Monday, March 1, 2010

March: The Great Thaw

It's so hard to believe it's already March.  Beth and I are nearing our one year anniversary of our arrival here in Moscow (April 18, 2009).  It's hard to believe it's already been that long--it feels as if we just arrived here only a few months ago.

Since returning from Germany as I mentioned before, we've been able to get back into the swing of life here. Things have been going really well, and we've definitely been busy with multiple events and items on our plate. We've been able to resume everything as planned, and have been able to use these different events (Alpha Course, Movie Night, etc.) to really continue friendships and make new relationships here in Moscow.  We are so blessed to have an incredible family of friends here in Moscow.

As for Beth and her upcoming delivery (she just started her third trimester today!), we have found a great hospital to give birth--and it's just about a 30 minute walk from our apartment.  It's actually the one place Beth's doctor recommended, and we also have a friend who is studying to become an obstetrician who has friends who work there.  She too recommended this particular place, and is going to give Beth a tour in the coming weeks.  It seems like every question and worry we've had is slowly being answered over time, and working out better than we could have expected!

Beth is going to make a visa run around mid-April, and was given approval to make a trip to the U.S.  Around April 10 or so she's going to be back in the states for around a week.  I'm sure she'd love to see you-- so get in touch with her about meeting up if it's possible!  As for me, it'll be business as usual in Moscow.  I'm definitely bummed I won't be able to see friends and family with Beth (and if we're completely honest, eat at Chik-Fil-a, among other missed restaurants), but I'm so happy she can take the trip and get spoiled a little.  After walking miles in ice every day, she deserves it!

As for life here in Moscow-- things have begun to kind of thaw out.  Winter is still over a month away from ending, but since last week things have begun to warm up (and by warm up I mean temperatures have rose to slightly above freezing) and the snow and ice have begun to melt.  While that's a good thing because it gives us something to look forward to, all that snow melting can make things a little messy.  Now we're walking around in brown slush, tracking mud everywhere.  It's kind of disgusting.

Here are some amusing photos we've taken, right after the intense blizzard that came through here a couple weekends ago.

There's a bench in there somewhere.

It's very easy to tell which cars have been used recently...

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