^ At Malutka Baby House, with Rosa (the orphanage Director)
^ Arina, in our Karaganda hotel
^ Arina bowls.
^ Arina and her Dad
^ Arina and Hussein (Aunt Elena’s oldest son)
^ Anastasia (Aunt Nadya’s oldest daughter) . . . and her new baby!
^ Uncle Yasha and baby Valeria
^ Elena and baby Valeria
^ Granny and her great-granddaughter
^ Gifts from Yasha and Elena!
^ One of my favorites, even if the focus is off. Yasha, Ira and Arina were playing the hand pile game.
^ Sweet Eliza
^ Eliza wanted me to be in all the photos.
^ Granny and Arina
^ Fun with Aunt Nadya
^ Zarina, in route to the bowling alley
^ Christina and Arina
^ Ed, translator extraordinaire!
^ Everyone loves Ed.
^ Arina and Christina check out their scores.
^ Christina and Nadya
^ Zarina, Nadya, and Irina.
^ Andrew, the cutest 6-year old ever. And . . . a conversation about Andrew with Arina:
Arina: “Poor Andrew has such bad teeth. I guess they rotted out. Maybe we can help Uncle Yasha send him to the dentist?”
Me: “He’s six, Arina, not Jack’s age. He’s *supposed* to be missing them.”
[to her credit, he and Jack *are* the same size, so it was a little confusing]
^ We bowled, and bowled, and bowled, until everyone was worn. out.
^ Double trouble. Also: notice how everyone is carrying Arina is this photo and all the photos to follow. She ran out of the hotel room without her shoes, which is a cultural no-no, so we had to take turns carrying her. And that was just fine with Arina, and everyone else too.
^ Eliza carries Arina.
^ Nadya, Ira, Arina, and Christina
^ Elena, Yasha, Arina . . .
. . . and Andrew!