May 31, 2008

I'm On Maternity Leave, And We're Leaving!

At 12:01AM this morning my work status officially changed to "on maternity leave". My email auto reply is on, my voicemail has been updated accordingly, and my lovely colleagues have promised that the only emails they'll send will be requests for more pictures! Morning meetings will be replaced with Ashton's first feeding and some play time, wading through emails will be replaced with wading through laundry, and client presentations will be replaced with finding ways to entertain, educate, love, and tend to every single need of our adorable one year old boy.

Best part about maternity leave? The word LEAVE! We are leaving tomorrow, as in 27 hours 30 minutes! Which means we need to find a way to fill the next 27 hours 30 minutes...and sleeping hasn't worked any other day this week so I'm going to jump out on a limb and say tonight wont be any different. Indiana Jones, maybe a little Sex in the City, I suppose we should eventually pack ourselves (Ashton and the gifts/donations are all set), vacuum, meals should take up some time, it's raining out so going for a walk isn't an option, I'm SURE we'll need at least one more Target run, and 3 cups of coffee and NY Times nicely took up about an hour this morning!

Oh, and we changed our hotel plans for the 3rd time. We're staying at the Radisson SAS Dubai Creek on Monday night, the House of Hope on Tuesday and Wednesday nights, and the Sheraton Addis Thursday through Tuesday. Our return flight departs Addis the evening of Tuesday, June 10th and after a quick stop in Dubai will land us in NY on Wednesday morning. Wednesday, June 11th we'll be staying at cozy casa McGregor, ALL 3 OF US!

I need a 4th cup of coffee...

11 comments:

Jill said...

I am getting the sense that you are one step away from bouncing off the walls!! I can't imagine why! Good Luck on your journey to your sweet boy. Enjoy every minute and have safe travels. The fun is really about to begin!!

Annie said...

Enjoy this last day as much as you can...hope it goes quickly. Sheraton??? I will miss having you at the Hilton with us; but we may come visit you poolside if time allows ;)

Brooke said...

Well, at least you will get some good coffee while in Ethiopia....not that you need another cup, right? LOL

Be sure to update us on how your flight goes, and I'm so curious to hear about Dubai. Please give us all the deatails when you arrive!!!!

Stacie said...

AHHHHHHH.....
I am so excited for you!!!!!!! Give all our love over there as we miss them all so much. Have a wonderful trip.

susan said...

Just wanted to wish you all the best on this very exciting journey! It's finally happening!
Take care and I'll look forward to reading your posts!

Susan

Marcia said...

Congratulations! We are so happy for you. Can't wait till we see Ashton in Minnesota.
Tom and Marcia

Kit said...

Safe travels. Very soon your son will be in your arms. Maybe I will see you over there I get in on the 8th and will be staying at the Sheraton as well. You are almost there. I bet it feels so good.
Kit

Anonymous said...

Dear Mike & Jo, Our hearts and prayers travel with you as you go to pickup your first born son and my first grandchild. My suggestion is to remember to BREATHE. Can't wait for the first update from the journey. Love always Mom C

Gamma! said...

God be with you as you travel. My thoughts, prayers and love are with you continually. Give our dear grandson a big hug and kiss direct from his Gamma until I can do it in person. "From the fullness of His grace we have all received one blessing after another." John 1:16 - and I thank God for the incredible blessing you (and we!)are about to receive! Much love, mom

Annie said...

what's coolest for me is the bond that will be made by us being traveling families. I have an adoption journey memory book (not her lifebook, this one is different than that) but it has a space for the child's "adoption buddies" and I know Ashton's picture will be in there. It's neat they will have the same heritage and some of the same history.

Can't wait for Tuesday!! Well, I'll see her Wednesday....give my daughter a kiss for me when you arrive and tell her I'm just a day away, ok???? :)

Amanda & Andrew said...

I doubt I'll be in the area, but if I could freeze a finished cake and mail it, it may work ;)

Anyhow, I'm not worried about the comments....
YOU GUYS ARE LEAVING SOON!!!!

(Did you get the package from us?)

Good luck with the flights and I know you're going to be all fired up for a while.
TRY to rest. Once you have Ashton, you probably won't be getting much sleep.

So happy for you guys.
Sincerely.