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Skora Mweh Tam Boojum

by bill - 2007-11-24 13:00:00 ( in family, adoption, holmes, travel) [php version] rebuild

Translation: "We'll be there soon." This time next week, actually.

I really want to be able to communicate with our daughter Elizabeth when we get there. I've been playing those language MP3's (other ones here and/or here) relentlessly for the past several weeks. Sometimes those phrases will just pop into my head. "Ne dyela bolna koshka" (literally, "not you hurt cat") might come to mind at work, out of the blue, as I walk down the hall. I'll have to stop and remember what it means. In this case, it means, "Don't hit the cat." That one stands out because it's nothing like "Don't hit the dog," which is "Ne bay saBAHka."

I keep dreaming about Elizabeth, during which she usually speaks a combination of English and Russian. Just before waking up this morning I dreamed that Tara's cousin Ronica and her husband Jayson were in Russia with us. Elizabeth preferred Jayson over me. He is much cuter, so I can't really blame her. I'll get over it ... :)

We've finished her bedroom. It really looks good. We painted it light green. Of course, Tara did all the designing. She's really good at that. She and her sister Sandi, niece Destiny, sister Stephanie and brother-in-law Todd sanded and painted the bed, chest-of-drawers and bookshelf for the room. I put up shelves in the closet, and mounted a couple things on the wall. I'll link some pictures here when I find them.

Time to get ready for work. "Para raBAWtats" or something.

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Here is the complete blog of the adoption experience in paperback form, Russian Adoption: From Nashville to Astrakhan and Back (PDF). And here is the fictionalized, future "homeland tour" (action adventure) version in various forms: on Kindle, various electronic formats, and in paperback.

This Time Next Week -- Preparation for Our First Trip to Russia -- Travel Day -- The Day Before -- Tuesday (10/2/2007) -- In the Air -- We're in Moscow -- Adoption Videos -- -- First Time in Moscow -- It's Only Monday? -- Check-Out Time -- We're in Astrakhan -- What a Day -- It's a Girl It's a Girl -- Great Visit -- Sights of Astrakhan -- Wednesday in Astrakhan -- Last Visit for a While -- Thursday in Astrakhan -- Another Great Visit -- We're Home -- Back in Atlanta -- Round Two -- Skora Mweh Tam Boojum -- Elizabeth's Room -- Internet Access -- Back in Moscow (11/26/2007) -- Tuesday (11/27/2007) -- Mweh Yeddum V Aeroport Eta Ootra -- In the Air Again -- Back in Astrakhan -- Comments Welcome -- Russian Adoption Consultant -- Russian Bureaucracy -- It's Showtime -- And the Judge Says -- Success -- Went for a Walk -- Much Better Visit Today -- The Day After -- Beet Salad -- Saturday Morning -- It's Going to Be a Good Week -- She's Warming Up to Us -- Light at the End of the Tunnel -- Picture of Us Before Court -- She's Ours -- The First Hours of Parenthood -- More Pictures (12-09-2007) -- Bowel Movement -- Nothing Much to Update About -- Sleep, What a Concept -- Here's Your Update -- 51-1/2 Hours -- Back in Moscow (12/18/2007) -- Pictures of Our Life in Astrakhan -- Just Another Week to Go -- Riding the Metro, Part Deux -- Update to the Update's Update -- Moscow Update Continued -- Can't Leave Early -- To the Embassy -- Still in Moscow -- Riding the Metro -- We're Home! (For Good, this Time) -- A Few Pictures -- Stay Tuned -- Summary of Our Russian Adoption Experience -- Baby Shower -- Doctors Say She's Normal -- Recent Photos of Elizabeth -- Holmes Russian Adoption Videos -- Elizabeth's First Video -- A Few More Videos -- Adoption Videos Updated -- Our Russian Adoption Story -- Our Adoption Story -- Gotcha Day and Merry Christmas

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