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Holiday Happenings

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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:

DECEMBER 22

This car is so old you can only photograph it in black and white!

This car is so old you can only photograph it in black and white!

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.

DECEMBER 24

Eric created a traditional Buryat yurt out of gingerbread for our team Christmas party.  He added a little cocoa powder to make it look more natural since snow does get dirty.

Eric created a traditional Buryat yurt out of gingerbread for our team Christmas party. He added a little cocoa powder to make it look more natural since snow does get dirty.

Darin created a nativity scene out of gingerbread.  He made people out of candy.

Darin created a nativity scene out of gingerbread. He made people out of candy.

The team Christmas party included 17 people and 14 children.  We had fun, food, presents and carols by candlelight.

The team Christmas party included 17 adults and 14 children. We had fun, food, presents and carols by candlelight.

Our unrehersed  reading of Luke 2.  Here angle Ryan is talking to shepherds Nate, Matty and Anneka (special guest from Germany).

Our unrehersed reading of Luke 2. Here angle Ryan is talking to shepherds Nate, Matty and Anneka (special guest from Germany).

Singing by candlelight is one my favorite Christmas traditions.

Singing by candlelight is one my favorite Christmas traditions.

DECEMBER 25

The boys little stockings couldn't hold everything.  Here one of the little Christmas bears (who live in the stockings) is sleeping on some Russian treats known as "pillows."  Our family bear (Hug Bear) is keeping watch.

The boys little stockings couldn’t hold everything. Here one of the little Christmas bears (who live in the stockings) is sleeping on some Russian treats known as “pillows.” Our family bear (Hug Bear) is keeping watch.

Creative present wrapping...the word "ot" is Russian for "from".

Creative present wrapping…the word “ot” is Russian for “from”.  Full message reads: To Daddy ot Darin message: may your feet cook.

The big present!

The big present!

DECEMBER 27

We also had our English conversation and culture club students over for a Christmas tea.

We also had our English conversation and culture club students over for a Christmas tea.

Games, food, hearing the Christmas story, singing Silent Night--lots of fun.

Games, food, hearing the Christmas story, singing Silent Night–lots of fun.

We had plenty to eat!

We had plenty to eat!

Fooz Ball was a hit.

Fooz Ball was a hit.

DECEMBER 29

As the New Year approaches, the neighbors have been busy cleaning carpets and blankets in the snow.

As the New Year approaches, the neighbors have been busy cleaning carpets and blankets in the snow.

"My favorite color is green." Ryan was pounding snow with a stick and accidentally pounded the stick with his face.

“My favorite color is green.” Ryan was pounding snow with a stick and accidentally pounded the stick with his face.

DECMEBER 30

Announcing....our new arrival!!!  It just fits in the garage we rent.

Announcing….our new arrival!!! It just fits in the garage we rent.

Here is our "new" 13 year old van!  We look forward to many new adventures with it!

Here is our “new” 13 year old van! We look forward to many new adventures with it!

DECMEBER 31

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!  Here is the New Year Tree by our local grocery store.

“Happy New Year” reads the wrap-around base of the tree by our local grocery store.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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One thought on “Holiday Happenings

  1. Happy New Year to all of you – great pictures! I’m partial to the gingerbread yurt . . . and the “realistic” snow. Congrats on getting your van – looks great.

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