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It's Going To Be A Good Week

by bill - 2007-12-06 21:19:31 ( in family, adoption, holmes, travel) [php version]

That's all I wanted to say. :)

We had a shortened visit with Elizabeth today because we had to first stop by the pharmacy and get some Ben-Gay and ibuprofen for my sore neck. Ben-Gay actually sounds (and smells) the same in Russian, it just looks funny on the box. Then when we got to the orphanage, we had to wait 20 minutes before they brought Elizabeth to us. Tara and I are both anxious to get her out of there and into the hotel with us so we can spend more than an hour or so at a time with her. I'm sure she'll cry all the way to the hotel, but at least once out of the orphanage we can give her food to calm her down. Right now, that's not allowed ... unless you are Russian adoptive parents, apparently.

Here are some pictures:

Third floor hallway Ribbon tree 1 Street scene 1 Street scene 2 Ribbon tree 2

The first one is the hallway of the current floor we're on at the Azimut Hotel. The ones of the trees show ribbons that bridegrooms are supposed to tie as high as possible to show their love for their new bride. The other two street scenes are just of the street surrounding the park with those trees.

And now, just added!, the first pictures Elizabeth has ever taken (as far as we know):

First photos ever taken by Elizabeth First photos ever taken by Elizabeth First photos ever taken by Elizabeth

UPDATE: Recently discovered this map showing the entrance of the orphanage:

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This time next week....PreparationThe day beforeTravel dayIn the airWe're in MoscowMoscowCheck out timeWe're in AstrakhanIt's only Monday?What a day...Tuesday (2007-10-02)It's a girl! It's a girl!WednesdayThursdayGreat visitSights of AstrakhanAnother great visitLast visit for a whileAtlanta!We're home! (10/06)Round twoSkora mweh tam boojumInternet accessElizabeth's roomMweh yeddum v aeroport eta ootraIn the air againBack in Moscow (11/26)Tuesday (2007-11-26)Back in AstrakhanRussian adoption consultantComments welcomeShowtime!And the judge says......Success!The day afterSaturday morningMuch better visit todayBeet saladWent for a walk ...Its going to be a good weekShe's warming up to usLight at the end of the tunnelPicture of us before courtMore picturesShe's ours!The first hours of parenthoodBowel movementSleep, what a conceptUpdateNothing much to update about51-1/2 hoursJust another week to goPictures of our life in AstrakhanBack in Moscow (12/18)Moscow update continuedUpdate to the update's updateTo the embassyCan't leave earlyStill in MoscowRiding the MetroRiding the Metro, part deuxWe're home! (12/23)A few picturesAirport arrivalStay tunedMore picsSummaryDoctors say she's normalAdoption videoHolmes Russian adoption videosAdoption videos updatedOur Russian adoption story

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