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Tuesday, September 22, 2009
I had already met my BFF Martha, who was cheering me on from Virginia. I had met my yahoo friends Hillary and Jordy, and the Gurta family and my father had all but lost his mind to his love for my dear sweet Anna.
I wish I was a millionaire. I would NEVER buy a fancy car. I would NEVER quit my job. I would never travel in different social circles. I would simply adopt again.
Friday, September 18, 2009
Sweet, sweet maker of pizza's and cookies. Sweet, sweet box of metal who will not heat up my entire kitchen to a sauna's level of warmth. I can't wait to have a scratch free surface...Oh how I long to boil eggs on your upper level, while baking brownies on the lower level...I can't say if I will go with white, or brushed nickel...as the BFF, Martha suggested. Will see.
One thing is for sure. I am getting started on the girlz playroom. The colors have been chosen, and we went with Everglade Glen and Pink Taffy. The floor is currently yellow linoleum tiles of golden yellow..Ugh. But flooring can't start, until I figure out what color will go best. I am planning to live with the yellow ugliness, until I decide what will go best. I already love the neighborhood. Two families actually came over to introduce themselves. What? I didn't know that was done...That's the beauty of living in the burbs. People are nice. What a great day. My girls went to a Build A Bear party, and I painted. Two walls down. The Everglade Glen brightened the room up already. It already feels like home.
We also got our little package from Tina. And we love it!! Thank you so much for thinking of us. I am saving it for Anna. I am sure she will do something treat worthy soon! You are awesome for thinking of us!!
I haven't said much about my job lately, since I have come home every night and worked til eleven getting it all together. On the day of Open House, I gained two students. The first week of school, I lost one, and on Friday, I got 2 more. We officially hit the mark for adding a new kindergarten. I have NO IDEA how this will work, since we added two trailers to our school this year, and we are completely maxed out. We have NO room for new students. Every grade is at its limit, yet there is no where for anyone to go. Thank goodness, I am in love with this group of kids. Although I have many, many four year olds, I like the vibe in my class. I had to fuss at them one day and told them that the reason I was so tough on them is because they are the best kindergarten, and that people expect more from the "smart class." Maybe I shouldn't say things like this, but I don't want them to think I am just mean, I want them to know that I expect greatness, and this year, I really think they are full of greatness. I wish I could show you one of my little four year olds. She is chubby and follows me around like a cat's tail. She wears a plastic rosary, and on Friday, the Cross broke off at recess. She ran around the playground crying, "I lost my necklace," over and over. She was pitiful. We had to go in, and she was pulling on my assistant telling her to "HELP me find my necklace." We wanted to cry. We spent a good part of our planning time walking the playground until we found that little plastic cross. She was so pleased when we showed her. Don't you wish we all had two people following us around finding our lost items, and cleaning our messes, tying our shoes, and wiping our tears away. It's good to be a kindergartner sometimes..
Say a prayer for a blogger friend. She needs our love, as does a child she loves. I hope she is strong, and I hope she knows I care so much about her!
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Again, just like momma, we even eat in sync!
Notice I had been crying for TWO HOURS!!
Because I love to remember these precious times, I am including the Yahoo posts I sent from Russia in 2004. I was typing them with Anna on my lap at times...
written on the day we left (september 18th 2004)
Dadushka and I will be flying out in a bit and I wanted to post a
quick prayer request. If you don't pray, don't want to offend, but I
ask that you pray that Anna will make this transition without too
much fear, anxiety, and trauma. (For mommy too!) I cannot wait to
squeeze her and kiss her punkin head!!
All of my travel plans were updated and it seems that the new plan
will be favorable for the judge. Start planning Komsomolsk
families...I will try to see if our babies can be brought to court so
that we don't make the 2nd trip, I don't mind, because I actually
loved the train!! Just keep an open couple of days BEFORE COurt, even
your agency hasn't told you this yet!!
I will see you Hilary...I may not see you until after my court date
due to the changes, but if you want to eat at the INTOURIST on monday
evening we will probably do that before the train..Maybe 7:00-ish! If
I don't see you then we will be back on the 22nd for court!
BEst Wishes to you wait-ers!!
I will dig up as much info as I can!!
Melissa and Janet, my sister may call you!
Oh and Melissa, the shoe count went UP!!
(written the day before court 2004)
Okay, I got all of your photos!!
Bogdan and Trifon were together(I think) and my dad talked and
played a bit with them. The others were in my Anna's group so they
took pictures with my Anna. My Anna of course hated it! She is still
very fussy with strangers but is warming up nicely. All families
from Komsomolsk may end up doing the 10 days in Komsomolk...I won't
know until I come back here after court!!
Gotta go to catcht the train, but ALL of your little ones were told
that "your family" is coming very soon!! Dr. Irina is on vacation so
her stand in, was there! Shouldn't slow anything down!!
Haven't slept in a bed since I left DC!! Count 'em that;s four days!!
It's all worth it!!
Sending my best from a chilly Komsomolsk!!
(written during the ten day wait, several days before going to Moscow, 2004)
Okay, I still have not read the old posts, so I gather from the
titles that only a few court dates have been given. I am still here
and can tell you it is now cold. Windy, very windy and about 35-40
degrees. If you are getting babies get a snow suit for them here! I
did at the central outdoor market and it was less than 15 bucks!
I am sorry but I can't posts those pics for you Komsomolsk families.
No CD rom drive here! Can you beleive it?
The baby is still as rotten and silly and spoiled and chubby as ever!~
She gives big wet OPEN mouth kisses still. We are working on getting
her mouth closed!!
She loves her walks and really loves to eat, everything! Pellmeny,
borsch, breads of all kinds, yogurt, rice and even halibut!
She is a tough one to fill up! God this is a good life! I really
can't beleive I will be leaving here in a few days and want to share
the keys to this for my family! Just remember, it's getting
I will be home soon!!
Julianne and Anna Bannannaa
(written October 2004, after coming home)
Sleepy jetlagged but happy! Anna is so precious and wiggly and wild!
She loves to eat, and loves her toes! She is going to be a shoe girl
like her momma!
I have some photos I need to email to komsomolsk families! Boni I
sent your just now! If I took photos of your little ones, could you
email me and let me know your address, I am struggling to get to the
photos for far east site!
COULD YOU SEND IT to my email, I check that the most!!
THere were about 5 other children that I have, and boy are they all
I am sorry that my coordinator had no news about court dates, but
said everything is moving on along!
When I am more awake I will write again!!!ANd share!
Julianne and ANna Bannannna
Thursday, September 10, 2009
I joined Project 2296 to remember the victims of 9-11. I have been praying for this family for weeks now. I think about what Fran said about her mother having a special bond with her only grandchild and it makes me cry.
Say a prayer for all the families who lost a loved one.
Tuesday, September 08, 2009
Teaching kindergarten at my school is like trying to catch minnows with two fingers.
While wearing a blindfold, on crutches, with heals....
Today was sooo much better than last year, but we have a long way to go. The English is not as strong as I wish, and some parents sent their babies with no supplies, and without indicating how they would go home...
The beautiful part was several girls and one boy took their shoes off after lunch,
"CAUSE MY FEET HURT." How precious to see brand new shiny tennis shoes on the floor, knowing those brand new suckers aren't broken in yet, and causing baby blisters on tiny feet! So we broke the golden rule, and let 'em keep their shoes off. I KNOW all about hurting feet so I could feel for them!
Not one child cried today, but all 24 of them must have asked 40 times when they could eat! (And when is it play time?)
My own daughter started 1st grade today. She also rode the bus for the first time.
(Yes, my mother followed it)
She was over the moon excited that she got to do this.
We dressed in our bestest Ralph Lauren outfit, on sale for 30% percent off, (free shipping) and Twinkle Toe tennis shoes. Shoes that were NOT on sale, and who hurt my babies feet! My gal's teacher is lovely, and she has several friends from last year's class with her. We are thrilled.
Oh, and something so typical happened when we went to the "Meet-n-Greet" last week.
After meeting Anna's teacher we went to visit Mrs. Hall from last year. She walked in and hugged her very tight! When Anna pulled back she was bawling her eyes out. She said, "I have missed you so much." Then Mrs. Hall got misty, which made me get misty, and then my mom too! It was crazy. I have always known about my Anna's deep connections to people who she gets to know well. These are all parts of her empathy and ability to really care for people, that will serve her well when she grows up. BUT Lordy Mercy, I felt like such a sap standing there crying!!
Saturday, September 05, 2009
I got a ticket two years ago, and then one last year. My rate went up by....wait for it....
Cable TV is a waste.
I have a gagillion channels, and I am watching none of them. I am a Nancy Grace fan, and torture myself by watching all of the horrible things people do to each other on that show What can I say? I am an emotional cutter. (You win a Dollar if you know where that came from)
McDonald's Happy Meals ROCK
American Girl books in each one. Now I eat them so we can have a chance at getting Kit K. over and over again!!!
Earaches make me bitchy. Very Bitchy.
Now I understand the crying children in the waiting room at KidsDocs.
Life cereal with cinnamon is better than any candy.
Finally, I found a video that made me laugh outloud several years ago when it happened..It is unfortunate for all involved. But after seeing it on RT a million times that year, I started getting the giggles each time I watched it!