Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Wacky Wednesday...what kitchen item are you?

You Are a Toaster Oven

You are self-contained and self-sufficient. You know how to take care of yourself.

You are an action-oriented doer. You don't spend too much time in the planning process.

You dislike leadership. You think people should carve their own paths.

You are quite creative and experimental. You are extremely inventive.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Leaving on a Jet Plane

Yesterday we got our long awaited Consulate Appointment and were able to get with the Travel Agency and book our International Flights.....

We leave on October 27th, arrive on the 28th, tour Beijing the 29th, fly to Jiangxi on the 30th and most likely this will be GOTCHA DAY!!, we have our Consulate Appointment on Nov 8th, take the train to Hong Kong on the 9th, and start the never ending day of the 10th by flying from Hong Kong to San Francisco to back home.

In the next day or so, we will get our Intra-China travel itinerary from our awesome travel advisor so we will know where we will be staying, etc. then.

Hold on Chynna, mommy, daddy, and ga-ga are on their way!!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

We received our TA!!!

Yes, we did, today we received our travel approval....what does this mean? Well, now we wait for our Consulate Appointment but we are more than likely leaving on a jet plane bound for China 6 weeks from today (breathe, breathe) meaning on November 3!!!

We are so close to holding Chynna in our arms and I have experienced every spectrum of the emotional coaster since receiving the news at 4:05 p.m. today!!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Wacky Wednesday....the geo pattern test

You Are the Performer

You thrive when you're around others. You feed off a group dynamic, and people truly energize you.

You are a cunning and charming person. In the end, you always seem to end up with what you want.

You love to be fully engaged and immersed in whatever you're doing. You love the idea of flow and getting in the zone.

You're quick witted. You are fun to talk to, and you always have a snappy comeback.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Wacky Wednesday...what's your chinese body type

Wow, so not me, but funny!!

Love, the Shy One...hehehehe

You Have a Shao Yang Body

You are a sensitive person to the point of being timid and delicate. You are soft-hearted.

You are always observing and thinking. You appear calm and self-possessed to the outside world.

You aren't a naturally talkative person, but at times you really open up to those close to you.

You are shy and self-conscious. Even if you feel strongly, you will hold back in expressing your opinion.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Out with the referral phase, onto the travel phase

Woo hoo, we got an email from our agency congratulating us on completing the referral phase of the adoption, and indicating we have now moved on to the travel phase.

What does this mean you may ask? Well, it means we have seen our Chynna (she is gorgeous), learned some information about her (which we are quite excited to know), and are just now waiting for our travel approval while we gather all our documents needed to travel. We are still a little ways out from going to China, but are hoping we will be traveling maybe the first week in November (thanks to the trade show in China our travel will be a little delayed).

Hold on baby girl, we are trying to move Heaven and Earth to get there, and with the help of our travel advisor and our agency, it'll be here before we know it (at least I hope so)!!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

A late Wacky Wednesday...What kind of TV show is your life?

You Are a Crime Drama

You may seem quiet and withdrawn, but you're paying attention to every single thing around you.

You intuitively understand people. You are an amazing listener.

You are very tightly-wound. You can get completely wrapped up in your job.

You're the type of person who always finishes what you start. You like to wrap things up completely.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

The Care Package

Got notification from Ann of Red Thread today that she purchase the care package for Chynna we ordered, and she will be delivering it to her in the next few days. Let's hope she is able to get updated photos of her when she delivers the package to her and her foster mother.

Does Ann know me or what? She got Chynna a froggie PJ very cute! I am so very excited!

Monday, September 5, 2011

The Call

One week ago today I got "the call"...the call that forever changed our lives, the call for which we have been waiting for over 5 years, the call introducing us to our daughter.

The day started as every other Monday starts. I awoke at 6:30 a.m., checked my email and facebook, and at 7:00 a.m. I checked Rumor Queen (she seems to do her updates about that time every weekday). No rumors. The week before I did get an email from our agency indicating we should hear something by mid-week. Okay, so off to work I go.

Once I got to work, I would periodically check my email on my cell phone to see if anyone had heard anything. Nothing. Then, I get this notice from one of my friends who is also adopting and has the same LID as we do (Miss K) at 11:02 a.m. (I checked it at 11:04 a.m.). I immediately start panicking. I call my mom, don't think real words were even formed at that time. I read to her the email I got from Miss K, not even thinking to check my email. While on the phone with mom, I check Rumor Queen and nothing, no notice. So I check my email from our agency and it's true. The Stork had landed, we received our referral, and they were working to scan the pictures.

At that point I couldn't think, no way could I work. I tried to distract myself. I notified the girls at work that this was it, this was the day and they were to be on stand by. I knew my agency was gonna call me, but didn't know what time. I immediately had to go pee, but was afraid, what if they called me and I was in the bathroom peeing (yeah, that would be my luck). Time started dragging for more than one reason (I wanted to see her soooo bad and my bladder was sooo full).

I was then told by one of the girls at work (Miss A) that I was not to be left alone, no matter where I went I had to have someone around. It was hilarious. Miss H, Miss L, and Miss A were just as nervous as I was, and I love them for it.

I called Ray and told him today was the day and texted my brother and sister. It was just a matter of time.

Well, went to lunch (the cell phone was in my hand the whole time, making it hard to eat, but yeah I wasn't that hungry from being so nervous) and still nothing (and no I still hadn't peed at this point), got back from lunch and waited some more.

Then at 2:03 p.m., the call came. Luckily I was in Miss H and Miss A's office, which is where we planned on the delivery call to be (phew, one thing going as planned). I immediately had a calm come over me, but Miss A grabbed my cell phone from me, put it on speaker phone so I "didn't accidently hang up the phone" (which is what I thought may happen), and Beth told us her name, DOB, her province and her orphanage, and she sent us the email. Miss A opened the email and we all screamed in joy, so exciting. Our supervisor Miss T came running in and said "keep it down in here, it sounds like you are giving birth" (of course she knew we were getting the call, but that brought both laughter and embarrassment by me). So many emotions, such excitement.

I went back to my desk excited, scared, nervous, but most of all happy!! Oh yeah, and then after all those hours, I finally went pee.

I've finally "met" my little girl, the baby I've been waiting for all these years, my daughter born in my heart almost 6 years ago, and I've seen her. I called everyone and shared the news, forwarded the email, and rejoiced the rest of the day (and every day since).

Now we just sit back and wait (we are getting quite good at this) until they tell us we can come to China and get our sweet Chynna!! Just hold on a little longer sweet pea, we're coming for you (and that time can't get here quick enough). We love you!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

The Fed Ex Man arrived yesterday

We were delivered our "package" yesterday by the Fed Ex man. I truly surprised him when I told him he just delivered my baby (probably freaked him out more than surprised). It was so exciting and everyone in my office was thrilled to read the documents about Chynna when we received the translations. As always in this journey, the time can't come quick enough!! We're coming Chynna.....