Regrouping

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After our long, tiring day for everyone yesterday, we needed to stay at the apartment all day and recover a little.  It was hard on the other kids being away from us for nearly 6 hours.  The kids were in an environment that has become very familiar to them, but it’s not the same when your parents aren’t there.  We are grateful to the other adoptive family who was there and graciously watched over our four others while we were at the courthouse with Ilya.

We did a lot of school work today and got caught up on some things which always feels good.  I got a couple loads of laundry done too, which is always necessary!  We were planning to get over to a nearby park before supper, but couldn’t seem to get ourselves out the door.  So we ate supper first (pasta, vegetables, and watered down tomato paste!) and then scooted out the door before it started getting dark!  The kids had a great time playing at the playground and the four of them played together almost the whole time.  It was fun to sit and watch them as they laughed together and blew off some steam.  Olivia cried when we left, because she wanted to keep playing.  We felt bad for not getting there earlier.

On the way home, we stopped by the building that houses the Taras Shevchenko museum.  We were hoping to find out the hours of operation, as this is one of the things we really want to see while here.  Taras Shevchenko (1814-1861) was a talented and revered Ukrainian poet, artist, and thinker.  His mother died when he was only 9 years old and his father died two years later leaving him orphaned at the age of 11.  His parents were serfs and he became a house servant at the age of 14.  He did receive an education and later studied painting.  He accomplished much in his short life.  He died at the age of only 47.  We did not find out the hours the museum is open, so we’ll have to check into that another way!  Our days are numbered, so we better get on the stick!

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