Tuesday, July 25, 2006


Well, we are still in Astana, Jonathan is 10 months old today and everyone is doing fine.  We are enjoying our new family of 4! 


Jonathan slept with Rachael and I as the border patrol last night because we have no crib.  Bryan slept on a mattress on the floor.  I am happy to say that we all slept a full night’s sleep.  Jonathan didn’t budge all night and slept until 6:30 or so.  That is good news. 


Feeding him is a challenge because he is used to large quantities of food so I’m not sure the baby food is doing the trick.  We are trying to stay somewhat bland until we get home but are somewhat limited on choices.  He does love yogurt and seems to enjoy his oatmeal so we have a few foods we can count on. 


Tonight we leave for Almaty on the 8:55 p.m. flight.  We are a bit anxious to see how the first plane flight goes with the little man.  We are hoping and praying for the best. 


Our big excursion for the day was lunch with Dina and Bauzan and then off on a trek to find that tricycle that I have been talking about since we arrived.  It is nothing special and frustrates my husband greatly that I can’t let it go but Jonathan loves it and I think we’ll have fun and make good use of it at home.  We went to the Eurasion Mall where Dina scoped one out that supposedly came in a box so we could check it as luggage.  Well, no box and the girl helping us was sure they just came pre assembled.  We knew better but what are you going to do.  I was ready to surrender but Dina had her call the owner to be sure.  The owner said she had one in a box but we would have to go to another part of the city to get it.  Now, I’m feeling dumb and just want to forget it but Dina insisted it wasn’t far and after all we had already taken it this far.  Bryan, Rachael and I weren’t sure where we were going but it ends up that we drove to this automotive repair bazaar where we met up with the “man” with the trike.  He had to go and get it and came back with the bike in many pieces and in some old beaten down box.  The next question was “are all the pieces there” and who really knew since the directions were all in Chinese.  Boy, my ideas are sometimes complicated but how do you not take it now?? 


All is well in trikeland and it appears after Bryan looked through things that all the pieces are there.  We’ll see once it is finally time to put it together once we are at home. 


Well, we are busy getting packed up, signing last minute documents and will head to the airport about 7:00.  We’ll let you know how the flight goes. 


Enjoy some pictures.



Bauzan and Jonathan at lunch. 



Jonathan likes to see himself in the mirror and he likes to be held by his sister.




Rachael has the knack for comforting Jonathan.