Monday, September 10, 2007

Stress Level -- HIGH!

Okay, our guide called this afternoon to say that when she arrived at the US Consulate to turn in our group's paperwork that our home study addendum was not in the packet! So, it's been a long several hours as we waited for it to turn morning time in the US so we could contact our social worker about getting another copy faxed to the US Consulate so that we can still take the oath and receive Sarah's visa tomorrow. Thank goodness for email! We just heard from our social worker and she will be faxing the addendum within the next 30 minutes, so we will be able to finish all our paperwork tomorrow and head HOME on Wednesday! Yeah!

Today we took a taxi today to Beijing Road to find a certain book store that sells text books. Sarah's tutor asked for us to pick up a series called "New Concepts in English" so we bought the four books in the series as well as the study guides. Poor Sarah -- more school!

We had authentic Thai food for dinner and several of the items on the menu made me laugh so I'm including a photo of my favorite item (and trust me, there were MANY more just as tasty sounding!): Braised Goose's Hand in Thai Style -- only 38 RMB per person (about $5.70 US) -- and, yes, it is just what you think it is! Also, a photo of Sarah playing a kind of hackey sack in the park with another dad from our travel group and some local people. And, a photo of a man who paints beautiful pictures all by dipping the side of his hand or his fingers in paint -- no brushes.

Off to bed. It's 10:30 pm here on Monday night and 9:30 am central time in the states. If it's like other nights, Sarah will be up watching tv for another hour or so and Kev and I will be OUT!

Hugs to all and thanks for your great comments, notes, emails and thoughts!


new girl said...

What did we ever do without the internet! I'm very glad your SW got everything straightened out and you will be able to go home on time! I hope your last two days are as unstressful as possible!

Stacey T. said...

The menu looks like the menu from the Cow and Bridge, our FAVORITE restaurant in all of China!!! Yummy!!! Oh how I would love to be eating there tonight for dinner!!!!

Mom of 5 said...

Glad that the paperwork is all squared away. I'd pass on the food.
Safe travels home.

Emma's Journal said...

Thank God for Internet! I'm not so sure about the food there, although I did try a piece of squid home here and it wasn't bad.
Safe travels home.

Lesa said...

How scary. I'm so happy that things worked out so quickly!
We enjoyed the Cow and Bridge as well, but I don't remember that on the menu. Hummmm I must have gone straight to what was familiar to us from what our Thai restaurant offers. We just love Tom Ka.

Lucy's is another favorite of ours there.
Can't wait to get back for our next adoption.


Mike and Barb said...

Oh, that does sound stressful! I'm happy to hear it got all worked out.
Try the Ostrich at the Cow and Bridge, that is DELISH!!!!
Enjoy the rest of your stay

Doug and Mary said...

Is that Jordan (from Jordan's) playing hacky-sack with them???

Can't wait to see you guys! Glad you got the addendum sent!!! Phew!!!!

Mary (for all of us)

sb said...

Just want to let you know you have another cheering squad at our house! We loved the Cow and Bridge but stayed away from some of their specialities. The peacock sandwish was not bad -- tasted like chicken :). How lovely your family looks together. All the best, Suzanne

Regina said...

I am so happy for you guys!! So glad to hear everything is working out!! I have really enjoyed following your blog!!

Mike, Hayley & Piper said...

Seriously, your blog is one of my favorites!

Cant wait to see updates once you are at home!