The Monkey and I had a fabulous time in Florida. The weather was perfect; we did the beach every morning and then hit the pool in the afternoon. Of course, the Monkey being himself did not sleep much at all. So I came back from vacation more exhausted than ever. But it was really nice to get away and get a little one-on-one with him. While we were there, we were able to meet up with some friends that we've made during our adoption journeys. We've talked for a couple of years but had never met "in real life" so it was wonderful to meet them face-to-face. We were actually their reference family before they adopted their adorable son from Astrakhan (the same city our boys are from), and they were the family that introduced us to Kyrgyzstan. They brought home their beautiful daughter from Kyrgyzstan a couple of months ago. There are many cool parallels in our lives and it was great to see our boys play together. They are two peas in a pod (and amazingly enough, share the same birthday, although the Monkey is a year older). I can't even describe how wonderful it was to hold their daughter in my arms, knowing that in just a couple of weeks I'll be able to hold my own Kyrgyz girl close.
Speaking of which, we arrived home late Tuesday night to find an email from our agency with our travel dates!! We're expected to be in Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan) on April 27th and we will stay through May 11th. I can't believe we have only two more weeks before we are on our way to meet HotDog!! We have so much to do, like update paperwork, make childcare arrangements for the boys, book hotels/airline tickets. But surprisingly enough, we are not too overwhelmed at this point. I don't know if it's because this is our third time at this and we have a good idea of what to expect or if we are just burying our heads in the sand in the face of how much we need to do. Either way, who cares?!!? We are just so excited!!