Just a quickie to let you all know we are doing well. Seems there just isn't enough time to get it all done AND blog. Guess I'd better get used to it!
Couldn't hook up to the internet yesterday. Not sure why as everyone else seemed to be doing just fine. Anyway, I'm here now.
Yesterday we had our G&R, the official ceremony with VN gov't officials where we the children are permanentanyly and legally ours! So it's now official... they're stuck with us! 11:00am and so so humid in that Dof J building that sweat rolled down my necklike water. The buidling was FULL of folks getting marriage licenses, and lots of other things. We were taken back to a little room and signed the infamous “red book” and several other papers, gave a gift to the official in charge, and posed in front of the green curtain I see so many others infront of as the adopt their children. That was it! All done! And 2 precious lives are now our responsibility forever more.
By the way, the director of the orphanage was there again, and we were worried that the little man would revert back to a screaming mess when he saw him. But not so even though the director showered Little Man with love and kisses and peek-a-boo. Little Man has grown quite fond of Papa, and although he will come to me easily, Papa is by far his favorite.
Papa also went off with the agency staff to apply for the babies’ passports which should be here by Friday, and he made our flight reservations for Saturday to fly to Hanoi.
The weather?? Honestly, I haven’t found it that bad. Ya, it’s hot and humid, and rains a little each day, but we don’t stay out in it that long. I was prepaered to sweat and so far nothing is beyond my expectations.
We got a change to walk around yesterday and explore a little. District 1 in HCMC is wonderful. Very pretty and easy to get around in and WONDERFUL shoppping. Grammy, I think of you each time we go shopping. So many wonderful deals and wonderful things. I want to bring it all home! You'd just love it here.
Names for these babies??? Seems you all think we have a plan to wait to reveal their names as a surprise, but this is not the case. We honestly can't decide! Her name was set pretty soon, but after seeing him and his percsonality, we eliminated our top choices and now are stuck as to what to call him. But we can't just keep calling him baby! We "try on" the other names, but nothing seems to stick. Maybe tomorrow, promise!
Yesterday's dinner was WONDEERFUL. 19 is just the address and the name of a little hole in the wall with mostly Vietnamese patrons. We has some whole fried fish thing with eyeballs and all. It was wonderful. And some chicken in a sauce. I just love to walk in and say wo the waiter, what whould I get? And them you never know what show up except that it is so so good.
And a word about the Vitnamese people. They are truley wonderful. So gentle and nice and always with a smile! We were prepared for a hard selling, pushy sales people. But I haven't found this to be true at all. Mostly, they just want to talk and know more about us. They love to share their country and and eager to strike up a conversation. Seems most EVERYONE speaks English, far far more than my travels in Mexico. I can't really understand it all the time, but communication is a non-issue. I will miss these kind and generous people.
I’m sure that I’m forgetting to tell you so many things. Sorry for the typos.