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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Our Neighborhood

Getting ready to ride bikes:
 This is the entrance of the school that the boys will most-likely be attending this fall:
 The Rock Pile!  It has been fun to climb on:
 Bike riding...a great outdoor activity this summer:

Monday, July 30, 2012


We went for one day of a week-long camp to participate in some English-speaking sections.  Since the park was in a village near home, we took Mr. S with us for the day!
Here we are all just sitting around chatting and finishing off a watermelon:
Here is a friend learning the names of some of the kids:
 Teaching new games!
 Mr. S got a group going on the slides!
We had a great time!

Monday, July 23, 2012

Trip to the Black Sea

We were able to have a vacation and team meetings on the Black Sea.  The boy LOVED throwing rocks in the water when they weren't busy splashing each other and looking for shells!
On this afternoon, there was a storm brewing, so we took a family walk just to see the waves:
The boys were enjoying parts of the boardwalk that they used to create their own games.  This was an area to park bikes, but this game looks like more fun!:
An area with all the Disney characters!  The boys went wild -- these statues were just their size:

Monday, July 2, 2012


The guys were able to take a trip to a town about 8 hours away.  This was a great experience to see some of the breath-taking views in the Green Mountains.  Our favorite pictures are the watch-towers:

Seasonal Cooking

Before this chapter, I didn't really understand seasonal cooking.  Although I did watch which produce I bought at what time (because of the cost difference), I knew I could find some kind of berry or a pineapple most days at some American grocery store.  After a full year of living here (in an international setting), we understand this new reality.  Strawberry season just passed.  I went to the market yesterday to look for more of these delicious berries and they were gone...totally gone.  The new fruit that is available for this month is peaches.  They are practically giving them away (.50 for 2 pounds!)
Our favorite salad year-round, but especially found on every table in the summers:
This is pretty much it, lot's of cucumbers and tomatoes.  Many people chop fresh herbs like cilantro, parsley and dill to put well as a few white onions.  Sprinkle with salt and it is very tasty with pretty much anything they serve!