The emotions are crazy right now. Mostly excitement mixed with some nerves and some near miss tears. I keep saying that I will be fine once I'm on the plane and have kissed my babies good bye.
Today we got our itinerary of the trip which was so much fun. It's great knowing what we will be doing each day. We are thrilled that the orphanage has granted our request to visit the place Olivia has spent the last 14 months of her life. We also have some free time which will be nice. We plan to use our free time exploring Shamain Island, shopping in the markets and just enjoying playing with our girl in the hotel room.
Here is our itinerary for those curious about what will be happening on the trip. The length of the trip is required because we have to wait for her visa to be processed. We actually paid a relatively small fee to expedite her visa so our trip could be shortened. Most families stay an additional 3-4 days.
Fri Jan 25: Clt to Newark to Hong Kong (This includes 26 hrs of travel and 1 16 hr flight)
Sat Jan 26: Arrive Hong Kong 8:30 pm (there is a 13 hr time difference. It will be Sat at 7:30 am here)
Sun Jan 27: Explore Hong Kong/Train to Guangzhou. Arrive Guangzhou 6 pm.
Mon Jan 28: GOTCHA DAY
Tues Jan 29: Adoption Day
Wed Jan 30: Visa photos/physica exam in morning/Apply for passport in afternoon
Thurs Jan 31: Visit Huidong County Orphanage
Fri Feb 1: Free Day
Sat Feb 2: Sightseeing in Guangzhou with guide
Sun Feb 3: Safari Park zoo
Mon Feb 4: US Consulate Appt 10:00 am/ Free time in afternoon
Tues Feb 5: Morning free time/ 3:30 pick up visa at US Consulate/ 5:30 train to Hong Kong
Wed Feb 6: HOME (Olivia becomes a US citizen when we land in Chicago) Arrive CLT at 4:50 pm
This is the picture calendar I made for the kids so they can see what we do each day and count down the days until we are home.