Translation: "We'll be there soon." This time next week, actually.
I really want to be able to communicate with our daughter Elizabeth when we get there. I've been playing those language MP3's relentlessly for the past several weeks. Sometimes those phrases will just pop into my head. "Ne dyela bolna koshka" (literally, "not you hurt cat") might come to mind at work, out of the blue, as I walk down the hall. I'll have to stop and remember what it means. In this case, it means, "Don't hit the cat." That one stands out because it's nothing like "Don't hit the dog," which is "Ne bay saBAHka."
I keep dreaming about Elizabeth, during which she usually speaks a combination of English and Russian. Just before waking up this morning I dreamed that Tara's cousin Ronica and her husband Jayson were in Russia with us. Elizabeth preferred Jayson over me. He is much cuter, so I can't really blame her. I'll get over it ... :)
We've finished her bedroom. It really looks good. We painted it light green. Of course, Tara did all the designing. She's really good at that. She and her sister Sandi, niece Destiny, sister Stephanie and brother-in-law Todd sanded and painted the bed, chest-of-drawers and bookshelf for the room. I put up shelves in the closet, and mounted a couple things on the wall. I'll link some pictures here when I find them.
Time to get ready for work. "Para raBAWtats" or something.
Here is the complete blog of the adoption experience in paperback form, "Russian Adoption: From Nashville to Astrakhan and back". And here is the fictionalized, future "homeland tour" (action adventure) version in various forms: on Kindle, various electronic formats, and in paperback.
This time next week.... Preparation The day before Travel day In the air We're in Moscow Moscow Check out time We're in Astrakhan It's only Monday? What a day... Tuesday (2007-10-02) It's a girl! It's a girl! Wednesday Thursday Great visit Sights of Astrakhan Another great visit Last visit for a while Atlanta! We're home! (10/06) Round two Skora mweh tam boojum Internet access Elizabeth's room Mweh yeddum v aeroport eta ootra In the air again Back in Moscow (11/26) Tuesday (2007-11-26) Back in Astrakhan Russian adoption consultant Comments welcome Showtime! And the judge says...... Success! The day after Saturday morning Much better visit today Beet salad Went for a walk ... Its going to be a good week She's warming up to us Light at the end of the tunnel Picture of us before court More pictures She's ours! The first hours of parenthood Bowel movement Sleep, what a concept Update Nothing much to update about 51-1/2 hours Just another week to go Pictures of our life in Astrakhan Back in Moscow (12/18) Moscow update continued Update to the update's update To the embassy Can't leave early Still in Moscow Riding the Metro Riding the Metro, part deux We're home! (12/23) A few pictures Airport arrival Stay tuned More pics Summary Doctors say she's normal Adoption video Holmes Russian adoption videos Adoption videos updated Our Russian adoption story