Archive for January, 2012

Chinese New Year!

This year Chinese New Year was on January 23rd (Ariel’s birthday day) and it marked the beginning of the Year of the Dragon.  We are still working our way into celebrating this holiday however I think we did pretty good for Xander’s 1st New Year with us :)

It’s a tradition for children in China to get a new outfit for the new year so Xander and I went out and picked it out a few days before.  Here is Xander wearing his Chinese New Year “new” outfit in front the lanterns we hung by the fireplace.

He LOVES his new motorcycle shirt!

He was also pretty excited to be standing up on the fireplace.

That night for dinner I cooked a meal full of lucky Chinese food that would bring us good luck and fortune in the new year.  We dined on dumplings, clementines, very long noodles, oolong tea, and steamed buns filled with pork.  I’m not really sure the steamed buns had any real significance as far as the new year goes but we all like them :)  We didn’t really get to celebrate Ariel’s birthday that night because she had a school event but we did go out for hot fudge cake after she was done, yum!  Xander got a hot fudge sunday that was as big as he was and he was thrilled to try and eat it all.

On Sunday Patrick, Xander, and I went to the Chinese New Year celebration that FCC (Families with Children from China) held.  It was a great afternoon.  Xander and Patrick both wore their Chinese silk shirts that had dragons on them.  It was an afternoon full of food, Chinese dancing, games, crafts, and it ended with all the kids taking part in a dragon parade.  Xander loved seeing the dragon dance and was very excited to go up and see the dragon after the dance.  The dragon parade at the end was so cute and Xander loved it.  At the end of the parade they rolled out a bunch of bubble wrap for the kids to walk on so it would sound like firecrackers were going off.  It was so much fun.

The dragon dance; Xander couldn't take his eyes off of it.

As soon as the dance was over Xander got up and was on his way to see the dragon. He couldn't wait to see it up close.

Xander and I made a dragon at the craft station.

Xander with his dragon mask ready for the parade.

The dragon that was at the front of the dragon parade.

Xander & Patrick walking over the bubble wrap at the end of the parade.

It was a great day!

Football Player!

Xander loves to pretend and one of his favorite things to be is a football player with his Baba.  Enjoy!


5 months and counting…

OK, sorry I’m late in posting but it’s been a busy month or so in the McCoy household.  Christmas was lots of fun.  My parents were here and Xander had a lot of fun playing with “uma” and “umpa.”  Xander’s main gifts this year were a train table and a kitchen.  They were such a big hit that he really wasn’t interested in opening any other gifts.  We had to force him to finish opening his gifts the next day so the grandma and grandpa would be here to see it :)

Grandpa & Xander

Xander checking out his train table on Christmas morning.

Xander got a school bus from Ariel that he LOVES playing with.

A little Christmas love & fun!

Trying out the train that Grandpa McCoy got him for Christmas

In January we went back to the cabin again for Martin Luther King weekend.  Now that Xander knew what the cabin was he was ready to go this time.  It was a great weekend and we had lots of fun.  We also celebrated my birthday while we were there.

Baba & Xander

Helping Grandpa get the wood for the fire.

Having fun at the water park

Mama's Birthday

Group picture outside of the cabin.

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 :)