We still don't have set travel plans set. Our dossier had to be officially registered in the region and our homestudy had to be updated to approve us for a baby. But mainly it seems that it is difficult to coordinate everyone's schedules in Russia who need be present when we visit the orphanage. Tis the season for vacations, I guess. Now it looks like we'll go around the middle of July. Hopefully, we'll be able to complete our trip before the visas expire on the 21st!
Have I mentioned how hard it is to wait -- even if we're just talking about another two weeks? I am patient about a lot of things, especially with my kids, but waiting is not my forte. Martin is much better at it than me. He has the attitude that it's out of our hands so we just have to stick it out and hope for the best. We're both pretty go-with-the-flow kind of people, but it's hard not to think about those Siberian Airline tickets direct from Houston to Moscow that are only $765 roundtrip per person IF we fly before July 1st. After July 1, the price increases to $1,365 per person. That’s a $1200 price increase for summer rates! Thankfully the tickets start to go back down in September in time for Trip Two.
There are a few good things about the delay. First, it is better for my work schedule. We thought that three out of the five contract reviewers in our legal dept would be out at the same time. The other two were willing to step up to the plate, but I'm sure they had a huge sigh of relief when I told them I'm not leaving until the others have returned.
The other thing is that Nolan's 6th birthday is on the 3rd of July and we would have been traveling home either that day or the 4th of July. Now, I have time to plan a little birthday party for him at our home. Plus, we won't miss all the fireworks! He is very excited.
Lastly, it gives me more time to prepare for the trip. That said, I have reached the point where I am tired of preparing and really don't care if I have forgotten something. I just want to get to Russia and hold our sweet baby girl in my arms!
COME ON TRAVEL DATES!