Summary

To sum it all up: We love our daughter. Elizabeth is a wonderful, beautiful, intelligent little girl. We thank Russia for giving her to us. Otherwise, we did not enjoy Russia.

In their defense, we weren’t there under normal circumstances. It was not a vacation. We felt under pressure and stressed-out as we spent most of our time dealing with thei

More pics (12-28-2007)

Elizabeth likes bows in her hair

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Red Square

Stay tuned

I hope to get the rest of the photos and videos on here, at least in raw form, over the next few days. I think I’m getting over my post traumatic stress disorder from the trip and can now face looking at the video again. 🙂

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Airport arrival

Some pictures as we arrived in the airport. There was a great welcoming party there! We’ve never had an airport welcoming party before!

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A few pictures

Finally, some pictures of Elizabeth. They’re not even the latest, but it should hold you over if you’ve never seen her before.

with orphanage director

We’re home! (for good, this time)

And now I’m going to bed! 🙂 I’ll blog tomorrow.

Riding the Metro, part deux

All three of us went to Red Square this time. I’m glad Tara was able to see it. Elizabeth was fascinated, too, but probably won’t remember a thing.

We then had lunch at Sbarro in the

Riding the Metro

We’re going to attempt to ride the Metro subway to Red Square today. Wish us luck. The exits aren’t numbered, they are listed by name … in Cyrillic. Of course, the overhead announcements are in Russian. One helpful thing is that the announcements are in a male voice if you’re

Still in Moscow

We’re in a different hotel, the Holiday Inn – Moscow Sokolniki, for the rest of our stay. This is the one that was originally reserved for our return from Astrakhan. It has a reliable internet connection, costs less per night than yesterday’s, and pro

Can’t leave early

… but at least it’s all over. The Embassy visit went fine.

Delta said that the only way we could take the available seats on earlier flights was to pay $2800 extra FOR EACH ticket. We said no. Unless someone wants to donate that to us, then we’ll call them back. 🙂 As it is, we can’t leav