Sunday, July 31, 2011

I can't believe it.....

When Mike and I got home last night from our "date night".... there was an Express Mail packet laying on the fron porch. We had such a great time seeing the new Harry Potter movie and had a nice dinner at Red Lobster... I didn't even think about the possibility of any important papers coming our way.
I let Snickers and Nougat outside and just kinda stood there looking at it. The first thing that came into my head was... oh crap... what did I forget to send? what didn't I do right? did I forget to send a check? I took a deep breath and zipped open the envelope... and there it was...
Mike's birth certificate. Authenticated by the Wyoming Department of State! I couldn't believe it! a 2 day turnaround? Holy cow! I let the dogs back in and went into the house to show Mike. He's like... what's that? I said... it's your birth certificate, back from Wyoming already!
Needless to say, it made us both smile.
Now, we just patiently wait for mine to come back from PA and our marriage certificate to come back from NV.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Colorado- Clean records!

YEAY! Hillary from CCAI sent us our Colorado Bureau of Investigation reports for Mike and me. We are clear... which we knew anyways. But now, we have our official Colorado clearance!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Certificates Received at Destinations!

Krystal's Birth Certificate:
Thursday,  07/28/2011 at 9:13 A.M.
Destination: Harrisburg, PA
Mike's Birth Certificate:
Thursday,  07/28/2011 at 9:27 A.M.
Destination: Cheyenne, WY

Our Marriage Certificate:
Thursday,  07/28/2011 at 9:59 A.M. 
Destination: Carson City, NV
Crosses fingers.... ok let's pray that these are processed and mailed back to us as fast as possible!!! We enclosed prepaid Express Mail envelopes... pre-addressed... (says a prayer they make it safely back to us!)

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Packages sent!

UPS overnight... is an AMAZING service! Birth Certificates off to Pennsylvania, Wyoming and Marriage Certificate off to Nevada! Crosses fingers and hopes for SPEEDY processing! Then, it's off the the US Dept of state....

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Thank you Tuesday...

Thank you Mr. Post Office Master...
For making us stand in the corner for over an hour as we anxiously waited to right-hand swear that yes indeed, we both really need a passport.
One more check mark.... ;)

Homestudy Approved!

Smiles. Jan, you ROCK! Jan is our caseworker. And Snickers LOVES her... I've never seen him act like this to someone he just met. Jan came to our home this past Saturday and we had a very nice visit with her. And (OMGOODNESS GASPS>>> I had dirty dishes in the sink!)  It took every ounce of energy I had to NOT clean everything so perfect... I didn't want her to think that I wasn't a good housekeeper. I did what I could, and it was just fine. We all talked and had a very heart warming conversation. She is so easy to talk with and is SO helpful with our questions.
My Dad came to Colorado for a week and helped us with SO many projects around the house. He and Mike bonded while repairing our back deck. Isn't it a shame that we had to repair something that was just built in 2004?? New home construction? Shakes head. and OMGooodness..... we FINISHED the backyard!!!! We HIRED a local company, Newlandscaping. Great owner, Andrew and a wonderful staff too! A young bunch of lads with HUGE amounts of energy and all of them had a particularly unique way of YODELING to European disco music. It was certainly entertaining! Pics soon to come... I just have to find the time to upload them here.
Birth Certificates and marriage certificates are mailed out.... to their corresponding Secretary of State's offices to get certification that they are indeed, official documents. Once we receive them back in the mail, then we send them to the US Department of State to make sure that they are indeed authenticated by the right people and that they are indeed official. Then, once we receive those back....it's off to the Chinese Embassy in either Illinois or Texas... again depending on where the documents were first originated from... we get to mail them, Via courier service to the corresponding Chinese Embassy. Thus the reason of the process we are in is called... "THE GREAT PAPER CHASE". Then once we receive those back... we can compile our dossier, submit our family photos and submit it all to our adoption agency who interprets it and translates it into Chinese and submits it to the People's republic of China.

Friday, July 8, 2011

It's hard...

not to run a white glove over everything in the house.
It's hard to find EVERY single lil' dust bunny in every corner.
It's hard to ACTUALLY put clothes away where they belong when they are out of the dryer.
It's hard to have such a quiet house...

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

CHEEESE!

Here are our recent couple pictures that we took in the Garden of the Gods this past Sunday morning. Our friend, James took these! We had a great time and are slowly gathering our pictures needed for our Dossier. Next photo session... this weekend... location.... front porch.