The last couple weeks we have had the privilege of having Baba Alla in our home! Alla is a SwEeT lady from Russia. Andrew served his mission in Russia and Alla was like a grandma to him and the other missionaries in the Vladivistok mission. When Andrew left Russia he promised Alla he'd find a way for her to come to America so that she can visit temple square, attend conference, and what not! Thanks to Andrew's parents that promise was kept! .... I was a little nervous about the communication situation (she doesn't speak English), but it has all worked out! We've learned to communicate with our hands!
This last Friday my mother-in-law, Alla, Andrew, and I went to the Salt Lake Temple and did a session... we got out of the session at about 5:30 and were starving cause we had all skipped lunch. Alla was peacefully enjoying the temple as our stomachs were growling, but of course we didn't want to push her along, it being her first time there and possibly her last. After about 15 minutes or so Andrew said something to the effect of, "Alla, I want you to take your time and enjoy, but Jena is REALLY hungry...... " Immediately Alla replies, "Oh! We better go then, it may not only be Jena that is hungry... she might have a baby inside there!" HA! If things were Alla's way we'd be popping out babies left and right! She loves to tease us about having kids NOW!!
We then went to Texas Roadhouse for dinner and she LOVED the food, as do I! Andrew and I told the server it was her birthday (a little white lie) :) and sure enough they brought out the saddle and on hopped Alla (after she realized it was OK that all these people were surrounding her and shouting)
We've had many adventures thus far with more to come! Andrew took Alla on a motorbike ride and she LOVED it! Imagine a 73 year old woman on a motorcycle telling Andrew to go faster! He got up to 125 mph and she wasn't scared, not at all! She just wanted to go faster! She is a hoot and such a fun grandma!!
Alla has been busy making each of us slippers out of yarn! They're so comfy and warm!