Monday, December 5, 2016

MPC's Winter Wonderland Ball, Ritz Carlton, Moscow, Russia December 3, 2016







Someone once told me you cannot leave Moscow without having been to a ball.  There a number of them throughout the year.  Now, neither R nor I are really "ball" people, but I didn't want to have that regret, neither did my friend T.  We figured our husbands would be happier going with a friend and this ball benefits the social programs provided by Moscow Protestant Chaplaincy that we have supported in the past.  We had a lovely time playing dress up!  And I'm always up for a date night with my husband.  

The Shakespeare Train


A horse, a horse, my kingdom for a horse!
on Blue Line #3 in the Moscow Metro System.  C is always quite excited to have the chance to ride one of the specially painted train cars.  

Painting Class

This much is my work...


upside down, whoops


The finished/rescued painting, not my work :)
A friend asked me to join a one day painting class.  It wasn't a painting class as much as an opportunity to use the teacher's tools.  If I were to paint again I would need a class in English of techniques and shading, and to start with a much simpler subject.  But, it was a fun day with good company.  Early in the process my friend T asked me where I was going to put the painting, I replied in the trash bin.  But, the teacher/artist rescued it and although I cannot call it my painting, I did get a painting that I love for a relatively inexpensive price!  

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas...







A few of the new ornaments...












The new nativity here, there was also a new nativity from Germany that went back to the USA in the spring.  




Advent candles from IKEA.

Grandfather Frost riding the polar bear joins Grandfather Frost on the moose. 








I found our Kindness Elves in Norway in December 2014.

The first batch of Chocolate Crinkle Cookies.

And the stockings were hung on the staircase with care...

Sunday After Church Walk down Old Arbat Street





















The girls had youth group so R, C, and I headed out to lunch and a walk along Old Arbat Street.