Crazy to think that a week ago today I was up preparing to leave for Serbia, saying all those tough good byes to the ones I love the most. I miss Hannah and being at home, yet we are enjoying every visit with Mila and Belgrade is a beautiful city and we feel safe here.
Last night Jasmina met us at our apartment at 7:30 and we planned to go to a concert. When we arrived at the concert hall, we were disappointed to find out that the newspaper printed the incorrect time, and the show had started an hour previous. So, instead we walked around the city and Jasmina showed us many beautiful buildings. We bought the girls shirts and purchased a map of Belgrade in English (we have one of Odessa with all the places we stayed and went while on our trip. We want to do the same thing for this trip so the girls have them). We walked for 2 hours, then came back to the apartment around 10:00pm. We were both hungry, so walked down to McDonald's for a bite and picked up some yummy treats for breakfast this morning.
As we walked; taking in the sights, Jasmina told us she is hopeful that our papers will be signed by the ministry in the next few days. Her plan, if all goes well, is to travel to Me-own-nitza (how the town name sounds phonetically) Monday to have the adoption ceremony. Because the town is approximately 2 hours away and traffic is bad on Fridays, it will not be before Monday. Once we have the ceremony, Mila is officially ours and we can take her from the orphanage whenever we like. In a way it seems surreal--"Seriously?? I can take her? I've only known her 10 days. Last time around they made me wait at least 30 before I could take her!" Our two adoption experiences have been SO different. So, we will pray that our paperwork is signed and that we will be able to go to Mila's hometown on Monday.
It is much cooler here today (Wednesday). We had a wonderful morning visit with Mila. She started out very quiet, then started to be more active. She is quite fond of Doug. She loves to sit on his lap and just look at him. She likes to reach her hands up high and pull his sunglasses down off his head onto his face. It turns out to be okay exercise because she would like to use her dominant hand, so we encourage her to use her weaker hand, so she gets practice reaching, grasping, and holding items with her right hand. She is more willing now to say "Papa" than she is to say "Mama". I think just to get at me and wrap Papa tighter around her finger than she already is!!
We decided to try a local restaurant that Shelley had suggested. Ummm-yeah. Shelley, there is no one there that speaks English. The food was good (HUGE sandwiches- we brought the leftovers back to the apartment!), but Doug wasn't sure if he was eating hamburger, sausage (kilbas), yak, or some other animal!
Jasmina is taking us sight seeing this afternoon. I am looking forward to seeing some of the sights, but my feet hurt and I have shin splints (or so Doug says by the pain I described). I'll take a couple Advil before going and be on my way with my camera. I definitely need a better camera soon!
(Please excuse all the pictures. I found a website that allows you to print your blog into book format and I plan to do that. I wanted to have pictures to go with each day's blog entry!I think someday Mila will love to look at the book!)