Saturday, December 27, 2008

Let it snow,let it snow,let it snow!

Here is what little Will has to look forward to doing with his sisters!

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Oscar trying to be rudolph!

frustrating news

We got some frustrating news today that a piece of paperwork did not make it to the court in time and they had to assign us a new embassy date of Jan. 21st. It is a little frustrating to change all the flights and reservations and plans and such, but such is the way of life. After we get confirmation today, we will hopefully be leaving on the 17th of Jan. instead of the 3rd. We could have left on the 10th for a Jan. 14th emabassy date, but Jeffrey has business in Boston that he could not cancel, so, unfortunatly our little man has to wait a couple more weeks for us. Grrrrrrrrr. Until next time! Susan

Friday, December 19, 2008

Here is a pic. of the back of the plane seat that I will be staring at for some time on our trip. we leave NY at 10pm on the 3rd and fly to Dubai. There we will have a 12 hour layover and the airline gives you a hotel room at the airport. Then in the am/pm depending on what time zone you are talking about we leave for addis ababa for a 4 hour trip. We will be picked up at the airport by our agency and hopefully be driven to the orphanage. There are 100's of movies on the back of this seat to choose from. Maybe I will be able to catch up on the movies of the year since I never take the time to watch them at home. I'm thinking of getting some prescription drugs to help me overcome my fear of flying, or maybe just some dramimine(sp?) would be fine.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Our christmas card photo! Who says Wisconsin girls can't have fun? Forget the beach, give us snowdrifts!

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Tickets have been purchased

Well, it turns out Jeffrey and I will be celebrating a Christmas in WI and a Christmas in Ethiopia as the Ethiopian Christmas is celebrated Jan 7th. Our tickets are booked and we leave Chicago early on Jan. 3rd. We will have our Embassy date on the 6th and leave Addis Ababa on the 9th. On our return flight I believe we will be spending one day in NY. I think plane time on the way home will be somewhere around the 25 total hours. That should be a learning experience for us! I think the hardest part is going to be the time difference. They are 9 hours ahead of us, so our sleep patterns are going to be somewhat scattered for a while. We have a lot to do as far as getting all the paperwork we need to take gathered and adjusting the finances for the trip, exchanging money. We did find out that there is a Hilton in Addis Ababa and we were able to use our Hilton points to stay for free for 2 nights. The rest of the nights we will be at the guest house by the orphanage. We were also able to use our frequent flyers for our tickets to and from NY. So that was a big help! Looks like everything is falling into place.

Friday, December 5, 2008

We're on our way!!!!!

It was a long day of waiting, but we did finally find out we passed court and we're on our way! The wait is over and we are now a family of 5 :) Could be as short as a month away and he will be in our arms! We will keep you posted as we hear more of the details. Yippeeeee! Get ready for the snow Fraole!

Thursday, December 4, 2008


Our case has been put on hold until tomorrow, so we continue to wait.........

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Snow arrives in WI.

Often during the middle of winter the snow in WI. is old news, but there is nothing like the first snowfall and the beautiful background it provides for snapshots of my girls. On Thursday this week we should know if we passed court for our family of 4 to be legally changed to 5! Jacklyn and Jaymie are counting down the minutes!

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One of our favorite photos of Will when he first got home

One of our favorite photos of Will when he first got home

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