Monday, May 19, 2008

Packing and Planning

We said we would give everyone a little more of an update when we got some sleep - who were we kidding! There's no sleep for the big people in this house, and the little person isn't even here! I guess you could say we're just getting practiced up. So the big question you are probably wondering is, "When do we leave?" Here's our travel itinerary. We fly out of Saskatoon at 10:45am on Saturday, May 24th and fly to Toronto. After a bit of a layover we fly to Frankfurt, Germany where we have about a 6 hour layover and then off to Almaty. We are scheduled to arrive there around midnight on the 25th, Almaty time. After a short stop and maybe some sleep, we will make a few quick stops in Almaty and then catch a plane to Ust-Kamenogorsk (Also known as Oskemen). We don't know how long of a flight that is, or which flight we will be on, so we don't know if we will get to Ust that same day or the next. As for time zones, we will be 12 hours ahead, so when you are getting ready for bed, it will already be morning for us.

Ah yes, Ust-Kamenogorsk, our home for the next 8 or so weeks! The city where we will finally meet our child! Oh, and the home town of a few NHL superstars, or so we've been told! (You know you're from Canada when your knowledge of world geography is tied to your knowledge of NHL players!) Oh no, we aren't going to tell you which players or which teams, that wouldn't be any fun. Maybe we should make this a contest to see who comes up with the longest list of NHL players (real ones, not ones you've made up) who call Ust their home! The prize? The chance to meet one awesome, loveable Kaz superstar of our very own! Maybe even an official autograph (in the form of a sloppy, wet kiss) from said superstar!

Many of you have asked if we have any information about our child. In a word, no. We have been told that the child will be between 6 and 18 months old. Many have also asked if we will be getting a boy or a girl. Yes, our child will either be a boy or a girl, but we don't know which yet. We don't expect to learn any of this until we are in country and actually meet the child face to face. This is how is was for those of you who had children by birth, why should we be any different!

So what have we been up to since our last post? Packing & planning, packing & planning, repacking & replanning, and losing a few fingers, a bit of skin and our patience trying to install a child seat into our car! How hard could this be??? We've both been putting in long hours trying to get our jobs and household in order for our departure. How busy could a teacher and ag-service manager be at this time of the year?

It's all good. We wouldn't have it any other way. We've always lived by the belief that the bigger the challenge, the greater the reward.

Right now we are waiting to hear that our visas have been processed and will make it back to us by Saturday so we can depart as scheduled. Other than that, it will be packing and planning, planning and packing, you get the idea.

Until next time, take care!


Julian and Sara Yeomans said...

Ah yes, the dreaded carseat... Hope you were able to take advantage of the long weekend to get stuff done.

As for NHL players, the only one I know for certain from Ust is Nik Antropov, playing for the Leafs. He has the dubious distinction of sharing a birthday with my sister AND our new puppy. How's that for useless trivia?! He was also captain of the Kazakhstan team in the last Olympics. (And the Leafs still can't win....)

We look forward to meeting your little star via your blog very soon!


Deamel said...

Evgeni Nabokov, San Jose Sharks goalie, is also from Ust. (Hope this uncle wins a prize for that!)
Can't wait!


Diana & Bob said...

We will be following along. Sending good thoughts!

Best of Luck

Diana and Bob

Julian and Sara Yeomans said...

Tomorrow! We will be thinking of you as you begin your travel. In fact, we will send happy thoughts skyward to all the planes flying over our Toronto home.

Bon Voyage!

dnd82001 said...

Safe travels are sent your way!

We'll be watching for your posts and how things are going.