Our family is quite big, there are nine of us: father, mother, grannie, grandpa, three sons and two daughters. Besides we have many relatives. Our surname is Lemishko. We live at 24, Green Street, in Kyiv.
My father, whose full name is Ivan Lemishko, works at the institute. He is an architect. To my mind he is a handsome man with hazel eyes. Here is mammy Mary, a tall, very attractive-looking woman with large dark eyes and a charming face, though she is 50. My mother's maiden name was Novak. She is a housewife. Early in the morning she is already on the go. Of course each of us helps mother - even grannie and grandpa who have just been pensioned off.
Mamma has a brother, Olexandr by name. Mother's brother is our uncle. Uncle Sasha, as we call him, is always good-humoured. Mother has also a sister Lina, who is our aunt. She has four children. They are our cousins and our parent's nephews and nieces.
Daddy has a brother, too. He is our uncle and we are his nephews and nieces. His name is Mykola Lemishko, but we call him uncle Mykola.
We love uncle Mykola dearly. Though he is a man of a hasty temper he is very kind.
My name is Anna. I am the eldest in the family. I mean the oldest of my brothers and my sister. When I am not among them I feel young but when I look at them I begin to feel quite old. My brother Mykhailo is two years younger than I am. He has just successfully graduated from one of the Kyiv universities. He works at the biggest factory in his special field. They say that my brother is a promising engineer who is not only very clever but is also very hard worker and likes to do everything as well as he can. He is a good-looking chap. He has rather dark-brown hair and good grey eyes. He isn't very tall but he is strong, swims well and is a good fotballer.
Last year Mykhailo fell in love with a slim greed-eyed girl Irina. I think she is pretty, but my brother says that she is beautiful. They are getting married next month. So their wedding is coming off very soon. My brother's wife will be my sister-in-law. Our parents will have a daughter-in-law and she will have a mother-in-law and a father-in-law.
The youngest and the smallest of our family is Kate. She is only four, though she thinks she is quite a big girl and doesn't like you to call her the baby. Then there are Max and Oleg. They are both of the same height and they are so like each other that sometimes people can hardly tell one from the other. They are not twins. Max is a boy of twelve, fair hair and blue eyes. Oleg is a boy of eleven. The boys are at school. Max is in the sixth form and Oleg is in the fifth form. They have lessons every day except Sundays. On Sundays they seem to think of nothing but football, and eating, and joking, and fighting. They are the noisiest boys I have ever known - and the nicest. Being of an active disposition they do not care much for sitting at a desk and doing school work. Still, they are intelligent lads, who know that they need to work hard at their lessons. So they do their best. Each of them is excellent at hard work. One of them would like to be an engine-driver. The other's cherished dream is to become a pilot and to fly a jet plane.
Altogether now our grandparents have five grandchildren. Two of them are granddaughters and three of them are grandsons.