We had another good day.  Xuan Xuan woke up happy again and ate a great breakfast.  We met our guide Mary at 9 am to go to a park in Nanning.  Our 1st stop in the park was at the temple.  It was very beautiful and we got to hear the monks pray.  Then we went to the Pagoda.  We only went up to the 3rd balcony but it was still a great view.  Then we went to the pond and fed the fish. There were a ton of fish and Xuan Xuan and Ariel had lots of fun feeding them.

We ate lunch at KFC today and Xuan Xuan liked his chicken nuggests :)  After a nap we just hung around the hotel and played until dinner time.  We ate at the Japanese place again it was so good.

After dinner we went to Walmart to find some clothes for Xuan Xuan.  None of the bottoms we got him fit; they are huge on him (they were all 24 months).  We ended up getting him several pairs of shorts and one pair of sweat pants that are size 6- 9 months and they fit his waist great (still very baggy on him).  On our way back to the hotel we stopped to get these mango drinks.  They were really good but we messed up ordering and got twice as much as we wanted.  This happens to us often and we think that most people around here must be laughing at us as we try to order things.

Our days here are getting kinda of long.  It’s nice to have an activity in the morning but then we are on our own the rest of the day.  We’ve begun calling our hotel room “the prison” because it does kind of feel like we’re trapped here at times.  We’re also all coming to hear Xuan Xuan’s favorite toy constantly.  He loves it and smiles whenever he has it.  Ariel on the other hand would love to hide it so we’d never have to hear the sun song again :)

Here are some of our pictures from the day!

Outside the temple

We're in the courtyard of the temple


The Pagoda

View from the Pagoda


More of Nanning... it's a big city

Walking back down

Walking down the stairs to the fish pond

Feeding the fish

The fish

He actually let me carry him back into the hotel. Yay! Although it may have had something to do with the fact that I had the Cheerios in my hands at that time.

Brother & Sister looking at the view inside the hotel

Coloring together :)

He really likes Ariel's sunglasses

3 Responses to “Wednesday”

  • Aunt Ree says:

    It was great to see you all on Skype this a.m. and I am glad I got Xuan Xuan to laugh when I did my YEE HAW !!! jUST Spent the evening with Jenny Madill’s 4 kids camping in Margot and Bill’s front yard. Can’t wait to camp with Zander and Kal-el. Thanks for your daily diary. See you soon. Love, Aunt Ree

  • Mom/Grandma says:

    Enjoy the journal, as always, and pics – look forward each day, reading of your adventures. The week has gone quickly!
    Amazing how tiny Xander is – American diet will fatten him up! Luv to all, Mom/Grandma

  • Aunt Bev says:

    Look forward to your daily blog and pictures….and always get a few laughs from all your adventures. Hard to believe it’s been a week ago since you arrived there!!!! but sounds like you are ready to come back to the good old USA and leave your hotel “prison” :( :( We are all anxiously awaiting your return so we can see you in person :)

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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 :)