Thursday, April 16, 2009

making plans

One of my favorite things to do! :)

We have all of our reservations made - the good news is that Golden Rule got us a better deal than those "cheap" travel sites! Bad news is it is still a bit more than we hoped AND we found out the apartment we've been planning on using (which happens to be both the cheapest and the closest to the orphanage) isn't available for a few nights that we're there. So instead of changing apartments three times, we went with a different one - we talked the owner down a few Euros so it's not too much more than the other one, and it's only 3 streets further north. It's very modern looking with lots of red and white - I feel like calling it the "Love Shack" or something LOL ^_^

So we are about $350 short of our budget needs, which seems much less daunting than $500! :) A few people have asked and we would be grateful for any donations now - either through our Reece's Rainbow fund, which will be tax-deductible, or if you prefer you can donate funds directly to us through PayPal, I've added a link at the bottom of this post. :)

Our flight leaves Binghamton around 2 in the afternoon on that Monday 5/11 and we'll arrive in Belgrade about 2 in the afternoon the next day - yikes! We booked to come home on Saturday 5/30 and we will be hoping and praying that is enough time to complete everything, though the great thing about Golden Rule is we can easily change our tickets if needed.

My agenda for today is just to get Em's cardiology appointment set up for the first week we're back and to let our family know. Matt's parents will be staying with the kids while we are gone.

Then next week will be packing, the week after that will be cooking and freezing some meals to make life easier for Grandma and Grandpa, and the week after that will be cleaning like crazy. I'm getting so excited! :)