Friday, April 9, 2010

Ultimate Blog Party 2010


Hello and welcome to my virtual home. I am Natalie, a modified American name of my Russian name Natalya, and I am excited to participate in my first Ultimate Blog Party at 5 Minutes for Mom. So here are a few facts about me:

1. I was born and raised in the former Soviet Union. I came to US when I was 24 as a refugee with about $200 in my pocket.

2. 17 years passed since then (yes, I am that old). Now I am working full time for one of the biggest technology companies on Earth (yes, you all know its name, but I am not telling) and earn 6 figures salary.

3. I usually write my blog at 5 am in the morning – can’t you say I am addicted?

4. My husband and I are together for 7 years, married for 3. Our daughter Anna is an only child by choice. She is now 3.5 years old.

5. Three languages are spoken in our household – my husband is from Germany. Daughter, however, stubbornly speaks English only.

6. I am utterly not crafty and also tone-deaf. I hope that daughter inherits my husband’s talents – he is a creative part of our union. Usually I think of something, and he makes it happen.

7. I love books and am delighted to discover the world of English-language kid literature with my daughter. I host What My Child Is Reading linky every Saturday – come and join it.

8. I traveled a lot for work and visited most of Europe. My dream is to travel the world with my daughter one day.

9. I admire my husband who put his career on hold to stay home with our daughter. He is a very special person and one of the most talented and smart people I know (and I’ve seen a lot of them).

10. On this blog I write about my daughter and her journey through childhood – about our discoveries, our struggles and our joys.

Now, I am off to check other blogs. The prizes are awesome, but Amazon certificates would be best – we do most of our online shopping there.


Joyful Learner said...

We have something in common...I'm tone deaf too! Your English is so good for someone who came to the states at 24!

Debbie said...

I am glad to see that you joined the Party! That is such a sweet picture of you and Anna! Happy Party!

Ticia said...

I'm loving reading these posts. I guess I'll give in soon enough. Not today, I have too much cleaning to do today......
And I learned some things about you I didn't know.

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

Love all the info! And hey, you're not that old - some of us are only slightly younger :)

Ashley said...

Just stopping by from the UBP'10! Happy partying!!

Christy said...

I love reading posts like this. It's nice to learn new things about people.

Jen said...

I am stopping by from the Ultimate Blog party mclinky and am glad to know you are out here in the blog world! Good to meet you!

jamaise said...

You are a very interesting person! Started with lots of stress and little money & look at you now. Great story! Nice to meet you :) I hope you'll stop by Wishing Penny too :)

Have fun at the party!!

bigguysmama said...

Thanks for visitng my post for the UBP '10!! I should be outside in the sun, yet here I am on the comupter!! grrrr I'm definitely interested in your What My Child Is Reading linky!! I love doing book reviews and enjoy children's books.

So awesome that your husband is able to be home with your daughter who is adorable by the way. So awesome that you have enjoyed the gift of reading with your daughter.

Have a wonderful rest of your week!

~Mimi @ Woven by Words

Staci said...

Thanks for visiting my blog! Your life is so interesting! I'm definitely subscribing to read more!!

Tree said...

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and Happy "Ultimate Blog Party!!" I'm having alot of fun checking out everyone's blog!

You sound very blessed, and WOW...6figures! Can you get me a job?! LOL

I'm following you now with both of my blogs....I would love to have you follow back too! :)

Tree (aka Mother of Pearl)
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P.S. I would love to invite you to join our new community network for moms...Mommies Faves Mom Bloggers Network. Hope to see you there soon!

Merry said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog. It's always great to find someone that I have something in common with. Working moms are few and far between in this blogger world. I look forward to getting to know you more! Happy UBP!

Carissa said...

Your english is amazing! I am glad that I do not have the only head strong daughter in the world!

Thanks for stopping by my party!

sarah said...

my daughter was born the same month as yours. we have 2 kids. i definitely don't blog at 5 am unless i happen to stay up that late....honestly lets hope that never happens. i would not be a happy camper the next day!
please check out my blog and store.

Janna said...

Wow! I'm so glad I read your post! I have a new appreciation for your blog knowing all this.

I hope Anna will begin speaking another language. It's so awesome when kids are bilingual. I really admire that, but it won't be happening here:)

Mommie Daze said...

Nice to meet you. Stopping by from the UBP. I'm tone deaf, and not crafty either.

Barbie said...

Thank you for stopping by my blog! I really appreciate it. Your daughter is beautiful. I am your newest follower!

Brooke Lorren said...

здороваться! My aunt Ludmilla is from Russia. Thanks for stopping by my blog.

Pathfinder Mom said...

I've long wondered if you pre-wrote your posts and set them to publish in the wee hours as they're usually up when I'm up for the morning in the East Coast.

That's quite a story, Natalie!

Nicole said...

Thanks for visiting me at My Real Review!! Your daughter is the same age as my oldest son . . . it's such a fun age!

Wow! Three languages spoken in your home and what an incredible story you have from your arrival in the US to where you are today. Very inspiring!

Happy UBP week!!

Kristen @ Moms Sharpening Moms said...

Natalie, is wonderful to meet you! Your blog is so informative and helpful! I had to look up those iphone apps you mentioned and downloaded one of them!

My daughter is older than yours, but we also loved the Princess and the Potty and the simplified Little House books. What a great resource your blog is for moms of preschoolers!

Thanks for visiting our blog, too...hope to see you again sometime!

Robyn said...

We are also a homeschooling family. Great to connect with you!

Stopping by from the UBP! I hope you are having a great week.

Pop on over if you get a chance, I'm having a $50 Amazon Gift Card giveaway. It ends April 16th.

joeandbridge said...

Hi there! Just popping in from the UBP to be your newest Google Follower! Hooray! Hope you have a great weekend! Swing by my blog when you get a chance!

Bridgette Groschen
The Groschen Goblins

Janene said...

We also travel extensively with our son and hope to show him the world.

Have a good time partying with UBP10. Stop by if you get a chance And see what we have to help you Stop Drop and Relax. Visit our store at and Prepare To Be Pampered.

Helena said...

Hi, I'm Helena and I found you on UBP and a new follower! I have a beautiful friend from the Ukraine! Unfortunately her promising future was cut short by a horrible accident. Please read about her and about how she came to the U.S. in two parts!
Part I:

Part II:

I'm excited to be a new follower! I'm at AGalNeeds...