Nastia enjoyed her word search puzzles this morning, and we decided to paint this afternoon. She works so diligently on her paint-by-numbers. It wasn't terribly hot today, so everyone got to play outside a lot. She was cracking me up this afternoon. The kids were playing in the backyard and I went out to check on them and I heard her squealing about every 30 seconds. The kids were collecting frogs, and every time she would find one she would squeal. Lauren and Franklin followed the squeals to find the frogs! Nastia does not care for frogs! Neither do I!
We got on Google Translate this afternoon, so I could ask her some questions. I asked her if she liked Florida and she lit up and said yes. I'm so glad she is happy here. I told her I wished we could talk more and she agreed, but when I asked her if it was hard to not be able to talk to us she said "no" very confidently. Maybe it's more difficult for me than it is for her. (?)
We taught her how to play UNO this afternoon. That was a hit! She loved it, so she and I played after the kids went to bed, and then Roger joined us for a game when he got home.
Nastia is a really good helper. She is always quick to help me with whatever I am doing. She cleaned off the table before lunch today...and I didn't even ask. She will pick up toys off the floor without being asked. She even helped me load the dishwasher tonight. I am constantly impressed by her.
She wanted to push Ian in his stroller again this evening. She would stop every now and then and get in his face and smile. He would babble and she would nod her head just like we do. After I changed him and put him to bed tonight she was standing by his crib making him giggle while I got everyone else ready for bed. She didn't pay much attention to him when she first got here, but now I think she really likes him. He, obviously, likes her, too!
After I told her it was time for bed she went in to brush her teeth and then she crawled into bed. I went in to tell her goodnight and as I walked in the door she giggled. I think she was excited about her goodnight kiss on the forehead, eye-to-eye contact, and love. Today was a very good day!