While swimming was very enjoyable, getting out of the pool was torturous. We dashed out to the changing room (a three-and-a-half sided outdoor structure) and dressed as quickly as possible. The air was getting colder by the minute. We spread out a picnic and enjoyed oromo, salads, potatoes, eggs, and chocolate, talking in Kyrgyz and sometimes Russian, chatting, making toasts, and encouraging everyone to eat more. Luckily we just managed to finish our feast before the heavy rain started.
|Gulsar, me, Svieta, Bekjan, Baitur, Miki, Sebby, Misha. Photographer: Josh
We piled back into the car and drove partway back home, stopping at a beautiful meadow with grazing sheep, a gushing river, and picturesque foothills in the distance. The weather there was warm and sunny, and the children ran off toward the flock of sheep with their lambs in tow. To the boys' disappointment, the sheep immediately turned and fled. But never fear, there was a river to play in, and kids can be content for hours simply tossing stones into flowing water. Misha and Sebby worked together to start building a stone bridge across the river, and they were disappointed when we had to leave before it was finished.
We drove back to the city by early evening, having enjoyed the day and worn out the kids nicely in the process!
The next day we spent preparing for Bud and Ashley's arrival, while Misha and Sebby spent most of the day outside, playing with friends and climbing trees. I love tree-climbing pictures, so here is the weekend spider-monkey installment:
|A great shot of Misha and Vladik
|Misha taught Alihan a bit of climbing technique
|Turat helped Sebby find a good place to sit.
|Anara and me
|"Kakuyu ruku?" - which hand? - Sebby asks me. Gee, so hard to tell...
|Misha gives a bike lesson to Yan in Derjinka
|Biking over the train bridge
|Sebby could watch trains for hours.
|Sebby and Misha in front of the Bishkek train station.
Bud and Ashley arrived early, early this morning! The boys were so excited to see them when they woke up. Josh is thrilled to have his brother here, and we've got a long list of things to squeeze into these two weeks with them.