Wednesday, July 13, 2005

July 13th

The alarm goes off at 7:30am. It's a gym day for Pat and Bob. I get up and fold laundry. When I'm done I write in my journal. There is a knock on the door at 10:00am. We've arranged to have our room cleaned and the girl is here. The windows are open and a chilly breeze blows in. It starts to rain. Pat arrives home with pastries in hand. He gained a little ground in the ping-pong championships of Kostanai. Pat took the day 7-5. The summer series stands at 67-58. We eat our pastries and get showered. We consult with Bob and Beth. It's not raining any longer so we'll walk to the baby home.

It's a cool, blustery day and a jacket is required. We find Mama waiting for us in front of her house. There is a small crowd of new faces. Bob presents Mama with a copy of the picture of her, Pat and Bob. He had it made yesterday after our visit to the baby home. She is thrilled! "Thank you, thank you, thank you" she says in Russian. She says a few other things we do not understand. Finally she starts to flash her fingers and we think that she is trying to tell us her age. There were many fingers flashed. We shake everyone's hand and say goodbye.

The children are inside. Pat goes for Molly. He finds her in the group playpen wearing a t-shirt and diaper. He picks her up and says hello. Mama Bibigoul takes her, changes her diaper and dresses her. Still not a task for Papa. Bob, Beth and I go for the boys. Aidan and Nicholas are standing in the small playpen when we arrive. Both have eaten and are ready to go. We're first to arrive in the marble room. A few minutes later we hear bells. Pat, Molly and the webble doll are here. The kids are in good spirits again today. I check Molly's top gums and see two teeth just poking through. She gnaws on her toys more than ususal. She is not unpleasant but it not quite herself. Aidan is a busy boy today. He crawls, stands and explores. He stops to have an animated conversation with the weeble doll. They're good pals now dispite their rocky start. He stands on the couch. Bob is at the other end and tempts him with his camere (both Nicholas and Aidan LOVE cameras). Aidan cruises two feet or so. Bob rewards him with a touch of the camera. Molly gets a little cranky. I pick her up and we waltz around the room. This makes her smile. She then enjoys a game of peek-a-boo with Daddy. Pat checks his watch. It's 2:35! We scramble to pack up and take the kids back to their rooms. Both Molly and Aidan are wide awake when we leave them in their cribs. It's raining again so we bus back to the hotel.

We head to the Internet cafe as do Bob and Beth. We check email and have only a few (hint, hint). One of them is from our travel agent, Eldo. Based on a recent discussion of our timeline with Olesya, we requested a change in our return flight from August 2nd to August 12th. Eldo's email is a confirmation of the change. Our last day in Kostanai will be Tuesday August 8th. We'll leave that afternoon and fly to Almaty. We'll have the kid's medical exams on the 10th and our US Embassy interview on the 11th. We'll fly home from Almaty on Friday August 12th and are scheduled to arrive in Newark on Friday the 12th at 9:15pm dispite some 24 hours of travel time. The countdown begins. After reading our few emails (hint, hint) we copy pictures of Molly, Aidan and Papa, Beth and me to disks. We take these to the photo center down the street and have prints made. We'll take Papa his picture tomorrow. The pictures of the kids are for our room. We knock for Bob and Beth when we return to the hotel and go to dinner.

We go to the pizza place. We asked Olesya to write down what we'd like to order in Russian and we bring the paper with us. Salads, ham and pineapple pizza and pizza with peppers, tomatoes and mushrooms. The drink we handle ourselves. We get we want and everything is very good.

We get back to the hotel at 7:45 pm and decide to have a movie night. The feature is "Anger Management" starring Adam Sandler and Jack Nicholson. After the movie we watch an episode of M*A*S*H. Bob and Beth have several seasons on DVD. We get back to our room at 10:30pm. We both write in our journals. Lights out at midnight.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Pat and Alli -
Thanks for the updated travel info. I will say this: August 8th is a Monday; Tuesday is August 9th. I'd hate for you to miss your flight to Almaty! We'll be back in Michigan when you return, but we'll get a full report from Mom! Stay focused in your ping pong tournament! Bragging rights and all that!
It is wonderful that you are making friends with the locals on your walks to the baby home. The pictures you give Mama and Papa will be talked about long after you have left the country. Great memories for all involved.
Kiss your kids for me.
Love,
Tres

Aunt Kathy said...

Again I am behind in my reading and commenting. I have come into work early today (Friday) to get caught up so that when I cry there's no one here to see me. The descriptions of the outfits are fantastic and I should warn you that it may get no better. In our house we called that style eclectic in the earlier years and now it's just plain "clashy". There were lots of days when someone came downstairs dressed for school, I'd look twice and most days just decide wouldn't have been my first choice, but... There were a few others when the snappy dresser was returned to their bedroom to exchange one of the two patterned (and non-matching) pieces of clothing for something in a solid color that hopefully coordinated with the remaining article. I am certain that somewhere in my house is a pair of yellow/pink/red/orange and white board shorts with a "matching" purple and blue tie dyed butterfly T-shirt that would look smashing on Molly, or Aidan given his apparent fondness for women's clothing.
Love to you all. Hugs and kisses for your little ones. You'll be home before you know it.
Kath

Anonymous said...

HI YOU GUYS I READ THE BLOG EVERY DAY AND I THINK IT IS SO COOL WHAT YOU GUYS ARE DOING FOR THESE TWO KIDS YOUR GIVING THEM A FAMILY, OF PEAPLE WHO LOVE THEM JUST FROM READING THE BLOG, WE ALL MISS YOU AND CAN NOT WAIT TO SEE YOU AND MEET THE NEWEST ADITION TO THE FAMILY !!!!! I HOPE YOU GUYS HAVE A GREAT REST OF YOUR TRIP.
KISS THE KIDS FOR ME !!!!
LOTS OF LOVE AS ALWAYS
KAITLYN

Anonymous said...

Pat

Luckily Bob was out sick or you may have been down 13 games.