Saturday, November 29, 2008
These are some of the beautiful sites of Serbia. We spent alot of time walking and seeing the sites. It was wonderful to see all that we did. We had good tour guides for our trip. Thank you so much for taking the time to show us around.
We hope all is well in Serbia and we do miss you all.
Friday, November 28, 2008
Thursday, November 27, 2008
We have so much to be thankful for, we are all healthy, we have all our family and friends and our newest little Campbell home from Serbia.Bella is still adjusting to her new life,and she is doing very well, she loves all the attention she gets from everyone, and with a family as big as ours there is never a shortage of someone to entertain her.We would like to wish all of our new friends in Serbia a Happy Thanksgiving also, and we will keep all the children in Bella's former home in our thoughts and prayers,and those famalies that are waiting to travel to get their children we will be praying for you too.Have a graet day
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
GRATSKA IS BELLA'S HOMETOWN, THIS IS WHERE WE WENT FOR THE ADOPTION CEREMONY. THE LOCALS REFER TO THIS TOWN AS MINI CALIFORNIA, IT WAS VERY BEAUTIFUL THERE AND THEY EVEN HAD LOTS OF FLOWERS BLOOMING AND IT WAS NOVEMBER. WE GOT THE FEELING THAT LIFE HERE WAS MORE SLOWER PACED THAN IT IS IN BELGRADE, WE COME FROM MONTANA AND THIS IS THE TYPE OF LIFESTYLE WE ARE ACCOSTOMED TO.WE WALKED TO THE CENTER OF TOWN AND IT HAD A TOWN SQUARE THAT WAS BEAUTIFUL, FROM THERE WE WALKED DOWN BY THE RIVER, IT WAS AMAZING HOW BIG THIS RIVER IS AND THE NUMBER OF BOATS THAT ARE ACTUALLY RESTAURANTS.WE PASSED MANY FRUIT ORCHARDS ALONG THE WAY, BUT THE TREES WERE BARE OF LEAVES AND I'M SURE IN THE SPRING AND SUMMER THEY ARE VERY COLORFUL.WE WILL ALWAYS HAVE FOND MEMORIES OF GRATSKA.
Monday, November 24, 2008
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Although we have enjoyed our trip, we have all of our family at home waiting for us and we sure can't wait to see all of them. This is all the kids at the house waiting for us to get home with Bella . Everything went smooth here for the adoption process. It is just hard being away from all the family in MT. We miss them all so much and will be home soon. We can't wait to introduce Bella to everyone. She will fit in perfect at home with all of us. THANK YOU AMBER AND DAVID AND GRANDMA FOR TAKING SUCH GOOD CARE OF THE CHILDREN WHILE WE HAVE BEEN GONE.
We will be home tomorrow night. We love all of you see you soon.
I will post lots of pictures of our trip when we get home, it has been a wonderful experience. Thank you ANDREA,JASMINA, & JASNA for bringing us to our little princess..
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Kids at home everything is going great here and we will be leaving here at 4:30am on Friday, that is 8:30pm Thursday your time. We can't wait to see all of you and give you big huggs. See everybody really soon , We Love You All XOXOXOXOXO MOM, DAD & BELLA BOO
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Monday, November 17, 2008
Daddy and Bella today , with her new coat on.
Sunday, November 16, 2008
JODY WAS FEELING MUCH BETTER AFTER GOING TO THE PHARMACY AND GETTING SOME COLD MEDICINE . WE WENT FOR A TWO HOUR VISIT WITH OUR PRINCESS TODAY, SHE IS STILL NOT FEELING WELL BUT SHE DID VERY GOOD WITH US AS USUAL. MOM WAS TRYING TO GET HER TO EAT FROM A SPOON AND SHE WASN'T SURE WHAT TO THINK OF IT, JODY WOULD PUT SOME ON BELLA'S TONGUE AND SHE WOULD TURN HER HEAD AND HOLLER FOR A FEW SECONDS , BUT THEN SHE WAS RIGHT BACK LOOKING FOR MORE SO I DON'T THINK IT WILL TAKE LONG BEFORE SHE FIGURES IT ALL OUT. WE SPENT THE REST OF THE AFTERNOON SITE SEEING WITH VLADO AND HIS WIFE SVETLANA (OUR LAND LORDS), WE HAD A GREAT TIME WITH THEM AND THEY TOOK US TO A HUGE OPEN MARKET AND WE WERE ABLE TO FIND A COAT AND SHOES FOR BELLA TO WEAR HOME ,WE ALSO FOUND A POUCH TO CARRY HER ON THE FRONT OF ONE OF US WHEN WE TRAVEL OVER THE POND ON OUR WAY HOME ON FRIDAY. WE HAD DINNER AT A VERY NICE RESTAURANT AND THE FOOD WAS FANTASTIC, YES WE WERE BEING ADVENTUROUS AND TRIED LOTS OF DIFFERENT FOODS AND FOUND IT ALL VERY GOOD. THE GYPSYS SERENADED US DURING DINNER AND HAD TO HAVE THEIR PICTURES TAKEN WITH JODY. TOMORROW WE HEAD TO BELLA'S HOMETOWN FOR THE ADOPTION SO WISH US LUCK.
Saturday, November 15, 2008
BELLA ACTUALLY LIKES THE HIGHCHAIR
MOM COULDN'T WAIT TO PUT PIGTAILS IN BELLA'S HAIR
Friday, November 14, 2008
A KISS FOR DADDY
ITS BEEN A LONG DAY
WE HAD ANOTHER GOOD DAY WITH BELLA, SHE WASN'T AS PLAYFUL AS YESTERDAY BUT I THINK SHE IS COMING DOWN WITH A COLD. THE WEATHER WAS QUITE COOL TODAY SO WE STAYED INSIDE, MOM DID FIND A STROLLER FOR BELLA SO WE WANDERED THE HALLS OF THE BABY HOUSE AND SHE LOVED IT. SHE WILL BE RIGHT AT HOME RUNNING AROUND TARGET AND SHOPKO WITH MOM. WE ALSO GOT HER TO SIT IN A WALKER FOR A BIT WITHOUT HAVING A FIT, SHE HAS A NEW ONE WAITING FOR HER SO SHE CAN BUILD UP HER LEG MUSCLES. IT SOUNDS LIKE WE ARE GOING TO BELLAS HOMETOWN ON MONDAY FOR THE ADOPTION CEREMONY AND WE WILL BE ABLE TO TAKE HER OUT OF THE CHILDRENS HOME WITH US ON TUESDAY TO BE WITH US FOREVER YAY! WE WENT SHOPPING AT THE OUTSIDE MARKET AGAIN TODAY AND JODY BOUGHT OUT ANOTHER ONE OF THE VENDORS. IT WAS VERY FUNNY BECAUSE THE LADY FROM YESTERDAY REMEMBERED US WHEN I TOLD JODY TO GO THE OTHER DIRECTION. ALTHOUGH WE ARE HAVING A GOOD TIME, WE ARE REALLY STARTING TO MISS EVERYONE AT HOME, MOM AND DAD HAVE NEVER LEFT THE KIDDOS FOR EVEN ONE NIGHT, WE LOVE YOU ALL VERY VERY MUCH AND WE WILL SEE YOU IN 1 WEEK.
Thursday, November 13, 2008
SHE LOVES TO STAND ON HER HEAD
MOM MAKING BELLA LAUGH
WALKING AROUND THE PLAYGROUND
Another good visit with our princess today, the weather wasn't to bad so we were able to go outside for a bit, we walked around the playground for awhile until the wind picked up. There is lots of play toys for the children and play houses and swings,it is a very nice play area with lots of trees,grass and flowers to enjoy.We picked up the needed paperwork for Bella's visa at the U.S. Embassy yesterday, being U.S. citizens we were sent to the front of the line so their was no waiting here. We are praying the ministry officials find the minister today or tomorrow so he can sign the paperwork to have our adoption of Bella in her hometown and then she will be ours.We were very courageous today and walked around town near our apartment, we found the neatest outdoor market and Jody practically bought them out, luckily it was closing time and they were starting to pack everything up.We don't have a whole lot of free time on our hands after we visit Bella, but that is fine because she is the reason we are here and we love to spend as much time as possible with her. Pray for good news from the ministry tomorrow.
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
One of the fountians we saw
We had a great visit with Bella today , we had her smiling and giggling and she was actually babbling to us. We really noticed a difference in her after just three visits, we took turns holding and rocking her , she just loves the attention from us and likes to pull our arms around her as if to say "don't let go of me".Mom put her in the walker and Bella was not happy at all, she threw a fit.J. walked with us from the childrens home all the way back to our apartment , about a four hour walk. She was showing us all the sites along the way. This is a beautiful city with all of the old buildings,churches and people.It was a very nice walk and we really got a good feel of the city and how big and busy it really is. J is a wonderful woman and we can't thank her enough for bringing us to Bella, but for also taking time out of her busy schedule to show us around and help us find whatever we need.We learned one thing right away,if you ride in the taxi do not watch in front of you if you have a weak heart, it is better to watch out a side window. We are tired from our walk so its time to turn in.
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Daddy feeding Bella