Tuesday, September 14, 2010


We were told by those who have been down this road that it will begin to seem like groundhog day. And they were right. Every day we get up, get ready, and head off for the metro/bus that will take us on the hour and twenty minute ride out to Vorzel. We get about an hour with each of our girls and then we head back to the bus/metro. Back in Kyiv we are starving and exhausted.

We have lunch at the Ukrainian cafeteria, cheap and yummy, or we go straight home and eat Ramen noodles. My gourmet chef talents are stifled by having only a microwave and a two-burner gas stove top for cooking.

We load the day’s pictures and videos, Skype with our family back home, and try desperately not to fall asleep on the couch while we wait for evening to come. By 6 p.m. we are wandering around looking for something to distract us from missing our loved ones. We are usually in bed by 10 p.m. in order to get up early and do it all over again.

This will go on for another couple weeks... we have had to reschedule our return to Oct. 2.

No, no, no... we just cannot do it. Too much time on our hands to miss our babies. And so we have planned a detour to Romania for a few days. That’s right, we made a date with Dracula. Years ago I started writing a novel set in the Wallacia region and now we are going there. We will drive from Bucharest to Brasov and back, stopping to visit the castles of Vlad and Dracula on the way.

When we return to Kyiv, the waiting period will be over and we will start the next round of paperwork that is needed to get our girls out of this country and into our own.

We will be staying in guest houses and small inns while in Romania, so we likely will not have internet access . So don’t worry if we aren’t blogging for a few days... (it is doubtful we will have been bitten by a vampire.)

I will leave you with some pictures to hold you over for a few days.

Kissing her babydoll


Wearing Daddy’s sunglasses


Playing her new harmonica


Pretty Autumn wants her binky back


For my friend, RissaRoo... is this it?


For Sandie who dared me to eat this hotdog


For Gecko and Jade (Don’t worry boys, we survived.)




Anonymous said...

I would totally eat that hotdog! Get lots of good pictures in Romania- maybe a cover shot for your novel! xo

Marianne said...

Love the pictures!! I hope you guys have a blast on your mini-getaway! That is so exciting! Are you hoping to finish your novel some time?

Stephanie said...

Good luck with the travel. Groundhog Day is an understatement. You really can't understand it unless you experience it. I never thought I could be that bored. Your girls are beautiful! We will be returning around September 25th, so maybe we will run into each other!


Stephanie said...

p.s. ..... No way would I eat that hotdog....unless I was sitting in my apartment with a direct visual of MY bathroom!!!!

Lisa S. said...

Sandra...it only matters if it is a Cullen :) Then it would be ok to be bitten. JKJK! Good luck and have fun. Take care of yourselves :) Give the girls a kiss from thier families here. Lots of love!!

RissaRoo said...

Oh! Thank you for the picture, yes! That's the one. I'll have to take a picture and show you what I mean.

So happy to see these photos! The girls are beautiful and they look like they are thriving on your love. But sad to hear that you're not heading home sooner. When I saw the last post I thought you might be heading home...bummer. But happy to hear that you will be traveling to the land of Dracula and gathering fodder for your novel ;o) And sad to see that you've both been eaten by a large, plastic T-Rex! That'll but a damper on your whole day!

Rochelle said...

Sorry it seems like Groundhog day. Thankful you are able to get in some sight seeing while you wait. Praying that the next few weeks fly by and you are back home soon.

Lacey said...

What a great idea to keep yourself busy! I know I'm going to think about Jax and the boys nonstop. Oh I'm so nervous about leaving them!

The Sanchez Family said...

I'm so glad you guys are going to get away for a few days...enjoy your alone time as a couple....a second honeymoon of sorts and it sounds like an amazing journey. You guys are wonderful!

Linnea said...

I love it! What was on that hot dog, Im assuming mayo since I heard they use that on everything. Congrats on your babies! Good luck, hope time flies from now until they are home.

Be blessed

To Love Endlessly said...

beautiful girls, insane hot dog! Congrats on your twins, they're just gorgeous and will bring you so many blessings!

Wendy :) said...

Hey Guys. I am HERE!!!! Sid has gone back home. And yes it is GroundHog Day for sure!!! I will prob leave around Oct. 6th. Please call me so we can get together when you return from Romania:)

Wendy Harper:)

JoAnn said...

Great pictures!! Such gorgeous babies! It's so wonderful that everything is progressing well and that you get to cuddle your girls every day....sorry to hear that your return is delayed though. Praying that the bureaucratic processes will continue to go well for you and that ALL members of your family will be home in the States very soon!

summer said...

Your babies are just beautiful!!!!! I am so beyond excited that you took this leap of faith and now they will be forever loved and safe with you!!!! Praise JESUS!!!! Thank you so much for your information for our lil one - I am beyond grateful!!!!

Sylvia said...

Congratulations! They both look so beautiful - I pray that you may all soon go home together and for blessings on your life ahead.

Bobbie said...

Just wanted to say that your babies are beautiful!! Bobbie Clark (adopting Robert in 31)

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