Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Paka Paka Papa!!!
Joe left today...we dropped him off at the airport on the way to the baby house. I was sad this morning, but Sean quickly cheered me up and had me cracking up. I am pretty grateful for him right now!! Well,I'm ALWAYS grateful for him, but especially when he's cheering me up and making me laugh when I felt like a big ole baby for crying when Joe left.
I have talked to him twice already. He was met by our agency's staff in Astana and got a tour. He said it is GORGEOUS there, but VERY EXPENSIVE! He treated Baheet and her niece to lunch, plus his, and it was $5000 tenge. His hotel for 12 hours was 7000 tenge. We are indeed spoiled in our lil provincial town of Kostanai. Baheet does not speak english, but her 14 year old niece does pretty well. Joe said it was comical. He has that wonderful 4 am flight to Frankfurt so he is in a hotel that he said is like the Ritz Carlton compared to what we stayed in in Kostanai. He is being picked up at 1 am. He is hoping to stay awake, then crash on the plane, courtesy of ambien. I have heard from several people that the jet lag on the way home is pretty bad, so hopefully Joe's years of traveling full time will pay off and he will not suffer too badly. He has a ton of things going on at work, so I know time will fly for him. We sure do miss him already! He is our "rock" and he's so smart...full of common sense.He figured out the DSL on my laptop (he had to reset the network adpater (?), he figured out our dvd player in the apt plays our american movies, and he has an uncanny sene of direction. I am so glad that Sean is half him because I get turned around in the baby house. LOL
After he got settled at the airport (he flight was not delayed out of Kostanai (yay!) we went to see Ms. Leeza Grace. She looked so pretty today in something that actually fit her and she was alllllllllll smiles. Sean had her cracking up today, and had mom cracking up too. He was playing with her, and making up all kinds of stories about how she was a cyclist in the Tour de France and making her legs pedal and how she was the fastest because she had 2 expresso's and 2 monster drinks. She was cracking up, and I was cracking up. Then, he was building her "castles" out of her stacking cups and letting her destroy them, narrating in some english accent. That big brother is CRAZY! She has also been taking an interest in her "picture book" that we brought with pics of us, her room, Miles (the dog), her brother Joey and sister Jillian, Nana and Papa,(Joe's parents) and Mimi and Bobo(my parents). She has not been that interested in it before, but lately, she always looks at it like she's studying. I made 4 books for her (we have a huge family!) so I am going to bring the other ones in too for her to "peruse". She seemed very psyched about her cool Kazakhstani themed room! I didn't even SHOW her her closet filled with adorable clothes yet!!!
It was so nice out that we took a walk a few times around the baby house in the ergo. She fell asleep again (but I lOVE IT when she does that!!) and I let her "power nap" for about 15 minutes before we went back in.
She is so much fun, and she was very chatty again today, talking away to us. The head teacher commented on how much she looks like me today. More and more people are saying that....it warms my heart!!!
We sure miss Daddy, but he will be back in less than 3 weeks! He and Sean are going to leave day after court...then I will REALLY be cryin!! However, one look at Leeza Grace and that sweet lil face, and my tears will dry quickly. I know I will be fine, I'm just spoiled having these smart, entertaining men along for the ride.
I took a TON of pictures today. I think the picture taking is going to start declining, because Sean thinks I take tooooooo many,and Joe is now gone, so today is BONUS day to make up for the next few weeks when there will be less. :) Sean started covering up Leeza's face saying NO MORE PICTURES NO MORE PICTURES,right Leeza?!!
It cracks me up how she "walks" on her tip toes and even stand on her tips toes all the time, so I had to take pictures of her cute lil feet. I also had to get one of Sean carrying my purse (my new purse I got at the market...holds all my CASH, tenge, passports, chapstick and hand gel) while we walked around the baby house (I called it his "man purse" and he has to carry it since Joe is gone) and Sean trying one Leeza's "chepchick" , aka bonnet, that MUST BE WORN when going outdoors!