Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Legos, US Embassy, Hair - by Brad

Although we became Lielti's legal parents a month ago, last night felt like the first night as her practical parents. She went to sleep right away but woke up for a while in the middle of the night (probably had a lot of things going on in her head). We all got up at 6:30 grateful for a surprisingly easy first night. We had an appointment at scheduled at the US Embassy for 9:00. But before that, we had just enough time to help Lielti put together her first Lego set. We figure she better get used to snapping together Legos before we get home! She finished the set and has taken them out several times throughout the day to play with them.

The Embassy appointment was pretty straight-forward. They asked us a few quick questions, took my fingerprints, and had us fill out a form. In two days we should receive Lielti's immigration paperwork so that upon arrival in the US she will be a US citizen!

After the Embassy appointment we went out to lunch, ice cream, and then souvenir shopping. We returned to the transition home to play with the kids a while longer. Toward the end of the day we found out that our trip to Harar is scheduled for tomorrow morning. Tomorrow at 5:45am (Tuesday 6:45pm PST) we will be flying out to Harar, the town where Lielti grew up. There is a good possibility it will be an emotional day for all of us, but we hope the flight won't be part of that. Lielti is excited to fly tomorrow. This 45 minute flight will hopefully be a good sample of what our 20 hours of flying will be like in a few days.

Our entire evening was filled with taking out her braids. We started off with some help from her friend around 6:45, but her friend had to leave at 7:00 for dinner. Lindsey and I proceeded to unwind her braids until 8:45. That would have gone much faster had we known what we were doing when we started. Fortunately Lielti had the iPhone and the movie Frozen to keep her entertained. She just sat patiently while we fumbled our way through what proved to be a much more challenging task than we had anticipated. But now she has cute, fluffy freshly washed hair.

Since we will be in Harar tomorrow, we don't know what our WIFI options will be, so we may not get a blog post done. We will try to make up for it Thursday!


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