Just to let you all know what we will be up to in Ethiopia :-)
Saturday 23rd May
We all fly out at stupid o'clock from our local airport to Schipol, Amsterdam.
We part company with LMS as she gets her connecting flight to America to see her boyfriend.
We get our connecting flight to Addis Ababa.
Arrive in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia at about 9pm.
Guest House will collect us from the airport.
Sunday 24th May
Unpack and settle in the Guest House
Go to local supermarket to get formula and nappies for New Child.
Have a relaxing and chill out day (are you listening Little Prince????)
Monday 25th May
NEW COURT DATE
Visit orphanage and introduce New Child to her new Daddy and siblings :-)
Email our Local Authority to let them know that both me and Mr Messy have met New Child before she is officially adopted (requirement of UK adoption process).
All before our Court Hearing appointment at 9.30am!!!!
If everything goes well we can now take custody of New Child :-)
This is where it all gets a bit fuzzy!!
A few days after the Court Hearting we have to collect all our Court papers.
Once got Court papers we can apply for New Child's birth certificate (takes about 2 days to receive).
Once got birth certificate we can apply for New Child's Ethiopian Passport (takes about 2-3 days to receive).
Once got Ethiopian Passport can apply for British Visa (recent adopters have taken anything from 2-15 days to receive theirs!). Keep your fingers crossed that we are at the shorter end of the time scale!!!
During the wait for the British Visa Mr Messy and Drama Teen will make a trip to the area New Child is from. This will take them about 3 days we think, as it is a day's travel away by car! They are both keen photographers so they will be documenting the whole trip for New Child when she is older. I will stay at the Guest House with Little Prince and New Child, as it will be too soon after taking custody of her to expect her to cope with such an arduous journey (although she will have made that journey once before already).
Saturday 13 June
Once we have the British Visa we can add New Child to our flight tickets, and head home :-) So we are booked on flights on this date, but if the British Visa isn't ready then Mr Messy will come home with Drama Teen and Little Prince, and I will stay in Ethiopia with New Child until her Visa is issued.