Sunday, May 18, 2008

Last Weekend

It is hard to believe that after all of this time this is our last weekend before we travel to China to get Grace. We had a lot of last minute things to wrap up this weekend and we got most of it done. Jen had her last day at work on Friday so just about everything else left to do is on her. I do not envy her at all. She still needs to finish packing which in itself should not be a big deal, the issue is our checked bags need to be 44 pounds or under. They are pretty close to that now and we haven't even packed our own clothes yet. She is in the process of deciding what is "must have" and what is "nice to have". As well as a bunch of other miscellaneous last minute to-dos.

We also tried to spend some time on us this weekend. We went out to a couple restaurants that we really like on Friday and Saturday night. We took our time, drank a bottle of wine and tried to enjoy probably our last time having a leisurely dinner for a while.

Lots of people have been asking if I plan to update this blog and post pictures while we are in China. We are bringing the laptop, camera, and video camera so I have every intention of updating the blog as often as I can. Obviously Grace will be our first priority and as first time parents in a foreign country with a miffy little girl, we may be a little bit overwhelmed. But I will try to get to it when I can. Internet connections in China can be a bit spotty as well so we may not be able to connect at times or in certain provinces. We have also heard that China blocks blogging, I have a backup plan that I hope will allow me to updated the blog if we are blocked. If my backup plan doesn't work I have another backup to that plan as well so I am pretty sure that I will be able to update either way.

So just three more days of work for me and then we are off for the trip of our lifetimes. I can't even imagine how much our lives are going to change. People have been asking me a lot lately if I am nervous. I have to say I really am not, maybe a little anxious but really just looking forward to seeing China, trying new foods, experiencing the culture and bringing Grace home.


Alyson & Ford said...

Have a wonderful and safe trip! We are so happy for you!!

Alyson LID 01/27/06

The Gang's All Here! said...

I'm so glad that you'll be trying to post from China - I've been thinking about you guys. And how appropriate that your Gotcha Day is MEMORIAL DAY!? Very cool!

Praying for you all to have a safe and uneventful trip - healthy and peaceful all around.

Wendy said...

Can't wait for you guys to go get Grace!!!

kris said...

yikes, just 3 days left til you're on your way! I'm so excited and already looking forward to any updates you can provide from China!

ann marie paulukonis said...

Yay! I can't wait to meet Grace. Have a wonderful trip, enjoy the sights and stay safe!

Unky B said...

Hey guys, only a few days, and you're off!!! Just wanna wish you the best and safest trip! We couldn't be more excited for you guys! Enjoy your time out there with Grace!! We can't wait to meet her!

My biggest piece of advice would be to make sure you've packed all chargers and batteries for the camera and camcorder :-D

Mari, Norway said...

I wish you a wonderful trip, and will definitely check in on your blog every day!
I am so happy on your behalf, even though I don`t know you except from your blog and RQ. I wish a good journey and family day for you and for your little one!

Anonymous said...

SOOO CLOSE!! I can feel the excitement building right through the computer. Have a wonderful trip and savor every moment!! Cannot wait until we get to see Little Gracie!!

I'll be thinking of you!!



The Gasdia's said...

This is it guys! You've waited so long and you so deserve all the happiness coming to you. When you hold your little girl for the first time your lives will be forever changed. She is truly blessed to have such wonderful parents.

Have a safe trip. We all look forward to meeting Grace.

Two Pearls / New England H Family said...

Safe travels...and post those pictures!!!

Heather.PNR said...

Best wishes for a safe and smooth trip! What an exciting time.