Already an entire week of our break is gone. Today is New Year’s Eve. Soon we will be leaving home to brave the traffic to visit our friends. We will celebrate with them by eating lots of special and yummy foods, doing sparklers outside in the dark with the kids (any time after 6pm) and just having fun. Hopefully our boys will also get some good sleep since the first three days of January are full of activities….
Here is a glimpse of what we’ve been up to in the last 10 days since break began:
Once again our dear friend Misha loaned us his “zhi-goo-lee” for the trip to Shabur. Darin and Ryan squeezed into the back with archery equipment that didn’t fit in the trunk. Alan and I were wedged in to the front. We all bundled up heavily since the outside temperature was more than -40. Every 10 or 15 minutes I used a plastic discount card from the local paper store to scrape the ice off the windows as we drove, but we all managed to stay warm. We spent at least half the time munching on snacks. The boys enjoyed their frozen water bottles on the return trip.
Our time in Shabur was fun, too. Alan, Pastor Oleg (sounds more like Alec to me), and Valerie are excited about the archery competition they are planning for the kids from Shabur and Zaegraeva for January 3. These are the two villages where Alan shoots regularly with the youth–Wednesdays in Z and every other Saturday in Shabur. Z is an hour away from Ulan-Ude (unless you get stopped at any of the four railway crossings) and Shabur is another hour beyond Z. It should be an exciting day–so far just listening to the plans get made and changed is pretty exciting.