Sunday, May 11, 2008

Recreation Center, Water Puppet Show, Chinatown











































Today Minh and Jade decided to fore go sightseeing. Thuy offered to take us to the Cu Chi Tunnels, but it was a three-hour drive each way, and the tunnels were supposed to be pretty claustrophobic and stifling. We'd been on airplanes and road trips so much the past week, and we were so hot, it just didn't sound fun. I know we'll regret skipping the opportunity later when amnesia sets in. Instead, we asked to go to a water puppet show. We drove by to find out when the next performance would be, and while we waited, Thuy took us to a public recreation park. Access to the park was free for everyone in the community, although classes were extra. They had everything from Latin dancing classes to private badminton coaching. It was kind of funny to watch adult men taking badminton so seriously. Volleyball and ping pong both looked like blood sports too! We also watched a group of men playing what we think was bocce. The water puppet show was so cute - and air conditioned! There were tons of small children there from school groups, mostly pre-school age, although it was Sunday. The show was an elaborate presentation with about eight skilled musicians accompanying the show. Of course we couldn't understand the words, but we could follow the action pretty well. The children just howled with laughter! Afterwards we drove through Chinatown and visited a traditional herbal pharmacy and Chinese doctor's office.

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Referral Picture

Referral Picture

Adoption Timeline

  • 2006
  • November 8 - Application Mailed
  • November 22 - Accepted
  • November 24 - I-600A Mailed
  • November 27 - Delivery Confirmed
  • November 28 - Receipt of I-600A
  • November 30 - Fingerprint Notice
  • December 15 - Home Study Update
  • December 21 - Stacey Fingerprinted
  • December 28 - Added to List (#116)
  • 2007
  • January 24 - Home Study Mailed
  • January 25 - Ben Fingerprinted
  • February 8 - Waiting List (#111)
  • February 20 - Waiting List (#109)
  • February 27 - Waiting List (#105)
  • March 8 - Waiting List (#101)
  • March 22 - Waiting List (#99)
  • April 19 - Waiting List (#98)
  • April 25 - Dossier Authentication
  • May 2 - Delivery Confirmed
  • May 2 - Added to SN Wait List
  • May 3 - Waiting List (#97)
  • June 7 - Waiting List (#86)
  • June 25 - Dossier Translated
  • June 28 - On Waiting List Six months
  • July 9 - Waiting List (#81)
  • August 6 - Waiting List (#4 SN)
  • August 8 - Waiting List (#76)
  • September 7 - Waiting List (#70)
  • October 8 - Waiting List (#67)
  • October 22 - Waiting child -- OURS!!
  • October 23 - Official Referral Date
  • October 25 - Letter #1 Submitted
  • October 29 - Referral Receipt - CHI
  • 2008
  • February 5 - Fingerprint Request
  • February 7 - Proof of Delivery
  • March 1 - All Fingerprinted
  • March 3 - I-600 Application Mailed
  • March 5 - I-600 Acknowledgement
  • April 17 - I-600 Approval!
  • May 2 - Original G & R Date
  • May 3 - Fly to Ho Chi Minh City
  • May 5 - MEET EPHRAIM!
  • May 6 - Drive to Kien Giang
  • May 7 - G & R Ceremony
  • May 8 - Medical, Apply for Passport
  • May 12 - Fly to Hanoi
  • May 13 - Visa appointment at USCIS
  • May 14 - Pick Up Visa, Fly Home
  • May 15 - Arrive in Nashville!
  • May 23 - Certificate of Citizenship
  • June 12 - Re-Adoption Filed by Court
  • July 3 - Tennessee Birth Certificate

G & R Day

G & R Day