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Saturday, July 07, 2007
So I may try to get some more of those foam play mat things (maybe just a set of plain ones with different colors) after all the comments people made. I hadn't thought about how cool those things will be to create forts and things (assuming a boy) or a princess castle (assuming a girl).

Not to say that girls aren't allowed to build a fort and boys can't build a prince castle. If there is one thing I'm very liberal on it's the roles men and women can play.

So today I was sitting out by the pool, that major heat wave here in the west really only hit us for just a couple of days and today it was a beautiful 86 degrees. Anyway, I always check to see what the weather is like in Omsk (again, it's possible that we won't be going there but I'm like 90% sure we will) and they also had a nice day albeit a tad cooler at 68 degrees.

Which of course made huff that this whole accreditation thing couldn't have been completed on time which would have meant that our second trip would actually be happening at this time of the year. Oh no, they had to make sure I got a full taste of a Russian winter. They just had to insure that these two Americans raised in Southern California and Phoenix, Arizona got to suffer.

Don't tell Stef but I'm actually happy about heading there during the winter. I mean if you are going to head to Russia, especially Siberia, you really should experience a winter there. Being there in July with people wearing shorts would be like heading to Egypt and not seeing the Pyramids.
posted by Steveg @ 2:18 PM  
  • At 2:44 PM, Blogger The Horners said…

    FYI - Little boys have no interest in being a Prince. They want to be the knight. (With armour and a sword... and a horse if you can afford it)

  • At 2:59 PM, Blogger Rachael said…

    I agree. You should definitely experience Russian winter for the authenticity of it! ;>

    We had to make 3 trips for our adoption: Dec., Mar., and April. Now, we went to St. Pete's which is not exactly Siberia, but it was so funny that everytime we went, the weather was unseasonably pleasant. Everyone kept commenting about that. We told them we just brought the pleasantly (ha!) Michigan weather with us.

  • At 3:21 PM, Blogger Jim said…

    Yes. Definitely experience the Russian winter. Just remember to take a down coat. Don't be like me and assume that a nice leather coat will be OK. Brrrrr.

    Spoken as another SoCal boy who went to college at ASU in the late 80's.

  • At 11:44 AM, Blogger Rhonda said…

    Hopefully you won't hit the full-blown winter. For one reason...you can't take the kids outside. We were there in the Siberian winter. It gets really hard for them to be cooped up in the apartment for the ten-day waiting period when they can only go outside for 15 minutes of time. (And hard for Mom and Dad). The cold isn't bad (being from AK, it didn't bother us). Its the wind. Hits you right in the face, and its miserable for the kiddos. Make sure you take some REALLY warm gloves and a full snowsuit for the little one. The gloves we brought didn't cut it.

    OK, enough assvice.

    Isn't exciting to be planning WHEN you're going, instead of IF? I am so excited for you guys. After we had reaccreditation, it seemed like the process flew by for us.

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