Monday, August 21, 2006

Travel Approval!!

Travel approval arrived today! The next step is getting our U.S. Consulate Appointment in Guangzhou. Our adoption agency is requesting it for the week of Sept. 25. If we get our appointment that week, our tentative date of departure for Beijing is Sept. 14!! As soon as we receive our consulate appt., we can book our flights. I still can't believe how quickly this is happening! Here is our China itinerary:

Day 1Depart for Beijing

Day 2
Arrive in Beijing

Day 3
Beijing Cultural Tour: The Great Wall, Tian'an Men Square and the Forbidden City

Day 4
Travel to Hefei, Anhui. Get Zoe!

Days 5 to 9
Bonding with Zoe, sightseeing, and official paperwork

Day 10
Travel from Anhui to Guangzhou

Day 11
Zoe’s medical exam

Day 12
Consulate Appointment

Day 13
Pick up Zoe’s exit visa

Day 14
Morning departure from Guangzhou to the US

We had our last vaccinations today. Doug and Katie were awful--it was embarassing. They both had to be held down. They've never acted like that at the doctor's office, but for some reason they enjoyed putting on a show at the Travel Clinic. We also got prescriptions for Malaria and travelers diarrhea. We are stocked when it comes to meds! The only thing I haven't been able to get anyone to prescribe is amoxicillan for all 3 of the kids, in case of ear infections, etc. But I have one more contact, so hopefully we'll have that soon. We may actually be ready to go in 3 weeks!


At 8:39 AM, Anonymous Kerri said...

Yeah!! It must be so thrilling to be one step closer. You guys are going to have such wonderful memories from this trip.

LOLing about the medicine thing. Do your kids get ear infections that frequently? I think we've only had 2-3 bouts of it (ever) and never more then one kid at a time. Ohh - ohh - maybe you should bring some of that swimmer's ear stuff in case you will be swimming in hotel pools?

Then again, with all your meds, you might cause a delay in flights if security picks your suitcases to inspect. ;)

Congrats on the travel approval!

At 8:32 PM, Blogger Kelly (& Mike) said...

YEAH YEAH!!! That's so exciting!!! I can't wait to follow your trip!

At 10:24 AM, Blogger Kelly (& Mike) said...

Yes, I plan on making it to the waiting families meeting next month and look forward to meeting you as well!


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