Thursday, December 28, 2006

December 28, 2006

We now have flights! That's one step. We have been told to leave here on January 10th. That's a bit sooner than we expected, but we're OK with it. They want to make sure we have plenty of slack time, in case we are delayed somewhere due to bad weather. Our current plan is that we will fly back to the U.S. on Feb. 3rd.  Our two sons will be around 14.5 and 16 months old when we return with them.

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

December 27, 2006

We have a court date!! It is scheduled for Jan. 17th and they said they want us there by the 13th or 14th. We're not sure about a lot of the details, such as do they want us in Moscow on those dates or in Volgograd. The 10 days is never waived in this region, unless there is a serious medical problem, so we are expecting a long stay, although we will get to see the children every day. It sounds like we will probably be returning home around Feb. 1st.

I'm shaking. I think I'm in shock.

A shower was being planned for us on Jan 13th, so I guess that will have to wait. My family is still planning to have a small, family shower on Jan. 6th, which will be nice.

We have about 2.5 weeks before we leave. I feel so unprepared and I don't know where to begin. I have been collecting books and magazines that I want to read but have not had time yet, so I am good shape for that.

I better start taking down the tree. I don't think I am thinking rationally right now.

I'm still shaking. I'm definitely in shock.....and loving it:).

Thursday, December 21, 2006

December 21, 2006

I just received an email from our case worker, forwarding an email from our adoption country facilitator, saying that she is planning to meet with the judge about our case on Dec. 26th and is hoping for an end of January court date. Yay!

I am so relieved to finally hear something. I just found out today that our agency is closed from Christmas Monday through New Year's Monday and I know our adoption country is pretty much closed down from Jan 1 through Jan 12, so I was really bumming out that we had not heard anything yet. I sent another email to our case worker, explaining my frustration and asking her more about what to expect and she just sent back the email that I mentioned above. So that is a huge relief and gives us something to look forward to after the New Year. Hopefully we will find out the exact date for court during the first week of January and we will travel in mid to late January. That is my Christmas wish:).

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

December 5, 2006

We have our Christmas tree up. It looks pretty with the snow in the background, through the windows. It also smells really good.

We had to take the tinsel off the bottom 6 inches or so of the tree and move it higher because Dancer would not leave it alone. He kept trying to play with it and, once he had it in his mouth, he had a really hard time getting it out of his mouth. These cats really have been good practice for the kids, in many ways.

Another funny thing that came up was that we were trying to remember how many stockings we had. I was thinking we had purchased 4 stockings, 2 for us and two for the cats but I could not remember if the 2 for the cats had their names on them. I told Paul, if they did not have the cat's names on them, we could use them for the kids. He thought we could still use them for the kids, even if they did have the cat's names on them. He said we could just turn them around and put the kid's names on the other side. So, our kids stockings would have their names on one side and the cat's name on the other side. I thought it was pretty funny that he thought this was acceptable. Once we got the boxes out of the attic and unpacked them, we realized we had only purchased 2 stockings anyway. So it isn't an issue and our children will get stockings that were not handed down from our cats.

A funny story about the stroller: I came home one evening from an event I attended and my husband was pushing both cats around in the stroller. It is a side-by-side twin stroller and both cats were sitting on their own side and it was obvious they were enjoying the ride. It was really funny. I should have gotten a picture but I missed it. I'm afraid our cats are not going to know what to think when our children arrive.

Friday, December 01, 2006

December 1, 2006 Part 2

I took some pictures around our house, of all of the snow we received yesterday. I think we got about 10 inches of snow, on top of the huge amount of ice that had already come down. This is quite an event for Oklahoma. It is not unusual to get snow but it is unusual to get this much this early in the year. It set a record for the day; the prior record for that day was 4.6 inches, I think.

Here is the first picture I took. Believe it or not, I took this AFTER we had already been outside, shoveling snow for an hour and a half!

Isn't this pretty? I took this from inside of our bedroom. I thought it came out pretty good, considering it was taken through glass, although Zoe's head was in the way. It was a beautiful sunrise and we are having an absolutely beautiful day today...completely clear blue skies and bright, beautiful, white snow EVERYWHERE! Yea!!

And, this is why we were up at 4:00am this morning. My husband had to go to work today so we had to get the driveway cleared out.

This is our house. There is a small circle drive in front of the house and there is a sidewalk from there up to the front door, but you can't really tell there here.

And this is the road in front of our house. That is our mailbox on the left. You can get a feel for how much snow we got. They have now plowed the road.

That's it for now:). Hope you enjoyed it.

December 1, 2006

You are all going to be sorry that I now know how to upload pictures on the blog:). Today, I am making up for the past, for all of the times that I told you about stuff I was doing around the house but never produced the requested pictures. Now, here they are!!

OK, you didn't ask for this one but I thought I would include it anyway. Here is a close up picture of us:). As you can see, this is from our wedding day. We were married on Feb. 19, 2005, so we are coming up on our 2nd anniversary.

We had a lovely wedding. We were married in Tucson, AZ at a resort. We were living in Texas at the time but my mother-in-law was not well enough to make the trip to Texas so we decided to have the wedding in Tucson.

For our honeymoon, we went to Australia and New Zealand. Since we were planning to have children asap, we knew we would probably not be able to take a trip like that again any time soon. We had a wonderful time and have some beautiful pictures to remember it by.

Here are pictures of the baby room. The pictures on the wall were my craft project. I found a calendar that had all of the old pictures from the old Dick and Jane readers. These were books that were used for many, many years, in first grade, to teach children to read. I learned to read using these books (See Dick run. Run Dick run. etc.) so I was excited when I found this calendar at a book store. I bought 12 unfinished frames and I finished them myself using a technique to make them look old. Hard to see in the picture but they really came out pretty good. I'm not much of a crafty person so I was pretty happy with the results.

The little rocking chair was mine and my brother and sister's when we were little. They are twins and are only 15 months older than I am. We also have two older brothers. So, when I was born, my mother had twins who were 15 months old, in addition to a 3 and 5 year old. Can you believe that?? And we think we have it hard!

When I lived out east (Boston), I bought the rocking horse for my niece, about 15 years ago, and my sister kept it all this time so we are borrowing it for the boys.

My friend from Texas got us the huge teddy bear, just before we moved to Oklahoma. Isn't he cute?

My mom gave us the antique rocking chair she bought the antique dresser for me a very long time ago, as a graduation gift when I graduated from junior college.

I found the changing table and one of the cribs at a consignment store and we bought the other crib from BRU with a gift certificate from the wonderful people I worked with in Texas.

So, that's the baby's room. I would like to find some more fun things to put on the walls, more colorful. Hopefully I will find something fun soon.

The boys will share a room, if it works out OK. I was thinking it might make them feel better, since they are used to having other children in the room when they sleep. There is another room right next door, painted the same blue color, and they share a Jack and Jill bath. So, eventually they can have their own rooms and share the bath.

Next. These are pictures of the library/playroom. This used to be the formal dining room in our house but we are not formal people. We do, however, have a lot of books and we love to read, so we changed this into a library/playroom. We had the shelves built and they go all the way around the room, except for the area in front of the windows.

I found the little table and four chairs on the internet a while back, along with the play table with the toy boxes underneath.

Next, we have our cats, who are our current/first babies. They are Bengal cats and they both have great personalities. The cat on the left is Dancer, who is male and is bigger than Zoe, the cat on the right, who is female.

I thought this was pretty funny and now you can see our two high chairs. My sister gave us the smaller one; she used it for her two children. My mom found the larger one at a thrift shop.

I know we will have bigger messes with these small trays but I really like the older, wooden higher chairs a lot. I guess because that's what my sister always used and they kind of match the cribs...not that you would necessarily know that, since they are upstairs in the baby room.

Anyway, isn't this funny? Zoe is on left and Dancer on the right.

That's it for now, since this is getting pretty long. I will post again though because I took some great pictures of the snow around our house.