Our friends from Moldova, the R family, moved to our town on Saturday. Mom doesn’t speak English. Dad isn’t here yet. The 4 teens have varying levels of English. We’ve been helping them settle in and as it turns out, there’s a lot more involved in that than I thought.
Saturday: Spent morning helping Mrs. R sign lease and settle bank accounts. Got home in time for my kids’ naps. After naps took R family to buy furniture. Hubby took kids home, fed them, put them to bed.
Sunday: Church, with some of R family. Naps. Dinner together as a family.
Monday: sick as a dog. Hubby had to stay home because I couldn’t drag myself out of bed. That was after I came home from 3 hours at the doctor’s office.
Tuesday: Took the R family to the school district building for international student registration. For the entire day. Hubby stayed home with our kids.
Wednesday: Took the R family to the health department for school vaccinations and testing. Again – took all day (thanks to the fact that the entire planet was there). Mrs. R stayed with my kids and I pretended to be her kids’ legal guardian for the sake of documentation.
Tomorrow: Take R family’s 3 oldest to high school to register. Take youngest to middle school to register. Expect that to take all day. R kids will take turns watching my kids.
Friday: Hopefully I’ll have some time to spend with my own kids.
I miss my kids. 😦 All of this would be a lot easier if we were in Chisinau (except we’d have to pay bribes for it all). But here in the suburbs everything is so spread out I’m using 1/2 a tank of gas a day just shuttling people here and there. And I really miss my kids. It’s nice to help neighbors in need, and I hope my kids are learning that this week as well. It’ll all get easier next week when the R family kids start school.