Sunday, May 17, 2009

Pre-Approval, Recital, Renovations, & Fingerprints

This week we had a few events.  The biggest one was that we received our PA (Pre-Approval) from CCAA (China Center for Adoption Affairs) which means we can proceed with submitting our paperwork for Kassidy so they can make a final decision.  We estimate that we should be done with  our paperwork by the end of August.  We could be traveling anywhere from October to December of this year.  We cannot post any pictures or information on the web but if you ask us we'll show you the three pictures we have.  We also received our appointment to get our fingerprints taken at Immigration/Homeland Security.  We had them taken for Kristy's adoption as well but we have to do it again because, in case you don't know, they do change (eyes rolling).  

In case you haven't been in our house we have 3 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms.  Right now Kelly has her own room and Kourtney and Kristy have bunk beds in the other room.  Kourtney thought sharing a room with a 2 year old would be a good idea at the time.  Kelly had more fore thought.  So what do we do now that a fourth daughter will be moving in?  Two teenagers with bunks in a room and two little ones in bunk beds in the other room?  Well that's half right.  Kristy and Kassidy will share one room in the bunk beds.  The dining area we had with the two archway openings has been converted to a room now.  One archway leading into the living room has been completely closed up and the other archway has been partially closed for a doorway.  That will be Kourtney's room.  Kristy will be by herself until Kassidy comes home.

This weekend was Kourtney and Kelly's dance recital.  They did great!  Kourtney was in two ballets and Kelly was in one of them.  Kelly had a separate dance number (Eight Days a Week).  Next year will even be busier as we will have 4 of them in dance.  I know that was done for her father the Beatle fan!  Video to be posted later.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Happy Mothers Day!

After church we went to Firehouse Subs and then spent the afternoon at the zoo.  It was hot but a great day.  Yesterday we got adoption approval from SC DSS so the home study is with Immigration and Homeland Security.  We are waiting on pre-approval from China to adopt Kassidy.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Daughter Number 4!

We have officially identified our new daughter.  Our LOI (Letter of Intent) will be sent to China tomorrow.  Unfortunately the international adoption laws have become much stricter than when we adopted Kristy so we cannot post pictures or any information about her until the adoption is official.  The adoption will be official when we go and get her.  We expect to travel in the Fall.  Our paper work is currently at US Immigration and Homeland Security.  The girls are excited and Kristy finally has a face to put with her American name, Kassidy.  I'll keep you posted on where we stand although it won't be too exciting without pictures.

Happy Birthday Kelly

Yesterday was Kelly's 15th birthday.  Saturday she spent the day with her buddy Marissa, shopping and going to the movies.  Sunday we went to Ruby Tuesday's for dinner and home for presents and a cookie cake.  Here are some pictures from the day.