Monday, November 10, 2008

The Weekend












This weekend we went to the lake and finished grouting the bathroom. It looks good and wasn't as hard as we imagined. We just have to wait for it to set up, and all that is left is to mop off the dusty film. Then we can install the new toilet and sink and have a working toilet on the main floor again! It will be so nice to not have to run down to the basement.

Other than that, we had a nice, laid-back weekend. We got to the lake late on Friday because we had to hang around town to take Riley to a Boy Scout advancement camp out. Saturday morning, we finished the grouting while the girls played outside making leaf forts, then we drove over to Hopkinsville to buy some groceries, rent a family movie and pick up some Little Caesar's pizza. That evening we had a bonfire, burned up some downed limbs and leaves and roasted marshmallows. Then all the girls got on their pajamas, and we settled down to a movie.

At home we've been working on getting the kids' playroom more comfy and baby friendly. So far I found a great suede and leather sofa at Salvation Army and a bright red lounge chair and tweed rug on Craigslist. I talked Ben into getting ceramic logs for the fireplace since we never get around to hauling wood up the stairs. We bought some ventless logs, so we can just flip a switch and not have to open the flue, knowing we'd be facing a cold, drafty room the next morning. We still have to install the logs, hang some pictures and drapes, refinish the coffee table, and get another lounge chair or love seat, and we'll be set for a chilly winter! Last night Bailey, Thomas, Ben and I watched a movie in the playroom, and the room already felt warmer with the new sofa and rug.

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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