Greetings!

We designed this site in order to keep in touch with friends and family who are far away and in order to communicate with other adoptive families from around the world.

When we first started researching this wonderful way to become a family we read everything we could get our hands on. Even though there are a lot of great books out there, nothing was as informative or touching as the blogs we found by adoptees, biological parents, and adoptive families. So we are writing this blog now in hopes of returning the favor. We hope that if you are dear to us you will enjoy keeping up with our adventures. If you are someone out there involved in a part of the adoption triad we hope you will find information and comfort here and provide us with some of your own!

If you would like to get in touch with us we can be reached at: becomingafamily@gmail.com
Feel free to stop by anytime. We're happy to share our family story.

Take care,
Brian and Rosemary

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Staying Busy

Today is the big day. Today we will meet Button! So naturally I woke up at 2:45am. At this point, I'm really nothing more than a shivering chihuahua. I hope I can pull it together enough to hold the kid. Oh wow, I'm super excited! Poor Brian has been practically baby-sitting me since we arrived and now we are getting a real toddler.

We had a wonderful day yesterday. Since we've both been here before and blessed enough to tour the "Big Bangkok Hot-Spots" we decided we would just spend the day running some errands and making sure we had all our P's and Q's in place for "BUTTON DAY". After a lovely breakfast in the garden we took advantage of the hotel's complimentary shuttle to the skytrain. Fortunately, the shuttle drops guests off at the Sala Deng stop, which is right in the heart of the Silom District of Bangkok (the area I am most familiar with) so we shopped up and down both sides of the street enjoying the early morning cool and calm that only jet-lagged tourists discover. We got delicious ice coffees at the Doi Tung shop. While in Thailand, please frequent the Doi Tung shops. They have lovely gifts, delicious edibles and all of the proceeds go to help the hilltribe minorities! After that we rode the skytrain 2 stops (20 baht) to the Siam Center to check out the mall and look for some things we accidentally forgot and others we still needed to buy.

We bought wrapping paper for our gifts for the social workers and Button's foster family. The Thai's do the most magnificent wrapping paper and bows and the girl helping me was so excited about the options for "making cute". The end result was not cheap but we did indeed make cute. After that, we wondered through a fantastic toy store looking for presents for the little girl we sponsor at House of Grace in Chiang Rai. We are going there for a few days when we are done in BKK and we will get to visit with her as usual. We want to make sure that she knows that despite our new parental status we still love her absolutely and she can always count on us. The girls in the home have so little and I don't want her to feel she is loosing...again. So from Brian a pink doctor's kit because little girls can grow up to be doctors too and from me an Asian Barbie because little girls can grow up to be fashion conscious doctors!

Then we rode back to the Sala Deng stop and ate lunch at the "Bug and Bee" a darling little fusion restaurant which serves Thai food wrapped up in crepes. They also have a variety of cold fruit drinks. I know it sounds like an odd idea but when I saw the sign I said to Brian, "That's either really bad or really good but don't you think we must try it?" So we did and it was delicious! We shared the Thai Tuna salad in cold crepe and the curry puffs in hot crepe and a lime soda.

After lunch Brian declared that I had to spend at least 3 hours napping because my eyeballs were starting to twirl so I was put to bed. When I woke up my sweet husband had made us dinner reservations for a fancy night out in honor of our last "No babysitter needed date night." How cute is he? He took me to the Oriental Hotel, which is one of the oldest and loveliest spots in Bangkok. They have 9 restaurants to choose from and their French theme is consistently voted one of the best restaurants in all of Asia. We, however, ate at the traditional Thai restaurant on the riverfront. The weather was perfect with a soft breeze all evening and the food was delicious. A very fun part of eating here is that you arrive at the hotel but then The Oriental's complimentary lighted barge takes you across the river and you eat on the other side.

Well, that brings you up to speed and my next post should have Button details in it!
--Rosemary

P.S. If some of you are wondering about the very specific details in this blog they are for other pre-adoptive families who will be traveling after us and staying in this exact hotel, looking for places to eat, needing to use the skytrain and trying to cope with the new surroundings. Reading each other's blogs is one of our best ways to prepare for this wonderful but complicated trip.

6 comments:

Jessica said...

I'm loving all the "to do" tidbits. And, I've never been to Doi Tung, so we'll give it a try. As much as I love the info posts, I can't wait to read your next one!

Maci Miller said...

Oh, you are killing me here! First, I am dying for BUTTON pictures! And second you went to dinner at my old home-away-from-home, The Oriental Hotel. How I love that place! I used to live in the hotel 2-3 months a year when I had singing contracts. It will always be a special place to me and some of the staff there are still my friends. Hope you had a chance to catch the jazz band who I used to work with. You probably opted for a good night;s sleep though and I don't blame you. Oh, that view from the Terrace. Or did you eat at Sala Rim Nam? Isn't it magnificent? I feel like I am living vicariously through you in this moment! OH, but tomorrow will be the most amazing memory and time of your life! Can't wait for your next post! Hurry already!

Cheree Hanson said...

Hey to Button's parents! So excited for your and can't wait to see some pics. Sounds like you are having a most lovely time while awaiting the completion of your family. Fondly...Cheree

Kim said...

yay for Brian on the "last date night before a babysitter", and personally I'm loving the details! I think right now it's 9am in Thailand and you are probably a nervous wreck...well, at least I was , both times I broke into tears right before meeting my kiddo's! I am so excited for you! looking forward to pictures and hearing how it's going!
take some deep breaths and take it all in! kim

Sharon said...

I thought you were going to March 24th Board Meeting. Never mind. I told a good friend to look out for you.

So glad you are meeting your bub today. Can't wait for you to have him officially in your care soon. I'm sure you said in a few days and perhaps Tuesday????

Take care and thinking of you all!

Megan said...

I love all the details! That was exactly what I tried to do. And getting up at that crazy hour sure helped me do it while it was fresh in my mind!!