Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Rest of the Trip

Here are some photos from the rest of the trip: some taken in the guest house, some of friends, some on the way home:

Miss Moppet fell asleep while clutching my prayer rope. :)

And another of her ready for Liturgy on Sunday. :) She's wearing socks I made her. 
(More on knitted items and such tomorrow in the Knit Along post.)

Family friends. Aren't those all such beautiful children?

We were very blessed to be able to see Duchess's godparents on Monday! They had not been to the monastery before and were delighted by it. 

Another baby picture. I can't help it... she's so cute!

Our dear friend Stella.(c:

And Flopsy's godmother, Mary, who lives near the monastery! We're always so glad to see everyone.

One of my brothers sent the children two 3D puzzles of cathedrals for Christmas. We took along this one of St. Basil's in Moscow for the children to put together in the guest house. They did a great job. :) We left it out on display for everyone to see while we were there.

We hated to leave! As usual, we planned to leave after breakfast and finally got away by a little after 11. I took a few pictures of the sunset on the way through Virginia that evening, but the camera just can't capture it.

We stayed with Grandma the next night and Flopsy had an early birthday cake. :)

The lake by Grandma's house had frozen almost completely. We were very surprised! I don't know how the thickness varied across the lake, but by the edge it was between an inch and an inch and a half thick. Way, way out in the picture below you might be able to see a floating raft of ducks and geese, occupying the only open water.

Pickles, testing the surface.

The boys were thrilled to find that they could put their feet on the ice and it wouldn't break.

Finally they decided to test their whole weight:

It held! It wasn't long before everyone else tried too.

Despite the ice, it really wasn't that cold out, especially in the sun. That's why you see Ginger wearing shorts and a t-shirt and Catherine without a hat.

Close-up of the bubbles in the ice.

And that's it for our trip in photos. We're glad to be back home (and not having to live out of suitcases) and I'm trying to get everything back to normalcy. :)

1 comment:

  1. sounds like a very wonderful and beautiful trip!! I am so glad for you all!


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