At first, when I started this blog, I called it “Russian Mom Cooks”. “Russian Mom Runs After Her Kids And Cleans And Cooks And Does The Laundry” would have been a much more appropriate name. Though, it didn’t seem catchy enough.
As I browsed around other blogs more and more I was absolutely humbled by the incredible chefs out there, and felt that the whole “cook” thing was way too ambitious for me. So, that’s where the new name came from. I think “While Chasing Kids” suits this blog much better.
Just a few years ago I was a working professional with a few plastic plates in the kitchen cupboard, two wine glasses, and an empty fridge. Then my husband showed up on the horizon, and one Christmas morning I found my kitchen looking like Bed, Bath & Beyond – juicer, rice maker, mixer, pots and pans, and real dishes. Romantic, I know!..
In 2009 I quit work to stay at home with our first baby. I never went back to the office, just had one more little one. Now I’m trying to juggle my motherly duties, trips to the zoo, cleaning, laundry, and cooking.
We moved to San Francisco in 2005. The city inspires you to be better! Yes! We don’t just recycle! We compost here! Our family tries to eat locally by buying fresh fruit and vegetables at the farmers market every week. Why wouldn’t you when you live in California!? Most of the time I get by with simple under-30-minute meals. The crock pot is employed frequently on busy days. Though, every once in a while we would go wild with menu-extravaganza. So, welcome to the operation ran by this Russian mom of two kids under
I am absolutely ardently in love with my family. We are a crazy mix. I am 100% Russian, who is trying to keep up with her roots and talks to the kids in her native tong… with very little success so far…
My husband is 100% American. Naturally, that means that he is a hybrid of several different ethnic groups, specifically Dutch and Korean. He only speaks English, knows about 5 words in Russian, and many more in C++.
As a result our children are the most delicious cocktails of Altaic, Slavic, and West Germanic… that don’t talk much… Though, they can turn an iPhone, browse through photo albums, and play the video recordings over and over again. Natural born geeks!
So far, San Francisco has been nice to us, so we have been exploring a lot of its natural beauties, learned every path at the local zoo, and admired every fish and butterfly at the Academy of Sciences.
Evidently, sometimes the best times are the ones when “Finding Nemo” is on, but yes, those blissful moments of peace and quiet do make us feel awfully guilty! So, we are always looking for new adventures and ways to spend quality family time.
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