Santa…We Know Him!

You’re never too old to have your picture made with Santa!

We ran into jolly ol’ St. Nick at our work "Christmas Tea" last week and after some convincing, Rob reluctantly stood up with me to have our photo made with Santa.

Santa got off light with us this year since we’ve already received the best gift ever from Russia for Christmas!

Santa with Rob & Dede


Gifts Get the Girls

When couples go out on a date, guys usually give their girl a gift — y’know, a bouquet of flowers, some candy, or jewelry — something to let her know that she’s worth the extra special effort.   It’s a traditional tactic that rarely fails to impress.

Researchers have learned that things are much the same in the dolphin world too!

Dolphin coupleAccording to some recent articles on Environmental Graffiti and, Drs. Tony Martin & Vera da Silva’s 3-year study of 6,026 groups, or pods, of dolphins in the Brazilian Amazon revealed that dolphin males often present their dates with gifts (seaweed, twigs, or other found objects) to better their chances of mating.

What’s more, DNA tests on adults & calves provided evidence that the dolphin males who most often carried objects to their mates were the most successful fathers.   So, it seems that gift-giving is a winning tactic among our cetacean pals, too!

Like the recent discovery that dolphins learn to use tools, object presentation to a mate is considered yet another sign of culture, or complex non-instinctual socially-acquired skills which are learned from others.

December ’07 Blogtipping

Blogtipping iconDecember’s Blogtipping post comes much later in the month than normal but it was delayed for the best of all reasons — we were in Moscow at the first of the month meeting our new son, Liam Matthew!   Anyway, better late than never, right?   In honor of our fellow adoptive parents, our picks for December feature just a few of the many, many great blogs done by other parents who’ve either already adopted, or will soon complete their adoption(s):

A Dad’s Journey Through International Adoption is Steve & Stefanie’s detailed account of their adoption of Andrei from Novosibirsk, Russia.   We love this blog because of:

  1. You get the rare "dad’s perspective" that’s missing from many adoption blogs.
  2. Steve’s a funny guy!
  3. Neat videos!
  • Tip: We’d like to see more photos & videos.

Olive You by Frank & Christen is a rare blog in that they haven’t actually started the adoption process yet:

  1. Christen writes about their experiences as they prepare for their Russian adoption in ’08.
  2. Very pretty site design & layout.
  3. Great sense of humor & variety of topics.
  • Tip: We’d just like to see more of those awesome Cayman Island photos!

Family Reunion from Dave & Debbie Brown is a great launching point for other adoption parents — international or domestic:

  1. Debbie’s frequently-updated sidebar makes it easy to keep up-to-date on the progress of lots of other parents’ adoption journeys.
  2. A great variety of post topics including reviews & little inspirational pieces.
  3. Frequent posts keep the interesting stuff coming.
  • Tip: Hey Deb, more pics please!

Now it’s your turn!   Have a favorite blog site you’d like to share?

SeatGuru to the Rescue

As we gear up to head back home from Moscow — and what a whirlwind trip this was been — it dawned on me that I’d be a total slacker if I didn’t take a moment to give some props to Soum for referring me to one of my new favorite websites…

SeatGuru logoWhen shopping for airline tickets, it’s well worth taking a few minutes to get a little info about the seats on the flight.   Once you know your airline & the make of the aircraft (which you can get from the airline’s website when you’re searching for reservations), SeatGuru offers detailed seat & aircraft information for over 30 airlines, including good seats, seats to be aware of, exit locations, galleys, & lavatories.   In-flight amenities, such as audio, video, & AC power ports, are also shown via a graphic diagram of each plane.

We’re Moscow Bound

Moscow stampA mere 8 hours before we were due to jet out, we got our passports back from New York with the Russian Visa stamps.   So, we’re finally on our way to Moscow to meet our new child.   (You can’t imagine how wonderfully weird that sounds to say.)

There’s no way to thank you all enough for the tremendous outpouring of support & prayers.   It’s an incredible feeling to have so many people pulling for us!     Keep an eye on our Russian Adoption Journal this week for updates.