Your plans sound really nice. I'm in the US and Thanksgiving Day is next week. Will be spending it either alone or with family. Either is fine with me although that may change once a kiddo arrives. I refuse to think about Christmas/Solstice until December 1! I saw a Santa Claus on tv about a week ago. That's ridiculously early IMO.
I finished CPR/First Aid/AED training and was fingerprinted this week. I'll send back some of the documents I've completed to the agency so they can begin their investigation. I listened to a radio show fewaturing children who had aged out of care. The experiences they had were absolutely heart-wrenching. I started this journey wanting to become a parent and now it's more about providing a child love and stability and helping them to reach their highest potential.