Round two

We've received our court date. We're haggling with the airlines now. One round-trip ticket for one adult costs a little over $800. One one-way ticket for our daughter's flight home with us costs $1,600!! I suggested just buying our daughter a round-trip ticket (which would be "only" $900) and not using the return portion of …

Summary (first trip)

To sum up this first of two trips: It was a rough ride, but the results were FANTASTIC! Advice to anyone else doing this: Stay loose and flexible. Roll with the punches. Oh, and learn the language as well as possible beforehand. 🙂 A web site that has worked well for my Russian language training …

Recap

Click below for the entire blog in chronological order from oldest to newest, with typos corrected: Adoption Recap Once I've figured out how to download the video footage from the camera to the computer, I'll put that here, too. But we still can't put any still or video images of Elizabeth online until after the …

We’re home!

OK, now we're home! I'll try and do a trip summary tomorrow after a good night's sleep ... in my own bed. Tara says she feels like Dorothy, "There's no place like home!"

We're home!

OK, now we're home! I'll try and do a trip summary tomorrow after a good night's sleep ... in my own bed. Tara says she feels like Dorothy, "There's no place like home!"

We're home!

OK, now we're home! I'll try and do a trip summary tomorrow after a good night's sleep ... in my own bed. Tara says she feels like Dorothy, "There's no place like home!"

Atlanta!

We're in the Atlanta airport now! Good to be on US soil, except that they keep mentioning George Bush (... as in the Houston Airport). 🙂 It's 1:45a.m. Moscow time right now (5:45p.m. EDT), but I'm not tired. I'm anxious to catch the flight to Nashville. Customs and "security" here in Atlanta is sooo much …

Last visit for a while

We'll be leaving in a few minutes for our last visit to the orphanage this trip. I'm practicing asking for my baggage back from the hotel baggage room. Baggage actually sounds like "boggage." "Please" is pa-ZHAL-a-sta. Fascinating, I know. I thought about getting a parting video shot of the lobby as we sit here waiting …

Another great visit

We're feeling closer and closer to our child, especially after today. And I think we passed "the test" of having the psychologist there observing. She was pretty cool, actually. She didn't stay the entire visit. I think she could see that Tara, the child and I are all getting along well. She'll be observing again …

Sights of Astrakhan

I'm attaching pictures we made of Astrakhan and our room. We are staying at the Hotel Azimut in Astrakhan. They are going through major renovations right now. It's kind of funny to see the interior design mix. The lobby is decorated in Art Deco while the rooms are decorated in traditional Russian decor like lace …