Adeye drove south from Richmond, VA, and Lisa and I drove north from Raleigh, NC to have a park date halfway in-between with all 16 of our kiddos (if you're doing the math and get confused, I had my niece along as well) :)
Here was Nadia's take on getting together with her Ukrainian Playmates:
"Hey Hailee! Remember me? We met a few weeks ago at your house." "Whatcha got in that bottle?" "Can I have some?"
"What's that you hear Hailee? I think it's a song I really like."
"Care to sing along with me, Hailee?"
"Um...ok...if you don't like that song, we could do something else."
"Hey, come back here! Really, we don't have to sing, we could just hang out!"
"How about you Harper? Do you like to sing? It helps if you do these puckering exercises ahead of time to get your mouth warmed up."
"I'm still puckering...but let me know what song you want to sing first."
"Oh, I like the "so big" song." "Let's do that one when I'm finished with my exercises."
"OK, so now that we're all together, we can harmonize."
"I think your Mommy told you girls to keep your hands to yourselves, though."
"Um...Hailee, I'm not sure Harper wants you holding onto her arm like that and we really need to get this music practice going so could you please stop?"
"OK, now we can get started. Don't forget your tongue exercises. That helps with singing too."
"I think your Mommy probably meant no kicking either."
"MRS. SALEM! Hailee's not listening to me and we're trying to practice our song!!!"
"Now that I have you two separated, I think we can finally get this practice underway." "I have my directing stick so all we need to do now is pick a song."
(Harper--"Boy this girl is a bit of a control freak." "Wonder where she gets that from?")
"I give up. I'm going to take a nap now."