Airport greeting sign

Families make a sign to greet their kids at the airport. When it’s your first visit, you put a picture of your kid on the sign, and also their name in the Cyrillic alphabet, so they know you are their host family.
Since we’ve had 2 of our boys before, and they all live in the same orphanage, I decided all four already know who we are. We did meet all four at the airport last winter, too.

I had bold plans for the airplane to be mounted on a strip of cardboard and a brad contrived so the airplane could be moved in a circle. But I decided to go for lazy simple instead. I had help colouring the airplanes- I only did the flag one. the Boy’s girlfriend coloured the rest.

I’ve somehow managed not to get the oldest boy any underwear at all, so I’ll have to run to the store tomorrow and get him at least enough to get started on.  Orphans typically come with the clothes on their backs, and nothing to spare.

Beds are made, clothes are ready for trying on, plans are made for swimming, visiting a local attraction (free!), and more.  I’m getting excited and cannot wait to hug their necks.  I’ve missed the rascals.

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It seems I can almost pack in my sleep

Our Ukrainian boys (Unicornian Boys, whatever), are coming on Wednesday night.  My husband has decided we will pick them up at the airport at around 7 p.m. and then drive them the 4 hours home.

Last time, they were hungry when they landed.  So I’ve been thinking about packing them some snack for the drive, something nourishing and healthy which I can assume they will probably eat, and which won’t upset their stomachs, which are made queasy by driving because they don’t get many chances to ride in a car anyway- the village school is across the road from the orphanage and there’s nowhere else they need to go most of the time.    I also want to pack a change of clothes and some things for them to do- including getting some Ukrainian or Russian bible stories downloaded to my iPod to play on the way.

I did not think I was stressing over it.  I’d just thought of it a few times.  I woke up this morning and realized I’d been dreaming about packing backpacks of snacks, car games, and changes of clothes.   In my dream, I packed and repacked their bags for them- it was like a computer game, which is weird because I am not a gamer.  But I’d pack and lose points because they didn’t have enough food, or some item I included made made them throw up, or they hated that game.  I’d win points by packing things that made them feel comfortable, full, and happy, and then I’d level up and pack again.

When I woke up, I was as exhausted as if I really had been packing, or playing a computer game, all night long. But now I know what I’ll be packing, because I leveled all the way up and won the game.

Food: boiled eggs and salt; cucumbers; crackers; yogurt; their own personal water bottles I bought for them to use while they are here with lemon slices and water.  Fruit gum and mints for upset tummies.

to do:  penlight flashlights, a bingo game of what they might see on the road; my iPod, and a small travel Simon game (experience- they didn’t really want to do many things on the road but play rock paper scissors and the hand slap game with us, and listen to the iPod)- maybe sunglasses.  I already bought the sunglasses, just not sure they will need them for our drive.  We are driving west, though, so even though it may not be full daylight, chances are good the light will be in their eyes.

Change of clothes will include flip flops or crocks (bought some on sale for really cheap at the scratch and dent store),  underwear, shorts and t-shirts, and beaded bracelets I am making in red, white and blue with my cell phone number in case the unthinkable happens.

Extras- wipes, ziplock bags, plastic grocery bag – sometimes kids get sick in the car.  Ours didn’t. Not sure about their brothers.

Somebody should make this computer game.  Give me credit.

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Remember that study about liberals and conservatives?

this is seriously hilarious. A while back there was this study purporting to show various things, including that conservatives were more mindlessly authoritarian, liberals better human beings all around.
Much chortling was heard from the usual talking heads on the left. Only there was a small problem:
“The interpretation of the coding of the political attitude items in the descriptive and preliminary analyses portion of the manuscript was exactly reversed.”

Come again?
“In their errata, the chagrined researchers deploy a cloud of social-science-speak to obscure the fact that the dataset they use actually shows that it is liberals who tend to have a deep and wide mean streak. That is what uncooperative, hostile, troublesome, socially withdrawn, manipulative, and lack of feelings of inferiority means. ”

More here, as well.

Keep in mind, this is social science, and the connection between social science and hard science is largely a delusion of social scientists and the media when it suits their agenda. I didn’t put much stock in this research the first go round, and I don’t think it’s any more credible now that the error of completely flipping the results on their head has been revealed. But social science and the media which chortles over this stuff- well, hopefully this chips away at their credibility either way.

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I was not joining the mob, but I changed my mind

(I wasn’t joining because I’ve grown tired of media shame campaigns and sometimes my part in them, but I made that resolution before Brock showed up behind a dumpster assaulting an unconscious woman)

the mob is correct

(although no, it can’t punctuate).

Rapist Brock turner says he kind of really just accidentally had consensual sex with an unconscious woman behind a dumpster because he is inexperienced with drinking and party culture.

He’s a liar.  But we already knew that.

We do have heroes here.  I’m glad.

the judge (Judge Persky) should be removed.

every new piece of news I read leaves me more agape over Brock and his family- I’m floored by reading:

Persky is barred from commenting on the case because Turner is appealing his conviction, court spokesman Joe Macaluso said.


He’s going to jail for maybe 3 months, and he’s appealing his sentence?!  I want it appealed, too- I want him sent away for life.  And that’s lenient.


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Nature Study and Observation


Imlay Nature study quote

“…the training of the child’s mental powers means more than the developing in him an ability to memorize facts. The subject matter presented with this end in view should differ materially from that by which we simply wish to make the pupil the possessor of facts for the sake of familiarizing him with a given subject. Bearing this in mind,  we find in nature a subject which in the highest degree affords an opportunity to develop the child’s powers of observation. It trains his eye to see the things that are about him,  to note varied conditions, contrasts and similarities. It also aids in developing the habit of patiently waiting for results, as well as enabling him to correctly reason, and through noting the orderly procedure of nature’s ways the relation of cause and effect is seen. Nor do we stop here, for the eye being trained to see, the tongue at the same time should be trained to accurately tell what is seen. It may be said that this is ideal. Our answer is that whether ideal or not,  it is possible to do all this and much more if the study of nature is taken up enthusiastically and patiently, allowing the child, under the teacher’s direction, to become the discoverer of facts and conditions. To do this the teacher must become a student of nature…..”

W.T.B.S. IMLAY, Principal

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