We went shopping at TJMaxx yesterday, and out of nowhere, Liv says, "I need a necklace." I had my sunglasses hooked on my shirt, and she thought it made a pretty necklace. We let her wear her new sunglasses like mommy, and that seemed to do the trick.
We also had a reception at the Polish Center for SWSEEL teachers. It was great to see old friends and meet new ones, too! We met an amazing couple from Afghanistan and spent most of the evening talking with them. We wish they were going to be here longer, but they move in one week :( Liv also had some fun friends to play with. In addition to Coady and Lauren being there, there were fun little girls to play with. Arena and Segal loved playing with Liv. Segal came up and asked if me and my daughter would like to join them for a children's party outside. They were so sweet with Liv.
Liv's new outfit
She was so good to sit and pose for me, then she would come and look at the pictures, then sit for another one
Liv and baby Olivia. Liv kept asking where Olivia was when she left with her dad. She was so excited when her new friend came back, and as you can see, they had a fun time taking pictures. So cute!!
YW breakfast at Katie's
Liv kept grabbing cookies off the shelf at Aldi's and putting them in our bag
Cute chair Liv found at TJMaxx
Ran into our friends Coady and Lauren at the SWSEEL teacher reception
Liv found this kitty and thought it was so cute, until it tried to jump at her hand, then cute kitty became "scary tiger."
While we were busy cooking, Liv was mostly sleeping, until she woke up. Then she was a good sport and mostly entertained herself. We decided we all needed a break and went outside while our food was simmering. Liv was excited to get to bring her soccer ball and stroller (two of her favorite things).
Tyler and I made borsch (Russian/Ukrainian beet soup) and golubtsi (steamed cabbage rolls) for an event the second year Russian SWSEEL classes are having tomorrow. We also made a delicious recipe I found on pinterest of chicken, broccoli, and red potatoes. Needless to say, there was a lot of cooking going on here tonight! Hours and hours of it, in fact. Here's a peak at what we made:
This was so good! Definitely adding it as a weekly dish. Insanely easy and yummy :)
The meat mixture for our steamed cabbage rolls
Cabbage leaves, just ready to be filled and rolled up
Into the pan!
Our enormous put of borsch, pre-beets
The lovely beet mixture
And, I forgot to take pics of the final product, so maybe you'll get to see that tomorrow ;)
We're going to be moving soon, but I wanted to be able to look back at how our apartment looks. I remember seeing pictures of my parents first apartments/houses, and I always thought that was fun, so I thought Liv might like these someday.
We haven't been to the park as much this summer because of the heat, so it was nice to get to go more this week.
Daddy and Liv on the swings
One of Liv's favorite places to sit and think :)
Liv is so excited to try new things, even if they are hard, like climbing ladders
Liv was throwing wood chips on herself. I have never seen her this dirty! I wish we could have gotten a good close up the fine dirt covering her entire body. One of the little girls that came over to play with her kept brushing her hair to try and get some out. She told us Liv was dirty, and that she couldn't get her clean, so Liv needed a bath lol
Liv had a dress on the other day and got it tucked under her knees when she was kneeling. She went to stand up and couldn't. I said, "Are you stuck?" "Stuck!" she said, and then realizing it was funny started making faces. She'd hold her hands up at 45 and 90 degree angles and make a funny face and say, "Stuck!" Then if her shirt wasn't pulling, she'd try to pull it so it looked like she couldn't get up. She is so funny.
Liv and I in our matching stripes
Liv laughing at herself getting "stuck" (I love that she throws her head back like I do when she thinks something is really funny)
The best we could do to get that funny look she was making as she was stuck