Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Feedback Anyone?

In one of my comments, a friend posted a link with a recommended language tool http://www.karensadoptionlinks.com/product.html

I have looked into this and it appears very interesting. It says that it has over 150 adoption specific phrases that will help with an older child's language. It also has a CD that comes with it to help the children learn English quickly as well. It is $90 for the parent CD, the child's CD and the book.

Has anyone used this? Is it worth the cost?

I would love to hear from anyone who has used it.


Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Learning the Language

Privyet -

Dennis and I keep hoping and praying, and hoping and praying (and a little more praying) that we will get back to Cassidy Mariya soon -

However, the time we do have left we are taking advantage of - We are learning Russian. We have tried the "In-Flight" tapes, and tried the 4 hour courses with Rosetta Stone, but unless you start at the beginning, you are going to get no where.

And the beginning is with http://www.listen2russsian.com/ - All I can say is WOW!!!!!! Step by Step - I am slowly learning the necessary words to communicate with her. Right now I am working on one (1) word translations like bathroom (Vannaya), downstairs (vneezoo) etc - soon, I want to be able to work my way up to simple statements like "It's ok" or "Mommy is here". The hardest part is the constant listening and pronouncing new syllables. But, I want her to feel a little comfortable - a few words that she can remember as she gets older.

Hopefully next time, I will be able to share a few more words with you, and little good news.
pakAh, (BYE)

New CHI Rep

No new information on the adoption, but we have changed representatives within our agency (Children's Hope Int). Our new rep is Marti, and so far she has been wonderful. She is on the ball, and has gotten us the information we needed in a quick and professional manner.

Hopefully one day soon she will call us with our court date!!! Keep your fingers crossed for us (and a few prayers wouldn't hurt either)

Enjoy your day,

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Pictures of Krasnoyarsk

As I anxiously await the date of our 2nd trip, I find myself going through our pictures more and more frequently. I don't want to forget a single thing about the culture, the building, or the people. I thought you might like to see some of them. (Please note that due to our adoption not yet being finalized, I will not be posting pictures of Cassidy Maria)

This 1st picture is of the Krasnoyarsk Airport. Small building. It reminded me of a local airport here in NJ.

This is the view from our apartment. We stayed in a very nice 1 bedroom apartment that all the amenity's of home (minus hot water). This flea market I heard has lots of stuff, but we were advised not to venture there alone.

The viewes below are from the top of the Krasnoyarsk Chapel. The church has great historical significance and has amazing views (as a side note, it is also so well known it is on the rubles)

Dennis & I can't wait to get back and spend more time looking and learning about her origins so that we can fill her in as she gets older.

Enjoy the pictures and I will post again soon.