Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Catching up on two years of not blogging might be hard

It has been more that 2 years since I have blogged on here, so much has happened. I kind of gave up on it since it was taking so long to post and upload, but yesterday we had a family home evening about Family History and Genealogy, I decided to show my kids our last trip to Ukraine so we went to my blog. It was a blessing to see so many pictures of my grandma Olya (who passed away a year and a half ago) playing with kids we have. I also realized how crazy it was of me to take two little kids and hop on the airplane to Ukraine, that I probably would have though twice about that now, realizing how hard it was. Looking back at my life, kind of fast forwarding I am realizing that through hardships come blessings. No matter how hard it is going through a challenge, one day I imagine we will look through our lives and will see the whole picture, we all will have that:" Aha" moment and understand why we had to go through the things we went through and why Heavenly Father did not deliver us and made things easier in some places.

I am so grateful for the Gospel in my life, it makes this life worth living worth fighting for and not giving up. If you want to know more about the plan of Happiness that God has for you look here:
it will make your life complete.

If I did not take a chance and go to Ukraine and see my family, even though it was very hard I wouldn't have had this memory and picture of Quinn and grandma to show him one day.

After Grandma Olya passed away My Mom was feeling lonely, so we invidet her to come visit us that winder. And All of us went to Disneyland!!! We had soo much fun!

 Funny to see Quinn is diapers back then.

 WE love the ocean!

 I never realized how fun it is to watch your kids meet the characters! Whinny the Pooh is Quinn's favorite, we even call him Quinny the Pooh

 And everybody wants to meet Mater!

 We also sent Grandma to space! She came back OK:)

 In line to fly with Peter Pan.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Did I mention I am doign a Photography GIVEAWAY???

I wanted to let all my friends know that if they are interested in a Photography Session I am giving one away, ABSOLUTELY FREE!!!

Please check my Photography blog to enroll, it is very simple and easy and you can earn points by posting about this giveaway every day!!!

Monday, July 2, 2012

We are so greatful

The more I think about our trip to Ukraine, the more I realized how blessed we were to get a chance to visit my family and even more lucky to see my grandparents.

 AJ was lucky to turn four in Ukraine and have a chance to celebrate at least one of his birthdays with his other Ukrainian side of the family.

For AJ's birthday we got a cake from the store and it was one of the most delicious things I have ever tasted. I don't know whether it is a Ukrainian taste in me or something else, but I know Ukrainians would think it was good, I am not so sure about Americans.

This is all of us, in our tiny Ukrainian kitchen. They do all the cooking and eating there, and with all of us, we had to take turns.

For AJ's birthday we got a chance to take him and Quinn to a kid train station. AJ had so much fun learning about how the trains worked and how cars got attached by huge magnets.

This was our ride in the green Ukrainian forest.

After the ride kids played on the train playground.

As I look through these pictures and see my grandma I am grateful to my Heavenly Father, that he gave me a chance to see her again. Shortly after we left Ukraine we found out that her cancer came back and now it is destroying her spine.

Grandma went through a very painful radiation treatment where she had to pay on her stomach, wish made nerves shoot down her leg. She also had chemo treatment and now we are hoping, praying and fasting that that would help with the pain.

On these pictures she walked, her leg was hurting, but now she can barely walk and most of the time she sleeps because all the pain meds she in on.

My grandpa is on the other hand is in Ok health for his age. He is pretty active guy even now.

Boys got a chance to play with him.

Here is the only picture of Quinn with grandma.

My lovely Babushka Olya. This is how I will always remember you, sweet and kind to everyone around you.
We always got along great during my many stays with my grandparents in Bratchkivka.

Here is grandma teaching AJ how to play "gadilo".

I am so glad I got two of those boys with grandma, we had to jump through a lot of hoops to get them together with grandma.

In your busy lives, if you get a minute, remember my grandma Olya in your prayers. I know Heavenly Father hears them and every time I ask people to pray for her she has a better day.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Our Trip to Ukraine part I

Wow, it has been like a month since we have been back and I am getting to posting this only now.
We are back from Ukraine. We had such a great time, but a month away from home is a long time so we are happy to be back.

The flight with kids went OK, they were good for the most part. The only time I had a problem is when Quinn took a nap right as we were taking off and then was awake, bounding on my lap ALL night long.
I had bruises on my legs, my Mom thought I was tortured. But I was not the only Mom on the overseas plane with kids, there was a Mom with three children and I think they might have been all under 3.

Here we are safe and sound in the country of Ukraine fighting jet lag. We were waking up at 4  in the morning starving for a whole week. So at about 6 am kids wanted to play.

I love those simple playground equipment. I know you could get hurt, but it is so much fun!

This picture make me motion sick and dizzy

The sandbox that they boys spent a LOT of time in. Surprisingly no cat poo, just cigarette buds.

These swings without anything in the front were kinda weird. Well, I guess there is one thing they teach Ukrainian children- if you won't keep yourself safe the swing won't ether.

Here is AJ who took a liking and ate Quail eggs for breakfast!!!

Going to the Kharkov Zoo. 

Some of the things that I miss about Ukraine are it's parks and greenery. There are forests that you drive by that never end and beautiful rivers.

I have to enlarge this one and put it on my wall. These two a hard to photograph, they are just too busy every time.

Here are boys enjoying tulips at the zoo

Trying to sit still with G-ma Lidiya for a picture


Little house that kids loved to play in.