First of all, we are still waiting on our email. Not a surprise, they have to transfer our case from HCMC to Hanoi and we guessed two days for mailing of that. We'll keep you updated here....for all you OKCer's....we'll keep you fore-warned!
On Thursday we went to the Botanical Gardens and a little orchid nursery. Now, this was a beautiful place, but botanical garden is a little strong! It was mostly a place for brides to have their portrait taken. We then went on an adventure to find HCM's house on stilits. We went down some interesting roads but won't get too much into that....we think we found the other side of the tracks in Hanoi!
We did finally find Ho Chi Minh's Moseleum, his Presidential Palace, his house on stilts and the One Pillar Pagoda. It was very peaceful and you could almost forget about the horn honking all around! Kaylin was pretty "freaked out" (her words) because of all the guards marching around. The girls actually have learned a lot while we have been here. They ask questions and pay attention to what they are seeing. (Mainly they have learned how to cross the street and not get killed.)
After several hours of walking we decided it was time to eat. We walked to KOTO's again and shopped at the craft-Link again. We can spend way too much time there! Then it was home and Prison Breaks. We are on Season 2 now...thanks Karis.
Thanks again to all my friends who are helping my mom out! You guys are the greatest. I loved the pictures from Paula of my biddies. Check them out on http://www.willslittlebrother.blogspot.com/.
they are all doing well. I especially appreciate all the emails. You girls make me laugh. My Pine cove buddies left today for a cropping weekend I assume. I can't believe I am going to miss my favorite weekend of the year!! We'll have to have a Spring weekend crop at Gran's soon....don't tell her yet, I will be "in the owing" for awhile! We'll surprise her later.
I heard there might be a surprise guest at my house next Tuesday, Muchos Gracias mi Amiga!
Mrs. Winters' Class:
This is Kathryn. I miss you and hope to be back soon (probably late next week). I bought Mrs. Winters a pretty bookmark and bought a little gift for you all...I am learning a lot about Viet Nam. I saw a bunch of Killer trees. I don't like the traffic because it is crowded. I am wearing shorts and T-shirts because it is warm here. That's all.
FYI: Mom, check on a few things for me: (Dave is obviosuly not going to make the National meeting next week.) K1 guitar? K2 piano/piano contest? K3 have you heard from upward coaches? Please clear my calender for the rest of the month; I don't plan on leaving my house for at least a month once I am there!!!!!!!! Thanks.
I can not express my nausea as I sit here for our THIRD Friday night in Hanoi and our forth Friday night away from our girls and home. If you can't type anything nice, don't type anything at all, so I won't say much more.
We will be hotel shopping this weekend or last looking venture din't prove fruitful. (Our stay here has already been extended once and they are fully booked on the 16th PLUS at almost $1,400 a week we can't keep this up!) On top of it, Kade is FUSSY. He doesn't feel great and we may need to take him to the clinic. That should be fun. He did get his first tooth this week.
Since we didn't get the email we were waiting for, we now must wait at least until Monday just to get that email. Sitting around the computer all day is the hardest part. It makes the day VERY long. Once we receive our email confirmation of our I-600 pre-approval, it will likely take 2 days to get our appointment at the Consulate. So, realistically we could be here another week. Thanks for all of your prayers. No doubt they are needed now more than ever.