Married mom to two girls navigating the unexpected twists and turns of life in this impressive and daunting city. We're finishing up our ninth year of living here, and the city has changed so much during that time! I taught French and Spanish back in the USA and now I'm the Head of Foreign Languages in a Russian private school.
We took our first family vacation in May 2007 to Turkey. It was wonderful!
When we first arrived...
In their folk outfits from Izmailovo market, posing for our first Christmas card photo as expats. At this point they still spoke very little Russian.
...and almost four years later!
Showing off their new Russian dresses. Katya needed hers for a recital at school--where she performs as well academically as all of her native-speaker classmates. Katya's Russian is now better than ours! By the time Natalia finishes Russian first grade, hers will be, too.