Day 3 – Grocery Shopping

Re-entry into consciousness was a little tougher this morning.  We were all dragging with no one moving too fast before 10:00am.  Before you morning people get too worked up, I will remind you that this is 2:00am in your world!!  I was lying in bed last night (around 2:15) mostly awake and started hearing faint kid-like sounds.  I finally decided to get up and check it out – while Bruce happily slumbered through it all.  I found two little girls sitting quietly all squinched up outside my bedroom door hoping to be discovered.  Knowing that they probably had the same problem I had, I asked them why they were out of bed.  They quietly answered in unison “We couldn’t sleep.”  I suggested we all go in their room and read a book together.  Katie chose one of the library books she brought along, an American Girl book called Brave Emily.  We snuggled together and read a couple chapters about a young girl from London who goes to stay with an American family during World War II.  We found some of the parallels and contrasts interesting as we thought about her life and our lives.  For instance, she traveled on a ship across the Atlantic Ocean and we just crossed it in one night on a jet!  It was an unexpected sweet time spent with my daughters in the middle of the night while the 3 of us couldn’t sleep.  We read for about an hour and then I tucked them back in and took another run at some sleep.

Once we got rolling and had some breakfast, we prepared for our first big grocery run.  Our facilitator sent the driver to come pick us up and take us to a large warehouse-style grocery and lots-of-other-items store.  We spent over an hour and a half shopping for food and other various things and finally finished up feeling rather worn out.  It went well, but it is tiring having to examine every item and figure out how to ask for what you want at the deli counter, etc.  We did run into one English-speaking woman in the butter/margarine section who was friendly and helped us select a good product.  We were grateful for her being in our path as we were nearing the end and feeling weary.

We also had our first Ukrainian public bathroom experience as our youngest had to go while we were there.  I bravely asked several people “Gdyeh tooahlyet?” until I finally meandered my way to a back room where we found a toilet base with no seat and no paper.    She did not want to go as soon as she saw the conditions and I reminded her that this is the reason we want to go potty at our apartment as much as possible.  I held my 45 lbs child in a cradle-like position and draped her over the toilet and calmly asked her to let it go.  We made it through, but it was not a pleasant experience for either one of us.

The cafeteria-style restaurant where we ate lunch yesterday


6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Karla
    Apr 03, 2011 @ 08:55:11

    Glad to hear you all made it safely and are getting settled in. I hope all goes well on Monday at your appointment and things move quickly for you. The Landrys


  2. motorcyclemama5
    Apr 03, 2011 @ 09:59:34

    Thank you, Karla. We hope so too. We have such peace right now and are just enjoying our time being here – finally. We just took a walk around several blocks away and saw some really beautiful buildings and a really great park. Got some more great photos. I have not thought of this as a vacation AT ALL in planning or anything leading up to this. But now that we’re here, it is feeling very much like a vacation at this point. Tomorrow is a different story with our appt. and also getting serious about schooling the kids. : ) -Jill


  3. The McEacherns
    Apr 03, 2011 @ 14:20:55

    Glad you’re settling in. Way to survive the bathroom experience! While I wish Isabel was potty trained, I’m sort of thankful that she’s still in diapers for this trip! Hope we get to meet up while we’re there. Blessings!


  4. Jennifer Heisler
    Apr 03, 2011 @ 21:04:42

    Glad to hear you made it safely. I do recall our family shopping in the grocery store in Nicaragua and practicing our Spanish… was a long process and we were not always sure what we were buying. I can relate to your shopping experience. You will have so many awesome family memories to share as you look back on this experience. Praying for your safety and that all goes well and smooth while you are there.



  5. Shannon Stewart
    Apr 06, 2011 @ 10:25:55

    Ahhh, the squatty potty. Just like going in the woods only better 🙂 We had to deal with that a couple of times with Amissa’s tiny little bladder. Just tell them it’s an Olympic event and they need to practice so they can win the gold medal!


    • motorcyclemama5
      Apr 06, 2011 @ 11:49:40

      Haven’t seen the infamous true squatty potty yet. It was just a crusty standard-looking toilet base with no seat and no cover on the tank. Yucky indeed, but more than a hole in the floor. : /


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