We spent the 4th of July with the Footes and Claycamps at the Claycamps' home in Kaharlyk. We also took Maxime with us where he was able to meet more Americans as well as some Australians and a New Zealander. He was totally confused by all the different accents and especially by Wayne and Olya's boys who speak Russian, Ukrainian, and English with Australian accents.
We celebrated with a few fireworks and American cuisine that included hot dogs minus the cabbage and carrots common to Ukraine. It was nice to be surrounded by Americans on the one day of the year that most reminds us of the home we left behind. (It was also fun to blow things up all in the name of celebration. Only apples and cherries were harmed by our zeal to be patriotic. Sorry about all the cherries on the roof Christy.)
Micah and Justin (At least someone had the right shirt on)
After spending the day with everyone, we were blessed to be able to spend the night in the guest quarters of Calvary Chapel Kaharlyk at the church. Everyone has done a great job of transforming that part of the church building into a comfortable living space for guests. Maxime liked it so much that he wanted to spend another night.
Innocently enough, Danny reached for the last of the tortilla chips. None of the children seemed to be amused.
Josie and Maxime playing checkers