Friday, January 23, 2009

Dossier to Notary

At last, at last, my file is beginning it's journey. I got an email to say it has been sent to be notarized. Yahoo, that only leaves about, oh, 9 more stages and oh about 6 to 9 more months before I get my letter of invitation to travel. Do you think I should unpack? LOL

Actually, I have so much to do before I actually do travel to Kazakhstan, the time will fly. It's flying right now, I can't believe that its January 23 already. Didn't we JUST celebrate the New Year.

I want to redo the bedrooms and office upstairs. I'm planning to turn my old bedroom, the master, into a playroom. It is a huge space and really, it doesn't make that much sense to keep it for just sleeping. We also have to get the basement finished so JB can move back down there without worrying about floods.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Movement with my file

Yipee! My file is beginning to finally move. It's gone for Notary. Roll on all these many more steps.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Visit with Loretta and Alex

This evening I went to visit Loretta and Alex. Alex is changing already, just in the 8 days since I saw him last. It was so cute, Loretta and family have been teaching Alex to do a high five. He's getting the hang of it. Now they are working on waving goodbye.

Today Loretta showed me the Alex's Kazakhstan passport. It is the most beautiful passport photo I have ever seen. There is so much I want to know about the process, what she experienced, what I can expect. One short 4 hour visit never covers all the conversation. We barely touch the surface of all I want to learn and all Loretta has to share.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Ringing in the New Year

Okay, it's taken me 10 days to get around to writing this, I'm slow.

On New Year's Eve, when my brother and I were ringing in 2009, I got shivers as I said, "Happy New Year" as I realized this is the year I will becoming a mommy. I'm so focussed on this journey. I'm sure I'm driving all my friends crazy as it's ALL I want to talk about at the same time it seems as NOTHING is actually happening.

Friday, January 9, 2009

Another New Canadian

On Sunday I finally was able to visit Loretta and meet little Alex. Loretta arrived home on the 14th of December, but between work, snow storms, Christmas and terrible colds (Loretta's,
Alex's and mine) it wasn't until Sunday that we finally got together.

Alex is such a cute boy. Did I also say big? I knit Alex a little sweater in a 12 month size. It will definitely fit now, but I don't know for how long. He loves to eat. No need for airplanes or trains with this little man. Just hold a spoon with food anywhere he can see and his mouth is WIDE open. And let me tell you, he'll let you know if Loretta is to slow putting that food into his mouth. He turned 8 months old on Christmas day, he's about 20 inches tall (well if he was standing) and is a solid weight. But those cheeks, most of his face is cheek.

He was napping when I arrived, but when he was fully awake, wow. He has a delightful laugh. I could barely take my eyes off of him. He's almost crawling. He can push his bum up into the air, and actually lift his head up and the same time, but then he doesn't seem to know what to do. Strange how you can watch stuff like that and it is so entertaining.

It was great to be with Loretta again too. Yah, she was there, but truthfully, I'm not sure what she looks like. LOL.

Loretta shared some of the stories about her adventures in Kazakhstan, including a trip looking for wild camels. There are lots more stories to come. We're planning to go out on Wednesday when I finish work so we'll share some more then.