The people in these photos you do not recognise are Olga, 1 of our interpretors (w/me in front of babyhouse) and Igor and John by Igors 'machina'! They are both wonderful and we will miss our wonderful Kazakh friends!
Well we are excited...we will leave tomorrow night (actually Wed. early morning) at 2:00am for our 4:00am (JOY!) flight ...our 1st of 3! It takes longer to get home that to get there as we are flying into the airstream (Johnny told me that!) Today we took the girls to their Dr. appt. at the International Clinic in Almaty. Both are healthy..the Dr. that saw Jenna kept saying (beautifil girl, what a beautiful girl!!!) She gets that alot! She weighs a whopping 15.4 lbs.! Hanna weighs 22.8 lbs. and is fine development for her age, considering she was very premature. She still has some congestion from the babyhouse respitory infection they fought, so we do Benydryl and get the bad nose-suction thingy for her...Dr. says that is great. Hanna screamed thru hercheck up...she still is afraid of strangers, and actually Jenna cried quite a bit too! Went to lunch with Deb, Daniel and Jean at Mad Murphys Pub again (hey, go with what works!)Jean (Deb's sister in law) said about Jenna"she is so beautiful..she look like a little porcelin china doll!" We agree!!!! Hanna has been much better and her sweet, adorable playful self again, but now mean old Mama & Papa are gonna drag her little tush half way around the world! Nothing makes a baby crankier than that, I'll bet (and soon know!!!) We pray for at least a little calmness on the LONG flight home...we are dreading it but so excited to hit U.S. soil!!!! Jenna has just become a wild squiggly worm and never is still! She is cuttin' loose, ya'll!!! And we have had a role reversal...Jenna wants Papa this week and Hasnna wants me! It's kind of nice as I was feeling Mommy guilt always having Jenna in my arms when Hanna reached for me, so now I have had lots of 1-on-1 with my precious big girl!
My cousin-in-law Shannon Allmon gave the girls little USA flags to carry when we get off the plane, as they will be US citizens when we touch down in Detroit, actually!I hope to remember so Trena can get a picture of this moment in St. Louis when she picks us up (If anyone can get Trena a message to bring a disposable camera when she comes to get us, I will pay her back...I am afraid I will forget to tell her when she calls tomorrow in all the comotion trying to leave!). I will be so happy to see my own car in St. Loius ...we are that homesick!
Tomorrow we go to the US Embassy and do paperwork and then meet with WPA office here to get Visa's /passports, etc for babies. Then home to sleep some and catch our flights!!!YIPEEEE!
Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers on our way home. Of course I turned on the TV today and on Discovery (we have cable in Almaty!)they had "Air Crash Tradgedy's" on...I turned that off right away! Just the pick-me-up I need before a flight, ehh??? Everyone conked out for naps here...Jenna woke up 3 or 4 times last night (we think maybe tummy ache) so we are all tired...guess I will join naptime! We will try and post once more before we fly home!
See you all soon...we love ya! Enjoy the photos!!!!
Tawn, John, Jenna & Hanna xoxoxoxo