Monday, October 12, 2015

First Snow

This past week while we were in a sweltering heat wave in Southern California, Samara received their first snow. Quite early in the season for Samara but not for Novosibirsk. This is a view out of our apartment in Novosibirsk at the beginning of October many years ago. I didn't grow up in the snow so you can imagine when we woke up that morning the first thing I did was to go outside.

Monday, October 5, 2015

The Tram

Yesterday someone asked me what I missed most about Russia. I never really know what to answer people because there are so many things I miss. If you were to ask my children what they miss they will quickly answer you that they miss the tram. It was their favorite mode of transportation and one that we took often.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Oxnard Maritime Museum

Since Josiah is studying American History this year I thought we'd try out the Maritime Museum located in Oxnard. We've been learning about the early explorers and was hoping they'd have some boat models of this time period.........thankfully they did!

It's always fun to make history come alive!   

There were also some other amazing models............

Bible lesson? Yes, Jonah could have fit into the mouth of a great fish..... 

The museum is situated right on the harbor and every once in a while sea lions come and visit.....I was too slow with the camera though.

The museum isn't too expensive. I bought a Groupon deal and it was $10 for all 4 of us. A docent leads you around and the one we had was quite informative! I learned a lot and bonus points.......this trip counted as a field trip! Yay! And yes I have become that homeschool mom!

Monday, September 21, 2015


I never really looked forward to fall in only meant that an impending winter was quickly approaching. Nor did fall last very all the other seasons except winter! Today I was thinking how in Southern California summer lasts 5-6 months and in Russia winter lasts that long too! Nonetheless, fall is a favorite among many. As a family we enjoyed going to a big park and the boys loved throwing leaves around. We also enjoyed long walks in the crisp autumn air. 

The boys getting in some biking before the snow settles the ground.

Monday, September 14, 2015


It's that season in Russia......harvest time or "SHATVA".  In a way it is sort of our Thanksgiving celebration here in the States. It's celebrated in church by a table full of fruits and vegetables, a time of thanksgiving to the Lord, and a special lunch afterwards of all the bountiful harvest.

Monday, September 7, 2015

The Market

One thing that I miss the most is the outdoor market. There was one just around the corner from where we lived in Novosibirsk. I remember the first few months I could only communicate by pointing and smiling a lot.

Monday, August 31, 2015

First Bell

Tomorrow is the first day of school in Russia for all students. It's called "First Bell". I enjoyed watching all the students make their way to school on this day. Boys and girls dressed in their very best carrying flowers for their teacher.........the girls often wearing huge white bows on their hair! We attended a First Bell when we lived in Novosibirsk in 2004. Our fellow teammate's daughter and son were attending their first day of school and we got to go along. Lots of singing, dancing, and excitement filled the air. Everyone comes to their child's First Bell, including grandmas, grandpas, aunts, younger cousins, etc. Little did we know that clear across on the eastern side of Russia in a city called Beslan a total massacre was going on. Chechnyan rebels had launched one of Russia's worse terrorist attacks. It was heartbreaking watching the news footage that evening.