From the apartment we went to pick up Alla and then headed to the notary's office. We have a bit of running joke with some other friends here regarding said notaries. Because Cryillic is so foreign to us, I think our minds want so badly to make it into something we can read and maybe even speak. So, the closest thing to "hotapiyc" is "Hot Topic"...you know, the horrendous clothing store back in the States. So we jokingly talk about how there is a Hot Topic every 10 feet as you walk down the streets. You've never seen so many notary offices in your life! I don't have any idea why they are so necessary around here, but they are everywhere.
|Our "Hot Topic"|
|What we do while waiting.|
|This is considered a good park job in Ukraine.|
|Our apartment is conveniently located above the "T" in Renault.|
|Our resident photographer|
|...and our girl|
|This girl LOVES her music.|
|A little Oceans...Hillsong Ukraine style.|
|Helicopter with Dad.|
Our visit today was great. I'm not going to lie, though, it's hard to come up with things to do when you're locked in a small space together for 3 hours. All we want to do is get them out of there, explore the world, be a real family. But for now this is as good as it gets and we are incredibly grateful for every moment we get to spend with these kids. There are times when we feel like we should be "entertaining" them more, but then we have those moments when we remember that they've never had this...the encouragement, the praise for being just who they are, the eyes that notice, the touch, the play. In those moments we are reminded that the time spend "locked up" together is precious, it is meaningful, it does bond us. They have parents all to themselves and that is enough for them.
Meanwhile back home, Grandma (Grandpa is out of town right now) has managed to capture the faces of some happy girls. Happy because they love their Grandma and Grandpa and their Grandma and Grandpa are doing an amazing job of watching over them while we are away. There is probably no one we are more grateful for right now than these two amazing people who have essentially enabled us to be here all the while knowing Charlee and Andee could not be in more capable hands. Thank you, Mom and Dad for loving our girls that much.
|Bike riding, ...|
|...water gun shooting, ...|
|...slide climbing, ...|
|...craft making, ...|