Monday, February 25, 2013

Baths, Bags, and Bonding

We woke up to no hot water in our apartment, which is a major bummer because the cold water is literally freezing.  But Mark saved the day and boiled about ten pots of water for me to take a bath. I'd say he wins husband of the year award.  As a side note, the water in Ukraine has a green/yellow hue to it.  Even after you boil it.  I'm trying to not think about what's in the water.  Check it out:

After getting ready we ate lunch at a good restaurant with English menus (always a plus) and set out to find a toy store and some new goodies for R.  We stumbled upon one just down the street and got R a princess bag to hold the prized items we've given her.  She had been carrying them around in a plastic bag and we decided that just wouldn't do!  She was very excited to get her very own bag:
R joked that, on the top row, from left to right, is R, mama, and papa :)
As always, our visit today was fun and filled with lots of laughter. We worked on an English learning app (which she rocked) and played hide-and-seek--one of her favorite games.  She likes to add a twist to the game by snapping a photo every time she finds us.  She dies laughing seeing us huddled up "hiding" on camera! Here's Mark and I after being discovered:


R also surprised us by finishing up our 3D castle puzzle last night all by herself.  Look at this thing, it's seriously impressive! She did a great job. 

Our paperwork was submitted to the SDA today, so hopefully we'll get word that it's been processed soon. We'll keep you updated! 

8 comments:

  1. One thing we found out when we adopted Cava was that when he left the orphanage, everything we had gotten him stayed there. According to what we were told, it is customary for the child that is leaving to give away his or her things to those children still there. While I didn't care about the toys so much, I was surprised that the photo album we had given him (with pictures of us, our house, etc. all with Ukrainian translations of what each photo was) had also been given away.

    Love seeing the photos and reading about your journey. Continue to pray for you guys.

    Elliott
    http://snapshotsfromourjourney.blogspot.com/

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    1. Elliott--like you, we had intended on donating some of the toys we bought her, but I didn't realize they may want some of the personal/sentimental items. Thanks for the heads up!

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  2. Anna says,
    Wow I can't wait to meet her, I am so exited for you guys!!!!! My favorite hobby is to sing also what a coincidence Hahahaha cant wait for the pictures once the court approves wow I am so excited.

    Love Anna :) (using Annalyn's google account)

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    1. Hi Anna! I can't wait for you to meet her too! And I'm looking forward to a beautiful duet :)

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  3. Wow sounds like things are going great and she sounds like a very sweet girl!! I am very happy for you guys and I can't wait to meet her and see you guys again!! i'm not sure about the water that is interesting maybe it's from the pipes?

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    1. Can't wait for you to meet her too! Hopefully it's SOON!!! :)

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  4. My husband and I found your blog as we were scouring the internet looking for Ukrainian adoption blogs. Our paperwork is being translated now in preparation to be submitted to the SDA. We are LOVING reading every single detail about the country, the timelines, the process, and of course, about "R". Thank you so much for sharing!

    McKenzee

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    1. So glad you guys are enjoying it! Feel free to contact me if you have any additional questions.

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