So we set off, Masha, Yulia and Maxim and I, leashes in hand, knowing the dogs would come to us if it looked like we were going for a walk. They came to Masha and Maxim leashed them up, where upon I waved them on and went back to the house. What is the point of having kids around if you still have to work. The kids and the dogs were thrilled. So was I.
The day was getting hot so when the kids came back, they came into the house to paint as all three are budding artists. When they had each finished their picture, they asked Tanya to judge. Yulia is 12, seems fairly mature and is quite a good artist. Tanya said so. Maxim and Masha were devastated that they weren't best. Each picture was good for the age level and Tanya tried to explain that, to no avail.
At 2:30 it was either cook lunch or go to Marichka. Yulia couldn't come with us her grandma said so the four of us set off. We picked up Lina en route as today is a holiday (yesterday was the Feast of the Trinity). We ordered pizza and dessert. They brought the dessert first while the pizza was baking. Life is uncertain so. . .
|Maxim and Masha eat dessert first|
Masha went home tonight. Not willingly as she loves the freedom of Babushka's home. Andrei and Tania came to pick her up. I thanked them for bringing her and thanked them for taking her back, which made Tania smile. Two days at a time is just right. Masha wears on Tanya as she cannot entertain herself.
Tanya and I sat on the front entry landing in the cool breeze and enjoyed the solitude and quiet while drinking our tea after supper.
|The view from our front entry landing.|