Thursday, May 28, 2009
So how did he do?
GREAT!!!!!! Passed with flying colors!!!!
Sheez! I'm glad that's done. When he got the news, he danced around like a teenager. Things are looking up for the weekend!
(Now I can make him do all those honey-do jobs without feeling guilty.) :)
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Just waiting on TA. Our papers haven't even been at the CCAA for 2 weeks yet, so next week would be our earliest estimate on getting the golden ticket. We're hoping for the week after that. Our agency says we can fly, but - they take the temperature of everyone entering China from overseas. If you have a temp, you go to quarantine. I've asked Debbi and she's voting to go ahead and go. So, when we are presented with the opportunity, we're outta here!
Mark is working, working, working and studying for a new test all the managers have to take. He's very nervous, as usual, but he'll do fine. He even gets nervous when they take his blood pressure! Performance Anxiety!
No news on Lola. I just hate to give up hope. But it's like she was beamed up onto the Enterprise.
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Olivia participated in her gymnastics performance night and had a ball. She loves her teacher, Miss Yolanda. Yolanda is great with all the kids. They don't get away with anything, but they have a great time and love the class. I'm looking forward to Miss Yolanda working with Brooke later this year. Here is Olivia with Miss Yolanda and her ribbon and medal...
Ha! He doesn't know about the blog yet - let's see if he catches this one after he looks...
Here's just a cute shot of Olivia and Smoochy snuggled in together. Smoochy is happy as long as he can touch a human, especially in the comfort of a warm bed. He's got a tough life... ;)
Friday, May 15, 2009
Usually our agency is VERY careful/conservative about estimating wait times, and they have given us a 2-3 week estimate for TA. China is still very upset about the swime flu and several provinces are refusing to let families travel to get their children. Henan is not on the list so far... I have NO idea what will happen, so we'll just have to take it day by day. BUT - with any luck, we should be traveling in June!
Monday, May 11, 2009
So now we wait. As usual. But we're almost at the end!!!
The Consulate has to sign off on our Letter Of Acceptance and forward it to the CCAA (Chinese Adoption Authority). With any luck, it's already on it's way since the letter was dated May 6th. Then the CCAA will work on issuing our Travel Approval. After we get TA we apply for our CA (Consulate Appointment) and then... we can buy those airline tickets!!!
I've started packing. Only a few clothes will go - a couple pairs of jeans/shorts, about 8 shirts and some underwear. But there's a ton of medications they recommend you take and a ton of STUFF. So... the packing alone will be an adventure. I made a list of all the things to pack and made it into a graph (by person and bag). Then I color coded it. Mark saw it and said he knew we belonged together because my graphs (excel spreadsheet) look just like his. Ha! So romantic!
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
We've been working on Ke Xin/Brooke's bedroom. I know from experience that kids don't spend that much time in there when they are little, so I'm not going to make it all fancy, but it will be comfortable and cheerful. Depending on if she has sleep issues, she may not be in there at all. There is a daybed and Olivia's old crib, since we don't know where she'll want to sleep. Other recent adoptive moms of China kids her age have reported their children still wanted to be in the crib, even if they were in regular beds at the orphanage. I want her to have the choice. When we're in China, I will pick up some small things to display in her room so that she'll have something familiar to look at and handle, along with pictures of her foster mom and foster brother. The walls are a soft, pale yellow with white trim. Some cute bedding should complete the picture. Its exciting to think we've finally gotten to this point and this is really going to happen!!
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Monday, May 4, 2009
Sunday, May 3, 2009
The smile says it all - she LOVED it. Maybe she'll be a stunt woman when she grows up? Here's a picture of the pony ride with this contraption in the background.
The dogs got some sun this week. The cat is Lola, laughingly called the "4th Boston". She runs with them just as if she was one of them. They accept her and seem happy to have her. We're glad she adopted us.
And last, but not least, I got the coolest cat tree! I spent Saturday cleaning out all the old baby stuff from the nursery. It is going to become Brooke's room. I donated it all to the Humane Society Thrift Store. While I was there, I saw this and had to have it!! Isn't it cool??? It really looks like a tree! Someone put a LOT of time and effort into this. It's fantastic! The cats like it so far, and it has enough room for all of them. Lola and Oswald have already fought for the top position. Olivia needs to work on her Vanna White skills just a little bit more...
On the adoption front, we should be getting our visas back this week. Right now we are waiting for US Immigration to approve the paperwork we had to submit after we got our LOA. That approval has to be forwarded to somebody else, who forwards it to the US Consulate in Guangzhou. After that, the US Consulate signs off on our LOA and THEN they send it all to China. (I think - something like that...) Then China gets to work on our TA - Travel Authorization (if they don't stop because of the Swine Flu...). We hope to travel the first part of June. In ONE month!!!!!!!!!!! Yeah! Mark was sort of dazed this morning when, I guess, reality hit him. "It's happening so fast!" he said. Well, April 17th marked our One Year Anniversary of being on this path, so I'm not so sure how fast it's been... But the last couple weeks seem ike they have been turbo powered.