Friday, July 31, 2009


Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Flash Cards

Thanks to my sister, Victoria, who sent three packs of flash cards in the mail for our daughter. They are all Winnie Pooh themed and they are different skills than the ones I already had (I have 52 states and addition already). These teach matching and words.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009


Ok, so the question is out, "WHEN do we actually go to get our daughter?"
Let me post best/worst case scenario:

Paper Work StepBest CaseWorst CaseActual
LOI: Letter of Intent  June 22
PA: Pre-approvalJuly 6 July 20July 19
LOA/LSC: Letter of ApprovalAug 3Sep 144 - 8 weeks?
TA: Travel ApprovalSep 14Nov 96 - 8 weeks?
CA: Consulate Appointment
(last week already in China)
Oct 12Jan 44 - 8 weeks?

And then we were "promised" that our LOA would be expedited because of our file mix-up - that is yet to be seen. I want to be home by December 24, 2009 because that is when my fingerprints expire!!!

Monday, July 27, 2009

Collectible Wind-Up Doll

Thank you to my sister, Sandy, who bought this cute collectible doll last year for our daughter. She plays a song and sways from side to side after you wind her up. What should I hide in her knapsack?

Saturday, July 25, 2009


Yesterday, I found this charm on, a website where beautiful homemade items are sold. It matches the theme on my blog perfectly! I just had to have it and the price was right. Hope it comes soon!

Friday, July 24, 2009

Panda Bear Finger Puppets

Thank you to my friend, Jackie, who bought these adorable panda bear finger puppets at Pier 1 last year for our daughter. Perfect for a 6-year old! Who would've known???

Thursday, July 23, 2009

What We Know About Our Daughter, Part III

She can:

  • write her own name and draw shapes and people
  • pick up peanuts with chopsticks
  • catch a ball and jump
  • count, identify colors, and select antonyms of words
  • dress herself, tie her shoelaces, and wash her own hands

  • is a deep sleeper (yeah!)
  • is quiet
  • is smiley :)
  • likes to sing, play games, and play with dolls
  • gets along well with others
  • is closer to her caregivers than other children

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Monday, July 20, 2009

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Goodbye, Daisy

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Home Study Addendum

Yesterday, we received our updated Home Study Addendum in the mail specifying that we are recommended for an older child with minor to moderate special needs. Glad I got this step out of the way - it appears that this may be a concern for others: Consulate Red Tape

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

You Can't Make This Stuff Up

So last night, I went to pick up Chinese food for Mike. Take a look at what our fortune cookies said:

So do the cookie people know something???