Alrighty....here it is!(along with my thoughts on how this will go)
I need your input....our three sightseeing tours....to go or not to go....that is the question.
(our 3 sightseeing tours that come standard with our travel.......as in....no choice, must pay. Argh.)
January 15th: Arrive in GZ!
We arrive off of the plane all hopped up on adrenaline, 4 kids tagging along behind us, John and I smile at each other, birds sing, flowers bloom, a rainbow appears over us and we are glad we brought all the boys.
January 16th: Free Day
Adrenaline starting to wear off, jet lag beginning to set in, but we're still ridiculously happy and can't wait for tomorrow! We'll spend this day getting our bearings before we get the boys the following day- we're gonna have tea with someone named Susan, eat a dumpling or 12 at the 7-11 and try to convince the kids to not spend all of their money on the first day.
January 17th: GOTCHA DAY 2:30pm!
Oh my goodness, I am now the mother of 6 BOYS!
I will try my hardest not to ugly cry all over them..I don't want to get snot on their shirt the first day.(it's important to save some things for the second day)
January 18th: Civil Affairs Office - the boys officially become ours!
We've hit our stride, all is going well, the kids are all behaving impeccably. Life is good. We are still glad the boys are ALL with us.....or it could go the other way.....and John and I could be realizing that we waaayyy overestimated our parenting abilities and we begin to wonder what on earth we were thinking bringing 6 boys to the other side of the world......and he and I are no longer smiling at each other.
January 19th: Sightseeing tour Chen Family Temple & TB Test
We're becoming braver and more adventurous in the form of food....except Jason and Justin who are still on a white rice & ice cream diet...and are quite happy about it.
January 20th: Orphanage visit
Words will probably fail me this day.
January 21st: Sightseeing tour to Yuntai park
The hotel rooms are becoming smaller by the hour....and the smell of 6 boys in aforementioned hotel rooms....ummmm...well, I'm just glad I packed Febreeze.
January 22nd: Visa, Medical exam
I will have just spent 3 hours at the clinic with Jacob & Joey while John stays back at the hotel with the other kiddos. But through it all I am EVER so glad that we now have the right to waive the in country immunizations.
January 23rd: Sightseeing tour to Zhong Shan Memorial Hall
Everything is starting to look the same and every day is ground hog day.
January 24th: Get passports & Jason's 14th Birthday!
Pearl River tonight to celebrate our oldest getting a little bit older.
January 25th: Take the oath
Are we home yet? I wanna go home? Are we there yet? How bout now? Now are we there yet?
January 26th: Free Day
If I never eat rice again my entire life that would be ok.
January 27th: Get the Visa's & Depart for HK
Ahhhhh....so nice. Sad to see the birth country of my boys in the rear-view as the train pulls away and I wonder if we will be back.....
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