New Orleans 2/22/2010 11:26 PM
Vladivostok 2/23/2010 3:26 PM
We only have one week left! Horay! I’m so ready to be home already.
We went yesterday to go take passport photos. Our little guy did great. He looked right at the camera and gave them his best mug shot photo (you aren’t allowed to smile in passport photos…so the mug shot was perfect).
Jace will go tomorrow to pick up our little guy’s new birth certificate and to meet with the Consulate to sign some paperwork for his passport and visa into the US. We are just so excited. On Thursday we all go to town to meet with a doctor and to go to the consulate to answer some questions. No big deal. It will be a busy day but we are so ready to get out of here for a while.
I’m so happy that everything is working out great and right on schedule. The courier will leave for Moscow on Friday with all the paperwork. He/she will go to the Embassy and get the passport on Monday, I believe, then we will be on our way to the US on Wednesday. We have a courier do this part for us so that our family of three does not have to pack up all of our stuff and go to Moscow ourselves. We could mail it, but it takes about 4 days for the mail to get to Moscow from here (no overnight fedex here I guess). This is really the best way to do it.
The little guy is making huge progress. He now knows where his ears, eyes, and tongue are (thanks to Mr. Potato Head for teaching those important body parts). He can make sounds like a monkey (some kids start with the sounds of a cat, dog, or cow…but not him…he does monkey sounds first). He’s getting really good at understanding commands…although he only chooses to follow a few. He understands sit, go get ___ (usually ball or block), come here, out, and go….among many others. He’s beginning to get what we mean when we say “no” but like any 20 month old, he’s testing us really well. When he gets mad he walks around the hotel room and hits everything in sight (table, chairs, walls, refrigerator, cabinets, the floor, even me at times). We are working on not hitting things because the other day he got a little angry and hit his friend that’s here with us. She was not too happy with that.
Earlier today while on a web chat with Meme and Big Al he played Pee Pie for the first time. He covered his eyes and said “pee pie.” Thanks Meme for teaching him that one…so cute!!
There are several Russian families here at the hotel as well and we meet up with them every now and then in the play room upstairs. Our little guy still remembers some of his Russian as well because he looks like he totally understands what they say when they are talking to him. I’m hoping they are keeping it clean because I don’t understand any of it.
I must say the most miserable part about being here is the food. The lack of peanut butter is just a start. We’ve resorted to eating grilled cheese sandwiches or fried eggs for nearly every meal. The grocery store has lots of stuff there, but none of it is really all that good. I’d love to have some Chick-Fil-A waffle fries right about now, but I guess I will just have to wait. We’ve tried to find the most American type stuff at the store but the only thing that’s kinda acceptable is the frozen pizzas and they don’t have just cheese, so we end up getting mushroom or some other strange combo and I just pick it all off my side of the pizza. While we are having trouble finding things to eat…our little boy is quickly eating up everything in sight. Not a picky eater there…thank goodness.