Thursday, September 04, 2008

Venting but smiling

(Vitali: Age four. Cute. Trouble. Yes, that is a capital 'T'.)

I woke up weary this morning. No one to blame but myself for staying up too late. (I got a new book at the library.) I am promising myself a quick nap this afternoon...we'll see.

Vitali has been trying my patience lately. I think he has five-minute-willpower. And that is a generous estimate. For instance,

Me, the other day: "Vitali! Don't bang on the walls with your hammers. That is the third time this morning I have had to tell you." It was 9:30am. "You may not play with your hammers any more today."

Time passes. approximately four minutes. Vitali and Ivy are arguing.

Vitali: "I had it first!!!"

Me: "What?"

Vitali: "I had it my malleto!"

Yes, you guessed it. 'Malleto' means 'Hammer'.


He was cute last night, though. I was singing with my little malinkees (small ones) in their bed. Vitali loves to sing along. His rendition of this one, complete with arm motions, is so .... so .... so "Vitali":
"Jesus loves me, this I know, for the Bible tells me so.
little ones to Him belong; they are weak but he is MUSCLES!"

Off to get ready for school today...


Mike and Christie said...

Oh how cute. :)

I remember when Sarah first came she would jump off of the coffee table.

Do not jump off of the coffee table sweetie!
OK mommy, big smiles.... then 2 minutes later, she was doing it again.

I finally asked her, "what is a coffee table? blank stare, "I dunno". What is "jump"? again, I dunno.
She could speak perfect english like you would have never known she was Ukrainian 10 months before, but her understanding wasn't there.

So here I go in to motion..I visualize for her jumping, "this is Jump!" Then, show her the coffee table... "this is a coffee table.
Then, You get the picture, put the two together..... to loads of laughter.
After that, she didn't do it.

I found it intriguing how they can speak english, and also miss so much. I see this much more with Erika, as she was older when she first came than Sarah. And the older, the more difficult to transition into a new language.

Any way, Vitali is SOOOO CUTE....
How are the walls? :)

Melissa E. said...

Ah...That is funny, Christie. That has happened to us quite often, too!

Unfortunately, Vitali knows "hammer" and he is an expert at "Do not bang on..." :-) Resistance is just not his spiritual gift--or something like that!

Anonymous said...

See what happens when you go to the library? Must have been a good book!


Mike and Christie said...

He sounds like our Joseph.

IMPULSIVE was his middle name. :)

Anonymous said...

Melissa -- just wondering if you remember those few months you lived with us and observed your little cousin, Jesse! I remember when you came back to visit us, Steve said, "We sat through a whole meal without you having to take Jesse to the laundry room"! The change was so gradual it was almost unnoticeable to us until Steve brought it up. So remember what Grandma Anderson always used to say -- "This too shall pass." -- and you're saying -- "Ya, but I"m living in the right now!!!!" You're doing an amazing job with your kids, and I LOVE to read all your funny stories!

Love to you --


MamaPoRuski said...

I don't think it's misunderstanding, it's the learned survival technique of only to channel it for good! Mine is going to be a lawyer, he can argue better than those of us speaking English all our lives!
PS: Share the book when you are done!

Amy said...

He is just too cute!

So glad to hear that all your boys are doing well (and your girls too!)
Any plans on going back to Ukraine for more????? hehehe! I know I would in a heartbeat - but its still a scary thought!

Take care!

Anonymous said...

Hello, he is gorgeous!

You're a very busy mom with a lot on your hands...

It looks like he needs to go to kindergarden to spend his energy and play, play, play and you need a deserved rest and some time for ALL your other things.

Blessings to you all!

Drew Michelle and Luke Paras said...

Don't you just love little boys!!! They are a different breed than girls, thats for sure! I am amazed at how easy Tetyana is. I am sure that will all change in 5 or so years but for now I am eating it up!

Boys do love their mama's!!

Melissa E. said...

Thanks for your kind intent, Anonymous. I wish you had left your name, however.

Anyway, the way it works around here, if I can't trust you to behave in my presence, you don't get the chance with anyone else--especially a bunch of other kids with the same tendencies! LOL!

Don't worry about me! A good night's sleep does wonders. The way I see it, I have "rested" for three years of Vitali's life. This is not to say that I don't enjoy an occasional night out with my husband or by myself!

As my grandmother would say, "This too, shall pass." And it will.

Michelle, thanks for reminding me that "boys do love their mamas." I see the boys idolize their papa but they love to hang on and hug on me. I was wondering why. I have heard others say similar things but had forgotten. :-)

Anonymous said...

"This too, shall pass" is a very famous quote from BUDDA (LOL, not just your grandma)!

Melissa E. said...

Hello, again, anonymous.

Yes, my grandmother was known for quoting buddHa.

This too, shall pass, however is generally ascribed to solomon, the wise king in the Bible, or more specifically, someone in his service. His son, perhaps or one of his advisers. There are other speculations, too but I have never heard anyone give Buddha the credit for this one.

I thought perhaps you were a friend who forgot to sign his or her name. Now I see that you leave your name off of your posts on purpose. You may find your next comments deleted, I'm afraid.

Mike and Christie said...

And all this time I thought "this too shall pass" was what we tell our children during potty training when they don't want to eat their peas! :P

Mike and Christie said...

We have always said,
"It will work itself out in the wash".

Did Buddha own a washing machine? :)

Amy said...

Melissa and Steve..
me again...

I just wanted to let you know that you've been tagged with an award.. hop on over to my blog to see!

Hope all the kiddos are doing well!
Take care!

Katrina said...


First of all I wanted to say THANK YOU for giving these precious boys a good chance in life! I am originally from Russia but moved to the US about 10 years ago. I have 2 kids of my own and I feel that we still have plenty of love in our hearts and welcome another child, which will be through adoption. It will probably be a few years, but i can't wait! I used to work for a medical facility in Moscow, Russia that did medical check-ups for the kids that are being adopted to US - it was a happy and sad moment at the same time.
On a lighter note - I couldn't help but draw a connection between Vitali's MALLETO and MOLOTOK, which means HAMMER in Russian - might have nothing to do with it, but just a thought.
God's blessings to you and your family!