Friday, March 5, 2010

Shopping almost done! Whoo HOO!

I am finally almost finished shopping for the trip to China. I had a consultation with our pediatrician on Wed., and bought all the prescriptions for the boys on Thursday. Today, I went to TJ Maxx and a new store in Geneseo to buy a few new clothes for the trip. I needed pants that didn't have metal zippers or buttons, and that was a whole day's worth of shopping. I really do NOT like shopping! I also bought a few new tops, and a bunch of travel size toiletries. I can't believe we're leaving in less than 2 weeks!! We've been waiting for so long, it is almost surreal. I just pray we get the travel notice for FengHong soon. I thought we'd have it by today, and I jump every time the phone rings, certain that it's WACAP with news of our travel. No such luck. We are going skiing tomorrow and Sunday, and that will make the weekend pass fast. Then we'll be on our FINAL week countdown. I still can't believe it's almost here!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

FengHong is 59 inches tall! David's post

We got out the measuring tape last night and held it up to everyone to get a sense of what his height is. I am really looking forward to seeing Feng and Bing for the first time! Only about two weeks away now. We are also now considering John as a name for FengHong, instead of Jack. Cheng thought that John would sound more like Jiang, the last name that FengHong currently uses. Who knows, both boys may have other names they like, or they may want to keep their Chinese names...we'll see when they get here. (posted by David)

Updates on FengHong

We received an email last night with health updates for FengHong. Basically, it's just his recent height and weight. As usual, we had to sign the update and mail it back to WACAP ASAP. We found out that FengHong weighs 10 pounds more than Connor, and is 5 inches taller than Connor. So, he'll be in between the two boys in size, which is what we expected. I bought size 12 clothes, and I was right on target with my estimate. He'll wear a size 12S in jeans, just like Austin did last year. Things are moving forward. Yesterday, I booked the Ascott hotel online. It's expensive, over $200 a night, but from all that I've read it's best not to skimp on the accommodations. Several people wrote on their blogs that at their hotel the sheets were stained and dirty. Gross. At least a dozen writers addressed the filthy conditions in China. One person suggested bringing dozens of socks so that after walking in the room in stockinged feet, you could simply throw out the socks. I am really not willing to stay in a hotel that is that dirty. The hotel that I booked, The Ascott, is a five star hotel, it has a playroom for the kids, a (clean, I hope) pool, a Starbucks and Subway restaurants (as well as 3 other restaurants), and it's walking distance to Wal-Mart. Being able to purchase items easily ata Wal-Mart might prove invaluable! Today Connor and I are going to the bookstore to purchase a bunch of paperback books to bring on the trip. Usually, we get stacks of books at the library, but we want to be able to leave the books behind once we have read them. David compiled a list, Connor compiled a list, and I will just browse the shelves until I find a few interesting looking books for the trip. I already told Connor that he can begin reading to the boys on the very first day. Of course, they won't understand what is being read to them, but we want to establish the routine that we read every night before bed right from the start. One thing I learned by having exchange students and foster children, is to start off on the right foot by establishing routines from the first day. Never do something the first few days (such as let the children stay up late to watch TV), that you would not normally do or allow. It only makes for difficulties later.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Bon Voyage dinner--counting down!

Last night we had the family all over for a Bon Voyage dinner. Cheng cooked 4 or 5 different Chinese dishes (it took him hours!!), and I made a few American foods. My brother, Steven, said a wonderful prayer, blessing us as we go forward to China to bring home our sons. We showed the family the video of FengHong, and the most recent photos of BingHui, and everyone is anxiously awaiting their arrival in a few weeks. Even Marie (my step-mother) who was the least supportive about the idea of the adoptions, was upbeat and positive yesterday. Steven kept asking if, while we were in China, would we please bring home a son for him too! Mindy, his wife, is retiring from Xerox next month, at the age of 47, and I know Steven is praying and hoping that Mindy will decide to finally adopt a child. Steven has always wanted 6 children, and for some reason it just wasn't in God's plan for them. They have Lindsay, who is now 22, and I know Steven still hopes for a boy. Maybe our adoptions will have a positive impact on them.
On another note, our WACAP caseworker emailed me that our Travel Notice for FengHong should be issued soon. This is not really news, but at least she is keeping in touch with us regularly. Our inter-China reservations are going to be booked by a Chinese travel agency, except for the hotel in Beijing. I requested a hotel that the agency does not have a discount with, and the agency suggested I book the hotel myself. That is fine with me! I'd prefer to book my own arrangements, quite honestly; after spending so many years booking travel for Kodak, I feel rather skittish about other people booking our travel. I'm too picky (and too much of a control freak) to put our trip in a stranger's hands willingly. So this morning I booked our Beijing hotel, online.