Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Posted by Anna at 5:41 AM
Monday, March 22, 2010
It's been busy over here now that we officially have all our travel arranged. We leave April 6th, spend the night in San Francisco, then travel direct to Beijing where we have 2 days to tour and try to get over jet-lag before heading to Heifi to meet XJ. We'll be in his province for several days before we head to Guangzhou for the last leg of the trip and where we finalize the adoption on the American side of things. Very exciting! I've been doing a lot of packing, there are just so many things to bring. We have all sorts of medications, electronics, cameras, documents, clothes, toys, snacks, vitamins....the list goes on.
We are hoping to get an updated set of pictures/measurements before we go, but not sure if we will. Our last measurements are from Christmas so he probably didn't grow that much yet.
Posted by Anna at 6:40 AM
Monday, March 15, 2010
We got our TA today! Tomorrow we will find out what dates we travel, are in Beijing, and when we will meet XJ!
More details to come!
Posted by Anna at 2:14 PM
Sunday, March 14, 2010
Since I have some time off now, I have been quite busy. I think the nervous energy has channelled my inner Martha Stewart. I've been sewing, cooking, organizing, gardening and decoupaging...yes, decoupaging! I have several recipes that I have started making to freeze for when we come home. The link is above in case anyone wants to try a recipe. Personally, I'm excited about the Moroccan Lamb Stew. Jason also made his famous Mexican Chicken Tortilla Soup (Ina Gartner's recipe). My winter clothes are all put up, summer out. Just in time too...it's a beautiful 75 and sunny here in ATX.
Here are some pictures of the most recent projects! The top is my favorite,...a charming little bird planter I found for $20- at a thrift store. The fabric I made the pillows with is another Etsy purchase...scooters! Then, last but not least a tray that I painted and applied some fancy wrapping paper to the bottom with Mod Podge. EZ DIY!
We really anticipate hearing on our Travel Approval early this week...don't know what I will do if we don't. I might just go to China and wait it out...seriously.
Posted by Anna at 1:01 PM
Posted by Anna at 12:53 PM
Friday, March 5, 2010
We got an update from our agency today that indeed we have our A5 as of March 1st. We are still just waiting for TA, which we should have within 2 weeks. However, I can't believe our bad luck with timing of the last few stages of this process. First, the new rules about the NVC letter (visa documentation) set us back at least a week. Chinese New Year (2 weeks), and now there are several Chinese holidays that seem to be popping up that will prevent certain days of travel and/or appointments within China (Tomb Sweeping day shuts things down for 2 days...SERIOUSLY?) THEN the World Trade Expo is in Guangzhou April 21-27 and we are not allowed to travel there during this. So, basically if we don't get our TA RIGHT AWAY, then we could be talking May...this makes me sick to my stomach. We should have been in China now...not May. There is literally nothing we can do about any of this stuff as it is all just bureaucratic b*******. If we leave on or before April 1st it will be a small miracle. Jason and I were married on April 12th, which could possible be the day XJ's adoption would be finalized...which is the only positive thing I have to say at this point.
I pretty much have a one-track-mind right now so if I am not returning your calls or emails, I apologize. I truly have nothing interesting to talk about since I now speak only in acronyms (PA, TA, CA, NVC, A5, I800...the list goes on.)
Posted by Anna at 9:12 AM