Monday, August 25, 2008
It was chilly this morning when we woke up,and the sun wasn't out (but it is now) but it just felt kinda damp and chilly! My coffee in the normal sized mug (which now feels like some kind of insane SUPER SIZE!) tasted good this morning. I was TIRED this morning as I was up until past midnight on my new found wireless connection. Joe finally kicked me out of "his room" and turned off the light so I would GET OFFLINE! It was just so COOL to stalk my blogs and see all the pictures, and have it not take like 10 minutes for the comment section to come up. I even got to add all the new facebook friends I had waiting for me! You never realize how much you miss high speed internet until you don't have it....
Anyway, I digress. The DSL is not working on my laptop. It works on Joe's. We have a call into Kaz Telcom tech support though (well, Eugene does, like I would know what to say even if I COULD speak Russian). However, this wireless connection rocks OUT so I am happy! I got into the shower to discover no hot water. I braved it anyway since I was tired and I was REALLY AWAKE after that! Our landlord just came over to turn on our "boiler" though so we will have hot water if it goes out again. YAY!
I love this apartment!!!
Now, onto the most important item--Leeza! She was adorable, as usual. I just love love love love love how excited she gets when she sees us. She is sooooooo sweet! Joe and Sean got the "boot" today though from the caregivers because that said "the kids are sick" so only I could come in the room to feed Leeza, and they were sent down to the visitation room. All the kids were CRYING while they were waiting for lunch. I missed Sean being there, because no one cries when Sean is around. Leeza ate ALL her lunch today, soup and her meat cutlet and mashed potatoes, and some cabbage too. We had so much fun playing. She is really showing us her lil personality more and more. She loves going thru her toy bag and pulling things out. It's so amazing to watch her wheels turn as she figures things out. She has also started geting up her knees more...I think she will figure out how to crawl "non army style" soon!! Typically, around 2:00 she starts getting fussy....she's ready for her cookies and milk and her nap. Lately, she reaches for her mommy when gets like this. I was holding her, singing, and Joe was grabbing her foot and making her giggle. I would act like I was going to hand her over, and then she would turn her head, away from Joe, like NO, i'm not going to you! I would give her to Joe, and she would start to whine and reach her arms up to Mom. I would take her, and Joe would start talking to her and ticking her, she would laugh, and he would hold his arms out, and she would turn her head again. It was HILARIOUS. She is learning at such a young age to play hard to get with the boys!!
When we took her back at 2:30 for cookies and milk and nap time, Sean was waiting outside the room. All the kids were crying again..and one of the caregivers invited Sean in this time.
Immediately, the crying stopped! Sean is like the "Magic Happy Baby Maker Man". I was glad she let him come in. I am not sure which one of the kids were sick, OR, if they just said that because it was cold and damp out, or if they were viewing Sean and Joe as distractions when they are trying to get the kids fed. Maybe it's true that the kids like to watch them and interact with them, and sometimes while they eat, but for most part, they can only feed 2 kids at once and it's much nicer to have the other kiddo's entertained and not crying. I hate to see unhappy babies so I was glad when Sean the Magic Man came in to make everyone smile.
Aigul was also there today, to celebrate her birthday. She looked so nice in her 'non caregiver' clothes. It's like when you see your running friends dressed "normal" ,not all sweaty and gross, you realize how well they "clean up!"
I gave Aigul her birthday present and her caregiver gift from us since she is on the 48 day vacation and I wasn't sure if we'd see her before we left. I miss her--she immediately asked where Sean was when she saw me feeding Leeza, after she gave me a hug and a kiss. The 2 other caregivers seem like they are warming up to us, but Aigul really is a love!! I made her a photo album with pics of us a family with Leeza, pics of her and Sean and Leeza, and pictures of Sean with all the kids in the group,plus pics of each of us (Joe, Sean, and me) interacting with Leeza, plus a picture of Leeza's Kazakhstan room at home. I wanted her to know that we will always honor and respect Kazakhstan as Leeza's birthplace.
The sun is out now, but it's still chilly. I am wearing my sweater,but it's a wussy Florida sweater...my cute "shrug" style one from Steinmart that looks so cute with my sundresses. However, even though it's wimpy (Sean said it looks small enough to fit Leeza..LOL), it does the job. I had soup for lunch and coffee for dessert. One good thing about cool weather is that it's good for my diet...I won't drink my Baltica number 5. :)
Pre-court is TOMORROW AT 2! At lunch, Tatiana got a call from the custody officer. Apparently, her, and her entire staff is in a conference tomorrow afternoon. They cannot make the pre-court hearing. However, we just got a call from her that the judge said it's not necessary for them to attend the pre-court hearing anyway.
I am happy to have pre-court tomorrow, but sad knowing Joe only has one full day left after today! We will miss him! However, I will have NO ONE to kick me off the internet at night!!!
Dasvidanya! I will post tomorrow after our pre-court hearing. We will also get our court date tomorrow, so that's cool too to get a timeline.
I wanted to thank you all again for reading and posting such sweet comments. It really does spread so much joy our way...we appreciate it!!!