11 August 2010

we brought back...

Everyone seems interested in what came back to Russia with us. Well, in addition to the clothes we brought over (also pictured) we brought supplies for a year:

All of that fit into this:

and cost $400 to bring with us. Most of that was because we flew on a domestic flight before we flew international. We had two 50 lb. bags and two 70 lb. bags.

What is all that? Well...
-clothes for Lexi for this winter and next spring, underwear to outerwear
-three pairs of shoes for Lexi in two sizes
-some clothes for me (but not nearly as much!)
-Christmas presents
-candy canes
-one of my dolls that L adores
-vitamins for us both
-cold meds for L (we're pretty stocked for me and on pain reliever for her)
-shampoo, but only a couple of bottles
-lotion for sensitive, exzema-prone skin
-warm vanilla sugar hand sanitizer
-ziploc bags
-chocolate chips (in the carry-on because they're HEAVY)
-cupcake liners
-brown sugar
-fabric for halloween costume, cotton jammies and a corduroy jumper
-gifts from friends
-velcro hanging strips and hooks
-notecards with envelopes
-wall stickers (and an extra set of the same so wherever her next room is will feel familiar)
-dress-up clothes. and tap shoes. in two sizes.
-alphabet stamps and non-toxic ink pads
-pencils with erasers, erasers for pencils
-a new backpack
-American flags we were given on the 4th
-a travel pillow and blanket that she didn't really have any interest in
(I think that's it.)

Some of these things they have here (medicine, tampons, shampoo) but I just prefer having medicine I know, tampons with applicators, and shampoo that I like when it's really dry in mid-winter. Most of the things we brought are either unavailable or ridiculously priced. Clothing here is poorly, cheaply made and costs an exorbitant amount.

I told my friend who shopped with me not to feel compelled to keep up--we're done shopping for the next year! She'll be back at T@rget as soon as the baby's born. ;>


Gwen said...

Although I read your blog faithfully, I don't think I've commented before. But I wanted to suggest that if you have trouble finding muffin cup liners, you might try getting some silicone ones next time you're in the US. Just wash and reuse... really easy, and no need to keep importing paper ones. :)

Rachael said...

Wow! That's a LOT of stuff.

You know, reading your list reminded me: I am stocked personally on brown sugar forever, I think, as the multiple bags I bought for you that never made it to you (also heavy) were returned to me. That was over a year ago, I think, and we've still got plenty in the cupboard.

I would have a really, really hard time with having to plan my shopping that far ahead. I can't plan a week of groceries without having to run back to the store multiple times during the week. (It's just around the corner from me though...)

Nice to see you back in blogland again, I missed your regular posting while you were traveling!

Allison said...

And toothpaste??? Did you stock up on your favorite, special, Arm & Hammer toothpaste??? Inquiring minds want to know! ;-)

Glad to know you had a good trip and made it home safe & sound...and have a bit of cooler weather! I don't comment often these days, but still read regularly.

I'll probably e-mail you directly for some input on your agency. I'm at the point I need to consider my options....

Allison B

Debbie said...

Wow!! I am impressed! Glad it has cooled off some. Wishing for some of that weather here :).

kate said...

Gwen, we have some but those are not as handy for bringing treats to school.

Allison, YES! Toothpaste!! And feel free to e-mail.

Lindsay said...

You know I'm with you on the tampons :)

Elizabeth said...

I'm impressed by the Christmas presents! I generally buy clothes, DVD's, and music now when I'm in the U.S. Plus a lot of things that friends ask for.

I have mini muffin tins, but the non-stick coating hasn't been working so well. :( I brought back some cupcake wrappers, but the brownies stuck to the lining and were very difficult to eat! :( I guess I will just make them in a baking dish next time.

Oh, I also bring vanilla extract. My roommate said she was afraid of my cooking because American food has "chemicals" in it. And I listed the brownie ingredients: NATURAL cocoa, vanilla, etc.!

You can definitely find brown sugar in St. P. The real stuff.

Elizabeth said...

P.S. Ikea might have cupcake wrappers.

Tina in CT said...

I see what is piled in my living room to return to Moscow and know what you mean.

Maura said...

Wow, you have to be very organized to plan ahead to get the things you need. I'd guess that not having them is incentive to make a really good list of things to bring back! I myself are in Rachael's camp. ;-)

Jojo, Julz, Julianne said...

Holy Smackers!
That's a whole lotta shlepping!
And do I see an American girl in there...Hmmm...Who is it????

I am going to also have to email you soon..I had a very nice email chat with a friend of yours!!

Debbie B said...

Does that list mean you STILL have toothpaste from your huge stash????

I'm impressed you got all that in those bags.