This week is also a little sad because many of the families that started the same week we did here have also had court and are returning home without their children for the appeal period. They will return in 3 to 4 weeks when the paperwork is nearly done. It seems as though Canadian families are the only ones who stick out the whole two months, every other family we’ve met has done two trips. We’re not really sure why this is, but it is a choice that every family gets to make, it isn’t mandated. For us, the cost of the extra flights was quite a bit more than the cost of staying, but more importantly, staying is what is best for Max and that is what our priority is. We’ve met a few families who have returned for their second trip and see how hard it is when their child doesn’t recognize them right away. So, we will continue to hold down the fort and will try to check in on their children as often as we are allowed. We wish them all safe travels and a speedy return.
Okay, we’re done whining. We promised ourselves that we wouldn’t complain because we entered this adventure knowing that it would have ups and downs and that tomorrow we will bounce right back and be our cheerful selves again. In reality, we’ve only got 12 and a half more days because after that we will have a little bundle of energy to chase after and we will look back fondly on days like today when we can sit peacefully and do nothing for hours at a time!
Today we met our new translator, Olia. Olia is attending university to be a teacher, but because of her love of languages is considering being an interpreter instead. She seems like a very outgoing and inquisitive person, so we look forward to getting to know her better. We are planning to make a bit of a scrapbook for Max about his caregivers and the Baby House for when he is older and Olia will help us translate the notes Max’s caregivers wrote for him as well as getting some information on his current schedule, diet, etc. Olia grew up in Ust’-Kamenogorsk, so she will likely have some good ideas for places we haven’t visited yet that would be interesting. We’ve discovered that we aren’t really museum people, we prefer to get to know a city and country by experiencing it first hand.
So, we know you’re really only reading the blog for the pictures, so here’s your little tidbit for the day. Max was happy to hear the Riders won, even if it was only a preseason game. We don’t want to see a tantrum, so we’ll just keep the Edmonton thing to ourselves for awhile!
Take care, and keep writing those posts and emails.