Last Saturday we went to our friend’s daughter’s one year birthday party. It was really nice and warm and sunny that afternoon. The area where they had the party was at a pond with this trail all the way around and scattered around the pound were these little pavilions. There was even a playground on one side. It was a nice setting, but wasn’t completely relaxing with the kids walking back and forth right beside the pond, that only had maybe a foot high wooden posts around it. Micah did a great job being the grill master for the party. They had lots of different meat that we kept eating as they were coming off the grill. Steak, hot dogs, sausages, chicken, trout and some vegetables too. And they also served fresh tomatoes and cucumbers, very traditional.
On the way home, there is this huge apple in the entrance to the park area. Little Miss Moody was showing some attitude in the next picture for not getting her way for wanting to sit on the apple for the picture.
Afterwards we dropped off Aunt Trycia at her hotel, and it started to rain lightly. We rode the metro then we made a pit stop at the nearby little grocery store to our house on the walk home to get the essentials. It was nice to come in from the rain for a bit before walking the rest of the way. We were about 4th or 5th in line since there was only one register open and the girls started fussing over something. The other lady working in the store asked what was wrong, and I just said it was nothing. But she saw I was pregnant and told us to come over to another register where she would check us out. Other people in the long line decided to follow us, but the lady says to them, What, are you pregnant too? We were amused at her blunt rudeness for the other people, but thankful for letting us check out and go. And it was just kind of accepted by the other people as they muttered some stuff under their breath and went back to the line they were standing in.
Micah and I would like to let every know…
that our friends Ruvim and Anya will soon be having a baby girl. Not us. Our friends. Just wanted to make that clear. 🙂
Last weekend the girls from our fellowship wanted to have a baby shower at our place for Anya. Baby showers are uncommon for Russians, they usually wait until after the baby is born to give gifts. But they are picking up more and more things from America all the time.
We had a great time, enjoying some food together and playing a few baby games.
Anya is due to have her baby anytime. We are so happy and excited for them!
We met a Russian family not long ago and they are quickly becoming friends. They also have two girls, Sofia and Marta, who Violet loves playing with. Anya, their mom, is really nice, easy to talk with and only speaks with me in Russian, which is great for my language learning.
Yesterday after our fellowship meeting, we went with a bunch of the young people from our group and 6 young people from America who had helped in 2 different English camps. The first week they helped out at our groups’ English camp and then the next week they helped out with another groups’ camp. English camps and camps in general are very popular here during the summer months. The Americans stayed in groups of 2 at different people’s houses and in their free time, which I don’t think was very much, they were able to go sightseeing.
Here are some pictures from the afternoon:
We posted a video of the changing of the guards a while ago, but it’s neat to watch. See if you can march like them and then do it in unison with someone else.