Archive for April, 2012

1st Day of Preschool

Xander started preschool today at the Northwest Early Learning Center.  We’ve been talking about preschool a lot over the last few weeks to get him ready and it looks like it worked.  He woke up happy and ready to go this morning.  He was so excited to wear his backpack (that we got in China) and go to school today.  Xander did a fabulous job today; no tears!!!!  His teacher was so impressed and said he did wonderful.  After I picked him up we went to McDonald’s for lunch to celebrate.  It was a great morning and I am so proud of Xander.  My little boy is growing up!

The McCoy traditional 1st day of school picture with Baba and your backpack.

Side shot; Xander is so excited to get to use his backpack.

Love that smile!

Xander outside of his school after his 1st day. He kept looking down because the sun was in his eyes.

Celebration lunch at McDonald's!

Pictures from February & March

We’ve been having a lot of fun around here.  Check out some of the things we’ve been up too :)  Also, Tuesday will be a big day for Xander… he is starting Preschool!

Getting the pretzel dough ready to shape on Valentines Day. We made Baba heart shaped pretzels :)

We love to watch the garbage man pick up the trash on Fridays.

Working on smiling when Mama says, "smile" to take a picture.

We celebrated Grandma's birthday!

Ariel and Cody went to winter ball and had lots of fun!

Let's go UC!!!

Baba and Xander have been going to the Build & Grow program at Lowes. It's lots of fun.

Check out what I made!

We ate green chocolate chip pancakes for St. Patrick's Day. Another wonderful smile when Mama asked him to smile :)

Xander loves to wear his hat backwards.

We went to the Newport Aquarium with Grandma.

Xander loves to play guitar.

Our friends Devon and Emma came to visit and we had fun playing at the park together.

On a hot day Mama got some water out to play in. Soon Xander was dumping it all over himself.

Then he got into the water. It was so much fun!

On nice days we have a picnic lunch on the front porch. Xander loves to eat outside.

Xander eating a hot dog waiting for the Reds opening day parade to start.

Xander sleeping half way through the Reds opening day parade.

Xander being very careful as he sips water from a bottle.

Dying Easter Eggs with Baba.

This is so much fun!

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 :)