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Saturday, December 1, 2007

We're ready.
Well, we're as ready as we're ever going to be.
The suitcases have been packed, packed and re-packed and are jammed full of everyday necessities and a few luxury items.
All that is left to do is get a good night's sleep, get showered and dressed in the morning and take off for the airport.
I would appreciate it if you could send up a quick prayer for Q-ball, Punky and JacJac.
They seem to be doing well...but it's just going to be a long three weeks without their dad and an even longer time without their mom. They're asking a lot of questions today and begging us to take a break and hang out with them.
We're obliging as much as we can.
Yesterday didn't work out as well as we had hoped.
We got off to a good start.
We took the clinic truck back to the clinic so Meshack could 'officially' go on leave.
We also took the pets down so Mom and Dad wouldn't have to worry about taking care of them while we're gone.
We were in and out in about 20 minutes.
Next it was on to the bank for 'the withdrawl'.
That went pretty smoothly.
But then we hit a snag.
The kids wanted to go see a movie so we headed down to the big megaplex to try to catch Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium. A family flick and a Christmas theme to boot. It couldn't get any better.
Except there weren't any showings until 4:30 p.m...and it was only 11 a.m.
We considered going bowling...
Or heading to KC for lunch at T-Rex...
But in the end decided to go grocery shopping and watch a movie together at home.
My mom and dad were headed in from Colorado and were supposed to arrive in the early evening and if we caught that matinee it would cut it awful close.
The kids were troopers.
I was disappointed.
All that buildup for a special day together and in the end it was the same as any other weekend could have been.
But ya know...I don't think the kids noticed that much.
We did take them to their favorite all-you-can-eat restaurant where we let them eat whatever they wanted for lunch.
No restrictions, no limits.
I thought they would load up on sugar...and they did.
By the time we left they were bouncing off the mom-mobile's walls from their sugar high. JacJac was chanting, 'Sugar, sugar, sugar...yeah!' in the backseat while Punky was giggling hysterically and Q-ball was clapping and dancing in the back.
Meshack and I couldn't help but join in.
It must have been that second chocolate chip cookie! :)
This morning we got up bright and early to head down to Q-ball's basketball games.
He played great.
His team won both games and he scored a basket (it was a 3-pointer if you ask me ! ;) and had a steal!) It was made that much sweeter by the fact that Papa and Grandma were able to watch his games.
Then we came home, did laundry and finished packing.
Now, I'm paying bills while Meshack is dragging four, very heavy, bags down the stairs. Two suitcases and two carryons.
Not too bad.
I'll try to post a quick goodbye before we hit the road tomorrow, but if I don't I'll see you in Kiev!

12 salty messages:

Christina December 1, 2007 at 9:13 PM  

We love watching family movies at home - it's comfy and you don't have to worry if the kids talk. :)
Have a great trip! Can't wait to read your posts from the other side of the world!

Shelley December 1, 2007 at 9:13 PM  

Just wanted to wish you the very best as you head to Ukraine!

Rachael December 1, 2007 at 9:35 PM  

Bon Voyage!!! Safe and happy travels to you. I hope the time flies and all goes smoothly. Can't wait to hear about you adventures in Kiev.

(P.S. Did you weigh those suitcases?)

Kathy and Matt December 1, 2007 at 9:47 PM  

Hope you can both get a good night's sleep. It must be so exciting right now.

I'm sure your kids just loved the time with both of you (plus the sugar - LOL)!

I'm looking forward to following your trip in Ukraine. Safe travels!

Tina in CT December 1, 2007 at 11:19 PM  

I applaud you for fitting everything in two large suitcases and two carry-ons. I'm impressed.

Hope you were able to get to sleep tonight as your mind must have been racing a mile a minute.

Have a good trip and anxious to read your first blog from the Ukraine.

teresa December 2, 2007 at 12:31 AM  

It sounds like you're ready! You will be in our prayers for the details to be taken care of. We will also remember Grandma and Grandpa and the kids. We go to the airport to pick up Grandma Mabel this week. She went to Florida for the big 40th birthday of my brother, which is tomorrow. We're looking forward to your posts from the Ukraine!

kate December 2, 2007 at 12:51 AM  

Praying for your scattered family and looking forward to the day you're ALL together. Godspeed.

Leslie December 2, 2007 at 3:30 AM  

Yeah! You're on your way!!!

John & Lucia,  December 2, 2007 at 4:50 AM  

Tami, wishing you safe travel and a quick process! Hoping you got a good night's rest and praying for an easy bye with the kids. We are all excited to hear about your new family addition and to read about your journey in Ukraine!

Nataliya December 2, 2007 at 5:34 AM  

What a good day together! Congratulations to Q-ball on the great winning games!

You are probably on your way to airport by now. Safe travels and good luck!!!

Lisa December 2, 2007 at 6:34 AM  

Safe travels! Prayers said for you and your children during this exciting but stressful time.

Is Eight Enough? December 2, 2007 at 9:23 AM  

Have a safe and amazing trip!! I will pray that you find the child that was meant just for you!!! What an exciting adventure you heading out on. I will also be praying for your little ones while you are gone!


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