Wednesday, December 31, 2008
I am so happy to be home, but at the same time so sad to be missing my sister's wedding today. :( I can't believe I won't be there. But, I am so excited for her, Bobby, Kyndall and Megan. I am so happy they will all be together as a family!
Monday, December 29, 2008
We had to get ready right away. It seems there are only short periods of time that you are able to do things at the Embassy. We had to get our power of attornies done, so M could submit our paperwork by 11 AM. We wake Kiara up, thankfully, I had already fed Vera. We get everyone bundled up and we are off to the Embassy. About a third of the way there, I realize I didnt' bring my purse with our passports in it! So, Ryan goes back to get it and the girls and I keep going towards the Embassy. We wait in M's car until Ryan gets back and then go inside the Embassy. We get in line and ask for the form and then sit to fill it out. Ryan has a question about the form, so when he does that he also asks who we would talk to about our appointment. The man is off to find out who. While he is gone, we sign our forms in front of another man, Christopher. He asks how our adoption process is going. Ryan said fine until you guys weren't open yesterday. He explains that the Embassy wasn't open basically because President Bush gave everyone the day off, which we already knew. We start probably talking jibberish to him and he says, now explain to me what you are trying to do. So, I do that without crying, which is a miracle at this point. He says let me go look into that. He comes back 10 minutes later and says you have an appointment today at 2 PM! What! I really thought it was a lost cause to say anything, but thought we had to try! Ryan is the man!
I will write more later, but wanted to update everyone! We are all 4 coming home tomorrow!! Praise the Lord!!
Saturday, December 27, 2008
Friday, December 26, 2008
Thank you for your inquiry. Please be advised that the US Embassy Moscow will be closed only on December 25. We will be open on December 26, and December 29.
Sincerely, Immigrant Visa Unit US Embassy Moscow, Russia www.usembassy.ru
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Here are my cuties in their matching Christmas outfits.
After the blowout!
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
M came to do the Embassy paperwork with us.
We stayed in all day except for Ryan going to get us pizza at Sbarro for dinner.
Vera keeps me on my toes! She gets into everything! I don't remember Kiara being like that.
Tomorrow around 8 AM the doctor comes to our apartment for her Embassy physical. Then, Ryan is leaving around 10 AM to go pick up Vera's Russian passport. It will be a Christmas like no other, that is for sure.
I wish everyone a wonderful and memorable Christmas. We are missing our families, especially today and tomorrow. We love you all and will see you real soon! Don't forget the Reason for the Season! Merry Christmas!!
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Anxiously waiting to get Vera!
Pictures taken for Vera's passport.
Monday, December 22, 2008
This is a picture of the view from our apartment if you look to the right. We believe that this building is called the White House.
Sunday, December 21, 2008
So, Ryan turned in for the night at about 6:30 PM, hopefully he will sleep through the night. Kiara and I are trying to be quiet, so hopefully we won't wake him up. I am hoping we all sleep until noon tomorrow.
My mom's side of the family is getting together for Christmas this afternoon. We are sad that we aren't there. I am sure everyone will have a great time. Merry Christmas!
Saturday, December 20, 2008
It was another good visit, but it went really quickly today. We didn't get her quite as quick as yesterday and they came to get her at 1:45 PM instead of 2 PM. :( We weren't expecting that. She remembered "crazy baby", I just have to say "crazy baby" and she starts shaking her head. I also taught her how to do "So Big". I was surprised how quickly she caught on. She also laid contently on her daddy and played with her hat.
Friday, December 19, 2008
In this video, she would stand on my lap and bounce up and down. It looks like I am making her do it since I am holding her, but it is all Vera.
Here is the best part of the day! Vera will kiss me. I really think she is and it isn't just me hoping she would. See what you think. She did it several times. She is probably thinking, maybe if I kiss that lady, she will stop kissing me so much! LOL
And here, we got her to giggle, it is so cute!
If there was still any hope of us getting Vera early, then it is shot now! The deputy director, the one who won't give us custody early, came through our room and at that time Vera had been crawling around on the wood like floor. I don't know exactly what she said, but I could tell she wanted us to have her on the rug because the hard floor was too cold. Oh, my, I am sure the 3 layers of clothing weren't keeping her warm enough! I can't wait to get my baby home!
So, they usually come and get her around 2 PM, but they never came! So, at 2:30 PM, I took her back up to her room. We could tell she was getting tired. Today was great because we had an extra long visit with her, we had her for 2 hours today. By the time we usually get her, we only have 1 1/2 hours at most and usually less.Since we really don't have anyone to take a picture of the 4 of us, here is the best we can do.
I have been forgetting to tell everyone that Vera's cold is much better. She kind of feels like she has a slight temperature at times, but I am use to Kiara whose normal temperature is below normal. The last couple of days it has been colder here. It is now in the 20s instead of the 30s. We only get flurries every once in awhile. It sounds better than the weather back home!
After the orphanage, we planned to meet a couple from our agency that is here for court. We got off one Metro stop before we normally do and found our way to the Courtyard Marriott. The Metro station that we got off on is one of the fancier ones. Below is a picture, but it really doesn't do it justice. Thankfully, we found the hotel without any problems. We were early so we just made ourselves comfortable in the lobby. It felt so good to be warm and just be able to sit.
K & B met us not long after we got there and we ate at the restaurant in the hotel. I am so happy that I have been able to meet so many other adoptive parents on these trips. It was great to talk to them. I think K and I have been emailing since probably at least July. They are also adopting a little girl, but from a different orphanage. At the Courtyard, they have a play room for kids. So, we went in there for a bit. It was nice for Kiara to have some new things to play with. K and Kiara built the Kremlin and the Kremlin wall out of Legos! Can't you tell?