Monthly Archives: June 2014

June 25, 2014

Ligo in Riga


Citizens of our country have one day in a year when all big malls are closed all day long. It’s a day of a summer solstice that is celebrated by latvians nationwide in the midnight between 23d and 24th of June and is called “Ligo”.

Despite the fact, that we all love the idea of a big summer holiday here, it is the meanest holiday of Latvia. It rains here every Ligo day!

Our holidays were also saddened by Veronika’s illness. She got sick right before four vacation days. Actually, I don’t remember her being ill so hard and for so long anytime before — high temperature, ache in the ear, throat and stomach for at least 4 days and 5 nights.

During daughter’s illness we watched all our home collection of movies for kids. I think they won’t ask me for more for it for weeks. Personally I had discovered Pocahontas movie to be a very beautiful, wise and filled with positive messages and positive role models tale (yes, I had never seen it before).

Me with my husband and Marge visited downtown thanks to my mom, who came to babysit Veronika a few hours. The Centre of Riga was almost deserted, because most of the citizens prefer to celebrate this holiday in a countryside.

Not long after our arrival it started raining.

We hoped to find some of a festive action at the Dome Square, but sadly there was nothing to see too.

Just puddles after rains and some passersby with umbrellas…

The square near the Liberty monument didn’t look festive either.

Pour tourists under umbrellas — I wonder how did they like cold, rainy and nearly empty Riga with all malls closed celebrating Ligo.

Though our Riga looks beautiful even covered with water.

And of course, the sun went out of clouds right when we arrived to a bus station and were ready to leave the downtown.

June 23, 2014

Our daughter is three month old!


It’s unbelievable, but Marge is already three month old!

Перевод на русский можно найти ниже.

Marge is sleeping well at nights most of the times. The house is, by and large, clean, clothes are washed. Kids are fed, combed and dressed. In other words, life here has totally returned to normal by now.

Marge has mastered how to touch things with her hands. She doesn’t hold her head steady enough by herself yet, but she started raising it and curiously looking around when laying on her tummy during past two weeks.

Marge doesn’t like sleeping for a long time during the day. It seems, there are too much interesting things for her that are happening around. And she is just afraid of missing something. But it’s not a big problem for me, because my older daughters entertain her a lot with pleasure (really, I don’t have to ask at all!). Besides, she doesn’t mind (I would even say “enjoys”) laying on the floor and watching us moving around the house.

Marge doesn’t roll over yet. She lays on her back and is fully content of everything.

Weather forecasters have promised unusually warm summer for Latvia, but it seems, they’ve mistaken again. After two weeks of a very strong wind outside it started to pour every day and temperature lowered to the point when it is appropriate to wear coats and hats. Frankly speaking, I prefer a bit chillier weather now, because it’s very hard to stand muggy air and sweaty body when you need to be skin to skin with a baby. However, wind and rain, of course, are superfluous.

Though, I’m delighted by the glory of those fabulous clouds we see every evening!




Доченьке уже три месяца!

Абсолютно не верится, но нашей Марго уже три месяца!

Наша девочка чаще всего хорошо спит по ночам. Дом в целом чист, бельё постирано. Дети умыты, накормлены, причёсаны и одеты. Иными словами, наша жизнь на данный момент уже успела вернуться в свою колею, и Маргоша в неё отлично вписалась.

Последнее из малышкиных достижений — трогать ладошками вещи (ей ужасно нравятся рельефные обои на стенке возле пеленального столика). Голову она пока держит не уверена, но зато очень старается поднять её повыше, лёжа на животика. Вокруг всё слишком интересно и явно стоит поднятой головы.

Проснувшись после ночного сна, Маргоша в течение дня спит совсем по немногу. Словно боится пропустить что-нибудь интересное. Но такой её короткий сон, пока она сама чувствует себя выспавшейся и довольной жизнью, меня не беспокоит. Её старшие сёстры с большим удовольствием и, что самое приятное, по собственной инициативе её занимают. К тому же, она совершенно не против (я бы даже сказала, что ей нравится) лежать самостоятельно на полу и наблюдать за нами, пока мы занимаемся своими делами вокруг неё.

Маргоша пока ещё не переворачивается — она лежит на спинке, и, похоже, её всё настолько устраивает, что ей просто не приходит в голову такая идея.

Синоптики, наобещавшие нам “аномально жаркое лето”, похоже, не изменили своим обычаям и опять ошиблись. Погода сменилась с ветренной на дождливую, и теперь снова уместно одевать на улицу куртки и шапки. Но, честно говоря, для меня так даже лучше. Душный воздух и липкое тело особенно тяжело переносить, когда на руках постоянно малыш. Но всё же, ветер и дождь, конечно, это чересчур.

Зато, несмотря на то, что днём погода могла бы быть, мягко говоря, и получше, каждый вечер радует глаз красивейшим небом с очень живописными облаками!

June 17, 2014

Just another summer week


Quick overview of the things we were doing last week.

We went downtown and enjoyed fancy summery look of beautiful Riga’s squares.

Did some eating in a cafe…

We were on a picnic at the nearest meadow (this photo was taken by Veronika).

Days were warm and sunny…

but also windy as we used to in Latvia.

So we took with us our favorite summer amusement: soap bubbles.

Veronika was eager to make a flower band.

I had fun with blowing some bubbles too (this really cool photos were taken by Veronika too).

Marge was just continuing her everyday growing (while I went on loosing my weight).

She was hiding from the persistent sun in her new panama.

Then we were painting outdoors another day.

It was awesome and could be even better, if there would be less wind (do you see, how Anastasia’s shoe is holding her sheet of paper?).

Otherwise, it was great and fun idea! (And again, thank you, Veronika, for this nice picture of us!)

We were walking around and watched a lot of glorious clouds floating in the skies.

And more, and more…

We were buying sweets in the little local store. Kids had their own coins and were paying by themselves. Although my oldest one can do math, I was surprised that she had some troubles with understanding meaning of a change. It was a signal for me that we should practise buying things more, so that Anastasia would be prepared to school in this matter too.

We were visiting library again and read some interesting books with inspiring illustrations inside. I am very fond of children books and can’t get enough of them! This picture was taken on our way to library. Skies were as always so beautiful and threateningly dramatic!

My kids just love watching their photo albums and wondering, who is so small and so cute on those photos and trying to remember things that were pictured.

That is why one of our activities was taking pictures and making collages using an iPad app. We already have printed a few so that girls could put them in their Summer Books.

Another summer week is gone and it left with us rather nice memories.

June 14, 2014

Sharing a crocheted flower pattern


Делюсь схемой вязаного крючком цветка


This is a pretty easy pattern for a nice crocheted flower. I used it to decorate cardigan for my little Marge.

Это достаточно простая схема симпатичного вязаного крючком цветочка. Я использовала его в качестве украшения к кофточке для нашей маленькой Маргоши.

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June 6, 2014

First week with three kids on a holidays


Перевод на русский можно найти ниже 🙂

So, the first week of our summer vacation is almost over. And I must say, we are doing great! I must admit, it was a bit tough when my interests didn’t cross with a five year old Veronica’s and she started to neglect every word she heard. But we were learning to express these feelings in a more proper way (explaining me the problem for a start and providing me some other ways of it’s solving). And since I have a strategy, I’ve already trained myself to stay perfectly calm when this happens (but, to tell the truth, it took me some days to achieve this). After all, a calm and confident parent is what a child needs to pass over crisises quicker and successfully.

My big girl Anastasia is spending whole days at home with me and Marge now. The middle sister still goes to a kindergarten and stays there for a half of a day. As a result our mornings are very quiet. Anastasia gets almost whole my attention and loves it so much. She responds to it with a lot of help for me during our morning routines, such as cleaning, cooking and shopping.

I’m planning to keep following this schedule one more week and then turn into “advanced level” and start Veronica’s kindergarten holidays as well.

What we were doing by day this week?

We were busy with some fun stuff and some serious stuff, like:
– visiting kids playgrounds and other activities zones;
– eating a lot off ice cream;

– buying strawberries in a local row market;

– washing hands in rain puddles;
– making yoghurt-kiwi-banana smoothies and ice-cream-milk shakes with strawberries;
– gathering flower bouquets;

– perform different activities aimed to learn the alphabet.

Kids were:
– helping me to broom and wash the floor at home;
– washing dishes by themselves after every meal;
– cutting ingredients for salads and cocktails by themselves;
– writing their own “summer book”;
– learning how to use a computer: some basics about files, applications and the Internet. Learning to complete some simple tasks such as searching for an image in the Internet via Google, comparing application interfaces;
– making photo collages in iPad in order to print its later and stick into “summer book”.

Marge was:
– sleeping just a little bit;
– watching, what big sisters were doing while laying on the kitchen floor, on the Veronica’s bed, on the couch in our living room, on a big bed where all kids gather every evening to listen to the night stories;
– eating a lot off mum’s;
– playing with here own hands by gripping one hand’s fist with another one;
– smiling a lot to all of the family members;
– taking selfies with a cat.

As you see, we truly had a great time!

Первая неделя каникул с тремя детьми

Поддуваемая летним ветерком, стремглав пролетела первая летняя неделя. И надо сказать, никакого апокалипсиса пока не произошло. Правда, были тяжеловатые моменты, когда мои интересы не пересекались с интересами нашей пятилетней Веронички, и она начинала отрицать каждое сказанное мною слово, но мы учимся выражать свои чувства более конструктивным способом (называть их, определять проблему, предлагать мне свои варианты решения ситуации). И, так как у меня есть чёткое представление, что надо делать, чтобы помочь дочери, у меня уже хорошо получается и вовсе не воспламеняться от её искр (но, по правде говоря, на приобретение этого умения всё же потребовалось несколько дней). В конце концов, спокойный родитель неоценим для здоровой психики любого ребёнка, в особенности в разгаре кризиса развития.

Моя Настюша, отметившая свой выпускной в саду, теперь с утра до вечерами дома со мной и Марго. Вторая сестричка всё ещё посещает сад, но мы её забираем сразу после обеда. Как результат — по утрам дома абсолютный штиль. Настюша получает практически всё моё внимание, и ей это очень нравится. В ответ она старается во всём мне помогать — не откажет мне и что-то помочь прибрать, и приготовить, и пронести пакет из магазина.

Я планирую придерживаться сложившегося расписания ещё неделю, а потом перейти на “продвинутый уровень” и досрочно забрать из сада на каникулы и Веронику.

Чем мы занимались на этой неделе?

Мы отдыхали и развлекались, но не только.


– ходили на детские площадки и в Пик Ник парк;
– ели много мороженного;
– покупали клубнику на местном базарчике;
– мыли руки в лужах после дождя;
– делали смузи на основе йогурта с киви и бананом, а также молочно-мороженные коктейли;
– собирали цветочные букеты;
– учили буквы посредством интересных занятий.

– помогали мне подметать и мыть полы дома;
– мыли свои тарелки после каждой еды;
– резали овощи и фрукты на салаты и в коктейли;
– писали собственную “книгу о лете”;
– учились пользоваться компьютером: основные понятия о файлах, программах и об Интернете. Пробовали выполнять простые задания, например, поиск картинки в Google, сравнивали интерфейс приложений;
– создавали фото-коллажи на iPad, чтобы потом можно было распечатать и наклеить в их “книгу о лете”.

– немножко спала;
– наблюдала за старшими сёстрами с пола на кухне, с постели Вероники, с дивана в гостиной, ну и с большой кровати в спальне, где каждый вечер собираются все дети, чтобы послушать сказку на ночь;
– ела много маминого молочка;
– играла со своими ручками, хватая одной ладошкой в кулачок сжатую вторую;
– много улыбалась всем членам семьи;
– фотографировалась на портреты с кошкой.

Да, мы отлично провели время!

June 2, 2014

Summer starts today


Woods turned completely green by now, but our Latvian weather still makes us wear coats.

Summer starts today. It will be one special summer amongst all of the last 7 summers. It’s hard to believe, that these 7 years had passed so fast! My big girl has graduated from her kindergarten and this summer will be the last one before she starts her school days.

This is our Anastasia with a hairstyle that was made specially for her graduation party!

Moreover, it will be the first summer with me having three kids. My arms will be tight by little Marge most of the time. Honestly, I think of it as of a big challenge. My goal is to spend this summer keeping a friendly and peaceful atmosphere at home, though it could be really hard or even unreachable sometimes, because I have one stubborn five year old, one I-can’t-do-this-you-haven’t-tought-me seven years old and one two and a half month old one, who just doesn’t seem to like sharing my attention with others. Of course, I’m not hoping there will be much chances of traveling adventures around our city and country or making big projects with kids at home that involve much of my attention, but I think we could manage some smaller educational activities and a lot of playing outside. All I have to do is to be well organized and think of the daily activities the evening before. Being prepared for the next day concerns meal question too. I guess, this will be the hardest part for me, as for the one who actually doesn’t like to cook (and cooking for children, who doesn’t like to eat, doesn’t make it easier).

(It’s not a post apocalyptic scene behind me, it’s just a bit scruffy porch of our house.)

Of course, I’m counting on my husband’s help too. A mother, who doesn’t have a time for herself, will become exhausted pretty soon. One hour per day, when my dear husband will be looking after Marge by himself, should do the trick.

I already have one activity for the kids in my mind now. I think, it will be exiting for them to make a journal about their summer. We will start tomorrow. First of all, they will fill in a quiz about what they like that I’ve prepared for them. I’ll give them the same quiz when the summer ends. It will be very interesting to compare if something had changed in their minds by that time. I’m planning to share our progress in my blog, though I’m not sure I’ll have enough time even for a small records here starting from tomorrow and till september. But I’m feeling ready to dive in this adventure!