Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Monday, December 8, 2008
Thursday, November 13, 2008
We have seen a lot of progress in this short time.
Cooper knows (most of) his ABCD's - as he calls them. He already knew his colors but now knows the English name for them.
Food was never an issue with him - he eats until he's full and knows how to ask for more by saying "More yogurt please" or "More milk please" *Most of the time and when prompted.
He still does not like to go down to sleep. Naps are easier because I let him take 1 toy to bed with him and I tell him this is just a malenkie spat (small nap). He will play with his toy for a little while then fall asleep.
His attachment is excellent. When he hurts himself, he will cry and run to me to console him. He gives hugs and kisses regularly and really gets excited when Papa comes home from work. He has a great little personality and NEVER stops talking at home but is very shy when someone new comes around. I took them to 'school' today (2nd time) to get acquainted with their teachers and to get their uniforms, backpacks, etc. Cooper was quiet the whole time but was interested in playing with the new toys and did actually venture away from me. We'll go a lot more before they actually begin in January.
Kara is progressing as well. She still only says Mama, Papa and kaka (for trash or dirty diaper) but she babbles a lot more. She tries to say Pamper for diaper but it comes out "pam" - we're getting there. She makes the 'd' sound when pointing to the dogs so I think she gets it, she just needs more practice. I've tried sign language a little bit with her but she turns her head and closes her eyes so I don't think she likes it! Maybe I need to try harder...
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Monday, October 27, 2008
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Friday, October 10, 2008
We leave tomorrow evening and will spend the night in Moscow.
On Monday we'll fly to Ark then Wednesday is court day.
I really don't know the schedule after that except that we'll get the kids and life as we know it will change forever... and we're so looking forward to it!
I'll post again when I can - maybe Ark depending on how busy we are.
Wish us luck with court!
Oh, congratulations FINALLY to Jeff and Jenny - they had court yesterday and got custody of their two precious little girls today!
Thursday, October 2, 2008
So I need to tell you 6 random things about myself.
Ok, here it goes:
1- I had a dog named David when I was growing up. He was named after David Cassidy who I was totally in love with, at 3.
2- I am a total neat freak and go crazy when things are not where they're supposed to be. Everything has a place and must be organized. (I may have to relax a little on this with 2 toddlers in the house...)
3- When I was a little girl and someone would ask me what I wanted to be when I grew up, I'd always say "a mommy".
4- I LOVE hand-me-down clothes. Weird I know.
5- My childhood friend, Laura and I use to make up dances and perform in front of our parents. We also made up our own language. And David tore off her toenail once...yuck! Weird memories!
6- This is the best random thing about me: We received our court date so I will officially be a mommy on Oct. 15! Yay!!!
I'm not going to tag anyone else because I don't have the energy or time!
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Sunday, September 21, 2008
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Thanks for your sweet thoughts and concerns about us. We're great!
I'm back at work now - time to rest!
We didn't have power for 2 1/2 days but Jim bought a generator on the 2nd day to keep our fridge and freezer cold as well as plugging in our cell phones. The cell phone thing didn't matter though because most of the towers were down and it was nearly impossible to get through to anyone. We lost 2 trees and a few shingles off the roof and there was a bunch of debris and trash everywhere but we made out very well compared to others who had trees fall on their homes or cars - or those in Galveston who lost everything.
Me in 60F weather, donning goggles and a t-shirt + shorts, diving into the pool with a fishing net, scooping up the foot-deep leaves at the bottom of the pool! It took HOURS to clean the pool but is now sparkling! I was shivering it was so cold.
A lot of people are still without power, my next door neighbor included. They say about 50% will be restored in Houston by 9/23. We are so fortunate.
Thanks again for the nice comments and good wishes sent our way.
At least this was a distraction from my never-ending adoption thoughts!
Friday, September 12, 2008
Saturday, September 6, 2008
I came across one that I really liked and I felt the need to post - just in case someone can use it.
The title is "Top Ten Tips for the First Year of Placement" by Deborah Gray, MSW, MPA.
Here's the link: Top Ten Tips for the First Year of Placement
If anyone out there has any other suggestions of things they've tried and worked (or not), please...share!
Oh, and I want to thank Megan in Washington for the wonderful fleece suit and rubber pants!
We are both members of the Yahoo Group: Snowsuit Swap - it's for people who are adopting and need a snowsuit for just one trip. If you have one, you send it to whoever needs it and they just pay for shipping - Megan refused to let me pay! SO SWEET. Thank you Megan!!
Saturday, August 30, 2008
We now have beds, bedding, dressers, bookshelves, car seats, a high-chair, a booster seat, growth charts, toys, books, clothes, shoes, diapers, bath stuff, diapering stuff, decorations for the walls, stuffed animals, blocks, closets set up, garage rearranged to add trikes, strollers, etc., baby-proofed the entire house and garage, we have little kid plates, utensils, bowls, cups, CD’s, DVD’s.…everything you can think of that two toddlers will need – (Hopefully!)
We have confirmed their preschool.
We have confirmed their doctor/dentist.
We’re both caught up at work.
All of our documents are in order, copied, notarized, apostilled and sent to Russia.
Nothing is expiring any time soon.
We even have snowsuits for the kids (just in case we need them).
It’s been 5 weeks now and we’ve been ok.
I’m feeling so anxious to see them and hold them and let them know that we will always be there for them, forever.
I can’t wait to see those smiles and feel those little warm, sweet hugs. I’m about to jump out of my skin.
I’ve been listening to a nursery rhyme CD in my car in the mornings – I’m going bananas!!
What else can we do to make the time pass by faster?
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Cathy, Ermy and Isabel threw me a baby shower Friday night and it was beyond FABULOUS!!! There were about 35 of us girlies and we had so much fun.
It was held at Hotel Granduca and was so elegant and chic and the room was simply exquisite. The ladies did a wonderful job of decorating and making everything so festive.
Our kiddos will have so many things to play with, learn from and stimulate their senses – we’re so fortunate to have the support of all these amazing friends and family.
Thank you EVERYONE for making my shower unforgettable!
Here are a few pics-
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
Our travel partners, Emily and Ben were with us for lunch one day in Kotlas and told us about their breakfast that morning. (We had slept in).
Emily thought she ordered scrambled eggs and sausage but what she received a hard-boiled egg on a plate, cut in half, with mayonnaise spread all over the top of it and a slice of fried bologna on the side. We were cracking up at that while we were waiting for our lunch to be served.
Well, when Emily's plate was ready, she picked it up at the counter and came back to the table and sat down. I was like, hmmmm, Em, like pickles do ya? Her plate was 1/2 filled with little gerkin pickles. That was her 'cucumber salad' that she had ordered!
Oh, the joys of International travel!
Saturday, August 2, 2008
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Monday, July 21, 2008
We got to Moscow around 8:00 pm and at our hotel and in to bed around midnight. We flew on Aeroflot to Ark this morning and are now waiting for our flight to Kotlas. I've heard horror stories about Aeroflot but can honestly say, it was a very nice flight. (Jim is in love with the women over here - they're BEAUTIFUL!!). Don't worry, I'm keeping him on a short leash!
Tomorrow we will meet the children!! We're so excited! Our rep in Russia, Dimitry, showed us more pics of the kids and they really are truly beautiful.
Hopefully we'll get to post again before the end of the trip but we're going to such a remote area, we don't know if they will have accomodations.
Will write again when we can -
Jane & Jim
Friday, July 18, 2008
Every once in awhile I will read a blog that says someone is not approving of their adoption. I'm like, huh? what? I have to read it twice. It doesn't make sense to me.
We have not come across that at all since we started this. As a matter of fact, everyone has been so supportive and remarkably kind to us.
Before we take off (in about 27 hours!), I just wanted to let all of you know, from the depths of my heart, how truly thankful I am to have you in my life.
It's truly amazing how many people really care.
Thank you and I'll try to write a post whilst we're there - if not, talk to you in a week!
Sunday, July 13, 2008
Saturday, July 5, 2008
We're doing great - working, gathering things here and there for the trip...
- Our bag is packed for the orphanage with toys, vitamins, stuffed animals, clothes for the munchkins to try on, questions for the caregivers, paper, crayons, markers, bubbles, beach ball, foot measuring chart and the photo books. It's really heavy!!
- We've painted their bedroom a really pretty, calming blue called Prairie Sky. I'm soooo looking forward to decorating it.
- Today will be a clothes shopping day - we'll figure out exactly what we'll wear and what we need to buy.
- The airfare is purchased. We're very fortunate to be on a non-stop from Houston to Moscow- an 11 1/2 hour flight.
- The house/dog/bird-sitter is in place (thanks Jeanette!)
- The hotels are reserved.
- The Visas have been applied for - should be receiving them next week.
- Our rides to/from the airport are set (thanks Olga and Ira!)
- I've had to update a couple of docs: Our Psych. Eval. Doc's license expired so I had to get a new copy of it, have it notarized and apostilled. Our I171H doc expires in July so we had to be re-fingerprinted and I'm still waiting on that approval doc. This is the only thing I'm a little bit nervous about. Also, since we're registered in Tyumen and Ark, I had to write a letter saying that we want to have our dossier removed from Tyumen (so that another family can get registered there). This, of course, has to be notarized and apostilled.
- The 2nd portion of our dossier is due within 2 weeks of us getting back from trip 1. It's completely together and notarized and so I'll go have all of these docs apostilled next week.
We had a great 4th of July with our friends Olga and Ira. Hope all of you had a great one too!
In two weeks we'll be on a plane to Russia. YAY!!!
Oh, and the CD is great! I've now learned/memorized how to say don't cry, it's ok, you are so handsome/beautiful, you are so smart and a bunch of colors! It's pretty cool -
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
We got the referral last Thursday and haven't posted anything about it because we wanted to wait until we had travel dates (we didn't want to jinx it!).
It's a boy and a girl - we're sooooo excited!! Can this dream be real?? After a year and a half of being paper pregnant, we finally get to see the ultrasound, live!
We leave on July 19 and return July 26.
We can't wait to meet these little munchkins - Oh my gosh, we leave in 3 weeks!!
Please keep us in your prayers as we take this whirlwind trip. Thanks!
Saturday, June 14, 2008
Me and my new kiddo, a little boy about 3 years old (cute as can be, by the way) were alone in the kitchen just staring at each other not knowing what to say because neither of us knew each other's language. It was very quiet in the house!
Could this possibly happen?!!! NAHHHH
I need to start learning Russian ASAP!
I've ordered this CD: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000AV4PZA and am dying to know how it is.
I have another CD that I've been using for about a year and a half but it's not for talking to toddlers. I think it's taught me quite a bit though.
I know the basics: counting, hi, bye, how are you, what's your name?, my name is Jane, milk, dog, thank you, you're welcome, I love you, I understand, I don't understand, yes, no, Mrs., Mr., etc.
I can also sound out the alphabet (transliterate).
I'm have a L O N G way to go!
I'll let you know how the new CD is.
Friday, June 6, 2008
I'm also glad that this happened before we traveled instead of between trips.
We're really ok though.
There are thousands of children in Russia that need homes and we're still ready and able to give one of them a loving place to grow up.
We have decided to adopt one child at this time since waiting for two takes such a long time and we've been at this for a year and a half now.
Having to be flexible is the understatement of the year in the IA process.
So we continue to wait - again.
Saturday, May 24, 2008
We had to be re-registered from Tyumen to Arkhangelsk so that’s what’s taking so long.
So what have we done this week?
-Got the new money for our trip
-Had our medicals done again (they had expired)
-Had our USCIS fingerprints taken again (they are going to expire in July)
-Had our FBI fingerprints taken (region specific requirement)
-Requested accountant’s new license and Jim’s proof of income
All this in addition to both working full time, my car getting new brakes, Jim buying a new car and us celebrating our 7th wedding anniversary!
Whew – I’m so ready for this 3 day weekend!
Have a safe and fun Memorial Day everyone!
Saturday, May 17, 2008
But this isn't just any kids meal toy, it's a CD that teaches kids a language.
And this isn't just any language, it's teaching Russian!
I just finished listening to it and it's pretty good, a little fast, but still informative and definitely better than the average kid's meal toy.
There are also CD's in Chinese, Italian and Spanish.
So props to you Chick-fil-A for doing this!
And as my friend Isabel says, their chicken nuggets are like "tiny bits of gold"!
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
We don't have travel dates yet but in about 3-4 weeks we'll be on our way to Arkhangelsk to meet 2 little ones!
What happened to Tyumen?? Well, there's a baby home in Ark that has 2 kiddos available that match us so we will be re-registered there in the next couple of days.
It's been a whirlwind few days since getting the call - now it's back to hurry up and get that paperwork done AGAIN. Most of our docs have expired so it's back to the paperchase for the 2nd half of our dossier. No worries though, did it once, can do it again.
We just met Susan, Artem and Susan's SIL Amy for dinner - it was great fun!
Artem is just the cutest little man and wow, what an appetite! He truly doesn't stop eating -
His personality is just as sweet as can be and we really enjoyed our visit - thanks for meeting us Susan!
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
Thursday, April 24, 2008
I’m proud to be bringing 2 Russians to this wonderful country where they will have the opportunity to be a CEO or a Doctor or a musician or whatever in the world they want to do.
My mom always drilled it into my head that I could truly be anything I wanted to be, I just had to want it bad enough.
We can say that in this country and really mean it.