For Skyla’s birthday, we took Danya (orange shirt), their bosom (and only) buddy from church, with us to the Kiev zoo.
I will insert here that when Skyla and Danya are together, it’s best that they be in W I D E, O P E N S P A C E S. They are just that kind of electric playmates when they get together. The great outdoors is great for them.
The Kiev zoo is always a big hit. This is us inside the petting zoo. Vika’s eyebrows are pink because she applied the eyeshadow Skyla got from Danya(‘s mommy) here. She has also already painted her and my nails with the pink nail polish Skyla also got from Danya(‘s mommy).
This is the crew at the zoo entrance:
We bought Skyla a hamster for her birthday, which I can’t photograph now because he has already escaped from his cage–which is actually our old bird cage from when we had two parakeets. He is small and dark. Skyla keeps rethinking his name–Mamechok, manka, etc.–all Russian or variations of Russian words.
Anyway, we all had a great birthday.
One special thing about my girl Skyla: she and her daddy are two peas in a pod when it comes to being the adrenaline junkies of our family! They love challenges, risks, and athletic activities. They will be best buds when it comes to sporty stuff. She has been this way since birth. Vika and I don’t like even a drop of adrenaline releasing into our blood streams, so we’ll sit inside sipping cappuchino and reading our books, thank you.
I will also add that I love Skyla’s infectious laughter. She is so much fun to play with! She always has ideas of what to do and loves a joke.