Thursday, May 27, 2010

Just Photos






Back in Russia

So trip number two.. Whirlwind trip number two. I had five days to plan this trip. It all came together sweetly! Day one in Moscow I slept. It was raining outside so no good for walking. I did not sleep well on the plane as I had an aisle seat, and took forever to get from the airport to the hotel. So what better way to spend a rainy day then sleeping in an extra comfy luxurious 4-5 star hotel room. Yeah a bit spoiled I would have to say.

Wednesday morning all I could think was wow it is already wednesday and I will be back on a plane in three days again. Off to Borovichi a long cold wet rainy ride. 5 hours in the car. Stopping at McDonald's for lunch and for two pit stops. But I slept again most of the way.

Thursday am the best part of the trip. I got to spend two hours with Little Dude. He came in and walked over to me. He looked so handsome and like such a little man. He cried a little when all the caretakers he is familiar with walked out of the room. But it was short lived and before long we were playing blocks. Gotta get this little man some blocks!! He has a cold so he doesn't feel that good. Can't wait until I can give him some cold medicine so he won't live in constant congestion. All these kids in institutions just live in constant state of congestion. They pass their colds back and forth and I bet never know what it is like to actually smell and breathe and not be snotty.

Today is court... Today will be the last entry in this blog... Today I will finally be officially and legally MOM!! It has been almost two years since I met Shelby. And now my path that started with her has lead me here to Russia. Veliky Novgorod and Borovichi... Today after court (and after my mom gets her photos!!) I am going to make this blog public. Then after I get home all the posts from here will get transferred into my original blog.

My mom has not seen photos of our little guy yet. She will be getting an email telling her to check her snail mailbox... And a letter from her new grandson via email. Her first photos will be in her mailbox as a surprise for her this morning. I wish I would have asked my dad to video tape!!

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Preperations

Crazy, Whirlwind preparations! We had a pretty scary 24 hours waiting to see if we would get my Visa back in time. But I got word Friday that everything is a go. So Steady as she goes making plans. flight has been booked (not paid for yet). I will be flying out of JFK on Monday night at 7pm. OOOoof I really don't like driving to JFK. But hopefully we'll have better luck then my last few trips to that airport. Lorraine is going to take me up. And hopefully we will be leaving early enough that I will just have plenty of time to sit and relax in the terminal.

Friday I asked Inna if I could take gifts/donations on trip three since this has happened so quick. She did not say yes.. But she did not say no either. I take that as "you really should take the gifts on this trip!"

Friday morning the pooches three (Sabyr, Tressa, and Ruger had their appointments for vaccines for camp. We had no choice but to squeeze them in since I will not be home next Friday. Then Tressa had her Camp hairdo!

I shopped for some small toys for the orphanage (some balls, and slinky's) And snacks for me. Then hay for the horses and back home for lunch and ready for work.

Saturday I had intended to get up early enough to get a dress for court. Hmm can you tell I am dreading this court dress? Well I got up too late. I did however manage to get gifts for the orphanage workers, the coordinators, Vitaly, Vitaly's little boy.... I was uncertain of what to do but I figured it out and I just hope it will be ok. I had a gift certificate from bath and Body works from Christmas from Lorraine. B&BW's was running a perfume special, buy 3 get 2 free!! Score! And with each of the bottles of perfume I PAID for I got a free shower gel. SCORE AGAIN!! In one swoop I was able to get 5 bottles of perfume and 3 shower gels. And the icing on the cake... little gift bags that had the color coded tissue already in each bag. truly simplified! What else?? I went to Best Buy with the gift certificate from Christmas from my Brother and Sis in law. Bought three digital photo keychains. Cute gifts I think. One for the coordinator, one for the translator, one for Vitaly the driver ( I really really hope Vitaly is driving) I really liked him and actually of the three connected with him the best. I also bought his son the book WADDLE. His son is about 6 months old I believe. Then off to the dollar store where I bought some photo albums and some other stuff to stick in the bags for the orphanage workers. EAch orphanage worker (not sure how many I was supposed to do this for) Will have a little grab bag, shower gel, photo album with a few photos of Kolya from trip one, lip gloss, blush, eye shadow. I may get some chocolates and add that to the bag also. Coordinator, Translator, Driver each a bottle of perfume (men's cologne for Vitaly) a photo keychain and a 5 x 7 photo collage of Kolya. And again maybe some chocolates. The orphanage director is also getting a really nice photo album with a cute spring scene embroidered on the front. I certainly hope that will be perfect.

Hotels... I was starting to really stress about the hotel situation.. But again.. patience paid off. Started off with Kelly (travel agent) saying that the hotel prices are through the roof. Oh no!! I was really hoping to stay at Renassaince again. I liked this hotel. It was comfortable, friendly, close to shopping and had a shuttle to Red Square. When I started the first price I got was $777. YIKES for one night. NO WAY. So I looked and looked. Then went to the Marriot site to see if the rate was different. Hmmm $383 ok getting better, but still NO WAY. Just for fun I put in my Marriot rewards.. And marked use my rewards box even though I knew I did not have enough points. Hmmmmmmm.. "you must purchase more points in order to use rewards for this stay. OK how much?? $162... SOLD.. So my $777 hotel room has been booked for $162!!!!!!!!!!!!!! SCORE BIG TIME!!!!!!

Last hotel was pretty easy. A hotel closer to the airport. With a free shuttle service ANOTHER SCORE!!! So I will only need a driver for one leg of the trip. If I was more confident I would hop the Metro and get off right near my hotel.. Lets think about that.. Um NO! So still need to contact Dimitry for my drive from the airport to the hotel. Big sigh of relief.

But....

There is still

THE

DRESS!!!!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

COURT!!!!

Well.....

Yesterday we had a conference call with our agency. Supposedly things have just started moving again. And Inna was sure that we would not see court dates before the end of June. During that call I asked reasked that question just to be sure. "so from what you are seeing the earliest we will see a court date is the end of June?" She said probably... but..... She has not heard from my particular coordinater yet. Ok.. I am so cool with the end of June. Because the overall sense of the call was that things were good. That was yesterday!

Today I had the cable company on the phone trying like crazy to get our new fanbdangled digital cable box hooked up to the new fandangled digital 50 inch television that we bought to celebrate finishing Dossier paperwork! Yes finishing a dossier for the third time was reason to celebrate!!!!!!

I did not even look at the caller ID when I was head deep in digital cable wires... But I got off the phone and saw it was the agency!! YIKES this must be important. Called back without listening to the message.. Imagine my suprise when Inna starts rattling off things about Visa's and documnents and ........ WHOA!! Inna back up I did not listen to the message...

Well long story short My court date is NEXT WEEK!!!! OMG !!! I thought sure I would get a bit more of a heads up this time. Nope!! plan this trip on even less of a time frame. So we are off to the races..

Visa---- Sent
Unbeatable Travel ---Called
Peace Travel ---- Notified
Bank ----- yeikes they just LOVE ME!!!! Can you have $$$$$$$$$ ready by Saturday??

So... Mom finally knows a name, and an age, and that Little Mr. Has red hair.. But I am going to be half mean half sentimental... She is going to get a card from Nikolas and she will have to open it on May 28th to reveal his wonderfully handsome self.

Can't wait for this next part to be over! But so excited that it is almost here.