We make a small breakfast and a small dinner and go out for a late lunch around 3 everyday. (Unless we have an appointment.)
We go to the grocery store almost every day because I can not keep food on the shelves in our tiny kitchen.
A bag of apples, I bought yesterday, gone today. A bag of carrots, I bought yesterday, gone today. Juice, gone. Milk, gone. A box of cereal, gone. Cheese, a loaf of bread, a package of salami, All GONE. In one day, GONE.
First, I was buying chips and snacks, but since the skill of "self-moderating" needs work for my two newest additions, I only buy healthy things now.
Ya live and ya learn.
So instead of chips they get bananas, but really they are happy with anything.
I can't even buy my beloved coke because Yana drinks it like water. Sad face.
They have two feet in Ukraine and maybe a single small toe in southern California.
With all this time together, we talk about expectations...
about what Adam and I expect in America, but I can't really enforce it yet. I focus on bonding.
Save money. Spend money. Give money. Just like their sisters Lily and Elliot.
In Kiev, there is this intricate below ground mall and metro system.
Actually Kiev has the deepest metro in the world. I.Did.Not.Know.This.
I was just about as terrified as you get when I stepped on the escalator after paying the 4 hryvnia (about 20 cents) per person.
It took all my power not to yell RUN to Alex and Yana and explode up the downward conveyor belt, pushing people out of my way in the process. But I kept it together, to scared to let go of the side to take a picture.
I was pretty convinced that we were slowly moving toward a bottomless pit, luckily that was not the case. I kept saying to myself over and over as we rode forever down down down, worrying won't add a minute, worrying won't add a minute.
I am such a chicken but it freaked me out. I was totally and completely fine and so were the kids, but I am just not riding it again. :)
So now we walk everywhere. We walked to the soccer stadium, we walked through the underground mall, we walked to exchange money, we walked to eat dinner, we walked to go to the store, we walked to buy 50 cent lattes, we walked to get ice cream, We walked to buy a bible in Ukranian. Sometimes we get lost, which I don't really mind as long as we are we are above ground.
|So happy to see this sign. One of our many times lost underground.|
We have been doing some running around this week and like this entire adoption, things didn't go as amazing as I planned. But, God is good and I can't complain. I am safe and the kids are ours.
Adam has been their only consistency (and my sister who has been substitute mommy). But now, they will be shuffled around from caretaker to caretaker. Although they seemed pretty excited to have special Grandma and Aunt Cait time.