After a somewhat crazy morning of last minute packing (and re-packing because Grace kept ‘helping’) we got out on time and dropped the kids off. They were so excited to be at Mrs. Susans’ house that we had to make them say good bye to us. I thought I did pretty well…I cried, but I pulled myself together again fairly quickly. We hopped from Cedar Rapids to Chicago and we’re now 37,000 ft over Canada with about 5 more hours to go until we get to Frankfurt. After a short layover we’ll head on over to Kiev and try to figure out what time it is. :)

So far, so good. We’ve met a few other families adopting (not RR families) and made friends with Constantine, a Greek man living in Germany. I haven’t flown without kids in about 6 years and this is SO much more relaxing! I think we’re about to try to get a few hours of sleep …and if that fails start watching the movies that Philip put on our computer. I’ll get to watch more movies in the next 3 weeks than I have in the last 4 years.

Night, night!….

…We’re now over Dublin and there hasn’t been any sleep. Philip dozed for a bit, but I just can’t sleep sitting up. I know, it’s supposed to be a prerequisite to becoming a parent, but somehow my body just doesn’t seem to do it. However, I got to watch a goofy movie, listen to some Perspectives sessions (the class that got us into this adoption in the first place), snuggled with Philip and prayed for the Indian family whose little boy cried for half the flight (he’s finally sleeping and I bet they’re exhausted). I think we’re just an hour or so out of Frankfurt!….

…Sittin’ in Frankfurt, waiting for our connection to Kiev. I’ve been stalked by a lady who insists on cleaning the bathroom every time someone gets close to it (she’s really kind of funny) and we’re enjoying all the interesting outfits. We are entering the land of high heels and skin-tight pants and it’s hard not to stare at some of the fashion statements….

…eating dessert in TGI Friday’s in Kiev (so we can use their Wifi). We made it! We have our apartment, a phone and have done a little grocery shopping with Niko, our driver and translator for now. This is a very odd place. We’ve almost been run off the sidewalk by a car that wanted to park there, managed to get dinner at a Ukrainian ‘fast food’ restaurant (and we were yelled at by the serving lady…it was actually funny), ate pickle soup (I thought I was getting borscht…guess not) and made it through ‘customs,’ which was only a few scanners that you could go through if you chose. If you didn’t, and no one was, you just walked by and into Kiev. This place is a mixture of old European-style palace buildings, many run down tenement apartments, a few modern businesses and old Soviet buildings. At any rate, we’re here and we’re REALLY tired. So here’s the post and now we’re headed to bed and looking forward to a slow day tomorrow.

Bookmark and Share

Other Posts on this Subject: