I can't believe how soon it is! Our house has been busy, busy, busy, and yet we always find much more to do. School finished up for me on Friday, so fortunately, finals are out of the way. But there's still packing and all kinds of preparing- I spent a good chunk of today cleaning the baby/toddler toys we had in the attic (we had TONS accumulated from my, K's, and C's babyhoods- this kid is going to be so spoiled :-)) These next two days are going to be jam-packed of things to do here and there- but come Wednesday, our big adventure begins!!!!
Here is the itinerary of our trip, so if/when you think of us, you know where we are! :-)
Wednesday, 6/20-We leave the house early in the morning for our 11:30am flight out of New York to Dubai
Thursday, 6/21- Arrive early morning, Dubai time. Go to our hotel and relax; go to the beach, re-pack, and take it easy
Friday, 6/22- Spend the day in Dubai
Saturday, 6/23- On another morning flight, fly to Addis Ababa (arrive approx. 11:30am.) Go to the care center and meet Sasha Eraye for the first time!!!!
Sunday, 6/24- My dad goes on the trip south to meet the birth family, while the rest of us remain behind and play with Sasha and the other kids at the care center
Monday, 6/25- I think we have free time on this day; we'll tour the city and go to some museums, and of course, visit the baby. If all goes well, we may take custody of her on this day!
Tuesday, 6/26- Go to the Embassy; I'm not really sure what happens after this, but I THINK the dinner ceremony at the Crown Hotel is in the evening
Wednesday and Thursday, 6/27 and 6/28- More sight-seeing and hanging around the Hilton. We'll definetely have full custody of Sasha at this point!
Friday, 6/29- Our last full day; attend going-away coffee ceremony at the care center
Saturday, 6/30- Leave Addis in the evening for Dubai
Sunday, 7/1- Arrive in Dubai very early in the morning (12:45am). Go to our hotel and sleep before spending the rest of the day taking it easy, going to the beach, and spending time with SE
Monday, 7/2- Spend the entire day in Dubai
Tuesday, 7/3- Leave Dubai on another early morning flight; arrive home with Sasha Eraye some time in the afternoon U.S. time! (Though of course it will feel like night time to us and we'll all be exhausted!)
I'm sooooo excited for this trip and I'm even more excited to spend the rest of my life with our amazing little girl!!!!