Yesterday we had a wonderful visit with our Ava in the morning. She was smiling, playing, even squeaking a bit today. She is so intent on exploring everything in the room every day. If she sees other toys, she must check them out. If she sees other people come in, she watches them to make sure they are ok. But she still looks for us the most, and seems more and more relaxed with us each time we are with her. She also enjoyed shaking off little cups we put on her little head.
We are both very sad that there will only be 2 more visits with her before we start the trip home.
The interesting part of the day started at 3 when we had our meeting with the MOE. There were 2 people asking questions, the 2 of us, and our Coordinator in the room. The first question was “What is the air-speed velocity of an unladen swallow?” to which I asked, “What do you mean; an African swallow or a European swallow?” (this was not really asked - it is merely a meager attempt at being funny!) It all went downhill from there, but we still got the ok, or so we think. Actually, the questions were different for all 3 families, and some were a little surprising, but nothing too strange and we did ok. In fact, we didn’t realize it was over until Larissa told us that it was time to go. Apparently they tell you if they find something wrong or don’t like the answers, and we heard none of that, so our first meeting has been a success. Meeting 2, in court with a judge, will be Tuesday at 9 AM. Then we have a party at the orphanage (assuming all goes ok), another visit, a brief break, and then it’s on to the airport to begin the trip home.
One last thing is that the phone line in our apartment is no longer working correctly, so this may be the last update for a few days. That’s also why there are no pictures. Sorry!!!