On Top of the World

Today was the day ResponsiBoy got to cross the Great Wall of China off of his bucket list.  He was RIDICULOUSLY excited when he woke up this morning.  I haven’t seen him that excited since he discovered United’s in flight personal entertainment system. I had hired a nice air conditioned van to take us to…

She Probably Won’t Remember This.

We saw Poppy today!!! Live!!! In person!!! Pretty sure we didn’t make much of an impression though since this is what she did the whole time. I tried so hard to avoid her nap time and we failed.  It took everything I had not to snatch her up.  She had a nanny sitting right next…

Beijing Baby!

ResponsiBoy, FullPlateGrandpa and I made it to Beijing!  I didn’t really doubt how awesome a traveler ResponsiBoy would be, but he exceeded my expectations.  Because the personal entertainment system on the plane was WAY too exciting for his poor TV/electronics-restricted self, I think he slept a total of abut 15 minutes.  That means that when…

The Great Pack

This is my second trip to China, and the first time, I WAY overpacked.  This time, I committed to packing only what I needed.  There was nothing worse than hauling crap I did NOT need through an airport while toting a sick toddler.  Lesson learned the hard way last time.  So, I established the packing…

24 hours.

The foster home that Poppy is at just put out a Facebook message with her picture announcing our upcoming travels to get her.  Now it feels real. I spent today running around like a mad woman collecting gifts for the Chinese officials and putting together my gifts for the kids at home.  I give one…

48 hours.

Tomorrow morning I’ll wake up and the 48 hour countdown will begin.  These hours are always fraught with absolute insanity as I try to squeeze every last drop out of the moments left with the kids I already call mine before I bring home another child who will rock our world.  I also usually try…

Oh what a week, what a week.

It ended with a bang and it has kept on rolling.   We said goodbye to our beloved swimming club.       We held our 2nd Annual Savor the Summer Family Picnic.       And then, just like that, we ushered in a new year of education. They went back in shifts, because…

A Letter to ResponsiBoy as We Get Ready to Take Flight.

Hi Sweets, I know you hate it when I call you that.  I can’t help it.  You’ll always be my Sweets.  On Friday, you’ll turn 12-years- old.  This is likely just a few days before we leave for what will undoubtedly be the biggest adventure of your life thus far, though I know there will…

Sometimes it hits me like a ton of bricks.

Life has slowed for now.  I finished my semester of grad school with the most craptastic paper I’ve ever written.  Sorry, professor-who-will-not-be-named at George Washington University, that’s what you get when you won’t give me a 48 hour extension because I just came home with a new baby from the other side of the globe….

Can’t Stand It!!!

I was united with our Dolly girl less then two weeks ago. In some ways it seems like she has been mine forever. She is so delayed though.  It hurts my heart to see how behind she is.  At 21 months old, she doesn’t walk, she doesn’t even crawl.  The difference between now and two…

Got it!

Signed, sealed and in her passport!  We’re coming home, baby!!!  One more sleep for my kids in the U.S. and we’ll all be together again.  In just 12 short hours, my dad, Dolly and I will be wheels up! –FullPlateMom,who can’t wait to kiss seven more little faces.

Consulate Day.

I barely slept last night.  I probably won’t sleep much tonight either, not until I have what I need in my hand.  Dolly’s passport is at the Consulate right now.  They have told me that they will print her visa tomorrow and stick it in there.  This visa is her golden ticket to the United…