Saturday, March 29, 2014

A day in a life

A relatively typical Saturday for my daughter:

1. the day started off with finishing math homework for tomorrows class, than
2. we rushed off for Gwenchik's tae kwon do belt testing (she broke the board and got her red with black stripe belt!!!)
3. snacks in the car on the way to volleyball practice (volleyball camp she started a few weeks ago)
4. Brandies Univ for the Russian folklore concert "Kostroma"
5. friends and food at Panera
6. and finally bed

Not bad for a 10 year old, and she wants every day like that!!! 

Friday, March 28, 2014

All grown up birthday surprise

My now 10 year old daughter woke up at 5:30 am in the morning to clean up the house before rushing off to school for my birthday!!!! On her own, without any prodding or suggestions from me -- it was a total awesome surprise. Now she is all grow up.

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Robert Frost

Gwyneth is trying to impress her uncle.
"...and do you know Robert Frost? He was a complete idiot. He wrote this poem called 'The Road Not Taken', about how he came to this fork in the road, and one way was nice and wide and clean, and the other one was all dark and narrow and with tigers and bears and things, and how proud he was that he took that one. Idiot!"

Wednesday, August 21, 2013


Gwen: Once I get enough money I can buy my own Nexus, right?
Me: Yes, and in a couple of years we will start giving you allowance.
Gwen: Why?
Me: So that you can buy some of the things you want.
Gwen: In a couple of years I will be 12 already and will be able to walk around on my own and than I could cat sit and earn money that way,  I will not need an allowance!
Such mature talk from my almost 10 year old.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Advantages of being male

From George
We're sorting clothes.
Gwen: Mom, what's this?
Mom: That's a top with a built in shelf bra.
Gwen: How useless!
Mom: Some day it will be very useful to you.
Gwen: Dad,you're so lucky to be a man. You will never have to wear a bra.
George: That's something to write down in the blog.
Gwen: What? That's not funny, it's just true.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

European lady

Gwenchik is trying on European clothes that a friends of mine passed along
Gwen: Wow, I really look like a European woman now
Me: Do you like that?
Gwen: Well, now I will be cooking, riding horses and marry young...

Where did she get that notion???

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

No Tooth fairy

Gwen: I know, for sure that there is no Tooth Fairy!
Me: How can you be so sure?
Gwen: When my tooth fell, I put it under the pillow and didn't tell you -- and there was nothing even after several days!
Me: Well, did you put into a plastic bag? Did you write a letter?
Gwen: Yes I did and mailed it to her.
Me: Where?
Gwen: I will not tell you, but I dropped it in a box -- and there was still NOTHING. There is NO Tooth fairy.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Do not want to grow up

We had Gwenchik's friend Jenny over (she is two years older)
Gwen: I do not want to grow up.
Me: Why?
Gwen: Jenny said that when you grow up everyone expects a lot more from you. I am not ready...

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Cute brother

Gwen: We have the cutest baby! (brother Max)
Me: Of course he is.
Gwen: No, I do not like babies -- they are loud and demanding, but our Max is really cute and always smiling. And I say that not because I am his sister, really!

Monday, January 28, 2013

Boyfriend dilema

Lately Gwenchik has been very popular in her school and quite a few boys are inviting her over for "playdates".  On the way back from one of these...
Gwen: I had such a weird playdate today.
Me: In what way?
Gwen: Can you believe it, L. asked me to be his girlfriend. I wasn't sure what to say, so I sort of ignored him.
Me: Did that work?
Gwen: No, not only that,he started to hug me. So finally I told him that I am only 9 years old and I am too young for this!!!! And I like someone else more anyways to tell you the truth.
Me: Good for you. 

Monday, January 14, 2013


Gwyneth decided to spend her own money (from lemonade stands and presents) to get an ipod nano.
Me: So which color do you want?
Gwen: Which one do you like purple or red?
Me: Red, I think.
Gwen: I want red and I want purple....ahhhh, I can't decide.
5 hours later
Gwen: I want red and I want purple....ahhhh, I can't decide.
So we finally agreed that I will buy the color that I think would be best for her!!!

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Familiarity breeds boredom

George was picking up Gwenchik from Tae Kwon Do and one of her teammate asked:
Teammate: Is this your uncle?
Gwen: Oh no, this is my father. My uncles are much more fun.
Then she saw that Dad heard that and corrected herself
Gwen: No, no. I meant that my uncles look to be more interesting, but in reality you are fun as well.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Is there Santa 2

Gwen: Where do you mail Santa's letter? If I write in Russian ( our Santa is ded Moroz and he brings presents on the 1st of the year) how will the American mail man figure out where to send it?
Me: When you send letters to Russian you write the entire address in Russian and just and "Russia" in English.
Gwen: True. and that seems to work. So do I just ad "North Pole"? Is there a number on his mailbox?
Me: I suspect that he is the ONLY one who lives there, so no mailbox number.
Gwen: What about the elves?

Monday, December 17, 2012

Is there Santa?

Gwen: I know there is no Santa. Everyone knows that all the presents come from parents!
Me: Who is everyone?
Gwen: Everyone at school.
Me: Ok, if you are so sure, than do not write a letter to Santa and you can continue to loudly proclaim that "he doesn't exist" -- it really wouldn't matter if he truly doesn't exist. On the other hand if he does exists, he might get upset and skip our house entirely.
Gwen: Well, I'll write him a letter, just do not tell anyone.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012


This year Gwenchik decided that she will be a pirate -- lately there is this pirate theme in her life, partly thanks to the "Pirate Day" celebrated in school this fall. And a boy who was coming over for the Halloween candy collecting though our neighborhood was very surprised at that.
Gwen: Can you believe it, he was surprised that I want to be a pirate vs a princess!
Me: Well, it is reasonable to expect a girl to be a princess on Halloween...
Gwen: I am so done with princesses -- I have been one kind or the other (Russian, Vampire, Pocahontas  etc) almost all my life. Now I am ready for and adventure and that always starts with the unexpected -- a girl-pirate.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Generational likes

We were talking about Gwenchik's friends and who likes what type of music. I mentioned that Lesha likes "classics" like Beatles vs Taylor Swift, who is very popular with 9 year olds.
Gwen: How is that good taste? Why would you want to listen to some bugs buzzing....

Friday, September 14, 2012

Forceful present

It will be Gwenchik's birthday in a week and we were discussing possible presents on our way home.
Gwen: I know what I want as a birthday presents from YOU!
Me: What is that?
Gwen: You should force me to practice music!
Me: What kind of present is that? And it is very, very hard to force you to do anything, especially music.
Gwen: That is why it is a present. You know that I will whine, complain and evade practicing really soon, but I do what to be able to play, so you have to force me, ok?

Thursday, September 13, 2012


Gwenchik just got her own violin for music classes at her school. All excited she ran home violently swinging the case around...
Gwen: I'll go practice outside, so that you do not have to listen to squealing noises as I do not know how to play yet.
Me: Ok, if you want go in the back yard.

Gwenchik went into our driveway, sat on top of our car and proceeded to play her new violin. 20 minutes later she walks back into the house.

Gwen: Mom, can you believe it, non of our neighbors appreciated me playing the violin. Only one politely acknowledge  me, the rest pretended not to see me. Can you believe that?

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Beauty doesn't get in the way yet...

From Anya
Gwen: I want to climb over the fence.
Anya: I think that beautiful, well behaved girls do not climb over the fence.
Gwen: I am not beautiful now, but will be soon...

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Husband problem

From Anya
Gwen: Where is your husband?
Anya: At work.
Gwen: Yes, we always have problems with husbands -- they work all the time, even on weekends.