Friday, November 28, 2008
Our passports came back today, which is a relief! We also received our home study update in the mail today. It had been one year since it was written, so Holt had to send use a revised one to go to Viet Nam with us.
A great gift yesterday was our in-country agenda and schedule of events. We arrive next Saturday and are free to explore Saigon on Sunday. Monday morning we go to the Child Wellness Center (CWC) in Binh Duong to visit our daughter for the first time! We though, sadly do not get to take her with us until Tuesday morning. Ugh! Once we depart the CWC on 12/9 and our G&R Ceremony is complete with the government officials, we head to the airport and fly to Ha Noi. On the morning of 12/10 we apply for her passport. We then are totally free to explore the beauty of northern Viet Nam with Sophie until 12/17. That day we pick-up her passport and go for her health check. 12/18 we go to the US Embassy for her visa interview (Final I-600). Then on 12/19 in the afternoon we return to the Embassy to get her visa which then allows us to leave and leave for home on 12/20!!!
We are almost all packed and ready to go. Hope this week flies by!!!
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
We bought Sophie a seat home as other PAPs have done and they are glad they did! More room for us all. The ouchie part of this return is that we fly into St. Louis along with all the FedEx and UPS planes, arriving 12/21 at 12:24AM.....So we get to live the same day twice...oh fun!
Holt will forward our schedule here early next week, which includes everything adoption related. As it stands now, we will have Sunday 12/7 to rest and get ready for Monday where we will go visit Sophie for the first time at the Child Wellness Center. There will also be two other Holt families in country with us, one of which we know. Our G&R (Giving and Receiving) ceremony is scheduled for Tuesday December 9! GOTCHA' DAY!!! We have requested the Somerst Ho Chi Minh City (CLICK HOTEL NAME) for Saigon and Somerset Westlake in Ha Noi. These are fully serviced two bedroom apartments with kitchens and laundry in the rooms. Great experiences from previous families. The other Holt families will be staying at the Westlake as well, so our kids can play with each other! So that is the news to date. Hope you are are getting that bird ready for the oven!
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
We now have dates and God has given us the only Christmas gift we will EVER need! WE GET TO LEAVE NEXT FRIDAY! Flights are very tight but Earle at Azumano travel got us over and back. We fly St. Louis - Denver-San Francisco-Seoul-Saigon arriving at 11:58pm on Saturday December 6th. Seems like an Amtrak train schedule, but it was the only way to get the special fare and in country on 12/6. We then are able to come home with our daughter on Saturday 12/20 leaving from Ha Noi. A VERY good day for our family!!!!
Monday, November 24, 2008
Friday, November 21, 2008
Oh Yeah...the BlackBerry Storm launches today exclusively from Verizon Wireless, so do me a favor, GO BUY ONE. It is one heck of a phone!!!
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Friday, November 14, 2008
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
So... what can make a girl feel better??? A little New Kids On The Block and great gal pals!! For Ann W. 30th birthday we decided, back in July, to get tickets to the greatest group ever--NKOTB!! And it was well worth the wait! And to top it off I, along with my dear friend, Sarah got to meet Jordan and Donnie. We were both very nervous to meet our idols, but we got over that as soon as we saw their friendly faces. What a dream come true for the both of us. I was actually sad when we had to say good bye. I some how thought they would break out in "Please don't go girl", but no go on that (I'm sure it's because Joey wasn't with them). The concert was a good 2 hrs and it was jammed packed with fun and 60,000 screaming ladies (30's and up). So I would have to say, by far, yesterday had to be in my to 10 greatest days--ever! We originally thought that I might miss the concert because of precious Sophie (which would have been fine), but I think she wanted her Mommy to see her idol's. So thank you ladies and NKOTB for a perfect day!!!