Well, I've already had more than one person ask if we were pregnant again (!), so I guess I didn't word that bit on our last post about how we had a "big surprise that will change our lives" very well!
No, just to clarify. It's a surprise that changes our lives, sure, but not THAT much. It is something that allows the Wandering Family to increase the range and extent of our wandering - a new car! Well, not new. New to us, though. It's a 2005 Toyota Succeed, with the extremely dubious figure of 160,000 kilometers on the odometer (many Russian cars have had their odometers wound back). Not that we're complaining, though, it's the first time anyone in our family has owned any car that was fewer than 10 years old, and we love it.
Obviously, purchasing a car meant taking a trip over the mountains out of T-land, to a magical city known as Krasnoyarsk. Ah, Krasnoyarsk. A city with peanut butter and marshmallows in the stores, a city with fast food restaurants with displays for kids to poke their heads through for photos, a magical place!
Sadly, I didn't actually take very many pictures there. It would look too much like your home city to be interesting, anyway. Much better is the beautiful Siberian scenery on the way:
Eventually, driving our own car (full of peanut butter, marshmallows, and the like, of course), we got back home. One tire blowout on the road, but fixed quickly enough.
I must be turning Russian, because where in America I would almost never wash my car, I felt a compulsion to go down to the river to enlist my sons in a project to immediately wash off all the dirt the road had added to our new baby.