We still haven't figured out a way to post pictures, sorry everyone. So we've been asked for a little more info on the kids and then I'll update the latest on our status in the A process.
Tatiana is the oldest of the three. She is 12 and will turn 13 in November... sorry mom don't have the exact dates on me, you'll have to wait till I get home. She has blondish hair and brown eyes and is quick to smile. She comes up to my shoulder or so. All the kids here seem pretty short. I think it's the lack of fruit and milk in their diets. They do get a lot to eat, but it is mostly soups and cracked wheat, potatoes or mashed peas with a sauce over the top. Tatiana is very interested in drawing and does draw people quite well. She really likes horses and princesses also. She enjoys reading a lot also. Both she and Victor will sit and read books/magazines they have found in our room. She likes to tell stories and will talk to us about anything even when we have no idea what she is talking about. She knows lots of bible stories, those are the ones we can sort of figure out.
Victor is very confident and likes electronics. He has figured out everything we brought with us and even showed Troy how to watch a slide show of his pictures on his camera with music. We had no idea his camera could do that. He has taken us on walks around the pond and forest and showed us where the boys like to build fires and bake potatoes in tin cans. He is quick to help and has started to use more English around us. He is 11 years old, birthday in March (if I remember right) and he's a head shorter than Tatiana, but taller than most of his friends so we aren't sure where he'll fit in with boys at home. He has blond hair and blue eyes. He is pretty excited to come to America with us and be in our family.
Anastasia is 8 in a couple weeks (April 2001)? She is in first grade, but she is tiny. I bet Ethan is a head taller than her. But she will do and try anything she sees anyone else do. She is so determined not to be left out or left behind. She's quite the fireball and she likes to purposefully break things and make a mess to get Tatiana's goat. Then she just laughs her crazy, happy laugh. She is kind of a boss around here. We haven't totally figured it out, but most kids old and young will do pretty much whatever she wants them to do for her. Pretty funny. Don't know that that will fly in the states. She had dark dark hair and brown eyes. Her teacher cut her hair yesterday (a really choppy job) and Tatiana was pretty ticked off with how it looked. We told her it would grow out and we'd cut it straight.
Yesterday we piled into Vladimir's car with the kids and drove to Odessa to see the sea shore. Natasha was so worried that one of the kids would throw up so she kept pulling out a plastic bag and asking them every two minutes if anyone needed to use it. It was stressing me out and I was the one who almost needed to use it. But we arrived safe and sound and walked through a park and down to an aquarium where they have dolphin shows. One had already started and so we got tickets to the next one and went to lunch. Troy wanted to take them to McDonalds but we couldn't find one right off so we stopped and had pizza, which they have never had before. Boy they are in for some surprises with American food. The pizza was good, very different with sour cream for the sauce. They all seemed to like it and Anastasia had her first soda pop, Fanta. We walked around and got some things to do with the kids in our room. Tatiana picked out a Disney princess book, Victor a remote control car and Anastasia picked out a cell phone like Natashas. I picked out some clay and coloring books for when those items loose there apeal or batteries.
We went to the dolphin show and the kids couldn't figure out how we were going to see dolphins in a building. Once we finally got in and they saw the dolphins in the pool they got pretty excited. They did a good job with the show, it was about 30 minutes long and everything was set to music. The kids were in awe most of the time and they have had to show the videos we took to all of their friends.
So today we returned to the inspectors office to try and get the head man to sign all of our paperwork. Third times a charm and we actually caught him trying to leave the building. He was really nice to us, but had about 30 minutes of questions. When we left the secretary said he liked us because we were only there for 30 minutes, usually it's about 3 hours! We figured we lucked out because it's some city holiday and everyone was getting off work in the afternoon. So Vladimir is zooming to K to submit our papers and get our court request drawn up and return before 3 pm Wednesday when we are scheduled to see the judge. Keep your fingers crossed for him. We bought tickets to fly home Friday, so I can spend spring break with my kids! I miss you guys tons! Happy Birthday to Ethan : ) Love you buddy.
Sorry this didnt post yesterday the power went out. We are set for court at 3 pm on Wednesday so I hope it goes smoothly. Then we'll head to K to submit papers to the Embassy. Then we will head home Friday to wait out the 10 day waiting period. Then we were planning on one of us coming back, but Natasha thinks we both have to be here to pick up the kids in this region! I wish there was a standard format for the entire country. We'll have to see. She also said it will probably take us a good week or more to get passports and paper work done when we pick up the kids...
Today we are just hanging around. It is raining and the kids are in school so not much to do for the moment. Till tomorrow.
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