Well...I have been taking all kinds of pictures and videos with our new Sony Handycam. I can't wait to show you them all...when we get home. Yes...unfortunately, I will not be able to post any until I get back. I took what I thought were all of the accessories thinking that everything would plug directly into the camera. Would you believe the only thing that does not is the USB cable for linking to a computer. The thing I left back home was the dockingf station that includes the USB port. I can't believe my oversight. We just picked up the camera prior to departing and I thought I read the instruction manual thoroughly. My new plan is to befriend someone with a camera to email me a picture. Take my word for it...Alexandra is a beauty.
Candace has been on a mission to fatten her up giving her all kinds of food. She just reminded herself that Alexandra only has a small belly. The little one is really learning to communicate, especially when it is to tell us that she does not like a particular food or drink that we are trying with her. Candace says she is fussy like her father (that's me remember). Oh well, she can have whatever she wants.
Things are going really well for us. We arew getting lots of rest at night and our days consist of waking up, visiting, eating, sleeping for an hour, visiting again, eating, coming to the internet, then going to bed around 8:30 -9:00 pm. One of the facilitators came to town today to visit with the lawyer. We are now meeting with the local inspector on Wednesday where we will receive our court date. Our facilitator assures us that it will be next week. It cannot come soon enough.
Today we had a wonderful lunch at a fancy restaurant called DaVinci. We had tea, a side dish, and a surprise double order of steak each (my English and hand language lose something in translation I guess). Total cost $15.50 for everything. I cannot get over how low the cost of living is over here. We also met another American couple from Arkansas who were very nice.
Alexandra was fantastic today...she was singing and swinging and playing and sharing and hugging and cuddling and laughing. It probably is difficult for some people to imagine the type of connection that the three of us have already...although I bet anyone with children can understand. Despite just meeting her for the first time of Thursday we are totally smitten. I think it is worth noting that Candace and I started this process back in November 2004 so we have spent a lot of time preparing to meet her. My new favourite pastime is telling Alexandra that I love her...and I do it in Russian as well just in case she doesn't understand me. I say "Ja lyoo bloo teenya Alexandra".