S: 2012 - part 1
FC: REVIEW | a year in
1: We are goofy, imaginative, thoughtful, scrambled egg addicted dreamers who love each other very, very much.
2: making | Nana and Dzia-dzia took Sofi to the Art Institute Museum in Chicago to share with her their favorite artists, paintings, stained glass, and memories.
3: Life is not measured by the breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breaths away.
4: LIVE | L A U G H
5: Earl Grey cupcakes renamed Cpt Picard cupcakes. Make it so!
6: Ukrainian Christmas
7: you | the best thing about me is
9: friends | sharing our traditions and joy with
10: merry | Opening gifts from Busya, Babulya, Mama & Tato.
12: The Many Looks of Yasya
13: Sofi's First Choir Concert. She was wonderful and made our hearts smile.
15: Enjoying the unusually warm weather . . . until the snow hit the very next day. Can't believe this is January in Illinois!
16: YASYA'S | haircut
17: After weeks of begging for less hair, Yasya finally got her wish. She brought a picture of Natalie Portman - "Darth Vader's Wife" - to the hair salon and got all her hair cut off. Super short and super sweet!
18: Staying warm hanging out at Burpee Museum in Rockford, IL
19: Surviving the blah days of February.
20: Donuts are our destiny! | Yasya was given a Target gift card for Valentine's Day and instantly said, "I want a donut maker!" So that is what she got and we all got mini chocolate donuts. Yum!
24: Meeting Dr. Scott the Paleontologist from "Dinosaur Train"
25: PaleoFest 2012
28: Good-bye, Hair! Head shaving to raise money to fight children's cancer. Totally worth it!
29: The cheering section: Yasya, Matthias, Sofi, Morgan. Gwen provided a fuzzy purple hat to replace the curls which Yasya just couldn't let go of. She stood at the foot of the stage and snatched up as many handfuls of hair as she could. "This is my mommy's hair!"
30: Keeping busy | Chicago Wolves Hockey with Dzia-dzia | writing stories with Nana | being a self-rescuing princess | emailing Tato
31: Happy Birthday, Mr. Spock! Live Long & Prosper
36: Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were. But without it we go nowhere. Carl Sagan
37: Adler Planetarium
38: Our species needs, and deserves, a citizenry with minds wide awake and a basic understanding of how the world works. Carl Sagan
39: Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known. Carl Sagan
41: "The Easter Bunny knows I love space!!!"
42: Lia - Science BFF
43: 'Krainian Day
44: We celebrated Mother's Day this year by grabbing some bbq at Famous Dave's. Sofi really loved the ribs and onion strings. This could easily become our new tradition!
48: Sofi had a very impressive year in first grade with Mrs. Van Syckle. LOTS of science including an awesome unit starting with meal worms watching them grow and turn into beetles. Her PowerPoint state report on Tennessee even included a bibliography! Such a great start to her education.
49: My mama told me when I was young We are all born superstars. She rolled my hair and put my lipstick on In the glass of her boudoir "There's nothing wrong with loving who you are." She said, "'Cause He made you perfect, babe. So hold your head up, girl, and you'll go far." Listen to me when I say I'm beautiful in my way 'Cause God makes no mistakes I'm on the right track, baby, I was born this way. ~Lady Gaga~
50: After mass playtime with friends - Stella, Morgan, and Matthias | "When we grow up, I want to always live with my sister. We'll have an apartment together. OK, Yasya?"
51: End of the Year Fun at Veterans' Acres Park | Well, fun until Sofi went flying off the merry-go-round and banged up her ribs and spent the rest of the day in the ER . . .
52: Yasya's Last Day of Thunderbird
53: Happy Happy Joy Joy kite flying and rolling down the hill at the park
56: "I'm going to be a space scientist. I'll fly up into space with lots of paper and draw all the planets and color them in and then clip all the pages together. That's what I'll do." | "Yasya, come here." "I can't because I have to stop my Barbie. She is trying to take over the world." | "When my teachers know I exist, they're gonna love me!" | "Old Lula will be old for 45 years, but then when she grows up, she will be young like us." | "Mama, am I as beautiful as a shiny rock?"
57: "Mom, can you believe your itty bitty me is almost a second grader? Isn't that just too amazing?" | "I'm gonna be a show dinosaur!" | "Yasya, can I tell you my evil plan? First we have to build my secret lab deep underground..." | "Where's your husband?" "He might be in the trash bin. He always ends up there. Oh, here he is. My snake ate him then must have spit him up over there." | "Yasya, if you keep eating candy you're gonna get molars!"