|November 17, 2014||Filled under Life|
Our baby girl just turned 13… can you believe it?! ;o) Kristin is not just a beautiful and lovely teen, she’s the most amazing thirteen year old we have ever seen. Happy Birthday sweetheart!!!
To celebrate 13th Birthday, Kristin with her 8 best friends went to Laser Quest Federal Way (official part). And sure, after that girls had a sleepover fun. Girls had a blast …and Igor and I survived ;o)
Girls liked the picture below the most – who’s legs are under Kristin and Vika (left side of photo)?
Well, I definitely have a “gift” to photography hehe;o)
A lovely and fabulous week everyone!!!
|July 14, 2014||Filled under In The News, Life, Writing a book|
I can’t believe how lovely and exciting summer time we have this year!
Igor and I always worked so hard, last couple years up to 14-16 hours a day, so we decided to take a little break and afford some rest.
Our daughter Kristin also got some “unusual” experience – she’s (with her friend) now at rhythmic gymnastic summer camp (Los Angeles, CA) for 2 weeks. It’s first time when we are separated with her for such long time, and we so glad that she looks so excited and happy!! Not to mention that after camp they do enjoy the ocean ;o)
Since Kristin was never excited for long car trips, we decided to realize one of our dreams of long travel, and yesterday Igor and I drove around Olympic Peninsula – visited Ocean Shores (-20F from Bellevue, but I’ve just LOVED it – I’m not a big fan of 85-90F), Hoh Rain Forest (really big trees, everything else you can see in any park in WA), Forks (vampires stores, High School looks different from what you see in the movie :)), Port Angeles (too many cops for small city), ferry to Seattle (we were lucky to wait only 2 minutes!) …. Tough day… 450+ miles, but with lots of fun ;o)
In two days (on Wednesday), we will fly to LA, CA to pick up Kristin and her friend, and will be back Saturday evening.
AND on Sunday, I’ll off for 3 days trip with Klondike travel to the lavender festival, with a visit to Olympic National Park (Arina, my friend and the owner of Klondike travel, assured me that we missed lots of thing we must see that area), and then, – Portland, Oregon. How exciting!!
Oh, and just after my return, I’ll post the details of my first four (yes, 4!!! ;) books I’ve almost finished (approx. 75-98 pages each): one of them still need photos (we will work on them just in next couple weeks), some patterns need descriptions and tech editing, books needed introductions, bio, indexes, etc. parts… Oh, but we have covers!!! Here is a sneak peek of Spring book cover (well, even in pretty draft version so far):
P.S.: If I would ever knew how MUCH time would it take to design, learn (and then learn again!), write, draw stitch diagrams and schematic, edit, page making and so on … I would still take that journey again and again! :p)
|June 15, 2014||Filled under Holidays, Life|
|May 20, 2014||Filled under Life|
We are back from annual MILLENNIUM CUP International Rhythmic Gymnastics Invitational competition our daughter participated. What a gorgeous competition venue (even if enough cold because of ice-hockey rink ;o)). We enjoined outstanding performances, incredibly talented and beautiful participants. Such memories!!
This time our coach decided to challenge the girls a bit and moved them to compete with gymnasts 2 levels advanced (from 6th level to 8th). I loved that our girls felt pretty comfy to compete even if with “big” girls ;o) Our daughter got 4th place in floor routine (and 6th all around) in group of 6 participants, including our new team gymnast – an amazing Angela (level 8). She got gold in all around!!!! YAY!!!
Below are Floor and Hoop routines videos. And here are links to Ball routine.
Well, we are so glad back to home, and absolutely don’t mind that completion season is over ;o)
A wonderful week anyone!! Can’t wait to share some exciting news pretty soon!!
|April 20, 2014||Filled under Life|
I know, I probably surprise you by two posts a day, but I just can’t resist to share that…
…yesterday we went to Sakura-Con 2014 event. This time we took kids of our friends with us, because it is so really cool event that we wanted to share it!
And.. we realized this one became our family annual event – for 3 years in a row!! To look, to buy some funny stuff and some art, so make pictures, to look for crazy interesting and creative people who make stuff and who express themselves in a funny way and .. to have a day of fun! This event is “a bit” different from “normal” day-to-day life that it can be counted as one of these “out of the box” moments that move you and raise you and give you some space to fill with … with creativity and, may be, some kind of reset of mind ;o)
I’d like to say “let pictures talk”.. But I realize that in event with 5000 people I was not even prepared to capture feeling of insane ;o) I tried to freeze the moments but I missed a lot for sure…
There were dances, computer games, team battles and wins, music, anime movies, music and much much more…
pretty fun couple we’ve met:
Oh, and cherry on the top: we’ve watched two fashions shows of Japanese designers we’re lucky to met! First, it’s BEYOUND talented designer MINT NeKO.
Sure, I can’t resist to buy the shirt ;o) And Kristin fall in love with backpack, but we found that it is available in Japan only ….well, it’s one more reason to visit this country (my_always_dream; and we’ll do it in some of days for sure ;0)
And below is the picture with famous Mint Neko Well, I bet we both were more than exhausted after 7 hours spending on Sakura Con (and I’m sure he was much more). Oh, and I think I definitely need to work on stretching my fingers that way …wow ;o)
And last, but not least .. my absolute favorite fashion show of Angelic Pretty…such inspiration!
|January 16, 2014||Filled under Life|
Another competition season in rhythmic gymnastic is here and first one we participated was Seattle Cup 2014.
Unfortunately Kristin got some heel issue at school couple days before competition, but she did the best she can, and I’m so proud of my baby! ;o)
Oh, and this is a first year of ribbon routines! Kristin was pretty upset that did couple mistakes, but oh my, ribbon routines are one of my all times favorites, and I even didn’t noticed that mistakes ;0)
|August 2, 2013||Filled under Kids, Life|
It’s always awesome to start your day with Empowered Recreation, and our goal is to make our morning workouts 5 days a week regularly. Well, at least yesterday we’ve had one ;o)
That afternoon, we spend about 7 hours at Key Arena for two reasons. First is our IRG&B girls made a debut with a group routine before the basketball game. Even if it’s our very first group routine, the girls had a huge success and got lots of compliments! The video below is unfortunately not the best quality (we definitely still need to learn how to record the group performance).
And then we’ve watched for the first time the basketball game. The Storm defeated the Phoenix Mercury, 88-79! Good job ladies!!
We’ve came back to home around 11:30pm happy, excited even if enough exhausted. Anyways – such memories! ;o)
|July 4, 2013||Filled under Life|
… and I’m talking not just about another sunny summer day here, in Seattle ;o)
But, first of all, HAPPY BIRTHDAY AMERICA!! I bet you all have a fun and enjoed your day!
Today we’ve accomplished our little 6.2-mile loop walking around Lake Union that connects Gas Works Park, University Bridge, South Lake Union Park and Fremont Bridge. Thanks to our friends for the tip!
And now, in the evening, we are looking forward to see fireworks, like all kids around :o)
|June 16, 2013||Filled under Holidays, Life|
|June 5, 2013||Filled under Kids, Life|
Our girl fell in love with aerial art after a b-day party at Sanca but since she’s still crazy on rhythmic gymnastic and already has 15-20 hours a week, we were worry that an extra sport will be too much for her age and such busy schedule. But Kristin’s essay just melt our hearts – is here any chance to say “No” to this lovely girl, especially if count that she was talked about just 1 hour a week class during summer break ;o)
In the other news – today is our 14th anniversary! … About a week later we’ve moved to US! … And some months later we’ve met Annya, Alex, Sergey, Svetlana, Oleg – our very first “foreign”, such lovely and fantastic friends for all these 14 years!
P.S.: I’ve tried to find any digital group photos dated 1999; but found just this one of our first ones, taken with our very first digital camera in 2001… with even more friends and about in a month our daughter was born… such memories!!
… And last, but definitely not least, looks as we got summer here (finally!) YAY!! ;o)