Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Grace's New Room

One of our summer projects was moving Grace out of her small bedroom and into the larger one across the hall into her big girl room.  Somewhere along the way Grace decided that she had to have a canopy bed (like a princess).  Not sure where she came up with the idea but she would not be denied.  Luckily Jen had a canopy bed when she was little that was still (in pieces) at her parents house.  With a little bit of paint, a trip to Ikea and a weekend of assembling furniture Gracie has a new room. 

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Clarks and Santa's Villiage

This past weekend we took our annual summer pilgrimage north to New Hampshire with the Shah family.  The past couple years  we have gone to Story Land but we decided to change  it up a bit this year and go to Santa's Village instead.  I have to admit the thought of Christmas in August seemed kind of odd to me but the girls had a blast.  Grace was tall enough to ride all of the rides and especially liked the water park.   Definitely will be visiting again.

We also stopped in at Clark's Trading Post on the way down.  The have a new Chinese Acrobat show there that we wanted to check out.  Seemed a bit exploitive to me as they performed in the same enclosure as the bears do but they were pretty impressive nonetheless.  And of course the bears were a big hit with Grace.  Some pics of the weekend below

Clark's Trading Post

The girls

Feeding the Reindeer

Almost as tall as an elf


Monday, August 15, 2011

Bad Blogger

Yes, I have been badly neglecting this blog over the past couple months. Two weeks of not blogging turned into a month and then two months with no activity.  Where does the time go?  I guess it was a blogging summer vacation.

Well, we have been busy.  We moved Grace into a new room, and have taken lots of little trips here and there.  I will try my best to update with some catch-up posts this week and get back to regular updates.  For now my favorite pic of Grace from this past weekend.

Saturday, August 06, 2011

Our Timeline for Cameron

April 30, 2011 - Attended Waiting Child Workshop at CAWLI

August, 1, 2011 - Application to Adopt sent to CAWLI

November 2, 2011 - Completed Home Study

November 15, 2011 - Mailed I800A to USCIS

December 19, 2011 - Got Fingerprinted

January 16, 2012 - Received USCIS Approval

February 9, 2012 - Dossier to China

February 27, 2012 - Log in Date

March 22, 2012 - Date of Referral

March 25, 2012 - Sent Letter of Intent

March 30, 2012 - Received Pre Approval

June 1, 2012 - LOA

June 4, 2012 - Send I800 to USCIS

June 21, 2012 - I 800 Approval

June 27, 2012 - NVC Cable to Guangzhou

July 2, 2012 - NVC Letter Received

July 3, 2012 - 1st Article 5 Dropoff

July 31, 2012 - 2nd Article 5 Drop off (Due to paperwork issues)

August 2, 2012 - Article 5 Pickup

August  7, 2012 - Travel Approval

August 8, 2012 - Consulate Appointment confirmed

August 23, 2012 - Leave for China

August 26, 2012 - Family Day