We had hoped that our facilitator might be able to work some magic and get us a 2nd appointment on Friday, but that didn't happen. We are waiting till Monday at 9am to go to the SDA and sign up for the next available appointment. We're hoping we'll be able to get an appointment for later on Monday.
All of this waiting is really hard. We miss our boys so much! I don't know how I will last the rest of the time because I miss them more each day and I didn't think that was possible. They seem very happy when we talk to them on skype though. Wyatt kisses the screen and squeals "Mama and Dada!" and Wes runs off and says "Oh I'm too busy to talk."
We know that all things work together for good and in the grand scheme of things it is only one week that we've been set back. Our timing is not the same as God's timing and we know that He is working things out for the greater good for our family.
So while we've had a few days of just waiting for paperwork to be re-approved we have walked around a bit and gotten aquainted with Kiev. Its been rainy off and on so we're afraid to go too far for fear of suddenly getting wet. I left my hat in Dr. Yuri's car on Wednesday and he hasn't returned it yet so I bought one in Independence Square for 50 Grivna (about $6). I think overall I blend in pretty well here because people keep trying to start conversations with me in Russian. I wish I understood it better!
We found a nicer grocery store today called Vila (I think). I nearly bought a bag of salt instead of a bag of sugar, but thankfully I asked someone who told me what it was. We also found TGI Fridays but we didn't eat there. We're trying to buy food and cook it at the apartment to conserve money.
On the way back from the store we saw a bunch of people dressed up as animals and cartoon characters in the street. I stopped to snap a picture of the ones in the street and Bart Simpson and a Lion ran over to where we were and told us to take a picture WITH them. Bart thought it would be a good idea to flick us off in the pictures - we said No. After taking a few pictures they told us that was their job and then asked for $20 USD each! Hah! I told them "No, we don't have USD, we have Grivna and you can have 5 grivna each." No, they wanted $20USD. They kept asking for dollars and we kept saying no, you didn't tell us it cost money, so they finally told us to delete the pictures on the camera. I know what I'd do in the U.S. but here I wasn't so sure what to do. :-O Maybe its common knowledge here that it cost money to take pictures with people in costumes? No one else was doing it so I'd say probably so...
Note to self: never take pictures with strange animals in the streets of Kiev.
We walked back to our apartment and cooked a whole chicken in a pot with vegetables for dinner. We bought frozen fish fillets and are going to attempt that tomorrow. The oven is gas as well so I'm not too sure how this will go...