The title of this blog is 'Working For Vacation'. And the reason for that is simple. Before Mr. H and I decided to venture down this road to adoption, we travelled. A LOT. We simply viewed our jobs as the means to another fabulous vacation. We've been to Puerto Rico, Jamaica, all over Mexico (with Cabo being our abso fave), and Hawaii. We've ventured to Canada and we've managed to put our feet in almost every single state in the Union.
I'm currently barreling down the road to turning 40. Forty. Four-Oh! It's hard for me to get my mind wrapped around. I don't feel forty. But what does forty feel like? Is there a manual? A description? Should I start wearing elastic-waisted pants? (That would be a resounding NO ghost rider).
In addition, we're also barreling down the road to the finalization of the adoption. Our fifth home visit is this month, and our sixth is in June. That's the magic visit - that June visit. That is the visit where our Social Worker will write on her report: Recommend to Finalize.
At that time, a recommendation will be forwarded to the judge in the kid's case for finalization. And seeing as they just had the kids' yearly hearing on the 5th of May, he's in quite the hurry to get this show on the road.
As is their social worker, their CASA, their lawyer, and our social worker. And them. And us. And everyone who has been close to us during this long and arduous journey we've been on.
So where was I? Oh yes - so we get the recommendation to finalize. And knowing that the government moves at the speed of a paralyzed turtle, I'm expecting a court date in either August or September. Hopefully sooner, but PLEASE not later.
Which means, we can apply for their passports, and get to CELEBRATING!
We're vacillating between an all-inclusive in Mexico (either Puerto Vallarta or Cabo), or a cruise to the Mexican Riviera - which would give us PVR and SJD, as well as a good time on a boat. Chris and I did the Mexican Riviera cruise in January 09, and it was pretty fun. I wouldn't get off the boat in Mazatlan again, but there's plenty to do aboard the ship.
There's not much of a price difference between the vacations, airfare included. The big pro to the boat is that we get to see more of Mexico.
So right now, that's what I've been doing. Looking at options, tweaking our budget to save the $$ to do it with cash, and praying to my Lord and Savior that He comes through (as He has this entire time) and makes this happen.
Celebrate. Good times. Come on!