t be nicer.

  2. Erin December 10, 2009 at 12:38 pm #

    Hello! I just read through some of your blog and your journey with IA from Russia. We have decided on an agency, but have not signed up yet, before we figure out how to afford the cost.
    My husband and I are just beginning the process of this journey. We have a 10 month old Daughter and one of the mail reasons we looked into russia was the shorter travel times and the option to go home during the 10 day wait period (althought that is more costly, it is a better fot for us with a child at home)

    We have been feeling overwhelmed and are a little shell-shocked by the cost. I was hoping you could email us and give me any advice you ahve about fundraising? We have looked into loans (still panning that out), as well as employer assistance.
    Thank you for your time-
    Erin

  3. Kim December 11, 2009 at 1:02 am #

    Wow! I’m very impressed that Colin was so excited about the Nutcracker ballet. He’s such a smart little guy! I wouldn’t dare take Lexi, unless I wanted to spend the entire show out in the lobby. BTDT, LOL! I can’t believe it’s been a year already. Just Amazing!

  4. Amy Y December 11, 2009 at 1:43 pm #

    I have been enjoying reading your posts recapping the events from last year. Such good memories to cherish, I find myself daydreaming about those days frequently.

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