Coming down to the wire
I apologize for sharing the big news of our TA and then disappearing. I have good reason though. We have nailed down our travel plans and will be leaving this Monday! We have been busy making lists, crossing things off them, add new ones, etc...shopping, packing, making decisions. Now that we have finally nailed down the details, like flights and hotels, we can breathe a little bit better. So that's some good news. (And for those of you who were also losing sleep like me over the camera backpack, have no fear; I found one! lol. You can sleep well at night now.) Anyway, here is the quick rundown on our itinerary:
June 10: Fly to Beijing (arrive June 11)
June 11-16: Sightseeing (Summer Palace, Great Wall, Forbidden City/Tian'an men Square, and maybe Bei Hai Park), train to Taiyuan, Shanxi
June 17: Forever Family Day- receive Havi
June 18-21: Process adoption paperwork, visit Jinci Temple and Pingyao ancient city
June 22: Fly to Guangzhou, Guangdong
June 23-25: Medical exam for Havi and process her immigration visa, visit the Zoo, train to Hong Kong
June 26-29: Sightseeing...TBD
June 30: Fly home
That's it in a nutshell. We are actually preparing for Madeline's dance recital, and today is the big rehearsal. I had planned on snapping a few photos of the girls in her class before the rehearsal gets started. However, today is going to be a soaker, thanks to Tropical Storm Andrea. So dancing around the streets of downtown won't be happening. Bummer. Maybe I can still pull something else off. The actual recital is Saturday afternoon. I hope to share photos before we leave for China, even if it's just a few.
Now to completely change subjects with no segue at all... we took the dumplings down to the river to go fishing a few weeks ago. They just casted from the pier. Although they didn't catch anything, they had a blast.