The one in the stroller I believe is the earliest pictures. I’d estimate that she’s 4-5 months old in this one. Do you see her little hands? At almost 6 years old they are the exact same. She’s a skinny little kid, but her little fingers are still chubby like that. She still has the same ears and the same cheeks. And she still has the same look in her eyes. It’s my baby.
Moving on over!
I imported all my old posts on Blogger over here! Yay! I thought that would be the hard part. It’s not, going through all those posts and tagging and categorizing them and wiping them clean of identifying information is a little harder. Be on the lookout for tons of new old posts soon! I’m not sure how they will show up yet, so I appreciate the patience!
In other news, I did the dishes last night. It was major. Even the husband said, “Are you okay? You are doing the dishes?”
She fell off the monkey bars
I feel like at any minute the police are going to show up and haul me to jail. I mean, my kid says her arm hurts and I tell urgent care “she fell off the monkey bars”. It is the most common childhood injury ever but the nurse looked at me like I was joking. No really, at the park yesterday she thought she could do the monkey bars by herself and plop landed on her wrist and back.
We gave it a good 20 hours and things weren’t improving so here we are waiting at the local urgent care. We have been waiting over an hour and they don’t seem to be in a rush to get us out of here.
I asked if I could take her picture:
Then she picks to try to sit on the spinning stool with one arm. Dissuaded her from that! She doesn’t understand why I don’t think it’s safe.
She keeps asking how long and I keep telling her to look out the window. 1. It gives her something to do and 2. Hopefully staring at them will make them hurry up 🙂
It’s clear the doc doesn’t think it is broken and I didn’t see anything on the X-rays but I am certainly not a radiologist! I can’t decide if I hope it is broken to justify spending the $50 copay and 2 hours of my life or if I want it to be okay so we can get out of here!
Well, the doctor said it’s just a sprain and sent us on our way. Poor kiddo is still complaining a lot though.
I missed a call from the urgent care the next morning. The voicemail said, “We have made an appointment at the orthopedist for 1pm today for your daughter. Please call us with any questions.” Um, yes I have questions! When I called they said that when the radiologist was filing the final report he saw a break and we need to see ortho. Um, okay, but now it is Monday morning and I just send my kid to school with a broken arm and told her to be brave!
Ignoring the possible incompetence, we finally made it through orthopedics yesterday afternoon and my sweet girl now sports a very pretty purple cast. And the best part – it is waterproof! Yippee for mommy and daddy!
This is the x-ray, the break is in the larger bone in her arm at the top – on the left side of this bone, you’ll see a little spot that protrudes, this is the classic presentation of a buckle fracture. The break goes all the way across her bone right there.
Our excellent cast tech had her all done in less than 10 minutes – speedy!
Little sisters were great troopers. I stuck them in this cubby hole in the cast room and turned on the iPad. The cast tech didn’t even know they were there!
Back at home and resting – don’t let her fool you though – this hasn’t slowed her down one bit!
Why should Americans care about Crimea?
I love Russia. I love the landscape. I love the people. I love the little villages and the amazing churches. Russian history is long and fraught with turmoil and war and often times poverty. I am mama to a small Russian-American.
I do not love the oppression that has left the Russian people without a voice, without the means to support themselves, without help from their government. I do not love the government that has left hundreds of thousands of orphans without the hope of a family. They are forever locked in cold dark rooms without a warm touch because of the Russian government.
I am not an expert on Russian politics, but what I do know is that Russian President Putin is more concerned with leaving a legacy to his name than with acting in the best interests of his people.
Currently, Russia is occupying Crimea. This is very confusing for most people. Crimea is a region in Ukraine (don’t call it the Ukraine, it’s offensive to Ukranians). What makes Crimea different from the rest of Ukraine is that a large portion of it’s citizens are ethnic Russians. I compare this to south Texas. A large portion of the citizens of south Texas are from South America.
The dispute comes down to this: Crimea has apparently voted to succeed from Ukraine and be annexed by Russia. Whether Russia wants Crimea is another topic – of course they do or they wouldn’t occupy it. The the international statement Putin is presenting says he doesn’t want Crimea. But, Ukraine and the rest of the Western world says that the occupation of any of it’s sovereign borders is a hostile movement.
I talk about this today because I don’t think that most American’s understand the impact this could have on us.
Some facts from wikipedia.com:
-Russia is the largest country in the world and Russia has the 9th largest population in the world -“As one of five permanent members of the UN Security Council, Russia plays a major role in maintaining international peace and security.” -” Russia is a member of the G8 industrialized nations.” – The G8 represents the most wealthy 8 developed countries in the world. -” In 2006, the military had 1.037 million personnel on active duty.” -“Russia has the largest stockpile of nuclear weapons in the world. It has the second largest fleet of ballistic missile submarines and is the only country apart from the United States with a modern strategic bomber force. Russia’s tank force is the largest in the world, its surface navy and air force are among the largest ones.” -“The country has the world’s largest natural gas reserves, the 8th largest oil reserves, and the second largest coal reserves. Russia is the world’s leading natural gas exporter and second largest natural gas producer, while also the largest oil exporter and the largest oil producer.”
So, while we sit in our offices or on our couches today, just imagine what happens if Russia takes Ukraine. What then? Where would they stop? What would the backlash be if the UN or US tried to stop them?
Here are some links to some excellent articles on the Crimea Crisis for more of an analyst perspective:
President Putin’s Fiction: 10 False Claims About Ukraine (from our own State Department)
Putin Doesn’t Know What He Wants in Ukraine (written by an independent Russian journalist)
Crimea’s Parliament Decides to Secede to Russia (note this is a Russian Government run media source)
I would love to hear what other Americans, Europeans, and Russians think of what’s happening? I don’t want to start a debate, I am just curious if anyone else is as concerned about this as I am.
I have always used Blogger for blogging until I started hearing more and more internet chatter about this place called WordPress. Since I’m loyal and my blogs had like 5 followers, I never investigated. Then the chatter increased.
The chatter coincided with my desire to blog, but not about one of the topics I’d filed myself under with the other blogs. I’ve decided to start blogging on WordPress as a means to have a voice for all the randomness that might come along. It’s interesting learning a new interface, but my favorite way to learn things is to dive right in. Worst case the whole world sees my mistakes.
Eventually, I hope to move my content over from my other blogs to WordPress too so that there will be one place that defines me.
That’s why soholdfast will officially be a place that has no labels. I don’t label myself so there is no defined content here and the posts are going to be about everything that matters to me. I will likely take a more anonymous approach as well where I begin to use code names for family and friends. I hope you will come along for the ride!
And as a teaser, here’s the things I haven’t found a home for yet:
-Real Estate flipping and investing
The line in the sand…
All posts before this point are from the Adoption blog and were ported over – any formatting or odd spacings, etc is a result of the porting process. Enjoy catching up on our story of sweet girl!
Where to begin?
Sweet girl is beyond fluent in English. She can count to 50. She knows her ABC’s and can identify the majority of her letters. She knows all her vowels and the sounds they make.
She is memorizing bible verses and hearing her little Russian accent tell me about doing to others just undoes me. It’s precious. Her fine motor skills are advancing – she can now draw pictures with purpose and write her letters. She’s getting a steady hand with the pearler beads.
She LOVES to watch Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and up until this week could care less about anything else on TV, but in the last couple days she has said she likes Doc McStuffins. She went from being terrified of animals to letting Annie’s doggies lick her and run with her.
We have 6 more weeks in our house so we’ll see how she does! She’s very proud of herself and excited so I think she’ll do just fine!
Sweet, precious, spunky, brave girl.
A Tour of Vladimir, Russia
Housed local administration during Soviet era.
Located within walking distance of our hotel in downtown Vladimir, this supplied us with a grocery store and all the shopping necessities we needed.