September 17, 2014

Roller coasters

 I think Hannah rode the Diamondback 5 times.  She loves ♥ roller coasters.  The bigger the better.
Our friends were headed to a wedding this past weekend, so they gave us their tickets to King's Island (thanks to Proctor & Gamble, we also came home with a Swiffer, which has helped with cleaning around the house this week, and also a package of Mr. Clean Magic Erasers, a roll of Bounty paper towels, Charmin toilet paper, Covergirl bronze nail polish, and more)!
The first roller coaster we all went on was the Beast.  It has quite a history, when it opened in 1979, it was the longest, tallest, and fastest wooden roller coaster in the world!  Then, we went on Firehawk.  We divided up, so Olivia could enjoy the mild rides, in Planet Snoopy.  This one below is called Woodstock's Whirlybirds - aren't they SO cute?
Olivia wore her Graeter's ice cream shirt (inspired by Mr. Potato head)!

 We stayed until the park closed so that we could watch the fireworks.  Their Eiffel Tower was lit up and it looked so pretty:
 Overall, I have to say that although I really enjoyed the day with my family, I feel older - I have to take it easy.  The next day, my shoulders and neck were quite sore from all the jerking around at high speeds of the roller coasters!

September 15, 2014

Cones for the Cure

Graeter's is giving away FREE cones of Elena's blueberry pie ice cream today from 3 to 8pm.  They are asking for a $1 or $5 donation to "The Cure Starts Now."  We will be there!  My cousin was here two weeks ago and we all went to Graeter's, she took this picture of my family with her friend, Scott:
I was eating Elena's blueberry pie, everyone else had a sundae, though.  Graeter's is really good!
Here is our friend Sofia, who has been battling brain cancer, it's because of HER that we feel so much concern and want to try to help find a cure.  She is now unable to walk, after she had a stroke in December 2013.  This picture was taken after church one day, all the kids gathering for Sunday school. 
This is my class for Sunday school this year.  We are focusing on church life and prayer this year.  The kids wrote the Jesus prayer:
It was my dad's birthday last week.  We celebrated by having cheesecake with him!  He had a really great day! ♥
We bought this beautiful bracelet and gave it to my niece, Natasha, for her namesday (it was St. Natalia and Adrian last Monday, Sept. 8).
The kids had so much fun at Friendship Park, which is right on the Ohio River.
We did tie-dye t-shirts!

September 8, 2014

Russian Fest...

This past Saturday was the Russian Fest at our church.  Father Daniel gave tours of the church, explaining our faith, icons, the meaning behind some of the things that people may not know and answered any questions.  When I was in there, he was answering a question someone asked about our brothers and sisters in Christ in Syria. ♥  Lord have mercy on them.
 Olivia with her friend, Lenora.
 Hannah with her friend, Maerin.
 These are some of my favorite tomatoes, they are orange with stripes!
This is how I have been making tomato sauce:  chopping, blending in the food processor, adding basil garlic and cooking.
 Goodies from the box "Cones for the Cure!" 
Who wants to win a copy of this book, Rita the Boot-Neck Girl?  It's a silly story by little Elena Desserich (more about her story here:  http://www.thecurestartsnow.org/heroes/23/). ♥

September 3, 2014

The Cure Starts Now

Our dear little friend, Sofia, who turned 5 this year has had so many health issues, which all started a few years ago when she was diagnosed with brain cancer.  Last December, she had a stroke, which left her unable to see and unable to walk.  Right, now she's in the hospital again, she's been there for 2 weeks.
 She really loves animals.  Lusy, our dog, also loves Sofia.
Sofia, with my girls, her mom, Maryna and me.  Sofia's mom and dad are both very faithful people.  We met them in church. 
So, if you want to learn a little more about "The Cure Starts Now" and how Graeter's ice cream has paired up to help a little, check this out:  http://www.conesforthecure.org/  ♥  And you can help make a difference!
Yes, you can get a scoop of Elena's blueberry pie ice cream FREE, be sure to check which days they're going to give it away!

September 1, 2014

Men washing the dishes

What's the first thing my brother-in-law does when he comes into down?  Yep.  He volunteers to wash dishes!
Olivia with her little cousin, Thedore.  He looks up to her.  ♥  They have a lot in common, they were both the second child, and weighed 7 # 2 oz. when born, 19.5 inches long, are animal-lovers and most of the time very mellow.
We had some strawberry coconut milk ice cream from Trader Joe's.

August 22, 2014

A month of summer left...

 Just one more month left of summer.  Fall officially begins Sept. 23rd. 
Our backyard this morning...picked some tomatoes (gave a few of them to the chickens), carrots and cucumbers. 
Last night we went to see "A Midsummer Night's Dream" put on by Shakespeare in the Park.  It was really great!  We brought some soda with us...for a treat and Hannah tried one of the Minute to Win it challenges...see if YOU can balance a pop bottle on an angle like that!!! 
We had gnocchi twice this week, we ♥ it.  I'm going to use this recipe to try to make it ourselves.
One of my favorite pictures from camp last month.