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Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Arno writing: We were treated to a Christmas play at the orphanage. Camera men kept geting in front of us so we couldn't get a real good view. Afterwards we took presents for Anastasia's class to them. They were so thrilled. I was taking in the moment so much Lancie had to remind me to film some. You should have seen the faces of the kids! I don't think the kids ever got such nice gifts. We gave each kid a gift bag with alot of small gifts like flashlights, bubbles, etc. and one large, more expensive gift. After the kids opened their presents some other people came so we decided to get lunch. We went to the restaurant near the orphanage that has an English menu. After lunch we went back and spent some time with Anastasia. When it turned dark, we gave them "light up" bracelets. Every little thing is so exciting to them. It doesn't take much to entertain them. Lancie gave out chap sticks to the older kids and it was like the greatest thing anyone ever gave them. We called our kids at home and they were having a good Christmas with their grandparents.  
  Tomorrow is our court appointment and after that we take a train to Kiev. Today will be the last time I probably see the kids in Anastasia's class. I will miss playing with them and have become fond of them.  However, it will be good to be in Kiev where there is more to see and do.
We sure to look back at our Christmas Eve entry as we added photos. We will try to add more Christmas photos when we have time. Downloads are really slow here.
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