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Friday, September 29, 2006

4 MORE DAYS... We are busy packing and making sure we have everything that we need. Mariah and Caeli have school Monday and Tuesday morning. Pam, Jodi and I are off next week. While traveling in China we are limited to one suitcase per person, which can not weigh more than 44 lbs. We are juggling to get in all our clothes and all the things we need to bring for the baby. We all just want to leave!

Thursday, September 21, 2006

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MARIAH.... Monday, September 18th was Mariah's 8th birthday. She brought cupcakes to school for all of her friends and then went out to dinner at her favorite restaurant.

AUTUMN MOON FESTIVAL.. On Sunday, September 17th we joined the Families with Children from China to celebrate the Autumn Moon Festival at McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park. Mariah and Caeli always have so much fun when they get together with their friends. We rode the train, merry-go-round and had a picnic dinner.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Our Journey to China
October 3rd
We leave Phoenix at 4:33 p.m. to fly to Los Angeles. At 11:50 p.m. we leave Los Angeles to fly to Guangzhou, China.

October 5th
We land in Guangzhou, China at 6:20 a.m. and board a flight to Beijing at 8:20 a.m. We arrive in Beijing at 10:55 a.m. We will stay at the Peace hotel. (Add 15 hours to Arizona time to determine the date and time in Beijing.)

October 5th-7th
We plan to visit Tiananmen Square and the Great Wall of China.

October 7th
We will Leave Beijing and fly to Nanning (Gaungxi Province) at 2:05 p.m., arriving 5:30 p.m., we will stay for six nights at the Majestic hotel.

October 8th
GOTCHA DAY! We get to meet Gong Guo Xiu

October 9th
Adoption Day !

October 8th-13th
We will have time to become a family and explore Nanning.

October 13th
We will depart Nanning and arrive in Guangzhou at 7:30 p.m. We are staying at the White Swan Hotel for the duration of our journey.

October 14th
Medical Exam

October 15th
We hope to have the baby blessed at the Six Banyon Temple

October 16th
We have an appointment at the American Consulate. We will celebrate afterwards.

October 17th
We will depart Guangzhou at 9:00 p.m. We arrive in Los Angeles at 6:50 p.m. We arrive in Phoenix at 11:01 p.m.

Monday, September 11, 2006

MORE WAITING... We have a tentative consulate appointment for mid-October and leaving the beginning of October. As soon as they are sure about available flights and hotels, I will post our definite plans. We starting to get together clothes (for all three girls) and for the adults. There is so much to do and yet a three week wait seems too long!

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

FINALLY!!!!! I received my TA this morning. Day 154! I am so excited. The agency is in the process of getting a Consulate Appointment and then we can make travel plans. After waiting so long, I am so excited. I can't wait to tell the girls. They are still in school.