Wednesday was an extremely hot day, probably the hottest day of the year, but we decided to go on a family outing. We invited our good friend Spring to come with us. All the children seemed to hang on Spring, they love her so much!
We went to the Palace of the Tsar Alexey Mikhailovich. It is a beautiful wooden palace that we pass by every Sunday morning on our way to church. We have meant to visit the site for a long time, but never got around to it, however we made it a priority now that we know we are leaving soon!
So, everyone grabbed their "Adventure Bag" (named by the children), stocked with some snacks and water, and we headed out to make the hour and a half long trip.
William charmed the ladies around him on the tramvi as he played with the head of his monkey backpack and pretended to make it talk. He likes to call the tramvi a choo-choo train.
Kate LOVES horses! So when we found this statue by the palace, I had to get a picture.
I wanted to get a family picture in front of the palace, but the sun was way too bright, so we decided to sit in the shade, slather on sunscreen, and let the children play while we waited for softer lighting.
While we waited, we found several four leaf clovers! Jon and I had never found a four leaf clover before, but we found at least two or three in only a couple minutes, and Kate found a bunch of her own.
William playing in our shadetree (below). The children liked to make the long run across the field to a bushy cherry tree where dear William covered himself in cherry juice. Is there such thing as poison cherries? I'm not sure if he ate any or not. Yikes!
Brucie especially loves our friend Spring! They are good buddies!
We decided to take a walk around the palace, and we found a better spot to get a family picture. The sun was still bright, though.
Feeling as though we were melting from the heat, we found another shade tree and bought and enjoyed some plombir ice cream (the best kind of ice cream you can buy in Moscow). These poor horses wanted shade as well.
It's not often you see a no smoking sign in Moscow. But, Spring pointed out that it makes sense next to a palace made of wood. ;)