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Saturday, April 9, 2016

It's April 9th and we are wearing winter jackets. It's rainy and might even snow a bit. What is this spring? I suspect it will go from cold straight to hot and humid without the nice, breathy period in between. Well, at least it wasn't raining in the morning so we could go outside a bit.

Of course, I also get extra exercise because our elevator hasn't been working since Wednesday. We live on the fifth floor, which is really the sixth since there is a ground floor with the lobby, so that's a lot of stairs (69, I counted). On top of just walking up and down those stairs I have to carry the stroller and a toddler. Although, sometimes she wants to walk up herself holding on to the railing - she did three floors that way the other day. I kept asking her if she was tired, but she was having fun. Still, to go up and down the stairs, it's bringing down baby for one landing (there are two per floor), go back up, bring down stroller, then next landing. Lots of exercise. I ran into the elevator guy, who was fixing it this morning, and he said that while he fixed the actual elevator, the lobby door is off or stuck or whatever and needs to be taken off and welded, which won't happen until Monday. At least Bear is home now and he can carry everyone down until Tuesday morning.

Bear was away for work since Wednesday afternoon and just got back at 5:45pm tonight, so Tanya and I were just by ourselves on Wednesday night, and then again once I came home on Thursday afternoon. So last 48 hours, it was a lot of Skype to Bear and to my parents to have some adult conversation. Mostly, it's not very exiting. She is playing with a ball more, ever since she watched the Elmo episode with balls, and she has mastered her colors, so she names everything with color now. We had to buy a new ball on Friday since someone took ours on the playground (which is weird since usually people are good about it. maybe it was the cleaning crew who thought it was left behind while we were on the slide?). So in the store Tanya wanted "siniy ball" (blue ball - in her combination of languages). She also saw kids walking the other day and had to point out that they had "zelyenyi boots" (green boots). She's starting to make sentences of three and four words, which is fun to see. We are trying to teach her shapes, since she's not quite there yet.

Other than that, I kind of, accidentally, started watching "The Flash." I wanted something to watch the other day and I was looking around on Netflix and I figured I could watch the pilot. I liked the crossover "Supergirl" episode with the Flash and I like Grant Gustin in general from Glee. So I watched the pilot and liked it a lot, enough to watch two more episodes since then. I like it - it's really good for early episodes, especially Barry and Joe, their acting and their relationship (my favorite thing so far). Of course, there is a big CW quality with people too pretty and too young and too smart for the jobs they have, which makes it hard to buy at times (too few people working on that giant reactor too), but it is charming too. And I can't take Barry's Dad seriously since he was Dawson's Dad on "Dawson's Creek." But I guess I'm watching it now.


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Apr. 10th, 2016 01:52 am (UTC)
Man, fifth floor with toddler and stroller is no fun! (I'm so out of practice with stairs... Houses here are only two stories high, three maximum, so when we're in Europe and doing AirBnB rentals or when we were staying in Israel with friends and had to go to the 4th or 5th floor -- no elevators in these houses -- it was so weird!)

Hee at the color sentences! Does Tanya know her colors only in Russian, or does she know both but prefer Russian for colors? Since both combinations had Russian color + English noun.
Apr. 10th, 2016 03:36 am (UTC)

She does know her colors mostly in Russian. I think she knows 'red' in English but she mostly says the Russian color words.  Bear understands enough Russian that he knows if she's using the right color and repeats it back to her in Russian too, so it's mostly exposure. For nouns, she prefers some words in English like ball or boot but for many she uses both, depending on circumstance, like she would say both shark and akula for her bath toy. She is saying more sentences in Russian, mostly because she spends more time with me and my Mom.

Apr. 10th, 2016 05:10 am (UTC)
That sounds so inconvenient to have the elevator out, with the baby and the stroller and everything! I hope it's fixed soon.

Does Tanya usually say her colors in Russian and her nouns in English? It's really cute.
Apr. 10th, 2016 11:36 am (UTC)

She knows her colors in Russian so that's her language of choice for colora. Nouns vary depending on her preference. Some she knows clearly in both languages and switches. Most of the time she picks an easier word. It's fun to watch.

Apr. 10th, 2016 09:18 am (UTC)
Talking- it's so much fun to see that evolve. :)
Apr. 10th, 2016 11:36 am (UTC)

It really is. She amazes me every day.

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