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Category: Baby
Posted by: jenn
Ryan was delighted to see us for about 10 minutes…and then not so much! He was cranky today and he really needed a nap. The room cleared out as everyone else went outside. We decided to just stay in. All the caregivers were out there and with Ryan being this fussy, he was sure to fall asleep….and we would be sure to get busted. We decided to stay in and take advantage of having the playroom all to ourselves. After about 45 min…he fell asleep. We only let him have about 20 minutes. He has so much nicer after the nap…always amazed at the good a little power nap can do. Before he fell asleep, he wouldn’t let me sit down and hold…had to keep moving….and every position, he just cried.

After our visit we went to Oasis for lunch. They have very nice salads…every once in a while, even I, enjoy having a vegetable! Jack had the spaghetti…he was less than thrilled. I had Meat Soup (maybe pronounced Slovenka). I’m not sure what Pete had really, but it was called Mexican Meat. I know my cousin in AZ would probably have something to say about that. This is very good restaurant though…we’ve eaten here 3 times this trip and probably many more times than that during our last trip. It’s so funny when you order a coke here, it is almost always bottled and they generally want to sell you a liter at a time…and then they charge you by the glass…so 1 liter = 5 glasses…so on the bill, it will look like you’ve ordered 5 of something. Very confusing. Gratuity is always included in the bill. We learned this today…so our waitress from Ali Babba should be our new best friend, as we tipped her an extra 1000 tenge.

We are waiting anxiously for Dina to go to petition the court on Friday. Friday will mark the official end of the bonding time and she can go and request a court date. That will be a few weeks from now, hopefully before Pete and Jack are scheduled to leave (so we won’t have to change their flights home). Jack is already planning to be a cowboy for Halloween. Bummed I’ll miss that…but since he has the costume (thanks to Aunt Diane & Uncle Greg), I’ve seen him dressed up as this many times before.


Here are some PICTURES of us today.




09/29: Giddy UP!

Category: Baby
Posted by: jenn
Ryan was very excited to see us again today. The other family here arrives for their visit about ½ hr. before we do and when they pick-up their little girl from her baby room (same room as Ryan’s), he has been looking at them like, I know you and he wants to get picked up too. He is usually sitting on a little rocking horse, going like a madman waiting for us to arrive. His face lights up when he sees us. He really likes the rocking horse…we’re going to have to find one when we get back. We spent some time both inside and out today. Outside was very busy. There were older children from the home out there playing today. Ryan is taking more of an interest in walking while holding on to our hands and walking along. He also has taken to grabbing and ripping eyeglasses and earrings off….oh yeah, he’s in the groove now. Time to wear the older pair of glasses for our visits. Busted for sleeping again today. They made me stand him to wake him up. I really didn’t like to do this. He was so peaceful…and then crying. :(

We have found our new favorite restaurant. “Ali Babba” (minus the 40 thieves). Just by chance, we saw this cool restaurant and they had nice big comfy booths that had like couches/pillows to lounge around in while enjoying lunch. Great Food and really, really great ambiance. The size of the beers at this place were Gi-Gunda-Enormous!!! Two-handers! The menus were in 3 languages; including English….that was a nice bonus. The tables were nice and big…allowing plenty of room for Jack and Roscoe to resume their daily game of Tenge-Hockey. Tenge is the currency here, for both coins and bills. So they typically play with 10 or 20 Tenge coins and the use two fingers on the edge of the table as a goal line of course. What will we do without Roscoe when we’re back to Massachusetts? I strongly suspect Roscoe is wondering how long before his new daughter, Sara, will be able to play Tenge Hockey?

We’ve resumed our addiction in Playstation2 from 3 years ago…we haven’t really played Need for Speed Most Wanted since we were here with tons of down time…you know, before we had Jack! Jack is now playing it with Pete….Uh-oh, what have we done?

Here are some PICTURES of us today.

Category: Baby
Posted by: jenn
We had our visit with Ryan today. He was a very happy guy today, like he usually is. He was wearing a little fleece turtleneck and his new pants that we bought him. We did about an hour inside and an hour outside. Jack really needed to be outside. The playroom is just too small for him and all of his energy. We bought Ryan some nesting cups over this weekend since we saw how much he liked another family’s the other day. He loved them and Sara was getting into that action too. We did manage to keep him awake for the entire visit and we were on our way to bring him back to his room when we met one his caregivers in the hallway…the 2 things will get us some points (we hope) in the good column.

Low key day with Jackster…just had lunch in today…PB&J, fried egg sandwich for Pete and me, little sausage things (which are really like SlimJims), and good stuffed olives. Really good chocolate from Uncle Steve!!! Pete and Jack are out playing soccer and I’m writing this and then working next. Jack met his friend Eshkunda again (the little boy he met at our apt. the other day). His aunt with was him today…she could speak quite a bit of English as she had been an exchange student in the NY last year.

Off to Shymkent for dinner….wish us luck!

Here are some PICTURES of us today.


Category: Baby
Posted by: jenn
This title comes from Pete lamenting that he discovered the first hole in a pair of socks while here in Astana. Laundry is rough on our clothes and walking a couple miles each day is starting to take it’s toll. This of course made us recall our dear friends Jason & Michelle from our trip to Astana 3 yrs. ago. They actually just threw their clothes away the last weeks they were here because their clothes were so worn out. Not to mention from all the walking they had done, I think Jason lost a little weight too.

We weren’t able to visit Ryan today. No visits on Sundays. We went for a very long walk down the Riverwalk eventually crossing the river to the other side, where there was a gorgeous park with amusement rides. We made our way through the park to the Aquarium (or as it’s called here, an Oceanarium). This walk to this place took much longer than the walk through. We went with our new posse of friends (Elizabeth, Roscoe, Darrell, and Carolyn). In the same building as the aquarium, there was also an indoor amusement park of sorts. They had a mechanical bull you could ride, a bungy swing thing, and a plastic bubble that you could be zipped into and then try to make your way around a pool of water. Yes, that’s right…we have no idea how long the air supply would last, but you’re completely enclosed inside of a plastic bag, that deflates the minute it is unzipped. The next passenger needs to step inside of it and wait for it to be inflated again. Is this safe? (this was the predominant burning question that each of us asked as we arrived at this pool).

We had a great time trying to figure out all the Russian and Kazakh signs. Actually most everything offered an English description as well…but we were still guessing because they often reverse the order of words if their grammar. (Shop for Souvenirs translated as Souvenir Shop…which is not so difficult, but just beginning to recognize some words and letters and transliterating them has become my new hobby.) Pete is laughing at me because I am maintaining my own decode of English Alphabet letter to the Cyrllic letters in my purse.

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
А Б Ц Д Е Ф Г Х И Й К Л М Н О П Я Р С Т У В В Х Ы З

Yes, I know…I’m a geek!!!

We found a new mall today. It’s called MEGA. It’s very nice (and pricey). It had a food court area on the 3rd and 4th floors. We pulled together tables and everyone went in all different directions to find whatever to eat. They have a KFC here. We ate from Burger House…and some people food got from El Taco. Some people, who got food from El Taco, wished they hadn’t.  It tasted ok, but then suddenly, it wasn’t.

The spaceship-looking building in the picture of us is the Circus. It runs all the time...I guess it's not seasonal like at home.

Looking forward to seeing Ryan tomorrow…


Here are some PICTURES of us today.

Category: Baby
Posted by: jenn
Ryan was very happy to see us today. Poor guy is tired and we got busted for letting him sleep again. Lots of nice big brother moments with Jack. The one with Jack sticking his arm out is my new desktop wallpaper. Funny thing...Ryan's pants are actually Sara's. Elizabeth was wondering where they were and then all of sudden she happened to notice what Ryan was wearing. :) Boys clothes, girls clothes...it's all good! We took a picture of Sara reading with her parents..I think she looks a little like Marissa.

A bazillion families visiting at the baby home today. Very crowded in our little play room, it drove us outside. The weather was cloudy but nice temperature. They were also doing a seasonal cleanup of Astana. We remember them doing this when we were here in the springtime for Jack. Everybody cleans up yard waste in the parks and in the playground at the baby home. They paint curbs, and decorative barriers (cylinder blocks) around the garden and baby home playground, and the bottoms of trees white. They also burn leaves and the yard waste...city is quite smoky.

Ok. Today, I've had it with the water here. The hose for the brand new shower head is broken again. You have to boil water before you use it to brush your teeth, which means you have to pay strict attention while brushing your teeth so you don't just rinse the toothbrush under the faucet. Jack has already dropped my toothbrush into the sink while the water is running (insert expletive here), I had to boil it to use it again. Ugh. Every sink in the apt. sprays water on you when you turn it on...the screen on the faucet must need adjusting..but I'm sure that I'll just turn into another project which will make Dina think we are high-maintenance. (if she doesn't already)

We did quite a bit of walking today. You'd think that Jack would be worn out...but then when we get home, he wants Pete to play soccer with him. Poor Pete!! I think he's really getting a work out. We won't get to see Ryan tomorrow, so we're going to go the Aquarium with Jack and some other families.

Want to let you know that Jack is turning into quite the photographer. I have included one picture of all 4 of us, with mostly Jack's face. That's his work there. It's unmistakable in his stylings!!


Here are some PICTURES of us.


09/25: Good Times!!!

Category: Baby
Posted by: jenn
Ryan was extremely happy to see us all when we went to pick him up today. His caregiver says he really is so happy to see us….he just starts kicking his legs and of course that great big smile he has…He’s just yummy. We took him outside today. He didn’t have to get all bundled up in a snowsuit…just a hat, coat, and 4 layers on the top beneath the coat, and the standard knit leggings (yes, even on boys), with pants for the bottom layer. It was very mild here today….like 70 degrees by the time we were taking him outside.

There was a crack in the armor today for the big brother. Jack was a little miffed that nobody would play with him in a particular instant…so he began pelting us with balls from the ball pit. Ahhh, “Incoming”…not nice. He found out that he could have a time out at the baby home. It was after this that we decided a change of scenery might be in order…we went outside.

When I brought Ryan back to his room, I took a picture of the plaque for his room. We have no idea what it means…I’ve spent at least 30 minutes trying to translate it the help of Wikipedia for each cyrllic letter and babelfish. Have to wait for Dina to translate this for us. Ryan’s room is right across the hall from Jack’s old room. We were able to bring Jack into his old room the other day.

After our visit, we finally got to eat at Shymkent…our favorite, favorite restaurant. It didn’t disappoint. Elizabeth & Roscoe came with us and I think it’s official…2 new fans! We had chicken and beef shashlik (kabob). This whole scene was pretty funny. We were there without Dina or another translator, Elmira, to help us. With our poor Russian, we attempted to ask for English menus….Niyet. We asked if anyone speaks English…a lot of confused looks and ultimately niyet. Oh well, we explained to E & R that we could probably order “shaslik and coke” and if that’s ok, we’ll stay. They agreed. We decided to still have a look through the menu, and with the waitress looking over Pete’s shoulder, (he was saying “shashlik”), she pointed at all the selections. We said one of each of the 3 choices. (chicken, beef, lamb)…she quickly looked at the 2nd choice and said niyet, niyet….ahhh, now we know that one is lamb!!!! We always ordered it, and they rarely had it. What was even more funny is that wanted to order rice too…but the waitress wasn’t understanding this…so Roscoe in his infinite wisdom decides that she will understand what we want if he draws it. So he begins to draw grains of rice. He had about 3 grains of rice drawn and we were laughing so hard, the whole restaurant was looking at us…we decided to go with something more standard….Plav (more like a stir fried rice).

After lunch, when we got back to our building, a boy was there having a problem with his bicycle. A woman, his Grandmother we think, asked Pete to fix the boy’s bike. She gave him a screwdriver. Pete and Roscoe had a look at the bike, while Jack, Elizabeth, and I played ball with him. His name was Eskunder. I think he’ll be looking for Jack again.


Here are some PICTURES of us.


09/24: Busted

Category: Baby
Posted by: jenn
Slow camera day folks…the playroom is getting old…but it is getting too cold to bring the kids outside, so we’ve been stuck inside. Ryan still was all smiles and he really loves to stick his tongue out….this is by far his favorite thing to do. He started to mimic me rolling my tongue today….but unfortunately, we weren’t able to capture it in a photo. We got scolded today because we let him fall asleep and we were caught red-handed…umm, they came in to get him (10 min. early) and we got scolded because he was asleep. Oh Well, it was in Russian and Dina wasn’t with us today to translate…a lot of “ya ne panimyu “ (I don’t understand) !!!! Maybe they checked the security camera and noticed he has fallen asleep every day. He was recently moved to the baby room he’s in now and in this room, the babies are only allowed one nap/day. I think he needs two. He’s totally a snoozer!!

I’ve got a toothache…oops, did I type that out loud? I’m trying to deny it. Wondering if it’s my usual sinus infection. Hmm…wonder how Kazakh. Antibiotics and pain killers are ???
We were finally switched over to a new internet connection today. Can’t wait to see what the bill will be for the last 3-4 days…probably at least $100 for 4 days….this new provider seems like equivalent speed at a $60/month. It isn’t like home, there are many competing providers…wondering how BT telecom (old provider) survives? We’ll see if it really is equivalent service.

We had a different driver today….different car too. Pete and Jack were downstairs (I was a few minutes behind them) and a driver got out of a different car and waived them over…Pete looked at the driver and the driver said “baby home”…Pete gave him the encrypted password “da, baby home” and they got into the car. I came downstairs and I did not see the familiar car or the Pete and Jack…??? A momentary panic, until Pete popped his head out and waved me over. “baby home” was all the English our driver knew. He drove from the right-hand side of the car…this was my first experience sitting on the left and not driving. Odd (sorry James…I don’t know how you do it).

Here are some PICTURES of us and also some local sites.


Category: Baby
Posted by: jenn
We had our usual visit today. Ryan was very smiley and talkative. He took an interest in some children’s books (cardboard pages) we brought. He was actually turning the pages one by one. Pretty different than Jack with books at that age…Jack would just eat them. Ryan has also discovered his reflection and now he too knows exactly how cute he is! We bought some new outfits for Ryan yesterday and most of tried a few things on. He’s wearing a pair of his new pants…I think they are very handsome. (I am somewhat biased). There are a few photos of the playground in front of the baby home. The trees have really grown in 3 yrs.

We went for a long walk to some children’s clothing stores and then along the Riverwalk and the Exercise park. We took a few
pictures of Jack with Roscoe…he’s Jack’s new best friend and Pete might be bumped to 2nd place…hey, wait that means, I’m now 3rd. :|

Vinegar….OMG…it burns your mouth here. Pete bought a bottle of vinegar to pour over cucumbers and you would never believe how it burns. I had one lick and my lips and tongue are still feeling the tang. Pete actually broke a bottle in the Ramstore when he was buying this yesterday….he got it all over his clothes…it contaminated all the other laundry.

Yeah, baby we got a new showerhead today…the old one had a split in the coil. The nozzle on the showerhead here is like the sprayer at your kitchen sink where you can have it spray or the water. The coil was split so badly that you actually get more water by using the leaking part rather than the intended head. The simple things, ya know?

Trying to score some hockey tickets where we can watch Kazakhstan’s team play against anyone…Jack saw a program from last night’s hockey game in Arman’s car this morning and we have a new quest (well, a sideline quest) ;)


Here are some PICTURES of us from today.

Category: Baby
Posted by: jenn
It was raining when we woke up this morning. It’s definitely about 15-20 degrees colder than the past couple of days. Still way too warm to snow. Jack and Pete are out for a walk now and Jack wanted to wear his new winter coat and also his new spider-man winter hat.

Today, we picked up Ryan from his room and brought him to the play area…he fell asleep for probably 45 min. of our visit…which I both love and hate. He’s so cuddly and it feels so wonderful just to hold him when he’s that peaceful, but our visits are so short with him, I don’t want him to fall asleep. We tried drinking from a sippy cup today…that was not a big hit….I put only a little water in it to see if he would be interested….ummm…that would be a “NO”…by the end of the visit he had finally acquiesced to holding the cup, but that was not getting anywhere near his lips. I don’t get that, most every baby wants to taste everything, at least once! We made a little mess with Goldfish snacks everywhere….Pete went into DefCon 5 mode and went to get the vacuum cleaner (he knows where it is from the smashed glass from last time).

Jack and I went to bring Ryan back to his room at the end of our visit and there was a caregiver, Garia (I think pronounced Gar-rea) in that room that recognized both Jack and I from 3 yrs. ago. She was the woman who helped bring Jack to Almaty with Dina. When Dina made that trip 3 yrs. ago and she needed help carrying Jack because she was pregnant. This woman actually held Jack for most of that trip (several hours). She came running over to us and she hugged and kissed both Jack and me. It felt very nice that we were remembered so fondly.

We went shopping at Pucha today. It’s a building with 6-7 stores that are all children’s clothing for some reasonable prices. We bought a few new outfits for Ryan…and OMG, they have SpiderMan pjs for Jack. Kazakh SpiderMan, who could pass that up, Not Jack Ivancic!


Here are some PICTURES of us and also some local sites.

09/21: A Perfect Day

Category: Baby
Posted by: jenn
We had a visit with Ryan today from 10am-12. That will be our timeslot every day. He was so happy to see us. He babbled a lot and he loves to giggle. If I just nuzzle his neck, he giggles so much. Hopefully you’ll see it in a few pics. He was crawling all over and finding all the things that we didn’t want him to. I think Jack is warming up to the idea of being a big brother…but every once in a while, he says “who’s Ryan?”. I think he’s just giving us a dig because he would prefer Ryan’s name to be Pepsi.

We were a little late getting started on our visit….had to wait a little in the waiting area of the baby home. We were greeted by a little woman waiting in the coat room; she usually has the keys to play/music rooms. We crudely asked her for “Islam” (Ryan’s given name) by simply saying “Islam?”. She scurried off to ask someone to call upstairs and there we sat for a little while. She passed through this waiting area again after a while and she was surprised to see us sitting still…we asked for “Islam?” again and this time, she went upstairs and asked us to follow her to the playroom. She went and got someone to bring us our Ryan. He was brought in shortly and was quite happy to see us. We had our visit in the playroom with Elizabeth & Roscoe with their little girl Sara (prounounced “Sa-Ra”). Sara has the same smile Marissa did when she was a baby. I think we will be having our visits at roughly the same time, with maybe just a ½ hr. offset, since Arman is the driver for all of us..and of course we cannot all fit in one trip.

WE MADE COFFEE….which is as monumental as making fire.  Ahhh. We brought Starbuck’s coffee and filters with us from home. Today, we found a funnel and a Thermos carafe…we used these to make like a French press. Pete made wonderful coffee….as good as home. My hero!!!

We got an INTERNET Connection…YAYAYAYAYAY!!!!!! OMG, we’ve desperately wanted to talk to you all and keep in touch….thankfully, it’s here now. Sorry for the lack of blogs and most especially a lack of pictures. Elizabeth & Roscoe let me come over and use their laptops to post the other blog, but I didn’t have a way to upload photos without installing software, so I could only post the text. Additionally, at the time I used their machines I was not able to get onto my work email server so I did not have access to my email address book to send a photo out to everyone….had to go with some email addresses off the top of my head..and I mixed up a few of you…sorry.

We also did laundry yesterday/today…about 7 loads so far…The washer only holds like 4 things. So funny how everything here is smaller..they aren’t into buying large things or large quantities here. It is a city here and many people have to walk home with whatever they buy, so it makes sense that smaller would be more manageable. There is no dryer. We’re drying clothes on clothes lines which are on an enclosed porch outside the apartment. Things are not drying as quickly as I remember. But I think that’s because they are not inside with the heat on. The steam heat will get turned on for everyone on October 1. The outside porch overlooks a very busy road, so there might be a slight new Carbon Monoxide aroma.

Pics Here...Firing on All Cylinders...!!!


09/21: Missing Ryan

Category: Baby
Posted by: jenn
No visits on Sundays¡Khad to keep busy other ways...so we went to the Open Air Market (flea market). We went with Dina, her husband, son, and Elizabeth and Roscoe (the other family here with us). We had a great weather today, about 75 here. We ate lunch at Samovar (Russian food). We had some great Siberian Borscht and Chicken Pancakes, which are like crepes. Jack was not impressed with the menu! We tried to just get scrambled eggs for him¡Kthey like to cook them more like an omelet. That didn't fly. He finally had some chicken noodle soup¡Kand ate about 6 bites...followed by "I'm tired" (common dinner-time comment from him). He was pretty intrigued by sugar cubes for the tea. He was adding them to everyone's tea whether they liked it or not... sometimes even 2 cubes and lemon. I wasn't happy he had done this to my tea, only to discover it actually tasted quite good. Who knew?

After we came back from lunch, we went for a nice walk along the Ishim River. It is right next to our apartment. We are much closer to the Ram store and the river than we were a few years ago. The city has noticeably changed in 3 yrs. They have completely changed the intersection at the Ram store to have one road have an overpass now. This intersection use to be a big concern when we had to cross it as pedestrians¡Know there is also a separate pedestrian tunnel. Nice! The driving here also seems to be a little less chaotic. Maybe we're just jaded to the Kazakh (and MA 495/128) ways of driving?

I tried to order a cup of coffee to go "Kofe to go", "Kofe we go", "Kofe (walking motion with fingers)." My request was met with a response of "Niyet, Niyet, sidet, stol" (No, No, sit table). I Couldn't stay Pete had just bought ice cream to bring home, and as usual he was annoyed at my caffeine habit. "Niyet, Niyet"

Today's word of the day is "shtyunka" (shh-toy-unka)¡Kparking garage. Dina's son (Madi, almost 3 yrs. old) was riding with us in our car completely unrestrained. Jack was sitting in the booster we brought for him kind of taking it all in¡KMadi (pronounced Mad-ee) was happily sitting on top of the arm rest in the back seat next to Jack. It's such a different world over here. Madi can only speak Kazakh (a completely different language than Russian, though still based on the Cyrllic alphabet). Arman (Dina's husband) speaks Russian and Kazakh, and the 3 of us could not understand them. All we could really say was "ya ne panimayu" (I don't understand). We say this a lot¡KJack now is saying it a lot.

PICS HERE...Things....!!!

Category: Baby
Posted by: jenn
We made it here safe and sound. It was a long journey, but we all fared pretty well. We hung out in Frankfurt airport for 7 hrs., mostly at one little restaurant where we could watch planes take off…one every 2-3 minutes….We didn’t sleep there at all. The 2nd flight was only 5.5 hrs., Jack slept nearly all of that and Pete for an hour or two. I didn’t sleep at all the entire trip. We arrived here in Astana at 11:30pm local time ( 1:30pm EST). We were completely unpacked and very WIDE awake at 2am…not good. We forced ourselves to go to sleep since we were going to go to the baby home at 11:30am. Very hard to fall asleep knowing that it was only mere hours to meeting our new son or daughter. Lots of thoughts and unanswered questions that were flitting through my brain now. Yes, this brain is in overdrive most normal days…but now it’s on steroids and lacking sleep and caffeine for nearly 35 hrs….Frightening!!!

It’s a Man’s World….
Ok without further ado…..It’s ManTown for sure!!!! Yep, that’s right a little boy. His name will be Ryan and he’s 13 mos. old. He was born on July 29th 2008. We arrived at the baby home at 11:30am and we were greeted by Dr. Alma (she’s the Director of the Baby Home). She remembered us and she was very happy to see Jack again. She was very excited to see him and she gave him a big kiss on his cheek….he wasn’t too sure of this.
He resumed his Rock Star status at the baby home. As we made our way around, many nurses and caregivers smiled and marveled at how big he is now. I’m not sure if they truly remember him, but every room we went into, everyone stopped whatever they were doing to sneak a peek.

Ryan is a peanut for 13 mos. I estimate that he weighs about 15-16 lbs. His current weight is 8.2kg. (If I had a DSL connection right this minute I would Google up a conversion for you…but since I will be posting this blog at a later point…you’ll have to fend for yourselves on this one.) He likes to be held and he especially likes to be nuzzled on his neck. He also is very ticklish. He has 4 teeth and a very contagious smile.

Our apartment is very nice. It’s a palace compared with our last. It has 2 bedrooms and big living room to hang out in. My writing assistants are sharing with the responsibilities…well, if sleeping was actually a duty of some sort. Jet lag has been a killer on this trip. It hit all 3 of us at the same time on Friday afternoon at 4:30. (Which was only a ½ hr. into a visit with Ryan. It was our 2nd visit with him in one day. Our first meeting him was cut a little short due to his feeding schedule, so we were offered a 2nd visit later in the afternoon. ) The jet lag was pretty awful for me last night. Despite being incoherently exhausted, I could not fall asleep and I had a brutal headache from a lack of caffeine. Today, I’ve been up since 5am craving Coca-Cola… yeah, I know… that didn’t turn out well…running to the bathroom at 6am with nausea….

We’ve already shopped at the Ram Store quite a few times….Jack was extremely delighted that Orange soda exists here in Kazakhstan…we cannot say this about many of his other favorite foods. His reaction to “no McDonald’s” was pretty much my same reaction 3 yrs. ago to “No Starbucks”. Shopping at the Ram Store cost a mere 24,000 tenge (pronounced ten-gay). The exchange rate is 150 tenge = $1 USD. This was actually an expensive trip…we did buy a few household items that were lacking and some diapers…oh yeah…those need to be back in the budget. Another item that might’ve been expensive was a whole pizza. The Ram Store now carries prepared foods to-go….I think the woman behind the counter was shocked when she saw Pete indicate with a circular motion of his hand that we want the whole thing.  She actually did manage to produce a box, so it must not be altogether unusual. We did this trip without Dina’s help…so we weren’t able to figure out the dairy items. These guys still don’t keep milk cold…but Spaghetti Sauce is in the cooler. What Gives???

PICS HERE...Sweet Success!!!


Category: Baby
Posted by: jenn
Hi Everyone…We’re heading to the airport soon…we had a minor snag with leaving town…Passports. A slight mishap detained our travels…but at last we’re cleared for take-off. We’re off on another great adventure to build our family and we can’t wait to tell you all about it as it unfolds. We’re anxious to meet our new child, to find out if it’s a new son or daughter, to find out how old she (or he) is?? Jack is just as excited to go on this adventure too, but he’s less thrilled with the plane ride, he wants to know if we can “just drive there…or maybe take a train?”. Guess we shouldn’t have told him how long the flight is.
It’s been a long and winding road (“hey, that’s a Beatles song”, Jack just informed me) to build our family and we’re happy to have had all the support from such wonderful family and friends through our lengthy journey. We look forward to enjoying more of your support (comments and email) while we’re away…look forward to hearing from you all from time to time and we hope to see you all very soon for introductions of new Baby Ivancic.