Monday, October 31, 2011
P.S. I've heard that she just went to a quilt show so keep an eye out for new fabrics!!!
Friday, October 28, 2011
I don't have an I-phone and I am about a 3 or 4 on the hierarchy of tech savvyness (thhhpppttt! To those of you that are thinking that I am more of a 1 or 2). I was really excited last night when I discovered that my free sprint phone that I had for a year has a voice command! Ooh lala, so fancy. It will be great to have a kid around to help me figure these things out.
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
- Several people said bring Ziploc bags for travel and I didn't heed the warning. I wished I had when the bottle for the shampoo decided to leak in my bag. Bring Ziploc bags.
- It makes life a little easier to know some Russian when traveling. I listened to CDs in the car and read a few books. I know the courtesies so I could come across as friendly enough. The MOST helpful thing was the husband learning the Russian alphabet and knowing the sounds for the letters. He's great with puzzles so this project was right up his alley. You'd be amazed at how many Russian words sound like the English equivalent when you know the phonetics of the Cyrillic alphabet. I highly recommend The Russian Language Map by Kristine Kershul. This was a hand-me-down from some previous APs that said it was their travel "bible." http://www.amazon.com/RUSSIAN-language-map%C2%AE-Kristine-Kershul/dp/0944502903 Learn the Cyrillic alphabet.
- If you are prone to cold sores when stressed or going from cold to hot locations like I am, bring some Abreva. Russian pharmacies are a challenge and dancing around pointing at your lip doesn't help either. At this time I should give a shout out to the nice man that figured out what I was saying and was able to help. I also want to thank him for walking with us three blocks over to save 40 cents. Thank you for your patience and understanding of my crazy sign language. Folks, bring your Abreva.
- If you plan on saving your receipts to track your expenses write what you bought on each receipt right after the transaction while still in-country. It's no fun trying to translate the receipt and remember what the heck it was for once you get home...trust me, you won't remember.
Trip One Packing List (October 2011)
Mama- One pair of jeans (wear one on plane), two (three?) pants, long johns (shirt and pants), two tank tops, four long sleeve tops (wear one on plane), underwear and bras, coat and scarf, hat, three pair of socks.
Papa- Add later
- Toothbrush and toothpaste
- Wet wipes- toilet
- Small soaps
- Shampoo and conditioner
- Brush or comb
- Shaving cream
- Razors (one each)
- Disposable cameras (leave at baby home)
- Video Camera
- Extra camera card and battery
- Dr. paperwork (info from IA doctor)
- Plane tickets
- Agency Info (bound packet of information)
- Program fees
- Train money
- Money belts
- Travel book
- Russia language books
- Hotel reservation
- Measuring tape
- Cereal bars/snacks
- Power strip
- Imodium tablets
- Alcohol wipes
- Hand sanitizer
- Melatonin for sleep?
- Photocopies of passports and visas (notarize)
- Books and magazines
- Orphanage gifts
- Alarm clock
- Town postcards to hand out
- Lady products (in case you need them!)
- Small calculator (very handy for cost conversions)
- Our vitamins and medication
- Numbers to skype
- Little tripod for flipcamera
- Watch (can't use the cell phone clock!)
- Extra Money
- Diapers (didn't need)
- Wipes (didn't need for diaper changing but used for boogers!)
- Snacks (didn't need as we always went close to lunch or dinner- always ask if they can have snacks)
- Snack cups (didn't need as we always went close to lunch or dinner)
- Sippy (didn't need as we always went close to lunch or dinner)
- Soft book
- Teddy bear (ask if you can give them plush toys)
- Bubbles (too cold to use)
- Beach balls (HUGE HIT with the other kids and they pack easily)
- Small book
- Three shirts to try on for sizing
- Baby bag (I had a special bag so she would know that it was HERS)
- Photo album for photos of us
- Brag book photos (includes images of pets and toys and family)
- Crayons- Biggest hit and gave us a "first" drawing to take home- we could also trace hands and shoes(for sizing) but she wiggled too much.
- Paper- for drawing and notes
- Links- Plastic colorful links for babies...she LOVED these
- Toy cell phone- She loved this. It played music
Monday, October 24, 2011
Sunday, October 23, 2011
Pumpkin Potato Soup
- · Cubed red russet potatoes with skins on
- Diced whole onion
- · One small can of pumpkin
- · Whipping cream
- · Coriander
- · Cayenne
- · Cumin
- · Nutmeg
- · Salt
- · Pepper
- · Seasoned croutons (make em' buy em' whatever)
Put cubed potatoes and onions in a pot just barely covering the top of potatoes with water. Boil. Once boiling, turn to simmer. Cook until fork tender. Smash a little with a fork. Add canned pumpkin. Stir. Add some whipping cream to thicken. Add seasoning to taste (coriander, cayenne, cumin, nutmeg, salt and pepper). Cook on low for a ½ hour. Taste again and season if needed. I like it a little spicy. Put in bowl and put croutons on top.
Fall Fun Sweet Crescent Rolls
- · One can of crescent rolls
- · Sugar
- · Cinnamon
- · Pumpkin pie spice
- · Butter
- Chopped nuts (optional)
- · Powdered sugar
- · Milk
Unroll crescent rolls on a cookie sheet
Spread butter on each triangle of dough
Mix sugar, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice together (and chopped nuts if you like!)
Put sugar mixture on top of butter (save a little for the top)
Roll triangles large flat side to the point (like the crescent roll instructions)
Put left over sugar mixture on top
Bake at 375 for 10-15 minutes (refer to crescent roll package)
Mix powdered sugar and milk to make a glaze
Spoon over cooled rolls.
P.S- I have a wish and that wish is that we are with our Little Bee for Christmas! Please keep us in your thoughts!
Friday, October 21, 2011
Thursday, October 20, 2011
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Did I mention that the orphanage staff were amazing? These people work so hard and obviously want to do everything they can for these children. It really wasn't what we imagined at all. Because we want the best for them and the children we would like to be able to make a donation directly to them. If you would like to contribute a monetary donation in any amount please let me know. We would be extremely grateful.
I will add that part of our fees include an orphanage donation, but this is split among all of the baby homes in the region- the full amount does not go directly to the Bee's baby home...a place that is really deserving of something special.
Friday, October 14, 2011
P.S. I hate United Airlines
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Yesterday things went extremely well. We have officially petitioned to have Baby B as our daughter. It was very moving seeing her name as ours on the forms. I am excited to get back home and prepare (and wait) for our next trip back to Russia.
This trip has gone by so quickly and our moments with Baby B have gone by even quicker.
P.S. Baby B wanted me to send you a message...da da dad dada da daa daa ddaa da da :) I think this means see you soon!!
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Most of all I want to say that we have so much love for the little B. Tomorrow it will be a hard day to say goodbye....maybe not "goodbye" but see you soon my love, my little yum-yum.
Love you all,
Monday, October 10, 2011
Sunday, October 9, 2011
Saturday, October 8, 2011