Monday, September 19, 2011

Adventures in packing

So while we wait for news from Melissa's country on whether or not they've approved our paperwork and how soon they would love for us to hop on a plane and come get her, we just sit and patiently wait....Oh, how I make myself laugh sometimes!  Quite the opposite, we've been spending most of our spare time deep cleaning (probably going to be a while before we can get to that again), making lists and searching for secret bra pockets.

Yep, you read that last part right--Bra Pockets.  Secret ones no less.  I think it was scrolling through pages of secret stash ideas to hide your money and was onto the bra section that I just had to pause and laugh at some of the things we've come across and actually sought out as we get ready to travel.

There are many, many things for us to consider preparing for right now.  Not only are we leaving our 3 year old daughter in the States, we are packing for a 3+ week trip to a foreign country we've never been to, but also bringing home a daughter that we have practically no information about!  The result has been lists.  Lots and lots of lists.  And yes, I can practically hear my mother chuckling at reading that part.  Me and my lists for everything. 

I've got one for my carry on, a separate one for Robert's carry on, another for Lily's activities while we are gone, another for in-flight survival--both there and back, and one for Melissa's flight.  Once I actually get to purchasing and putting things into bags I should be set.

Speaking of putting things into bags, we came across a lot of people that said how amazing the zippered Big Bags are...apparently I am not that coordinated!  That was another one of the adventures that inspired this post.  Me wrestling a giant storage bag with a blanket in it just to see how much I could get into it.  Then me wrestling it just to get it sealed.  Then me wrestling it to see if once 'closed' I could stop it from letting all the air back into the bag.  I've mastered the small ones.  Don't think I am completely inept because I can squeeze a pair of socks down to nothing, but I don't think I'll be getting along with the big ones.

On that note, I just remembered to go add more small sized bags to a couple of my lists!  Back to it!  Hopefully next time I write, it will be about our paperwork receiving a thumbs up or, even better, a date to mark on your calendars!

And yes, I plan on buying a Bra Pocket.


  1. Haha! I'm a total list person, too. This unpredictable adoption journey is has been an adventure for my control freak nature. :) I'm glad to hear you guys are getting so close to travel. How exciting!


  2. My great grandmother called it her "diddy bag." It was her secret bra pocket that she sewed into the left cup of her bra. That's where she kept her mad money...and boy did she have mad money.

  3. OK, I admit it, I am totally going to get a bra pocket. And them I'm going to try to remember to deal with it in a sensible manner before I get to the customs desk...which might or might not happen!


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