Archive for May, 2013

Happy Mothers Day/Due Date!

Xander and Patrick picked out this beautiful hanging basket for me for Mothers Day!

Xander, Mama, and little miss Clara Mei still hanging out as an inside baby :)

Today is also my due date!  We’ve made it… 40 weeks!  To be honest there were a few times in the last week I wasn’t sure we’d make it to the 40 week mark but here we are.  We are all ready for her to come.  Everything is set and now all we are doing is waiting for her to be ready too!  Here is the final belly shot picture.

This is a look back at 20 weeks.

24 weeks

28 Weeks

32 Weeks

36 weeks

40 Weeks!

Prom

Yesterday Ariel went to Prom.  She had a great time!  We saw her breifly this morning and she said it was awesome.  She and a group of friends went to the Boathouse for dinner and then the Prom was at the Art Museum.  Their night was not over just yet though, the school hosted an afterprom on the YMCA which Ariel said was lots of fun too.  She got in about 4am last night after a night she’ll never forget.  She has just one more week of classes and then she graduates on May 23rd.  It’s so hard to believe High School is basically over for Ariel; it seems like just yesterday she walking in on her 1st day.

Ariel & Cody ready to go!

Ariel a few moments earlier giving Cody the boutineer she made him.

A look at Ariel's hair :)

Group shot!

One more group shot :)

Adoption Timeline
  • Summer 2010 - started talking about adoption
  • Aug 19, 2010 - participated in webinar
  • Sep 22, 2010 - mailed in adoption application
  • Sep 28, 2010 - adoption application accepted
  • Oct 8, 2010 - fingerprints for home study
  • Oct 14, 2010 - fire inspection done
  • Oct 25, 2010 - Patrick & Kimberly complete physicals for the adoption
  • Nov 4, 2010 - finished Heart of the Matters Parent Education
  • Nov 9, 2010 - Ariel's physical is completed
  • Nov 15, 2010 - 1st Home Study Visit
  • Dec 10, 2010 - Kimberly's Individual Interview with Social Worker
  • Dec 16, 2010 - Patrick & Ariel's Individual Interview with Social Worker
  • Dec 19, 2010 - Received rough draft of Home Study to review
  • Jan 7, 2011 - Received Final Home Study
  • Jan 7, 2011 - Sent I800A form into USCIS
  • Jan 18, 2011 - We see our son's face for the 1st time!
  • Jan 21, 2011 - Submit Letter of Intent to China
  • Jan 27, 2011 - Receive Pre-Approval from China
  • March 7, 2011 - I800a approval
  • March 24, 2011 - Dossier to China
  • April 2, 2011 - Log In Date
  • May 16, 2011 - LOA
  • June 2, 2011 - I800 Approval
  • June 10, 2011 - Cable sent by National Visa Center
  • June 13, 2011 - NVC Letter & final paper work sent to Agency!!!!
  • June 23, 2011 - Article 5 papers dropped off
  • July 8, 2011 - Article 5 pick up
  • July 19, 2011 - Travel Approval!!!!!!
  • August 15, 2011 - Forever Family Day!!!!!!
  • August 25, 2011 - Arrive home; Xander becomes a US citizen :)