We’ve received our court date. We’re haggling with the airlines now. One round-trip ticket for one adult costs a little over $800. One one-way ticket for our daughter’s flight home with us costs $1,600!! I suggested just buying our daughter a round-trip ticket (which would be “only” $900) and not using the return portion of it, but Tara’s afraid th
OK, now we’re home! I’ll try and do a trip summary tomorrow after a good night’s sleep … in my own bed. Tara says she feels like Dorothy, “There’s no place like home!”
We’re in the Atlanta airport now! Good to be on US soil, except that they keep mentioning George Bush (… as in the Houston Airport). 🙂 It’s 1:45a.m. Moscow time right now (5:45p.m. EDT), but I’m not tired. I’m anxious to catch the flight to Nashville. Customs and “security” here in Atlanta is sooo much smoother than Russia, though they did tick
We’ll be leaving in a few minutes for our last visit to the orphanage this trip. I’m practicing asking for my baggage back from the hotel baggage room. Baggage actually sounds like “boggage.” “Please” is pa-ZHAL-sta. Fascinating, I know. I thought about getting a parting video shot of the lobby as we sit here waiting for our ride. But then I though
We’re feeling closer and closer to our child, especially after today. And I think we passed “the test” of having the psychologist there, observing. She was pretty cool, actually. She didn’t stay the entire visit. I think she could see that Tara, the child and I are all getting along well. She’ll be observing again tomorrow, but we’re not worried ab
I’m attaching pictures we made of Astrakhan and our room.
We are staying at the Hotel Azimut in Astrakhan. They are going through major renovations right now. It’s kind of funny to see the interior design mix. The lobby is decorated in Art Deco while the rooms are decorated in traditional Russian decor like lace curtains, handblown glass chan
We had a great visit with our little girl this morning. There were no observers. That happens this afternoon. Vika had mentioned that we should think about showing more affection in front of the observers. It’s more in line with how Russians treat their kids. We’re fine with that. We like kids so much, we flew half way around the world to have one.
First things first: Our little girl is warming up to Tara. She gave her a kiss yesterday, I think without even being asked.
Now, for some more random thoughts:
Before I forget to mention it, I need to tell you what happened Tuesday. I think it was Tuesday. My whole sense of time is pretty messed up. Anyway, it was a momentous day. Yeah, yea
We just got back from today‘s first visit with the child (we’re not supposed to mention her name online). We’ll be going back this afternoon. In the meantime, Tara’s trying to catch up on her sleep. She had woken up around 5 this morning. I was able to sleep until almost 8.
The girl (hopefully soon to be known as “our daughter”) is g
Oh My Gosh what a difference 1 day makes! So, we have a beautiful blond-haired, blue-eyed, 2 1/2 year old girl!
First, the obvious question: “What happened to the 4 year old boy?” We don’t know. After 2 trips to the Minister of Education, and two interviews, they gave us a referral for this girl. It’s been so difficult getting to this point, th