We are going to court on Monday, Nov. 12!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Assuming the court approves us to be Drew's parents, there's a 15-day appeal period following that date and then we can come pick him up and bring him home. Patrick will come back alone for that trip. During that trip we will get all his documents - his passport, his new birth certificate, etc...we then have to go to the Embassy with a bunch of paperwork, including some papers that will make Drew a US citizen once he gets home...
The other wonderful part of this is it means we can do this in two trips, instead of three as we had intended...and that is huge!!!!
So - if all goes well (knock on wood, cross fingers, throw salt over the left shoulder, etc...) Drew will be home for at least part of Hanukkah this year!!!
Patrick and I now plan to come home Nov. 14th...can't wait!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Other than that, not much else is new...Drew continues to be adorable...he's now gotten in the habit of going into his bag, and pullng out his spoon and food as soon as he comes into the room! That little boy likes to eat...today we tried plums for the first time and they were a hit!!
Drew also went down the slide just about by himself today - he loved it!!! Huge smiles all around.
And...today Drew learned the all important "Mokushka" song. It's a Hungarian song that my syblings, cousins and I all learned when we were little. It loses someting in the translation, but in English it is:
Little squirrel, little squirrel
He climbed up a tree
he fell down, he fell down
Broke his leg and knee
Doctor, doctor don't fix up the leg
Let the little squirrel get dead
Like I said - it sounds much better in Hungarian!!
Drew loved it - he was dancing around and loving it...I think he has some Hungarian in him... :)
So - today was a good day in Kazakhstan...there's an end in sight and our little boy will be home where he belongs next month!! :)