Tanya arranged to have the family come over for Sheshlik (shesh-leek) which is basically the Russian / Ukrainian BBQ. It is a ton of meat on a stick over hot coals. Everyone gets about 1 lb of meat and it is awesome. We all sat around, ate ourselves silly, laughed hysterically, and felt like family.
We decided we needed a picture of the whole gang. It's not quite complete -- being that it's missing our brother, his wife, LynnieC, and The Guy -- but it was close, so we took the picture. Both sides of the family would like to have the whole group together eventually. We will work on that.
Meeting Tanya's family was like meeting my own family. The boys were like brothers immediately. Roman and I got along famously despite not being able to talk much at all. We tried to pass information to each other with miming and such. Then I tried to tell him I had been practising Russian words. I said "Computer" Roman nodded "Da." Then I started to count in Russian -- "adeen, dva, tree, cheturny, pyat, cheest". Roman grinned "one, two, three, four, five!" Like Tanya said to a lady who asked if Ky and I could speak Russian "Well, they can count."
|Back Row: (L-R) Ky, Lena, Roman, Dad, Andrei, Tania Front Row: Baba Galya, Tanya, Maxim, Masha, Tania's M, me|
|Maxim and Masha|
|Volk (in the background) and Bobik (in the foreground)|
|Kuchma the cat|
Now I've met the whole family, I can picture things better when Dad talks about them. I can't wait to see them all again!