John:

Day 2: Well, we're surviving two babies at home so far! It's definitely a lot of work, but to be honest, since this is the first time we've ever had kids, we don't know any other way. Morning is the most hectic since we're getting breakfast for everyone, changing clothes, diapers, and they both have a ton of energy and so both need to be entertained. But they let us eat in peace while they play by themselves on the floor. Then one of us plays with them while the other cleans up. If necessary, we both play with them until at least one is distracted enough to play alone. The rest of the day is a cycle of play, eat, check diapers, nap. We're getting more efficient at everything, and that helps. And we're getting better at reading their cues - they give lots, we just have had to learn them! I do wonder how Anne will manage this alone at home during the day when I return to work before her! She thinks she'll get into a rhythm and be fine. The kids were in bed by 915pm. We looked at each other and had the same thought: Sex and the City! We put in disc two of season two and watched three episodes (much faster without commercials!). Of course, I fell asleep at the end of the third episode, and by the time I washed up, was wide awake to lie in bed.

Today I went for my first run since leaving the country in early August.  My body told me that I haven't run in a while, but it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be! I didn't leave the apartment all day yesterday, so it was my turn to get out while Anne stayed in as the kids napped (both at the same time!). I got a lot of looks, since it's not so common to go running around here. We've seen people running maybe twice since being here; so it's not unheard of, but it's not something you see every day! A little boy joined me for several blocks; he ran several steps ahead of me in his casual dress pants and hard leather shoes, and kept looking back. I smiled, he smiled back, and he just kept going! He got me off course though, as we ran through the market.  Then I didn't know if he was leading me somewhere or just going home! Fearing getting hopelessly lost with no phone numbers and unable to ask for help, I finally turned right while he kept going straight.  He looked over - I smiled, waved goodbye and said 'dasvedanya!' He smiled, waved back, and kept going. I found my way back to familiar roads, and finished my run. There are a lot of diesel fumes and other exhaust constantly in the air. In the end I felt a bit stuffy in my nose and chest, and I can tell I'll be a bit sore tomorrow, but overall, it was great to get out! I walked in and both kids are still asleep, and Anne conked out as soon as she laid back down. So here I am typing!

Quick side note: Browns fans: Andre Davis for a fifth rounder? Doesn't it seem like we're always trading our 2nd round picks for 5th round picks? Packer fans: Sherman gets an extension? I can say this now since I'm on the other side of the world - is this the year the Pack finally needs to rebuild? I could be wrong, since they always find a way, and Bret is still healthy (?), but the signs this summer haven't looked good. I know, the Browns will be worse, but that's to be expected, right? I'm sitting here waiting for a barrage of nasty emails ...

Anne:

Hi, all-- As I write this the kids are rolling around and talking to their toys on the floor, John is reheating some lentil soup I made yesterday, and everyone is pretty happy!  My big excitement is that I have been out of the apartment TWO times in the last two days!  That's right... yesterday I got to go for a long walk through the park and downtown area while the kids took a nap.  And today I went out with Inna walking to go shopping for some supplies.  Most importantly, we now have some bottles that don't leak!  I also got a couple of more long-sleeved outfits for the kids.  Who knew it was going to drop 30 degrees and not come up again?  At least we saw the sun today, but it's still cold.  This morning it was 9 degrees Celsius (about 48F), and I don't think it got warmer than the high 50's.  I'm not quite ready for this yet!  John is pretty happy about the cooler temps.  I'm looking forward to a few more weeks of summer when we get home!

Hey, these lentils are pretty good.  Cooking is an adventure here.  Usually I end up just throwing together some things that we're able to find at the Viola store.  This was a combo of lentils, garlic, onion, and some Moldovian white wine that we bought.  We also have a salad that we bought at the Viola-- carrots, raisins, walnuts and beets.  Beets are very popular here.  We did have borscht a few weeks back-- pretty tasty.

In other baby news, we gave them a bath last night.  I don't think they had been in a big tub of water before-- they were pretty fascinated.  They also slept until 7:30 this morning -- whoo hoo!  Daniel is really into his cereal now and Maya is starting to get the hang of it.

OK, that's all the thrilling news from Limland... we miss you all!

 

Dad, you're booooooring me, you CAN do better, I hope ...

Dude! I'm a burrito!

Maria holds up Daniel.

Maria is the 'prn' laundry woman and baby sitter.

More hand washed hanging clothes. These were still wet after two days hanging out in the balcony, so we finally brought them in.