Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Tuesday - French Fries for Halle

Today was a great day. We finally got to take Ulia out of the orphanage. First, we took her to a small amusement park (kind of like Fun Spot). We only had time to ride a couple of rides, the elephant and the caterpillar rollercoaster. I rode the elephant ride with her, and then she wanted us all to ride the rollercoaster. It was hilarious watching Brad try to get his legs into the little car. I wish I would have taken a picture. Then we went to McDonald's. She had told us that her favorite food was french fries, and that she had never been to McDonalds, so we wanted to go there. While eating there, she asked if there were McDonalds in the United States. (I think she liked it). When we went to pick her up, she had 4 friends with her, and she wanted to know if they could all go. We had to say no, it was not possible. So when we ordered, she ordered an extra Happy Meal to share with her friends. I wondered how 4 of them would share 1 happy meal, but we did not question her. She is very good at sharing. We also talked to her about her name today. Nick and Andrew, she didn't seem to have a problem with the name we chose, so her name will be Halle Ulia Parish. I am not sure about the real spelling of her name.

We are hoping to be able to take her out again tomorrow. Tonight we went back to our favorite pizza place without our translator. She showed us where our favorite pizza was on the menu so we could order. Some of the restaurants have English menus, which is nice.



Anonymous said...

Good luck to you both on your journey. I look forward to meeting you and your new daughter.

Shara Enos
(friend of Harry & Ruth)

Kelly said...

So glad that you were able to spend time with Ulia today outside of the orphanage. It looks like she enjoyed her time on the rides and at McDonalds. I'm sure she will be surprised to see just how many McDonalds we have here in the States. I am praying that you can get a court date set soon.

Fred and Lisa Thompson said...

Looks like a fun day! We're so glad for you and for Halle! Can't wait til you're home with her!