Last night we had a visit from Acel and Talant and the girls... but lets be real, its little Emma you want to see, so here she is . Actualy Talant came to bring us the back to school school supplies that he had picked up for us in the city. We was able to get a great deal at the bazaar, and has saved us $100's of dollars by buying bulk. In fact when he was at the bazaar, he ran into a few others that he knows, and when they heard that we were doing a bulk purchase for supplies, they asked if they could get in on the cheaper price. Talant was laughing and telling me it was a co-op they had and every one was Happy for the savings... Now we will not have to buy that stuff when we are at the bazaar with the kids. He was going to get some back packs, but I had not sent enough money with him... not sure what I was thinking over 1000 note books were going to cost along with everything else... but it worked out for the best, because the knapsack really is a personalized item for the kids, so it was great for them to be able to choose there own.. they were so excited to get just the right one.. it's funny how they can all look so much alike , yet they are all different.. Some things can take for ever to happen here in Kyrgyzstan , that's why I was so surprised when the phone rang at 7:45 this morning telling us that the workmen would be here at 8:00. We had told Sergey and Anya that one of the things that we were planing for the apartment this trip was a combo Heater / air conditioner. As much as I love the idea of an air conditioner, the spring and fall can be extremely cold when the city heat is not on yet. We had planed in the spring to put in a back up heating system here so that teams and travelers using the apartment would be more comfortable... when we got shopping around, we found that the most reasonable and cheapest to run system is the new heater / air conditioners. For those that are interested, they are in the $300 range , and that includes instillation. Like I said we had planed to do it in the spirng, but then the revolution took place and things had to be put on hold... this time when I brought it up, Sergey was quick to jump while the iron was hot and speaking of heat, it is likely to hit the 100's again in a few days, so this will be a welcome treat, they were even joking that maybe the office will move here, I would say that it is more likely then just a jock. hahaha
Every time we come, there are more kids at the orphanage that we do not know, but they sure are quick to work their way into your hearts. For them this was an extra special day because they have not been with us on one of these outings before . The workers in the market were glad to see us again. There are always a few that make the extra effort to make the kids happy... it can be hard to decide when you have not had that opportunity before, and it is a special salesman that does not get frustrated. and it's even better when they give us a special price..... that is actually lower then normal .
We were so happy to spend some time with Luba. She is no longer living in the orphanage, and it is harder for us to spend as much time with her now, but it's always nice to see her and have a good hug.. she says hi to every one , and is so thankful that you have not forgotten her. She is also very excited that she will be going off to teachers collage next week under a sponsorship from one of you. She had been talking to Sergey a few weeks ago and was not sure if she would continue with school, but he assured her that if she wanted to go that we would help her. We also talked with her about setting her up with a support network with our friends in Bishkek that will help her to get settled, as well as to get her eyes checked again.
The sights and sounds gulp and smells of the market are always "interesting" to say the least... how many of you have a cows head on your shopping list ?
Finally Bekah gave up and turned her girls over to Altynai to finish, and somehow everyone came away happy
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