Those of you who have read my blog for a while now have probably seen the comments left by Jeannie, my friend who was a new expat in Moscow at the same time we were. They're settled now in their new state, but they both sure do miss Russia. The three years that our families shared were incredibly intense, to say the least! Friendships made under such circumstances grow much deeper in a shorter time than those in everyday American life... We were quite sad when they moved back to the USA last March and we miss them a lot.
They planned their summer vacation to include a stop in Colorado so that we could all get together again. Emery, Katya and Natalia picked right up where they had left off! Oh, how they miss each other!
The highlight of the reunion today was that we got to meet Rachel, the newest member of the family! (Jeannie was in her third trimester when we had last seen her). What a cutie she is, with both her mommy and daddy wrapped around her plump little fingers...
They've been traveling through America with Jeannie's parents in RV vehicles. I'd never been inside one before; it was cool! Our girls loved Emery's hiding place in the loft over the front seats.
We joined them near Estes Park, where my dad, the girls and I spent three great days last week. Tomorrow they'll drive closer to where my in-laws live and we'll get spend a few more days together. The girls and I were happy to return to Estes Park... After a delicious meal at our favorite Mexican restaurant there (Ed's Cantina--go there!!!!), we took the girls to the campground's pool. There were other kids swimming, too. I overhead Katya explaining to one girl that we're expatriates--but not the kind that couldn't have tea with loyalists. Funny!
Stuck inside while it briefly rained, all three girls discovered that the grandparents' RV had satellite television... including the Disney Channel...
Lo and behold, they caught a rerun of the Miley Cyrus concert from last night, minus the 3-D special-effects. That, however, didn't stop Natalia from sharing a pair of glasses with Emery!