Same routine, same wonderful new daughter.
Thursday here had only a few surprises and deviations from any other day.
We moved hotel rooms again for the 4th time. (If we stay in a different room every night until we leave, we will have stayed in every room in the hotel.) The first room was huge but had no shower curtain so you had to keep your back to the wall while using a handheld spray nozzle. The second room was too cold (for Pam, not Stephen). The third room was okay but we noticed that a must larger and nicer room had become available. In this hotel, you can tell that the a room is empty because the key is in the door. So, you can walk into any room to determine if you want it.
Stephen spent almost an hour on the phone with Delta and got our tickets changed and bought a ticket for Katrina. We'll be flying home on Saturday, February 7th. We leave Kiev at noon, have an approximate 3 hour layover in JFK, and then finally arrive in Denver at 10pm on the same day. It's 19 hours of travel time. There is a chance we could fly standby on Thursday, February 5th, if we can get through the medical and embassy stuff without a hitch. Stephen wishes we could get home even a few more days early as his Cub Scout Pack's Blue and Gold banquet is Wednesday the 4th. He would love to see Darian get his Bear badge and Trevor get his Wolf badge. And, he also wants to be there to see all the other boys get their badges of rank, as Stephen is Cubmaster for the pack.
Our nice surprise was the joining of a new family. Maria and Fernando, from Guatemala, have joined us at the orphanage. They have 2 daughters by birth (9 and 13 years old) and are adopting three boys: Santiago (3), Nico (4), and Fernando (5). Maria and Fernando are staying in Kramators'k, as they alternate days between orphanages. Santiago and Nico are here in the orphanage in Artemosk (1-hour drive from Kramators'k) and Fernando is in another orphanage about a 2-hour drive in the opposite direction. When they are here, we have 3 boys (Santiago, Nico, and Kyle), 1 girl (Katrina), and 6 adults (Maria and Fernando, Sherry and Justin, and the two of us) in the same room. Talk about wild and crazy!! It seems the adults spend most of their time trying to make sure their child/children aren't eating the food of the other children. But it's a lot of fun, and all the adults enjoy having grown-up conversations.
More photos of Katrina for you to enjoy.
Darian and Trevor, Daddy is rooting for the Cardinals to win the super bowl. Alexis, both Mommy and Daddy can't wait to give some lovin' to their little "girdlfriend." We love and miss all of you.