Thursday, April 24, 2008

Truly International

I was in a meeting this morning for work and there were 11 of us total. I was the only U.S. born person there. 3 from Mexico, 3 from France, 3 from Italy, 1 from Bosnia, 1 from Japan and me. That’s the beautiful thing about America – it’s made up of all of these diverse people who make it what it is, culturally unique.

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.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Kids Rooms

Well, hubby finally let me go to town on the kids rooms (I guess he's starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel!).

Here are some pics of the play room which is finished except for a couple of chairs for the munchkins to sit on for TV watching. I tried to make it appropriate for any kids 1-4 years old.

I would love your help on this:

I love this room (taken from Tip Junkie) but Jim hates it. I'm trying to find something we can agree on and it's so hard! I did a quick mock-up of the colors I'd like to use and it seriously looks like the kids will think they joined the circus!

Any ideas on something in between?

Stef thought the whole thing was boring.

Thursday, April 10, 2008


Singapore Airlines just started a non-stop flight from Houston to Moscow and they're having a sale on airfare - ~$715 per person round trip IF we book by May 22...

Anyone in Russia reading this ??!!!

Have I mentioned that we're ready to go?

Monday, April 7, 2008

Tyumen !

We are officially registered! Our Region is Tyumen.
Here are some fun and interesting Tyumen facts:

~~Tyumen is the oldest city in Siberia
~~80% of Russia’s oil comes from Tyumen
~~Tyumen is known as “The Energy Center of Russia”
~~TSOGU – Tyumen State Oil and Gas University is one of only 4 Petroleum Universities in Russia
~~Miss Russia 2007, Ksenia Sukhinova, hails from Tyumen
~~It’s a 2 ½ hour flight from Moscow

and the MOST unbelievable fact is that Tyumen is Houston’s sister city - It must be fate!

We were told that there are 2 other families registered in Tyumen right now - one waiting for a girl and one waiting for a boy - none other than us waiting for 2 children.

So I'm very encouraged, especially now that almost all of my blogger friends have gotten referrals (hang in there Joy, you and I are not far behind!).