Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Happy Holidays!

Now that we're back in the States, the kids are enjoying some Christmas traditions we haven't had a chance to participate in for a few years:




Bonfire, hayride and caroling


Christmas lights (at Temple Square in Salt Lake City)


Making gingerbread houses at Grandma's

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Freezing



It has been snowing every day this week. And it's finally cold enough that the snow isn't melting away. Winter is definitely here.

I knew eastern Idaho would be cold--from what I had heard, much colder than northern Utah where I went to college. But having survived two Russian winters, in 1994 and 1996, I thought it should be no problem. Russian winters are cold, right? Well, I've been comparing temperatures for the last few weeks, and Moscow and St. Petersburg are both slightly warmer on average than where I am right now! The only Russian cities that are noticeably colder than here are in Siberia (Irkutsk, Ulan-Ude, and sometimes Vladivostok).

The good thing about living where I am now is that the buildings are always warm, and we have plenty of hot water on demand, unlike in Russia. The bad thing is that I have to drive in snow because there is no public transportation here, unlike Moscow and St. Petersburg.

So... for someone who grew up in California and the desert southwest and just spent the last 3 years living in the middle east, this is going to take some getting used to. B loves his new job, so we may be here for quite a while...

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Concert tonight



Free orchestra concert at the tabernacle tonight...

We'll be playing:

L'Arl├ęsienne Suite No. 2 by Georges Bizet

Violin Concerto in G minor by Max Bruch

Capriccio Espagnol by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

Saturday, October 27, 2007

October






Aspen






Rowan


S with her beloved stuffed camel

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Fall has returned



I'm so glad it warmed up this week. I'm just not quite ready for winter yet.

Sunday, October 7, 2007

Another snowy Saturday

Yesterday in our yard...



I didn't get a very good shot of it, but S was enamored of her first ever snowman and kept smiling shyly at him...





Who as a child hasn't imagined a snow friend coming to life...

I've always liked Snegurochka (the Snow Maiden) as well.

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Snow in September



Snow in September is a first for me.

In the three years we lived in the UAE, it snowed once, up in the mountains of Ras al-Khaimah. It was big news--snow is extremely rare there. Of course, there's the Dubai Snow Park inside Mall of the Emirates, but that's obviously not the same. My kids are so excited to have real snow. I hope they still love it a few months from now...

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Learning and Sharing



One of the great things about our kids growing older is that they are becoming so observant and love to point things out to B and me, rather than always the other way around. K noticed these Spotted Tussock Moth Caterpillars at Mesa Falls and showed them to the rest of us. C loves reading and learning, and he also loves to share the interesting things he's reading about and learning with the rest of us. (Just like he'll run in laughing to share his favorite Calvin and Hobbes comic strips.) S is still a little young to do much sharing/teaching, but she keeps us all busy with her many questions. Sharing and learning together is just something we all do.

Thursday, September 6, 2007

Mesa falls


We visited Mesa Falls last weekend, and all of us enjoyed the short trip. The waterfalls are beautiful. Some of the Quaking Aspen are starting to turn yellow--we may have to go for another drive up there in a couple weeks to see more fall colors.

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Oh Rowan Tree



One of my favorite things about the house we've just moved into is the two Rowan trees in the backyard. One is dark green with clusters of bright berries everywhere, while the other is a lighter green with only a few small clusters mostly near the top. Also known as Mountain Ash, they are really lovely.

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Here I am

What a summer.

I said goodbye to Al Ain,
enjoyed 3 busy days in Hong Kong,
visited family and friends all over Utah,
hiked the Wave and the Subway,
lost my old hard drive and a bunch of photos,
and finally arrived in Idaho.

I've never lived in Idaho, and I never expected to live in Idaho, but here I am...