Friday, February 20, 2009


What is this you might ask???


Flight Information:
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May 16, 2009, Flight 123 [Non-Stop] Seat: 11A / 11B / 11C / 11D
Departing Indianapolis, IN (IND) at 12:00 PM
Arriving Atlanta, GA (ATL) at 01:32 PM
--- Connecting To ---
May 16, 2009, Flight 123 [Non-Stop] Seat: 11A / 11C / 11D / 11E
Departing Atlanta, GA (ATL) at 02:52 PM
Arriving Orlando, FL (MCO) at 04:15 PM

May 23, 2009, Flight 123 [Non-Stop] Seat: 11A / 11B / 11C / 11D
Departing Orlando, FL (MCO) at 06:20 PM
Arriving Indianapolis, IN (IND) at 08:40 PM


It's our itinerary for Make A Wish!!!!!!!! YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I have not posted much, because we did not have the final details.

Here was our big struggle: Bring all of the kids, or just Hannah and Micah??? Ryan has just wanted to bring the two older older kids from the beginning. Me, on the other hand wanted everyone to enjoy this once in a lifetime adventure. I had a way to do this too... Bring two people with us that could help with the little boys... We would not be taking the boys with us everywhere; just probably to Disney for one of the days. I knew it would be more work, but I was so scared that everything that we have worked towards with Jonas over the last 9 months, bonding, etc. would be jeopardized. Ryan and I have been going back and forth about this since November. Neither one of us were willing to budge... I knew we had to make a decision and I wanted both of us to be on the same page. Otherwise it would be too easy to blame the other if it was not going as planned on the trip.

So, I said, "Let me talk to Barb Hartsell, our Social Worker for Jonas's adoption." She is an attachment expert and I value her opinion greatly. We talked and she felt that he would be fine. By the time we will leave, he will have been here just over 1 year. She said that he might digress a little and be clingy when we come back, but she said that Luca probably will too. She felt he would bounce back quick, and at some point I have to leave him. She thought that it would be great for Hannah and Micah to have us all to themselves too! I am such a 'feelings' person though, and I operate sometimes out of guilt, even if what I choose to do is harder on me...

This trip is about Micah, and I have to keep reminding myself about that! So, as it stands now, it will be just the 4 of us. I am sooooooo looking forward to it, and taking care of just the 2 older ones will be a breeze!!!!!!!!!!! What is funny, is the day I made the decision to just take the older 2, was the day that Luca had dumped cereal everywhere, Jonas puked twice in his bed, and then pooped in the tub. I called our Make a Wish person, and said, "This is probably is not the best day to make this decision, but I am!!!" She laughed... The good thing is, if for some reason plans need to change last minute and we feel like everyone needs to go, including our help; Make a Wish will make the arrangements. That made me so much more comfortable with our decision.

So, where will the 2 little boys be staying, you ask? They will stay at our house and we have 2 fabulous, amazing, incredible girls coming to stay with them. I did not think that I would be able to get college students to help, because of finals, etc., but it worked. Jess Mayhew and Anna Kagstrom will be staying here for the week. The boys will be able to keep their same routines and Jonas will still go to school. This is vital, especially for Jonas. He was abandoned to a Haitian orphanage at 15months, brought to GLA soon after, and then up-routed from GLA at 28 months. This boy has had more trauma in his short life than in all of my 31 years. I just don't want him to think he is being left again! Barb said that it would be best for him to stay in his own environment, on his familiar routine, and having Luca there will help too.

The cool thing for those of you that don't know who Jess and Anna are: They are 2 of the girls that took care of Jonas while he was at GLA. Jess was with him for 6 weeks and Anna had him for 9 months. Kristin Vanderwell had him also, the first 2 1/2 months he was there. Kristin, come down that week and make it one big Jonas party!!! lol... Isn't that the coolest thing that we have contact and relationships with his caregivers while he was at GLA. To me, that is priceless!!!

While in Florida, we will be staying at a place called Give Kids the World. Micah was thinking that he wanted to stay at "The Boardwalk" at Disney, but our wish coordinator told us that he would love this place and that only 4 wish granting organizations have the opportunity to use it. She said that we could stay at Disney any time, but would never have the opportunity to stay here again. We are all very happy about where we are staying... they have special things for the kids all week. We will have a 3 day pass to Disney World, 1 day pass to Sea World, and a 1 day pass to Universal. Our Make a Wish trip is from Saturday-Friday, but we are choosing to stay one extra day, and that will be on us. We figured we are already down there, taking a week off of school, so we might as well stay until Saturday. We are not sure if that day will just be to rest, go to the Kennedy Space Center, or take an Everglades Safari. Has anyone ever done the Everglades thing? How far is it from Orlando? We will have most of the day Saturday in Florida, because our plane does not take off until 6:20pm. Ahhhhhhh, I can't wait!!!

I am a big kid and I get SO VERY EXCITED about any vacation: Anything fun for that matter!!! :-) We are less than 3 months away and I can't wait. Ryan and I can really use this 'down time'!!! ;-) I need to start tanning soon, so I don't make any cars wreck from the reflection off my WHITE legs!!!

So, Disney....HERE WE COME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Katie Todd said...

Bec...first...have an awesome, awesome trip!!! that is so exciting!! second...we went to the everglades when were were in fort myers beach twice...the first time we 1 alligator...second time we didn't see any. although on the second time we got to see a couple of dolphins that came up beside our boat. we were there in march both times and they said by that time the alligators started moving their way back out of the of everglades because it was getting warm. we did find a little "park" outside of the everglades that was on a river on our second trip and we saw about 20 alligators there. It took us about an hour to get their from fort myers beach. hope this helps

stephanie said...

Yeah!! That is so cool. You will have a blast. Talk soon, Steph

Anonymous said...

Tempting offer, but it's during exam week so I'll have to pass :)

Beth said...

That's so exciting! I'm sure it will be a great time for you all! Just a thought, but we live about 2 1/2 hours from Orlando, so if you'll have time and are interested in doing this, maybe we could arrange to come meet you guys for dinner (or you could come up to our house). I'm sure Lina would love to see you (but if it doesn't work out, that'ares completely fine, too). Regardless, I know you guys will have so much fun!

Anonymous said...

Oh, my Gosh!!! Is your schedule going to be totally booked while you are there? I would love to drive down and see you. I miss you sooooooooooo much! Plus you could give me all your old jeans at the same time. J/k