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Friday, January 11, 2008

Laurie's Court & her Apartment

Today was a big day, today was Laurie’s turn to go to court, and it sounds like everything went very well. Laurie’s appointment to meet with the judge was at 10:00 this morning and within about 10 minutes her court hearing was over. That is it? Just 10 minutes, a quick speech and the judge stood up to leave. Crazy! Our French couple were in court for about an hour and a half, so Laurie’s news of a smooth court proceeding was so wonderful to hear about. I guess that the prosecutor wasn’t at the hearing, so to be sure that all is done properly & legally, Laurie has to go back to court Friday morning (tomorrow) at 8:30 am to finish up everything. From what we hear, we should get a final word from the judge either the day of our court hearing or the next business day letting us know if he/she is approving our adoptions; after the final approval our 15 day appeal period starts, and this time frame includes weekdays and weekends, so once this time is up and there are no appeals, we are officially considered to be the parents of our little ones! Congratulations Laurie and Kyson! This also means that tomorrow Laurie leaves to head back home to Bloomington Illinois and no longer do I have my shopping and supper buddy to hang with. Ugh!

Here are some photos from Laurie’s Apartment, she had great luck here and would definitely recommend her place to upcoming Aqtobe Families. I talked about her apartment a little bit in a previous post, but just a refresher: This apt. is attached to Hotel Dastan so the location to shopping, eating, groceries, etc. is great! Her heat was great, maybe a bit too hot even, although you can just open windows. She felt very safe. It is in a secured building. First floor apartment so very few stairs to lug luggage & groceries up. 3 bedrooms. Still bring your flashlight for the entry area, sometimes there is a light on and other times not. Her apt. had new appliances including a fridge/freezer, washing machine (no dryers in Kaz, at least I haven’t heard of any yet in rental apts), newer gas stove and a microwave and toaster! Nice place once you get inside. Last night Laurie made us baked Chicken, Boiled Potatoes & Corn …………mmmm yummy! And check out the caterpillar wallpaper in the second bedroom........hahaha........how cute is that!

















Lastly, here are some great pictures of Z and I chillin today. I just love the photo of her in her walking walker thingie where her hat is a bit droopy and nearly covers her eye, so cute!



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Izaak, Elijah & Ty 'Bear'

Izaak, Elijah & Ty 'Bear'
Cousins (Izaak wants to name my daughter (his cousin) Isabella, Sant (for 'Santa') or Hershey (his friend's dog's name.) Hmmmm I told him that if we name her 'Hershey,' that would mean that we get to give her a lot of kisses.

Kolter Matthius Simon

Kolter Matthius Simon
Littlest Cousin......possibly. Kolter may indeed be the same age as his little girl cousin in Kaz. :)