And then… I took a nap.
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
And then… I took a nap.
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
We had a wonderful day with her again – a day of a few firsts… Shoes, painful shoes (being a woman, I’m sure this is the first of many pairs of painful shoes she will have to endure in her lifetime…), teething biscuits, crying, sleepy time, lots of snuggle time… and the typical laughs as well. A great day!
Monday, February 25, 2008
I tested out my baby carrier today that I brought for the baby. I never used one of those with Matthew – so this was new for both the baby and me! She loved it and was none too happy when I took her out of it. She is all over her cold, and ate a lot for lunch and laughed and laughed all afternoon. It was great!
We did some shopping with Masha in the afternoon. That was a lot of fun – and we got some really neat stuff as souvenirs, but don’t think we’re done yet… not by a long shot, if I know Mom and myself. We also had the all exciting trip to the Iceberg to get some necessities, water being the most essential of the day.
We are watching the movie Bewitched tonight. I have not seen this before, but as a tribute to the movie, here is the sneak peek of the day…
Hhmmmm, I wonder if her name is Samantha??
For those of you keeping track… only 10 months until Christmas!
Sunday, February 24, 2008
I got an email from Masha with a ‘warning’. She said it was very windy (which we could tell by listening to the howling outside and watching the big trees bending in the wind!) What clinched it for us though was when she said SHE was staying inside today and not going anywhere, even though that makes her a little stir crazy not to get out. If she wasn’t going to brave the wind and cold enough and was going to stay put, we were too! We are wimps and not about to brave something a local didn’t want to. J So, we will go to the store tomorrow and try the restaurant another time. Maybe spring. I was going to post a picture showing you the weather, but it’s hard to photograph wind…
I don’t think I’ve talked about the markets here. Not the grocery store, that is similar to home in that you shop the isles choosing what you want. But the market is different than what I’ve experienced before. You tell the vendor you want oranges, say. Now, I say I want 4. Or 6. But typically, you would say you want a kilo of oranges. Well not knowing how many that would get me, I prefer to count mine out… but not only do you say that, but they choose them and bag them up for you. We have bought oranges, apples, cucumbers, potatoes, onions, cabbage, bananas, and an immense beet. I should have taken a picture of that! It was huge. No one seems to mind when I order say 4 oranges, it’s just not the local way, typically. I know we do that in a deli, for example, asking for a pound of Ham or a half pound of Provolone cheese, but I’ve never done it with fruits and veggies before. Interesting.
Another interesting thing to me is that they sell eggs in lots of 10. Not a dozen. 10. Also, they sell them, unrefrigerated, in plastic bags… not in cartons. Talk about having to be careful!! It’s not a big deal of course that they are sold here in 10’s and we sell them in 12’s, but it’s interesting (to me!). Why? Why not, I suppose.
Many of you know I love milk. I love lots of milk. Matthew and I drink 3 gallons of milk in a week at home between the two of us. If there is a holiday, or an extra full day at home in a week, it’s even more than that. Now, I am drinking less milk here, but I am drinking some. You should see the cute little cartons of milk that they sell here. I think it is a liter container, and without doing any math using measurements, I’d say Matthew and I would need about 12 of these a week if we drank the same amount here as at home. That’s a lot of containers of milk!
We keep trying to watch some TV but it’s always in Russian… LOL. Actually, there are tidbits on Animal Planet that are in English. Short segments and some promos for upcoming shows. The promos tell you, in English, what show is coming up and when to watch it. Like, Sunday at 9:00. But then, when you watch that show at that time, it is in Russian. I find this interesting. Of course, I know I am in a Russian speaking country, and I know I don’t expect English TV. But, if Russian speaking people are watching it, then they can’t understand the promos telling them to watch it. And for those of us that understand the promos telling us to watch the show, we can’t understand the show. I think that is hilarious.
My bonding period is over!! I get to apply for a court date tomorrow and hope that the process of setting the court date goes quickly. In general terms, court should be some time next week, and assuming a positive outcome in court, there is then another 15 day waiting period. After that waiting period, THE WAIT is then over. The final paperwork is then begun and we start getting the baby a passport and birth certificate, and all the things she will need to come home with us and become a citizen of the US and my legal daughter! So, we’re still looking at returning sometime the end of March – but nothing is more confirmed yet because the court date really sets the ‘tone’ for the rest of the time frame, as far as dates go. While we are awaiting my court date, we will be able to continue visiting the baby every day at the baby house as has been normal. The same will go for after the court date during the 15 day waiting period. So, even in Kazakhstan the waiting continues, but knowing the end is so close (and yet so far!) makes THIS waiting a little easier. The daily visits don’t hurt either…. She is such a cutie. Yup, I’m the proud Mama! Now I'll have two beautiful children!! Here's a sneak peek of younger one...
Saturday, February 23, 2008
The baby continues to entertain us every day. She is full of smiles and laughs and continues to babble more and more and louder and louder every day. She is feeling better and has started eating again – although I’ll tell you – she really doesn’t like her soup. I can’t wait until I can start to introduce her to some new foods that are of varying color and variety. I can’t wait to even give her something like Cheerios! She is climbing more and more on the mats in the music room and cruises around trying to walk sometimes. She’s inquisitive, and happy, and knows what she likes, and what she doesn’t. It’s a lot of fun!
Here is the sneak peek for today…
The other highlight of my day is when I get to talk to Matthew!! It is so wonderful to hear his voice and hear his stories. He is quite a story teller and the things he tells me stories about cracks me up! Today, I got to hear all about the Dow and it's ups and downs of the day. Quite interesting! He's so smart to know about such things at age 12... probaby has me beat already!!
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
She is definitely babbling more and more too. When we first started our visits (way back when!!) she barely murmured any sounds at all during our two hour visits. A couple of days in, she was ‘saying’ little things, like la, ga, da, but again, not much noise at all. Now, she is really starting to find her voice. She let’s us know how she is feeling with sounds (sometimes shrieks of joy, or laughing, sometimes more like a moan or a moan shriek when she ‘isn’t happy’ which might consist simply of her dropping a toy or something that she wants us to pick up.) She is also trying to say some other sounds.. “F” is a big sound for her. She also likes to blow kisses which isn’t talking, but makes a cool noise which she likes hearing over and over. I said ‘fish’ today because there was a picture of one in a book I brought for her, and I swear, repeatedly, she said, Sssshhhh when I would say fish. Now, either that was her way of trying to say fish (no idea if that is possible at this age at this point) OR she is simply saying the SH sound. Either way I’m happy. It’s cute. We hope and pray she continues to be well enough to continue our visits. Of course, I want her to be well, but I also can’t imagine missing a day with her at this point. Making I could just rock her if she’s sick?? I hope so!
Today, after lunch, we did a little shopping. We had about an hour with Masha before she had to go prepare more paperwork, so we did what we could in the time we had! I think it was quite productive – I have to buy gifts for people here, like the caregivers at the Baby house, etc., and we started on getting all that completed. There are many people to buy for!
Now we are just back in the apartment, doing our evening routine. Some dvd’s, puzzles, emails, blog, Mom is cross-stitching at the moment. We had some soup and cheese and crackers for dinner. We bought mustard some time last week to try with the cheese and crackers…. WOW! It’s some HOT mustard, and the label says mild… I can not even begin to imagine what the hot is like. We love it, but we have to be careful or we’ll burn a hole in our nose or something. It certainly adds some flavor and spice – yum!
Oh yeah… did I say it wasn’t cold? Ha! Today was -20 (Celsius I think, but still!!) -20! Good grief. It was cold. You can’t be out of the house or car for more than like 5 feet without needing gloves and a hat and scarf. Luckily my boots I brought are just perfect. Haven’t been cold yet in those and I’ve walked through snow, etc. I’m not sure why the current day weather is always wrong on the weather portion of the blog. For instance it showed the temp as 41 F at one point here today… uh, no. That is not correct. Not even close.
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Sunday, February 17, 2008
Today is Sunday, so I thought I would catch up a little on some other pictures we’ve taken since we’ve been here. This one picture shows the large water bottles that we buy for drinking water at the Iceberg. You can see many of them here, left behind from others before us, on the porch (which would be quite lovely in a different season.) You saw the windows on the porch yesterday, now see what happens to something left outside on the porch… those bottles are totally frozen. I may have mentioned before, but I find it so interesting that I can get right up next to the window in our living room, which looks out in to the porch, and feel little, if any, cold or even cool air. I know at my house, even WITH my new windows, when you get close to the doors or windows, there is a difference you can feel. Not here. The walls and windows must be so insulated, it is truly incredible.
This next picture shows the cool keys we used to get in to our first apartment! I thought they were really neat looking and fun to use. Unlike at home, you have to turn the keys 2-4 times to get it totally locked or unlocked. (Not like the once, or ½ turn we need at home.) This second apartment has a normal looking key, but again, you turn it 2-3 times to get it totally unlocked. (That tells you the length of the bolt itself… I’d say quite hard to penetrate!)
The next picture is of the first of the two doors that you needed to enter once in the apartment building to GET to your own apartment. The first big, heavy steel door led to a small hallway which leads to your front door. (The picture is taken FROM the apartment, just inside the second front door.) Your actual front door is yet another big, heavy steel door that has a huge lock. The first picture of locks is the first door you enter, the second picture of locks is what you see when you are inside the apartment. It makes it look like there must be rampant crime, but as I said before, there is none that I’ve seen or heard. It certainly makes one feel safe… It makes me think of Crocodile Dundee, the movie... "That's not a lock, THIS is a lock!" Our locks at home are a joke compared to these! I bought a door alarm from Magellan’s before coming that you can wedge under the door in case someone breaks it open (used in hotels by some to feel more safe.) I feel absolutely no need for this whatsoever. If someone has the will and determination to get in these steel doors and locks, we’re done for anyway, so that little alarm isn’t going to do one bit of good. We’d be able to hear someone breaking down those front doors LONG before we’d hear any alarm sound.
This second apartment has one big drawback compared to the first one. Our neighbors are quite loud. When they walk (like elephants, mind you) in their apartment above our living room, our chandelier shakes and rattles and sounds like it will crash down at any minute. (Not to mention the loud thumping of their feet on the ground.) Also, you can hear sound, at least, when they watch TV. Last night, for example, we were watching our movie du jour, and I paused it… yup, you could hear what they were watching… Pirates of the Carribbean! I could hear the music plain as day. Usually they go to be close to when we do, and wake a little earlier than we do. I woke up sometime after 6 a.m. some day this past week to their music above my bedroom… One of the songs that came on was, “Hit the Road Jack” (and don’t you come back no more no more no more no more, Hit the road Jack, and don’t you come back no more.) My sentiments exactly! Leave the apartment already – you’re loud and I’m sleeping. Apparently, I sleep through some of it though because when we got up today, Mom said, “Some party, huh?” I didn’t know what she meant really. I fell asleep about 12:30 but she said their party went on until about 3 a.m. She said it sounded like college kids really having a good time. I heard them when I was reading and in bed, but I totally didn’t hear anything after I fell asleep. To me, it’s not that bad so far… basically they sleep when we do – but it is different than the first apartment, which was VERY quiet.
Mom and I have both finished one novel each since we’ve been here – so if you’re preparing for travel, that might give you a gauge at what to bring if you enjoy reading. We are both reading slow, on purpose, since we were going through our first books so quickly, realizing we each only brought three, and we were only 3-4 days and over half done with one book. This also is NOT the only thing we’ve kept busy with. The computer is slower than we’re accustomed to, so posting and emailing takes longer than I would like. Daily pictures of the precious little girl take time to look at, and download, and name, etc. Catching up on some headlines online definitely takes longer than usual. We’ve done a 500 piece puzzle… well 497, we lost three pieces, somewhere, somehow. We watch at least one movie every night. So, if you like to read and not do this other stuff, you’ll go through a lot more books! As much as we’ve enjoyed them so far, we plan to leave them here so as not to lug them back home! If I like it that much, I’ll just buy it again at home! It just depends on what you like to spend your time doing – there is certainly lots of time to read if you enjoy it.
It is snowing here today. We plan to head out for a walk, at least, in a short while. It seems colder today – but it is hard to tell when you’re inside. It LOOKS colder, I’m sure, because of the snow falling.
We’re trying to keep up with the comments and emails, but if we’ve missed responding to anyone, here is a blanket THANK YOU for keeping in touch! As I’ve said, the dial-up is painfully slow and we mean well in responding, but simply run out of time, or energy, to sit on the computer any longer sometimes. Do know that we appreciate all of the thoughts and prayers and you are all on our minds! We miss you and are grateful for family and friends like you.
Saturday, February 16, 2008
She also enjoys peek-a-boo. I'll put the blanket on my head and say, "where's Mommy?" and she'll pull the blanket off my head and laugh. Then she started putting it on her head, and while she is under the blanket, she makes a sound, whether she's asking "Where's the baby" or she's saying "Peek-a-boo" I don't know... but it is just the cutest - whatever that little noise means!! Then she either removes the blanket herself, or I do, and she'll grin or laugh... ah... the cuteness of it all.
Here's your sneak peek for today - her cute little toes and foot!
On the walk home we stopped to buy some CD-ROM's so I can back-up all my pictures. Then home for the rest of the day. I took a few pictures of the apartment and outside on the way home which I will post here now. The one of the apartment building shows our porch - a row of windows on the ground floor on the left side of the blue door. The blue door is the entrance to the building and we go up one small flight of stairs and to the left to enter our apt. All apartments have two front doors to enter the apartment - again, I suppose this is for safety? That's our porch off our living room.... check out the windows - totally frosted over. Can't see a thing out porch windows now. LOL.
This is the inside shots of the same windows. There are bars on windows on the first floor everywhere, for safety, although we haven't heard or seen any problem with safety at all.
I'll post more pictures tomorrow - enjoy this taste of Petropavlovsk and the little cutie for now.
Friday, February 15, 2008
When we got to the baby house today, they had taken the baby to the hospital. What? Well, it was harmless. She has had a little ‘goo’ in her eyes since we’ve been here (atleast), so they took her in. She was about 20 minutes or so late for our visit, but she was fine. As soon as she got back, it was time for lunch. Today it was borscht, and more potatoes and meat mush, stewed beets, and tea again out of a tea cup. She ate less today than usual, in the three days I’ve been able to feed her. I understand that though since this has been a crazy week and she was taken to the hospital today. But, after lunch, we went to play in the play room. I was afraid she would be tired with the disruption in her schedule, but she was full of energy and happy as could be! She climbed around on the mats and played with her toys. She laughed some more and babbled more than we had heard before today. That was awesome! She’s quiet, but I think she’s starting to open up a little bit. I’m sure in no time she’ll be just as loud as the rest of our family! LOL.
I did take in the clothes I bought yesterday – way too big! I took in the one outfit I had brought from home, a 9 month size, and although it won’t last long, it does fit her now. So, I need to go buy some smaller clothes now at the baby store!
Today started off with a call from Matthew and Dad. That was great! A great way to start the morning! It is so nice to hear news from home and hear their voices!! Then, tonight, my sister called as well!! How exciting! Matthew talked a lot more during his evening call to us than his early morning calls. Regan filled us in on all that the kids had to say about the baby, their new cousin.
Otherwise it was a quiet day. We were home by 2 p.m. and just had a lazy afternoon. We read, and downloaded some pictures, watched some movies, cooked dinner – nothing too extraordinary. Tomorrow is another visit to the baby house! I can’t wait!
Thursday, February 14, 2008
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Mom and I have been having fun deciding how to post entries during this process in Kaz. No tv. No internet for a few days - it makes one try to get creative.
We have decided that the title of all the entries are going to be movie titles that relate to the days activities in some way. We have come up with many titles, and think we can carry this through. We shall see! Some are great, but may need a little tweaking - but time will tell!!
So, follow along - we're hoping this is fun for all!
The little girl I chose to proceed in this journey with is a beautiful 16 month old Kazakh girl with lots of spirit, spunk and personality, not to mention her incredible big brown eyes! She'll steal your heart the minute you meet her - as she did mine (and my Mom's!)
The hard part of the day was knowing that after I decided to proceed with her as my daughter, I didn't get to visit her any more that day. I might have had about 5 minutes with her, so although I got to hold her and choose her to be mine, I wanted more time! I've waited a long time for this day, and I wanted more! Leaving was hard, but knowing I got to come back tomorrow made it bearable.
I got medical information on her, and there is nothing even remotely of concern at this point in her life. She has been healthy since she arrived at the baby house 14 months ago and is currently in good health. (And cute too, I may add!)
We left the baby house and headed home. Now comes the task of choosing the name I'd like to give her. I have changed my mind so many times I'm making my own own head spin. I think I'm narrowing down my choices, but just as I decide against a name on my list, seemingly shortening my list, I seem to add a new choice. I am hoping that after the real visits begin it will become clear what her name should be.
The rest of the day was rather uneventful except that we finally were able to speak to family at home! We'd had a hard time with our phone number here and they couldn't connect (because it was the wrong number!) But, at long last, we got it right and Mom and I got to speak to both Dad and Matthew and later, Regan called as well. It was so sweet to be able to speak to everyone, (except Bobby) but I particularly had missed talking to Matthew and loved every second I got to hear his voice! He had just woken up for the day, so he was a bit tired, but it was good to hear his voice, even if a little sleepy. :)
It was time for me to hold her now! The caregiver passed her off, which was fine for about 5 seconds and then she began to cry. The caregiver took her back and we went and all sat down together for a few minutes. (She cried a total of maybe 10 seconds.) Now it was time for us to go in the other play room so we could play with her - and she was ready to go! In fact, she was now holding on to me for dear life. It was awesome!
They decided it would be too much for her to have the full two hours today, so our visit was only 1 hour long. It was hard to leave, but I was so happy to have had that hour, FINALLY! After maybe 15 minutes, she released her death grip of me, and got off my lap and starting playing with some toys that were there as well as some I brought. I'll tell you, when she likes something, she isn't letting it go - and you'd better not take it from her! :) She's smart as a whip and knows exactly where you are 'hiding' something. She doesn't like it when she can't find it. :) There is a mirror in the room and she quite enjoyed looking at herself in it! She crawled over to the mirror and pulled herself up on it. She was quite proud of herself, as was I!
Her grin is charming and her laugh is contagious!
The hour went by very fast, but I was just so grateful to have had that time and to have had it go so well. When it was time for me to give her back to her other caregiver, she didn't want to at first! But, then when I passed her off, she was fine - so that was good. No more tears! As the title suggests, I believe we are Perfect Strangers, (Perfect for each other, and yet total strangers) but oh what a difference a few days and weeks is going to make! I am not going to post pictures at this time, but I'll give you a small glipse of the precious little baby who is stealing my heart!
In other news of the day... we switched apartments today. It was late afternoon before we moved in - but we are now here and relaxing quite nicely. There is even a dvd player, so while I am blogging, Mom is watching a DVD she brought on a nice (large) tv in the apartment. Since the tv is in Russian, dvd's are all we've got and we had been watching them on the laptop which was fine, but this is better!
This apartment is considerably larger. I think the main difference is that there are two bedrooms - one with two twin beds and one with a queen bed. The kitchen and bathroom are both larger as well. There is a washing machine in this apartment - yeah! (Although you should see the size of this washer... it won't hold much at one time, that's for sure!) Time for some clean laundry! One funny thing is that there is a chandelier in the living room and it shakes when people upstairs walk/run/jump or whatever it is that they are doing. It sounds more like there is an earthquake, and so far it's charming, but I think that may get a little old. I hope the people upstairs calm down a little! :) Also, the clock in the living room is LOUD, but luckily we won't be sleeping out here in this apartment, so it shouldn't be a big deal. If it is, we'll take the battery out and use something else as a clock. Someone keeps ringing our doorbell too, I do hope that doesn't continue - especially when we're sleeping. That might drive me crazy. We're told not to answer the doors, so I'm not. But, I did walk up to it the last time, and said, in English, Hello? Hello? No one answered and so far they haven't returned, so we shall see!
I did get to send a picture of the baby home for dad and Matthew to see, as well as Bobby and Regan. Therefore, we chatted with Dad and Matthew again as they were waking up. They were excited to get a picture (since I finally figured out how to get one to send via dial-up after a frustrating evening last night where I spent an hour or more and nothing would send!) I'm not sure exactly when we will get to chat with them again - but it was wonderful, of course, to get to share a picture from our first visit with them, so even though we are half a world apart, we are sharing as much as we can with them during this experience.
Thank you all for your prayers, and comments and emails! We are apreciative of all of them! Keep it up. Hopefully now we'll get in to a routine and since we are in our 'final' apartment, we should be pretty settled going forward.
Saturday, February 9, 2008
We were greeted straight off the plane at the airport by our Interpretor who is just a wonderful young lady. Our driver was wonderful too. He had NO small task getting our ridiculous amount of luggage in his tiny little car (while we waited in the cold outside, me in my nicely insulated Nike Sneakers... NOT!) They took us to the apartment we will be in until Tuesday, when we will then move to a slightly larger apartment closer to the baby house. As soon as we got all our stuff in the apartment, and I changed in to my boots, we left for the Iceberg (local grocery store.) Because she was with us, we did not dawdle, but I can't wait to go back and spend a bit more time looking around. There are definitely brands you recognize by logo, if not by words. I spent 5,538 tenge!!!! (That's only about $40.00). Not bad for a few days worth of food and not having a clue what we were picking, etc.
I will say, expiration dates here mean nothing. I meant to check in the store, but it didn't cross my mind then. (Not sure it would matter, I think it may all be expired.) I just ate a yogurt that had a date on it of Jan. 10. At least it was 2008. The Pepsi light I bought (diet Pepsi at home... ) expired Oct. 10, 2007. Mmmm-mmm flat. At least it's a little caffeine. I have a feeling I'll be drinking less and less while I am here. They were out of my favorite, Coca-cola Light.... Oh well. Flat diet Pepsi will suffice.
They say it was -20 when we were at the airport last night. I believe that was celcius, but nonetheless, it was COLD. My toes were numb in my sneakers before we got to the apartment. The boots saved me and are doing wonders today as well. When we ventured out of the apartment to come to this internet cafe, our glasses immediately fogged up. Useless. We removed them. I have a short coat, so my legs are cold outside, but everything else is very warm. (The chin is difficult to keep warm, but we are learning.)
We should have our first appointments on Monday here and then hopefully head to the main attraction!! With any luck, Monday will be our big Day 1. :)
The flights here from Almaty were interesting. I'll describe them later, but suffice it to say, the planes were exactly as described to me before which was a little daunting when you first see them. We are here safely and soundly though, so no worries! These pilots sure know what they are doing on all this snow and ice. It is amazing in the air, basically as far as the eyes can see is snow, snow, snow and white, white, white and land, land, land. Amazing. If I ever had a thought of Siberia in the past, this is what I had in mind, at least from the air!
The apartment is quite sufficient. Cute little place. Cordless phone. I went to make coffee this a.m. though and you have to light the gas stove with a match. I was terrified. I don't like matches and gas, so I waited until mom got up (TWO HOURS LATER) and made her do it. It was not a big deal at all, but now I know. I'd never done that before, except with a gas grill that practically took me out, so I was a little afraid. This was tame though, so I won't be afraid again and I won't be waiting for her to wake up again before I have my morning (instant) coffee. :) It really isn't that bad. Nescafe.
As I said, Monday should be a busy day. We will be moving to a larger apartment closer to the main attracntion on Tuesday. I don't know the city well enough yet to know where we are in relation to much, but I'd say we are 8 blocks from the Iceberg and 1.5 from the Doner cafe at present. We haven't had much luck with our computer yet, but we're working on that. Mom bought a surge protector and when plugged in the light that should light up that says it is grounded isn't lighting up, so we are afraid to use it. ANYONE who MAY know something about this, please advise! The computer has it's own converter, and we have the adaptor with the surge protector, but again, the surge protector light lights up, but the grounding light does not. DOES THAT MATTER?? It is a Euro-surge if anyway can find out anything, we would greatly appreciate it so we can use our computer at home instead of the cafe if possible. THANKS!
Thanks for all the emails and comments, we sure loved having them to read when we signed on again today. Now that we are here, I hope to make it here often or to be able to use our Laptop, better yet! :) Hopefully it will be more communication.
Thanks for all your thoughts and prayers, we love them all! WE MADE IT!
Thursday, February 7, 2008
Monday, February 4, 2008
Now, I am truly in FRANTIC mode as, in some ways, I actually wanted that one more day to finish all these lose ends. I guess I'll be done, but I may not sleep tonight, for many reasons. LOL.
Y'all please keep in touch. I always cherish hearing from everyone - but will cherish it even more when we are 1/2 way around the world and unable to call and chat. For all those who have written or called - I'm sorry it I haven't gotten back to you. I am trying, but it doesn't look like I'll make it for everyone. I'm thinking about everyone and appreciate the well wishes, really!!
If I don't write again before we leave tomorrow night, I will write as soon as possible when we arrive in Petropavlovsk on Thursday. Until then, just pray for us! You know how much I LOVE planes.... and cold weather.... LOL. It's going to be QUITE an adventure!! :)
BY THE WAY - WAY TO GO GIANTS. Let's hush those Patriots UP! Good job! Yippee! That made the delay worth it, to see that game!! Ya-hoo!!
Sunday, February 3, 2008
I have opened up my suitcases again and am trying to decide what I can take out. The problem is, although I have taken many things out... I also put a few in. So, I'll have to see how it ends up - whether I've reduced the weight or added to it! (Knowing me, I'll have added to it!)
That's it for now. I'll know tomorrow, supposedly, when I'm leaving! :)
Today, I get to try to do some last minute things, but I also get to watch the SuperBowl with Matthew! I'm glad I'm here for that - and it will make it all the better if the Patriots lose, but I'm not holding my breath!