Just got off the phone (thanks to Skype) with Derek and Renee.
They had a great day visiting with the boys today!
They met with the inspector and the doctor and were asked lots of questions. Renee said their facilitator could hardly keep up with translating the questions. They couldn't believe the type of medical care we have available here for the boys. She relayed that they really care a great deal about the children and genuinely wanted to make sure they were able to care for the boys properly and knew the extent of their medical needs.
The had a great time playing with the boys. They took a little plastic disc shooting gun and showed Sasha how it worked. Derek shot it first to teach him how to use it and Sasha squealed with excitement. He thought it was so funny. When Sasha shot it for the first time, he ended up shooting the inspector in the head!! Sasha roared with laugher. Derek and Renee held their response back until they could see how the inspector reacted. She smiled and chuckled and took it well fortunately.
Derek played with Roman, tossed him up in the air and caught him, much to Roman's delight. After playing a bit, he snuggled into Derek's neck and just cuddled. Renee says he is just so sweet.
Dimitri sat on Renee's lap and just looked around and blinked a lot. She has named him her "little bird."
Their facilitator, Sergiy is wonderful. They say that he has kept them laughing with his stories and has been very kind and easy to work with. Derek had been very sick since arriving, and Sergiy recommended a remedy that he was sure would break Derek's fever and kick the cough. He advised Derek to pick up some Vietnamese Star Ointment, which he was to use a small amount in a pot of boiling water and breath in the vapors. He also recommended some hot mustard packs which are soaked in warm water and were put on his chest- he said it burns yoru chest like crazy. Sergiy said to do this, and that Derek would wake up feeling much better. Derek said, he went to bed and woke up feeling like a new man! I think he's bringing home a life time supply of Vietnamese Star Ointment!
They FOUND INTERNET at a pizza place where they had dinner today, so they will be able to post pictures and an update sometime while we are all asleep tonight! Look for their update in the morning. Oh, and the pizza place was great they said it used an open stone pizza oven and you could watch them cook.
My final note is that Derek was thrilled that while shopping for a few groceries today, he found a can of Sour Cream and Onion Pringles.