Wednesday, July 12, 2017

St. Petersburg

Monument to the Heroic Defenders of Leningrad 
Victory Square
World War II

This museum was built at one of the last places where the Germans advanced

Moving Sculpture Depicting the Suffering of the Russians during the War

Sculptures Depicting the Russian People 

Displays of Items Collected after the War

Street in St. Petersburg Built to Perspective

Mikhail Glinka, Russian Composer,  Fountainhead of Russian Classical Music

Mikhailovsky Palace

Where Dostoevsky wrote "Crime and Punishment" which is set in St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg on the River Neva

The buildings along the river are all lit up at night which makes them look spectacular!

White Nights of St. Petersburg--this was taken at 2:30 AM!

We saw so many beautiful places in St. Petersburg. This is just the beginning of the pictures we took.  It is an amazing city and these pictures do not do it justice. Just the first ones ready to post.  More to come......

The Crane's in America 
the 4th of July!

Cora and Kylie in Wichita for the 4th of July!

Waiting for the trucks and cars and floats and walkers to come

Provo Freedom Festival Fun Run!!

Rachael and Lauren and Alex--Olympic Runners!


Dad thought he would join in the fun!

Power Rangers on the 4th!

Fireworks round out the Fun!

All Around Our Neighborhood

Our home: Yartsevskaya ulitsa 27, k. 9, d. 31,+27%D0%BA9,+Moskva,+121552/@55.743919,37.4113262,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x46b54ed8b6233c37:0x5c7d03f4f0a7bd88!8m2!3d55.743919!4d37.4135149

A typical apartment building, 20+ stories.  Two more buildings being built in our neighborhood.  Moscow has 8,537 per square kilometer.  Although it is not even on the top ten list of population density in the world, it feels like everyone in the world is going to the same place!

That's a mall at the end of the street.  We grocery shop and eat out down there.

Power Station that heats all the water for the neighborhood.  The heat turns off for two weeks a year to clean out the pipes. 

Bus parking lot on the way to the Metro

On the way to the Metro

The Metro is the gray, short building on the other side of the buses

A little park between the tall apartment buildings

Pigeons congregate near the Metro.  People do not believe in wasting bread and if they cannot use it, they bring it to the birds. The birds fly all around and then settle down again to the feast of bread people dump here. 

Family Trip to Arches National Park

Rachael has been asking family members to go to the Utah parks with her for a year.  Sarah and Stephen and Mark and Hannah went to Arches with her.  It's a three hour drive from Orem and they left in the afternoon on a very hot day.  They had a wonderful hike, saw beautiful vistas, and Mark explored.  The day ended with a beautiful sunset and they drove home.  Another great day!

Delicate Arch


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Rachael & Sarah

Mark drinking water
Going down the steep steps    

I can do it myself! 

Beautiful Sunset!


Monday, June 19, 2017

Monday, June 19th

My colleagues, Mark & Barb Taylor, are here in Moscow on their second OGC mission! Aren't they wonderful?  Mark just posted these great pictures on Facebook.  Here they are:

I gave a talk at the American Chamber of Commerce to the Education Committee today in a building that is close to White Square, an area with a beautiful white church that is near Metro Station Belorusskaya.  It was raining so hard that I got soaked to the bone! No umbrella because yesterday was so beautiful.  By the time I realized I needed one, it was too late to return home for one.  Then when Russ and I said goodbye to Michelle, who has been here since Friday, we came to work.  AS SOON AS we walked out of the Metro, it started pouring and pouring rain. This time I had an umbrella but the wind carried the rain all over the place.  So these pictures are great proof of the changeable weather in Moscow!

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Sunday, June 18th

Happy Father's Day to Russ and all of my sons and son-in-law for being wonderful fathers!
Thank you for taking care of your families and loving them.  And serving them. And working hard for them. No Father's Day cards this year as it is not Father's Day here.  Proud of you all and the work that you are doing to create loving families.

It's been about four weeks since I last wrote.  So much has happened since then.  Here are some pictures of some of what has happened in order of when they occurred. As usual, more pictures than words.  (So much has happened that it took five hours to gather and post all these pictures!)  Enjoy!

Victory Day, May 8th, Horse Show

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Victory Day, May 9th, Red Square Parade of the Soldiers


Russian Traditional Dancers, Tchaikovsky Theater, May 16th


Friday Afternoon Date to Red Square, May 19th

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Russ & Michelle @Aerosmith Concert, May 23rd, Photos


At Church

Moscow's Non-Summer (Hurricanes in Fact!), May 29th

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Russ' Fall, June 9th, Photos

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Arlene and Paul's Visit, June 10th-12th

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Constitutional Court, St. Petersburg, June 14th

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Family Photos

Nathan & Amy's 25th Wedding Anniversary, May 20th

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Keith, Buggie, and Satch's Run, June 10th

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Lauren's School Award

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Scott at the University of Montana


Rachael & Scott---Road Trip!  Glacier National Park, Montana


Ben's Award

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BIG Announcement!
Ben & Lori are having a new baby!!! December 2017!! 
#3 for them!   #13 for us!

April's Graduation 

Abby's Graduation

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Mark's Graduation

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Hannah's First Swim

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Jeremy's Pre-Mission Mission to Brazil 

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Ammon's Scout Camp & School Award

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Maddie--One Year on Her Mission to Pennsylvania


Uh, I Needed a New Dress for Church, Duh....

Eileen's Rose Garden 

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The Girls

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