He’s the Best Father I Know

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You never really know how your partner will be as a father until he is one. The same can be said for mothers; you just don’t know until you’re 100% responsible for a little human.

I knew Maks was going to be a great father because of how big his heart is. He’s super generous with his time and energy. He loves to give people benefit of the doubt even though he would know sometimes they don’t deserve it.

He’s just a nice dude.

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Several years ago, a mentor I’d worked with mentioned how she and her husband celebrated 25 years of marriage. At the time I was a brand-new newlywed, only been married a few months. She said the real test of time in marriage is when you still like the person you married.

I agree. You can love someone but not really want to spend any time with that person. I truly like Maks. He’s a great person and he always encourages my dreams, no matter what they are. He’s an amazing photographer and I can’t wait to see what the future holds.

Happy Father’s Day, bae. xoxoxo

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Blussian Christmas traditions – New Ornaments

It seems every year we do the same thing just a bit differently. But I love that about our little family – taking something new and putting our own spin on it.

As I’ve explained in the past, we celebrate Christmas pretty much starting from Saint Nick’s until the Orthodox Christmas and New Year in January. We typically have our tree and decor up until February, though I’ve started decorating on November 1st. Yeah, three months of Christmas. I don’t see the problem with that. Fight me.

This year, we collected a few more ornaments for the tree. I keep thinking we have plenty of ornaments and well, no, we never do. I still see a whole lot of green on our tree. But it’s a yearly process so I’m content with it being a marathon and not a sprint.

So, this will be a post broken down in a few parts. Let’s begin with the ornaments!

I just love Target. I was never a Target fan growing up but becoming a mother made it my second-favorite store:

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The truck was $3.00 and R2-D2 was $8.00. See them at your local Target.

Next up was Disney:

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I was not impressed how I was so careful in making sure Lightning McQueen wouldn’t get broken, only to see he did! Bah humbug!

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It seemed Sushi wasn’t amused by Princess Tiana. She will deal.

Both ornaments were on sale for $10.00 each at the Disney Store.

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Earlier this year, we went to a Pysanka festival here in L.A., where I picked up these Ukrainian ornaments. In hindsight, we should’ve picked up a few more since they didn’t cost very much. Now I know what to do next year!

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This pretty much explains my weakness. #fatgirlproblems. I picked these up at Dylan’s Candy Bar at the Grove. And they’re squishy! $8.00 each.

Of course, Bear had fun picking out the tree for the first time this year:

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And it’s so gorgeous! We really love the tree this year:

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We also had a few lights from Costco that were OMG, so amazing. We’re going to pick up a few more strands.

And of course, my men had fun:

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LOL.

What are your Christmas traditions?

I Need More Ukrainian in My World

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Bear, 15 days old wearing a CafePress onesie.

The awesome part about being one-half of an interracial pairing is the blend of two cultures. We have soul food and varenyky. We’re teaching our son both English and Russian. I’ve become a huge fan of futbol while my husband enjoys trap music (okay, the last part isn’t really a representative of my culture, but you get what I’m saying). Andplusalso, I don’t like trap music.

Anyway, when Maks migrated to the U.S. some 20 years ago, he and his family didn’t take very much with them, so hence while we celebrate a lot of Ukrainian traditions, we don’t have a lot of Ukrainian items.

So, Etsy has always been a favorite of mine. I love to buy little quirky and fun things I can get on there, I really can’t find anywhere else. Lo and behold, there are sellers who sell Ukrainian items.

Let’s take a looksee…

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I found this ornament recently. I really love how wintery this is and I think it’ll be the perfect addition to our home. I love it so much I might have it up all year.

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Bear has a very similar vyshyvanka gifted to him by a family friend. I hope to give him another one when he’s older.

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I discovered these angels. I love angels and the symbolism of them so I think they’ll make a perfect addition.

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If I have a daughter, I would totally get her one of these in addition to one of these.

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I ordered this hand band from one of my April 2012 moms for Maks.

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I’m digging this table runner. I do wonder how long it’ll stay white, though.

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Next Blussian baby is getting this for sure. I so love this!

So, there are my Ukrainian gems. I’m going to do another separate post on some Black-owned businesses I’ve discovered on Etsy and IG. ❤ 🙂

 

Can It Be All So Simple? (To learn another language?)

Raising a bilingual child is well…a lot harder than it should be.

From the get-go, M. and I have always determined that our children will be bilingual in Russian and English. He would speak primarily Russian and I would speak primarily English (though I am actively learning Russian and try to speak a little of it every day). With Yoda not quite talking yet (though I’m told it’s nothing to be concerned as long as he’s babbling and saying a couple of words), it’s becoming a challenge.

You see, since I work from home, I’m with Bear during the day. When he starts day care soon (more on that in a later blog post), he’ll primarily hear English. That means, the only way he’ll hear any Russian is via M. So we came up with a solution.

Let me introduce you to Exhibit A: Hugo.

He’s one of my many Russian cartoons Bear watches on a daily basis. We’re doing full-blown immersion. It also helps Mommy as well!

Exhibit B: Barney (I actually like and prefer Barney in Russian. I don’t know why he gets such a bad rep.)

Exhibit C: Thomas the Train (though the theme song doesn’t have the same cuteness as it does in English)

We also have Russian children’s books though Bo is more interested in tossing them than actually learning from them.

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And of course, we’ve downloaded a few apps on Bear’s iPad for him to learn. So far those have been a hit.

My concern is to have my son and our future children know and understand there’s more to them than just one language and one culture, even though they’ll probably be viewed as Black children. It wouldn’t hurt them growing up being fluent in several languages. Maybe one day, I can catch up. 🙂