Nastia was whiny at first, as she always is when we shop for anyone but her -- Why can't you buy meee something? Why do the orphanage kids need brand new toys? --But once she saw the Christmas trees, and Ded Moroz and Snegorishka costumes, she went a little nuts. Then I had to slow HER down with the buying frenzy!
We had no less than nine toy store 'helpers' following us around and collecting items in shopping carts. We bought a tree for the orphanage ( the kids said they don't have one but really really dream of one) and then Nastia talked me into buying the Ded Moroz costume...
Mom! We can get someone to dress up as Ded Moroz and give out the presents on our last visit!
When my daughter shows initiative, I jump on it --no telling when it will ever show again-- lol. And so, we bought a full costume, including Snegorishka, too! ( If you don't know the story of Ded Moroz and Snegorishka, I'll leave it to you and google.)
So, we headed out to the taxi with all our helpers, and took our sweet time getting everything up eight flights of stairs by ourselves, and the minute she put the bags down Nastia was donning the costume, complete with her own giant bedpillow.
Can't wait to head to the orphanage! Most of what we bought will have to wait till our last trip there, but we'll get them all excited with stories of our shopping adventure:)
Ksusha (from the earlier post) says that there is a difference at the orphanage this month...people are much happier.. and kinder and, she says, more 'smiley'. Couldn't ask for more than that. Keep those boxes, letters and donations coming -- your generosity is really affecting them! Love makes a difference!