Sunday, December 2, 2012

We're here and we're cold! :)

Posted by Jennifer at 4:00 AM
Hello from Siberia!!!  We arrived early this morning (Sunday morning) and got settled into our apartment. We managed to get a few hours sleep in the late morning/early afternoon, so we had the energy to brave the cold and walk to the grocery store to stock up on supplies for us and the girls! :) 

Our travel was uneventful - I didn't really even take any pictures this go round, there's only so many self-portraits of the two of us on an airplane one can take! :)  We were a couple hours delayed leaving LAX, but had a scheduled 6 hour layover in Moscow, so that turned into more like a 3 1/2 hour layover - not too bad! :)  We have flown so much with Aeroflot over the past few months that we have "GOLD" status with them.  One of the perks is that we have access to the business/first class lounges in the airport!  It's really nice to have a quiet place (with free food and drinks!) to wait out those layovers!!  We have had a really good experience with Aeroflot on all of our trips.  Oh, another perk - you get upgraded when your flight is overbooked/full. :) Our flight to Krasnoyarsk was FULL and so they upgraded us to first class!!  Woot!

So now we're here, and preparing for Gotcha day! :)  We walked to the grocery store - it's so cold here!!  SO cold that our nose hairs freeze within seconds of being outside!  Not something we experience in Oregon on a regular basis! :)  We got stocked up on food and diapers, gifts for the orphanage staffs are packed and ready to go, the girls' Gotcha Day clothes and coats, snow pants, boots (etc!!) are ready to go! 

We'll be picked up about 8:30 tomorrow morning and head to the court to pick up our court decree and papers - and from there it's off to get the girls!!!  We pick up Dasha first and then Emily.  Oh I can't wait to see them again, and kiss their little faces, and dress them in their VERY OWN clothes!! 

I know this is short, but I wanted to check in and tell you all we made it! :)  I'm sure I'll have MUCH more to tell you after tomorrow - but for now I think I'm going to curl up with some tea and a movie and enjoy our last evening as a couple without kids! :) 

I'll leave you with a few photos of the apartment and surroundings from today.

Looking out the window of our apartment.  It's REALLY cold here!!!  It also didn't get light until about 10 am.  

 All bundled up to walk to the grocery store. Tomorrow, I will use two scarves.  One around my neck and tucked into my coat, the other wrapped around my face.  I do have gloves too - but wasn't wearing them yet, because I needed to lock up and whatnot. :)
 Our snowy walk.  That's the grocery store you see in this picture.
 Back at the apartment, everything is ready for the girls!!  Here's their little beds for this week!
 The pile o' stuff to take with us tomorrow!!! 
 Looks like fun!!  Most of these toys we've been able to leave here with our translator over the months, which really helped!  The beloved light up balls are there, as is a doctor kit for Dasha! :)


Crystal on December 2, 2012 at 7:25 AM said...

The girls are going to roast when they get to Oregon. :-)

Unknown on December 2, 2012 at 3:27 PM said...

So excited for you

Megan on December 2, 2012 at 4:29 PM said...

So happy for you both and the girls!


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