Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Hump Day in Ukraine

Tim and I decided to splurge today and each get a computer at the internet cafe. It costs about $1 per hour:-). So there will be two separate posts today.

Marilyn, I have been meaning to tell you that I did have the Chicken Kiev at O'Brian's in Kiev before we left. It's exactly what June described. It was good, but I didn't expect it to be fried. Last night they served us boneless fried chicken and mashed potatoes. Tim was in heaven.

You can leave as many comments on the blog as you want. The more the better for us. We look forward to anything from home. We are in a small town in Eastern Ukraine. They have one main street. They do have a small super market that is half the size of a walgreens. They also have a smaller market where you can buy clothes, hats, bakery items, cokes, meats, jewelry, exchange money, books, strollers, cosmetics, etc. We are staying in a very central place that is close to everything. Everyone here walks everywhere. Even if it's freezing cold outside, people are walking up and down the main street. The orphanage is about 15 minutes away by taxi. They have a new pizza place that we like. We walk there and have tea and coffee or pizza.

We had a good visit with the kids yesterday. M was feeling better. Tim bought a plastic gun that shoots suction cup darts. It also came with hand cuffs and a army man figure. They would stand the army man up and shoot him down. V joined us today and we all had a good time. Everyone took turns shooting the army man, even O. We were able to walk around the court yard because the snow had melted and children were outside. There seemed to be one old bicycle that all of the kids shared. They made a line. The next in line would take the bike and ride as fast as he/she could around the courtyard then back to the next person in line and they would take off.

The children took us to their gymnasium and we ran in to the table tennis champ (Y). Yes, Natalie and Bill, your boy is the champ. Tim played table tennis with Y and V. M was not interested in the least. O wanted to take pictures of her friends and favorite teachers and caregivers. She LOVES the camera. M ran in to his best friend and wanted a couple of photos with him. V also wanted us to meet his best friend and take a photo of them. M and O made us each a gift in art class. I got a red sports car and Tim got a yellow tank. They are made of paper. I wish I could post photos so you could see them. They are very detailed and M was so proud to show me that the wheels actually turn on my car.

We will visit the kids today. Will post again tomorrow. Hopefully by tomorrow we will know more about our timeline here.

Becky, I hope you are feeling better.

Ladybug, say hello to everyone for me.



Ladybug said...

Happy you are spending time with the kids. Sounds like you are having a good time with them. Looks as if you have a photographer on your hands.

Area Sales Meeting went on without a hitch. Jamie is glad it is over. Now we can all get back to work and try and get caught up.

Tim.... I noticed a common topic on your blogs. Food. I crack up when reading about what you are eating over there. Bet a nice steak would be nice right about now.

Keep sending us updates. Everyone wants to know what is going on over there. We love reading about your adventure.


adopting2fromUkraine said...

Was V's best friend K's brother? (Not our KMB:) We saw him with R several times. KMB wasn't the least interested in taking pictures. Except those of us taking her picture.

Kathi said...

Sounds like y'all are having a blast with all the kids. So glad that everything seems to be heading in the right direction.

It was 78 degrees yesterday and felt like 100% humidity and no sunshine. Really bad hair day!! Then we wake up this morning at 42 degrees with what feels like 0% humidity and sunshine all over the place. It really is a beautiful day here. Gotta love Houston!

Can't wait to see all the pictures of all the little ones.

Miss you and hope ya'll are all home SOON!!!!



adopting2fromUkraine said...

The same dish at the same restaurant and we didn't even know it? Great minds think alike;)

Anonymous said...

Hey Sharon & Tim:

I think this is a great idea about raising monies for bikes. Let's get together when ya'll return so that we can get this organized and maybe upon your return to pick up the kiddo's, ya'll can go and purchase some. While you're there, see if you can look at prices.

The B's said...

Hi guys!!!

I want a cute name like ladybug - can I be - chococake???
I'm sorry this is the first time I have sent a message - I have been reading the updates and hanging on every word!! We are so ready for all 4 of you to come home!! Camapbell is ready to hang out with her future baby sitters.
All of our love and prayers!

Love Choco and the Baldons

adopting2fromUkraine said...

Okay, you said leave as many comments as you want;)

You haven't seen the main street yet. When you go to 'suit' (court), you'll see where the a big portion of traffic, the big outdoor market and lots of other places are. It's too far to walk from where you are, especially in the cold.

Oh, have you seen the statue of the namesake of the town? The taxi driver, V, usually takes the route that goes by his statue.