Friday, November 17, 2006


Plane tickets, packing and birthdays!

The fantasy has finally become a reality! We've got plane tickets! The boys are leaving next Saturday and arriving in Addis on Monday night. We were able to finagle the stopover in Frankfurt so The Boy will be spending his 12th birthday in the city in which he was born. We're hoping to take an updated photo of the one shown here on the right. (Although, I think the Boy may be a little hard to pick up for the picture now!) My photographer extraordinaire friend, A, took this the day before we PCSed back to the States, as part of a cookbook/memory book made by the women with whom I shared my "military-wife" life.
After spending the week in Addis, they will all FOUR of them fly home on Saturday morning, December 2nd!!!
In preparation for their departure, a packing monster has taken over my body coupled with its evil twin the shopping monster. Between these two travel demons, there won't be much that does NOT get purchased or packed! My mother in law came over to help sort through the growing pile of things on the dining room table. (I'd get a picture but the camera lens is not large enough to capture it all!!!) However, with her help, we have now designated all the outfits that need to be washed and organized. On Monday morning, the plan is to lay out each complete outfit (include socks, underwear, etc) and roll/fold them up and tie a ribbon around them to hold them together. This way, Dad will have an easier time locating a complete outfit for each child. (Note: I will not be rolling his or the Boy's outfits with ribbon...) Then, I decided on each of the ribbons, to attach a little note for each day for H and inside each rolled outfit a little toy for Baby T, since I won't be there those first few days with them. I'll try to get a picture before it gets packed. Any suggestions for baby toys that would be small enough to fit in a rolled up outfit?

6 comments:

Katie said...

Great news, Jane!!! I am so happy for all of you! That photo of Pat squared is too adorable!! I suggest small teething toys to roll up in Baby T's BLUE outfits. If he's anything like a certain 8 month old that I know he is probably putting anything and everything into his mouth!

Julie Cooper said...

I was giggling when I read that you are going to tie a ribbon around each outfit so that P can easily locate a complete one each day! Then I remembered that, in preparation for Brett to pick up our kids in Ethiopia, I purposely bought shirts and pants that all matched each other, so that no matter what Brett pulled out of the suitcase, it would all match. But I like your idea so much better. P.S. Love the pic of P and The Boy when he was just a tot. Julie

Giessenmom2 said...

Not only did I take the picture I have one of me with my son in the same spot, that was taken for the same reason, whoms birthday is on the day the clan get's back... What do ya think P, got room for one more?

H and baby T we love you already and can not wait for you to come home!!!

patjrsmom said...

Thanks for all of those who submitted suggestions for toys for Baby T. The bags are packed and as soon as I can get a photo I'll post it here !

Cath said...

I LOVE that picture. It reminds me of our visit to the OB/GYN together while Pat was what, in the field? I don't know who learned more those months, you or me (being the not-pregnant but German-speaking sidekick). And I remember walking around the hospital looking for you after Patrick was born. Such mysteries and miracles. And they continue right this moment. Your boys are in our prayers as they set out on their adventure as are you and the girls whose are truly preparing a hearth to receive H, T and your new family.

patjrsmom said...

Ah yes, C, I remember well my FIRST OB appt. with you. Perhaps you remember the lack of modesty seen in the German doctor's office...definitely not part of my plan...but I wouldn't trade the experience for anything.