Monday, November 30, 2009


We traditionally celebrate Thanksgiving with my parents, and I was very excited that despite my mom’s job changes they could come this year. Anna adores Babushka and Dedushka, and we were happy to let them spend as much time together with her as possible and enjoy some couple time. We went hiking, shopping, movie watching – by ourselves and with our best friend.Grinch Sadly, it’s  the only time when we have some couple time outside the house, since we are still reluctant to leave Anna with babysitters, even with friends. We are a little anal that way. But everyone enjoyed Thanksgiving break. Now I am back to work, and my parents fly home tomorrow night. I was hoping to decorate the house on Sunday, but we were too tired after spending most of the day on the hike. Instead we kicked off Christmas season with German Christmas cake – Stollen and reading and watching beloved Christmas classic How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

I am going to resume more or less “regular programming” tomorrow. December is a busy month for everyone, and we have a lot of home-made gifts to complete. The general December “themes of the week” are below:

  • Nov 30 – Decorating House/Celebrating My Birthday
  • Dec 7 – Closets Clean-Up/Donations/Home Made Gifts Making (by us and Anna)
  • Dec 14 – Hanukkah/Annual Christmas Party
  • Dec 21 – Christmas (and playing with all the new toys)
  • Dec 28 – New Year

Have a happy holiday season, everyone!


My Boaz's Ruth said...

Congratulations on winning Bilingual Boys contest!

MaryAnne said...

How nice that you got some couple time! We struggle with the same problem at our house. I have left Emma and Johnny with friends in the middle of the day a couple of times, but only for an hour or two.

I hope you have a wonderful December!

Debbie said...

I am glad to hear that everyone had a good time.

We are the same way with Selena where babysitters are concerned, with one exception, we don't have any family to leave her with so we do use one babysitter.

Annette said...

Have a wonderful birthday!

Julie said...

I'm glad you got some couple time in! And cake and a movie sounds much more relaxing than decorating!

Ticia said...

Happy birthday! November birthdays are wonderful (or at least Princess thinks so). I hope you have a great day!

SANDRA said...

We are the same way, the boys have never been with a babysitter. Only once did I have my parents watch them when we went Christmas shopping when my youngest was a few weeks old. I am do glad that your parents came to visit.

Happy Birthday!

Nicole {tired, need sleep} said...

Happy Birthday!! We are the same way about babysitters and M. We've only ever left him with family members. Honestly, even that has been difficult sometimes. So you are not the only "anal" ones out there. :) I have a feeling there are a lot of us, hee hee.
I'm glad you were able to enjoy Thanksgiving so much and had your parents around to help with Anna. Hope you have a great December too!

Jenny said...

I'm glad your parents made it in town and you were able to get some time together with your husband. We only get about 6 dates a year, so I know what you mean!

mermaid said...

Dobrõi den :)

I started to read your lovely blog a few weeks ago. So today I finally thought to say hello. I like your blog because I have got a little girl at home too and we are a bilingual family too and I used to live in the CCCP too :)

Happy Birthday and a beautiful Christmas time!


Shannon said...

How the Grinch Stole Christmas is such a great story. I think I will buy us a copy for Christmas. I know that Sweet Pea would love it. Thanks for reminding me. :)

Susana said...

I am very glad you got to have Thanksgiving with your family!!

We don't leave our kids with babysitters either. And, even though my parents are just 5 minutes away, we still only get about 4 real date nights a year!! You know what though, these days will fly by and I know I will want them back so badly! My prayer is that my husband and I live long healthy lives to enjoy our empty nest years together after our children are grown and on their own.

I wish you the best Christmas and look forward to reading about it too.

The girl who painted trees said...

Happy belated birthday! We've only left Bear with my parents and inlaws a handful of times. Haven't had a date night outside the house in a LONG time!