Finally... a solution. :)
The other day I had to go shopping for shoes for four of the younger boys. All the girls wanted to come with me, which was fine as long as they knew this: "This shopping trip is for the boys' shoes. It is not about you and what you would like me to buy you. If you make this trip about telling me what you would like me to buy you I will interpret it as you telling me that you don't want to come shopping with me anymore.
And you know what? The shopping trip was incredibly wonderful.
Guess who has a birthday this week?
Don't ask. Just kidding. The girls are forever wrestling and having fun.
This is where Sveta and Anastasia usually sit every morning for school. Notice that Sveta is not there. She got sent to her room until she was ready to be nice after getting mad at Anastasia for wanting to copy her calendar-- which I wrote out for her. When Sveta came back, I reminded her that I wrote in her calendar each week and that Anastasia copied it every week. If she all of a sudden had a big problem with that, I would be happy to write out Anastasia's calendar and have her copy it. I think Sveta is over it.
It has been very cold the past few days. I thought it was the perfect day to self clean the ovens. They get very hot and heat up the kitchen quite nicely. You can see Rachel and Galina staying warm during snack time. That consisted of fruit and cake. Yum.
Rachel stays quite busy with highschool. She is very responsible.
After school, I had to take Jonny to get his glasses fixed and then go grocery shopping. While I was gone, Rachel and Galina sweetly worked on Dennis and Alex's turkeys with them. They turned out great!
This was John and I after dinner. It just cracks the kids up to see us so goofy. :)