Archive for December, 2011

4 Months Together :)

It has been a busy month in the McCoy household!  Xander went on his 1st overnight trip with us when we went to visit my brother for Thanksgiving.  We flew to Philadelphia and this was the 1st flight that Xander really remembered going on and he was very excited to fly in a plane!

Waiting at the gate and flying his plane through the air.

Ready for take off.

It was a great trip and we got to meet our niece Quinn for the 1st time.  Xander had fun playing with his cousins Miranda & Quinn and meeting all of his new relatives from the Warwick/Dunn side of his family.  Ariel had an interesting trip because we forgot her bag at home… so we had to go shopping when we got there to get her through our long weekend.  She didn’t seem to mind shopping for new clothes :)

Playing with Grandma

Miranda in her silk dress from China

Quinn in her silk dress.

When we got back from our trip we brought out all the Christmas decorations.  Xander wasn’t really sure what to think of it all.  He really liked all the football & airplane Christmas ornaments on our tree.

Ariel shows Xander how to hang an ornament.

Baba puts the star on the top of our tree :)

We also took a trip down the Cincinnati Museum Center to see the Holiday Train exhibit.  Xander LOVES trains and we were excited to show him all the trains at the museum.

Xander and Baba check out the trains.

Xander gets up on Baba's shoulders for a better view.

They also had trains out for the kids to play with. Xander loved playing with the trains.

Last weekend we went on our annual trip to Brown County IN for the weekend with Patrick’s family.  This year we rented a new cabin that wasn’t in the state park and was bigger.  It was amazing and it was a fun weekend.  Xander did well on the trip and it was fun to see him and his cousin Kal-el play together.

Kal-el, Xander, and Patrick

Ariel is ready to go into town and shop!

The family and our cabin for the weekend.

Finally, here are some random pictures from the month.  Xander is doing really well.  He looks awesome and we can’t believe how well he’s healing.  It’s been a fun month around here and we’re looking forward to celebrating Christmas as a family of 4!

Making airplanes

Xander had a great time making a gingerbread house.

Mama wasn't paying attention and all of a sudden realized the truck got decorated too.

Xander really likes Ariel's boyfriend Cody.

Loves making cookies!

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 :)