Friday, May 25, 2012

Cancelling the Olympics

The 2012 Summer Olympics in London are wreaking havoc on my plans and my pocket book.

2 months ago, the rate to fly to Nairobi in July was $1600/person. Of course, we could not book (and still cannot) because we have not yet been approved by the governing committee in Kenya yet.

The Olympics are from July 27th - Aug 12th. Who the heck planned that?!

What does this mean!? It means that all flights are now over $2400 to fly in July or August.... a $800 difference per person = $3200. Where's my barf bag? This makes me sick to my stomach.

This really affects our timeline. We cannot afford that extra expense. The prices really don't start to come down until September. Our referral is still on track for June/July... upon which most people immediately go over to take custody. Seriously, do you know how much happens in 3 months in the life of a baby!? Ugh. Lump in my throat.

To add insult to injury... CAUTION - stop reading now unless you are really interested in listening to my pity party... (I ran out of gas today downtown, so I'm in a stellar mood.) My 35th birthday and more importantly our 10 yr anniversary happen to fall during the Olympics. Not a big deal, unless... after 10 yrs of not properly celebrating our anniversaries (ie - dinner with kids in tow at a family restaurant etc.), #10 was supposed to make up for it all.

My hubby has had 10 yrs to prepare, and 1 yr of warning... I was thinking Vegas etc... sans children this time. However, the plans quickly transformed into renewing our vows in Kenya. (How cool would that be!?)... and now we'll be going out for nachos in our hometown because we'll be too broke and busy for Vegas... and not able to get to Kenya. Blech. Wow - how's that for a whine? Can't say I didn't warn ya!

So, if it's okay with you all, I'd like to call off these darn Olympics.


Candice said...

eeewwww... Corporate greed makes me sick. I'm so sorry. :(

Denise said...

It's like being stuck between a rock and a hard place.
My husband and I are celebrating 17 years of marriage next month. Besides one trip to Mexico before our eldest was born, we have never really done anything special. I really want to go away to Vegas or somewhere hot - just the two of us before we add to our family as well. I think we need it... but it's so hard when all your money is being saved for the trip! Sigh... But I can pretty much guarantee you - as hard as it would be... waiting the 3 months until the flight prices come down, will not cause great damage to your waiting child. Everything inside of you will want to GO, but she will be fine. Really.

Jess said...

Feel your pain. Tickets for DRC were running about $1500/person, but we got to travel in the summer and they ended up being $2800 a piece. Major suck. As much as it hurts, try to think of how small it is in comparison to what you are spending totally. When you look at it like that, it's a drop in the bucket!

Journey to You! said...

AHHHH that is what is going on I googles flights cause pretty darn close to that stage NOT thinking about Olympics and....I was sure they were more than they were last year!!! To top it off we may only be allowed one bag per person without extra fees....Who's dumb idea is that !!! LOL

Sharla said...

The least they could do is postpone the Olympics one year for you.