Lukas, Jacob and Maren modeling their Ukrainian snow suits/boots
So, I have to admit, I actually do miss Ukraine (or maybe I miss the experience?). Fortunately, I didn't feel quite so far away this morning as I dressed my kids in their Ukrainian snow suits/boots for a little romp in the snow! I could not suppress the giggles as I watched Maren, Lukas and Jacob waddle around in these massive suits (and occasionally fall down without the ability to pick themselves back up)! I think Josh and Evan got a kick out of watching them as well!
My TRUE Ukrainian snow bunny!
And my sweet little Uzbek snow monkey
In Ukraine (and Uzbekistan as well), this is how you will see all the children dressed as you walk the streets in the winter! The truth is, Ukraine is really not that much colder than it is in many parts of the US in the winter (Ohio included). It just seems colder there because you are out in the cold much more often. In Ukraine, you walk everywhere. In the US, you hop into your nicely heated vehicle whenever you need to go somewhere. And speaking of heat. . .in Ukraine, most buildings are heated by radiators. Most buildings also have incredibly high ceilings. These two factors combined often leave you feeling chilled even when you are indoors. In the US, we generally enjoy gas or electric heating as well as the ability to control the thermostat, which usually amounts to a nice, cozy, indoor environment! Heck, Richard walks around in shorts and t-shirts at home in the dead of winter. When he tried to do that in Ukraine, he almost froze to death!
Because Ukrainians spend so much time out in the cold weather, they have an abundance of "winter wear" to choose from. After watching the Ukrainian children walk around in their snow suits, we just could not pass up the opportunity to bring this part of Ukrainian culture home with us! I have to say, it was money very well spent. . .don't you think!?
Could you take me out of this monkey suit please!?
How they managed to get onto this teeter totter I am not sure. . .they could barely walk in those things (although they did get the hang of it pretty quickly)