This morning we went to exchange money, then to our little market down the street that the three ladies that work there know us as "America". (So cute!) We bought a few potatoes, onions, and a fruit which we have yet to find in the US, but Doug enjoyed very much the last time we were here in Ukraine. It is a persimmon. After eating his today, he declared "It's official, we have to come back to Ukraine and adopt again, so I can have this fruit." (I think it might be cheaper to truck in persimmons!)
We took the laptop with us to the orphanage so that we might be able to let Max and the girls talk. When we arrived, we asked a lady, who turned out to be his English teacher. She said he was still in class, but she would let him know we were there. About 15 minutes later, and a phone call from T, Max came outside.
We were able to go into school and upstairs to his English classroom and sit where it was quiet to call the girls. Being 7 hours ahead of Ohio time, the girls were still in their pajamas, bedhead and all. There wasn't a lot of conversation, but I think the three kids had a good time just seeing one another.
Once we had talked to family, Max had a chance to talk to Dasha and Angie at home. It is interesting to listen to a child in Ukraine who knows English, and a child in Ohio, who knows Russian, converse. Dasha remembers her Russian language well, so the conversation between the two was in Russian. She told Max to be a good boy! :)
After Skyping, we went outside and Max showed us around the orphanage grounds. We talked about what our time in Ukraine would look like and what he could expect. He understands that he will be gaining a brother in addition to the two sisters he has at home waiting for him. He understood that he will have to go to court and answer questions that the judge asks of him. I think he is ready, but wants a concrete date of "when", and that we do not have.
We finished our visit with a little bit of video games and Mama video taping him and pestering him. :) A Max video wouldn't be complete without the signature Max eye-crossing! :)