Irina was born in Kharkov, Ukraine and immigrated with her parents and grandparents to NJ in 1991.Dimitry was born in Moscow, Russia and first immigrated to Israel with his parents in 1991 and then came to NJ in 1994. Although we both went to the same college for our undergraduate degree – Rutgers New Brunswick – and both majored in Political Science at the same time, we did not actually meet until years later in Rutgers Business School.It’s funny to think that we probably sat in some of the same classes, in undergrad, and never spoke with one another.In Business School, we became close friends, enjoying each other’s company and the amazing number of Russian jokes we both knew.And then it grew into so much more.
For us, any activity we do as a family is fun.But being on vacation, somewhere near a beach, blue skies and clear warm water is the best.We can spend all the time together swimming, building sand castles, running around and just enjoying each other’s company. We miss the grandparents and our pup when we are away, but we make sure to tell them all about our adventures when we come back.
Top favorite foods, along with toys vary from day to day.But Petra (Petya) does have our top 4-5 list for both.She loves pizza, ice cream (dark chocolate on a stick), cupcakes, chicken nuggets with ketchup and matzo balls that her grandma makes for her.As for toys, Petra loves the Mouse from the Gruffalo, Boots (from Dora the Explorer), her Barbie, and her Beanie Boo Puppy – Tala.
Petra loves to draw, cook and play outside in the playground (or in the snow).But her absolute favorite activity is swimming – whether in the pool or in the Ocean.She is our little mermaid.
We looked at a number of schools before joining the family at Primrose School of Florham Park.But we loved the perfect balance of safety, curriculum, and caregiving that Primrose was able to offer.And Petra has really thrived in her time at the school.Her communication skills have significantly improved, including being able to form and speak in full sentences.Her vocabulary has grown exponentially, along with her understanding of basic and more complex concepts.She is also able to better interact with other children and adults.We are very grateful for all the hard work Ms. LaQuaglia, Ms. Kemp, Ms. Maple, Ms. Nathan, and all the other teachers and caregivers, at The Primrose School of Florham Park, have been doing, to help Petra grow into a beautiful, kind, and intelligent young lady.
Honestly, it has been great! Ms. LaQuaglia is an amazing teacher and great with the kids.Ms. Kemp, Ms. Maple, Ms. Nathan, as well as all the other teachers, caregivers and administration that have taken care of Petra have been vital in educating and providing the care that Petra needs.It’s always difficult to leave your child in the care of other people, but we never feel that worry when Petra is with her Primrose family.We know that she is safe, fed, taken care of and loved.We also appreciate all the updates we receive from tadpoles, teacher’s notes, and school emails.Our daughter’s care and education are some of the most important things in our life, and we are very grateful to The Primrose School of Florham Park for providing a quality and stress-free program.