Reflections of the Infamous Doctor Exam:
- You have to get to the Clinic early
- You can't eat before you go, because of the blood work
- There is a lot of formality involved
- It's not as bad as we had heard
- Tom was a skeptic until we did the exams
- The doctors are very nice
- We were fed some yummy "pies"
After the doctor exams, we went to the Notary builing it is about 30 minutes by car. We had to sign the papers for our intent to adopt our daughter and have them notorized for the courts. Easy peasy.
Next we left, it was not time to see our daughter yet as it was her nap time. So we went to another Russian cafe, and had Baked Potatoes that were mashed with loads of butter and cheese and then topped with any kind of salad you want. I went with the cheese, ham pickels and onions, Tom had feta cheese, ham, pickels and onions. It was good, but I know for someone like me who is not supposed to be eating carbs, that is all I have been doing here.
It was then time to go see our daughter and she had just finished eating her morning snack of soup and vegetables again. They brought her into us and she was at first a little reserved, but then when I picked her up and started playing with her she warmed up immediately. We had a wonderful time and watched her and just marveled at all of the things she does. We wanted to put her on her stomach and see what she would do, she immediately pushed herself into a crawling postition, but didn't crawl. She may not be able to, she rocked on all fours and then she did take one hand and reached out in front of her to grab a toy. She then rolled onto her bottom and sat there. Once she did that, we encouraged her again to be in the crawling position and she did, but only moved her hands and not her legs yet. We had another wonderful visit and the time went by way too fast. She already seems so happy to be with us, and our interpreter is so encouraged to see her disposition. She seems to be able to be happy with us and feels safe. I agree, and she gave wonderful eye contact. She held my gaze a long time today. We will definitely have to keep working on it, but I am encouraged.
We had to leave so she could have her afternoon nap, we left and our interpreter dropped us off at the Church on the Spilled Blood. We paid 640 rubels to enter and we were in total awe once we entered the door. Before you even enter the church you see the wonderful details on the outside, and then you go thru the doors and your mouth is just hanging open. The details of the inside is beyond words. Pictures won't even do it justice, you just have to be here and see it. I think it should be a must see sight for everyone coming to Russia.
We are back at the apartment and will get ready to try another dinner place. This place called Bogart was recommended by Ina. Now I hope we can find it.
Now these photos don't even come close to the majesty of the church
Each peace of tile was hand laid, and every piece is about the size of
my pinkie finger.
Now just imagine the WHOLE ENTIRE WALLS, CEILING AND
COLUMN WAS ADORNED WITH TILE
and the walls very very very tall, and the ceiling was very very big
and the columns were very very big and round.
It told the story of Jesus Birth, Life, and Resurrection
This is outside the exit, all hand painted.
In Russia, Iron work is very popular.
I love to see the different patterns.