Greetings from half way around the world. For those interested our pics can be found at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/pritchardadoption/ You will need to be signed up to view them. By the way this is Ted. Janiece is mad since she spent a great deal of time on a post yesterday that was nuked when the internet went out. So I get the honor! On Friday we went out as a group for shopping and something to eat. I, unfortunately, am the token male and have nobody to talk to. After suffering through a few hours of shopping at the Zum, we decided to grab a bite to eat at a nice Asian restaurant. Two of the adoptive mothers wanted to experience some Russian traditions and since our facilitators here do not associate with us outside of the orphanage, I felt compelled to dust off the traditions Andrei instilled upon me on the shores of Baikal. Thus the Vodka and the recovery! So the 4 women and I proceeded to toast our way through a bottle of vodka(nyet Krystal). I must report that our group was loud and the conversation made me turn red a few times. I also had to escort one mother to the car so she would stop talking to all the men.
Today in the orphanage was a blast. We played in the room with all the kids for awhile and then we took Alihan and his friend Yuri out to play in the falling snow. I think that I saw tears of joy from the caregiver when we left, as I believe the two were getting on her nerves. Yes I must report that our youngest son is naughty.
Speaking of naughty, I want to fly back to the US and shake some sense into Bubba. For those who remember, he was refusing to participate in anything this spring-fall, but we thought that we were beyond that. Well I am happy to report that he is pulling the same thing on my parents at hockey practice. While I do see some humor in that they didn't think he was this bad, I now know what my parents meant by wanting to reach through the phonelines and strangle me as a kid. Must drink some more Vodka or I will be on the first plane back to escort his sorry butt back to practice to apologize to coach Adam for making a scene.
Well Janiece and I are going for a walk and if the internet is working later(doubt it)I will try to post more pics on the Yahoo site. Best wishes. Give the kids a kiss from us and tell Rauan that daddy's eye in blinking uncontrollably right now!!!