Friday evening our family went down to Ala-Too Square after dinner and our timing couldn't have been more perfect in regards to lighting. The square, an obvious hangout for families, was glowing and due to this amazing weather was perfect for documenting more of our time here. The kids had fun wandering around, the fountains and light were beautiful and it allowed for a cherished memory from our time here. Here are a few of my favorites from that night, although really I am sure I could have chosen every photo we took.
Last week was a bit cooler so I was able to take the kids outside to the little patch of grass for two short sessions where I could capture some of our favorite things right now.
It is melon season. Melon season in Kyrgyzstan lasts for a few months - there are green, orange, yellow, and red melons - all of them are amazing. Wesley isn't a fan of the watermelon, which means that the rest of us get to gorge ourselves a little more.
The kids have also been enjoying playing on the climbing bars - and the sun hits them perfectly right after dinner. There was one point that Emme insisted on jumping down to give Wesley courage - it was so cute and I love their relationship so much.
School starts next week - so we will see how it all goes.
I have started this post many times over the past three and a half months, but figure it is time to actually post about life here. We have learned most of the ropes to surviving here - thankfully there weren't too many and although it isn't our beloved Belgium it is starting to feel like home.
We have gone on a family vacation up to Kazakhstan and finally have our car so we can attempt to drive to more sites. Before the car was here we walked and used taxis, which has been an experience in itself.
The people here speak Kyrgyz and Russian. I have had Russian lessons for the last couple of months, and can now read the letters and know some vocabulary to help with the day to day life.
The kids are doing well, we are getting used to living in an apartment, and we are thankful for the parks in the area. We can sill get Kinder eggs and ice cream is cheap enough that it has become a more common staple during these hot months. We all miss our friends, but we are slowly getting a base of people that we can depend on, which i am thankful for.
We are 13 hours ahead of the West Coast, which makes talking to family both easy and hard at the same time.
Dominic's work is going well and he is enjoying it, which I am thankful for. The Ambassador retired this month, so we are waiting to see if and when that position will get filled, but until it is, work continues as before.
We have enjoyed wandering around and seeing the sites of Bishkek and the mountains that are to the south of the city. Here are some pictures of the last few months, the first three collages are Bishkek itself, the last one is around the area.