Monday, April 25, 2011

Man's Best Friend

Meet our dog Coconut,
he's a three year old Goldendoodle
(cross between a Golden Retriever and a Standard Poodle)
Jake is showing us Coco's moustache

Puppy Love

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

What's More Fun Than A Barrel Full Of Monkeys?

A big pile of cousins on Passover! 

Now the Aunties join in 

 Delicious home made 
chocolate covered matzah!

 And a Monkey's Uncle!
 Finding the Afikomen 
and also finding a Big Brother 
hiding under a blanket!
 Another pile up!

Dumplings And Matzah Balls

What's cooking good looking?
Aiyi Kui came over to teach Mama to cook Chinese food 
Ava Rose drew a picture of Kui cooking
If it's the middle of April...
...then what is this white stuff I see on the ground?
Tonight is the first night of Passover
The girls helped to make chicken soup 

Ready for Sasha Tian Tian's first seder,
can I sit next to her Mom?

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Spring Has Sprung

Mama took me for a walk in my stroller 
I saw a Red Robin 
and flowers beginning to bloom
Just thinking...
the grass looks a little greener 
on the other side of our fence
Hello Funny Bunny
I'm way up high


Funny Faces 

So happy to be back on my 
favorite red swing again
Spring, spring is coming soon,

Grass is green and flowers bloom,

Birds returning from the south,

Bees are buzzing all about,

Leaves are buddign everywhere,

Spring, spring is finally here!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Spring Fever

As the colors of spring begin to awaken
after a long dreary winter
it's time for us to begin our...
...spring cleaning!

 The girls team up to clean the slide

 Everyone pitches in for a game of pick-up-sticks

  The play structure is revived

Cleaning just a little bit more...
...and now let's test it out!

March bustles in on windy feet
And sweeps my doorstep and my street.
She washes and cleans with pounding rains,
Scrubbing the earth of winter stains.
She shakes the grime from carpet green
Till naught but fresh new blades are seen.
Then, house in order, all neat as a pin,
She ushers gentle springtime in.

-  Susan Reiner, Spring Cleaning 

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Our Adoption Timeline:

Begin Home Study:
August 10, 2009
Liu Chun Tian
Referral Photos:
August 19, 2009
Letter Of Intent:
August 24, 2009
September 2, 2009
(in 9 days)
Home Study Completed:
October 5, 2009
I-800A Sent:
October 6. 2009
Immigration Approval:
November 19, 2009
(in 45 days)
Dossier To China:
December 18, 2009
Log In Date:
December 31, 2009
(in 13 days)
~Happy New Year~
Letter Of Approval:
(in 74 days)
I-800 Sent:
I-800 Approval:
Cabled 4-7-2010
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Picked Up 5-4-2010
Travel Approval:
Leaving On A Jet Plane:
June 12, 2010
Forever Family Day:
American Citizenship:
July 4th, 2010