So, as you can see from the pictures, Roger and I spent our Memorial Day weekend at the Indy 500 with our good friends Kaylan and T.J. This was Roger's 27th consecutive year at the Indy 500, so he is definitely a pro at this event!! Bless his heart, he's had to "compromise" a little of his Indy 500 weekend schedule (like NOT getting to our parking spot at 6 a.m. the morning of race day when the race doesn't start until 1:00) since getting married, but he's been a real trooper about it.
We had a great time spending the weekend with Kaylan and T.J. who now live in Indianapolis, and the weather was perfect for the race. Luckily no rain but perfect cloud cover to keep the sun from beating down on us. The ending to the race was a might bit on the boring side since the leader led for the last 20 laps, but there were a couple wrecks right in front of us to keep us (I mean me) awake during the rest of the race. I'll be the first to admit I'm not the world's biggest race fan, but I really try to hang in there for Roger's sake because he loves it soooooo much. But, all negativity set aside, the Indy 500 truly is an awesome event to see. With more than 300,000 people in attendance, there's always guest celebrities, an awesome pre-race tribute to those who have served our country, a very cool flyover during the national anthem that never fails to bring me to tears, and of course watching and listening to race cars speed past you going 215+ miles per hour.
We also have season tickets to the Texas track for two NASCAR races and another Indy car race, so unfortunately I get burned out after attending only one race each year. The seven-hour drive to each track I don't think helps the situation. But I know once we have our baby, my attendance at the races will dwindle even further, so if anyone would love to see an Indy race or NASCAR race, Roger is always looking for friends who would like to go along. He really does deserve to experience the races with people who enjoy them as much as he does since he has such a love for the sport, and I, unfortunately, am not that person, as much as I would like to be.
On another note, we hit five months of waiting this past Saturday! Our estimated time to a referral we were told is still six to nine months, so we are getting there! Our agency told us "around September" is a likely guess, but she's hoping it will be sooner. I'm unsure if our wait time will be lengthened due to the abandonment issues that are being investigated (and hopefully resolved) by the courts and authorities in Ethiopia, but as of now I haven't been told our referral will be affected. So far our May has been super busy and it looks like the rest of the summer will be much the same way, so right now I'm okay with waiting until September if that's what it ends up being. I'm just hoping, hoping, hoping we don't end up waiting for our referral into the winter months. I very well understand with international adoption there is no guaranteed timeline, but one can always hope; right? I told Roger he needs to start visualizing us receiving our referral, and he says it's really difficult. I guess it's sometimes surreal to picture us EVER becoming parents.