Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Happy 3 month Anniversary.....

So, I fell off the Blogger wagon while we traveled in China. #1, I got very sick with swollen tonsils the size of golf balls and needed to visit the Hospital in China. What an adventure THAT was! #2,  I have to say that I tried my best to prepare myself and Mike for the worst when we got Kaylah.... maybe she wouldn't like us... maybe she would hate us. But as it turned out, she KNEW who we were from day one and by the end of Gotcha Day, she called us Mama and Baba. She had the little photo albums that we had sent to her in care packages, pointed us out and smiled when she saw we were smiling right back at her. We focused on her and us for the rest of the trip. She got a fever... and we nursed her back to health once we got her home to America. She traveled well. Surprised us both I think. Who would have thought.... being an instant Mama and Baba has been the most amazing thing that's ever happened in our lives.

Today, Oct 30, is officially 3 months from the day that Ms. Kaylah was placed in our arms. Somewhat of a memorial day of its own. I have to say that she is an absolute PURE JOY and we cannot even remember what life was like without her. Well, we can... but it was incomplete. With each day that passes we fall in love with this little Diva more and more. Here are some random facts and photos that I'd thought I'd share with you all:

~She can run like the devil when she wants to (usually when she has something in her hand that she doesn't want to give up...)
~She loves playing outside and has been learning to ride her bike.
~She has never pooped in her pants and has been doing really great potty training at home. Big girl panties are in the future...but for now, it's pull-up time. In China, we learned that by saying La Cho Cho-- meant make a poop and Neow Neow meant go peepee... Thanks the heavens that we learned THAT!
~She sleeps for at least 2 hours during nap-time. (Whew!)
~She's been sleeping mostly through the night, but depending on how much stress she's had throughout the day, she sometimes wakes up with night terrors.
~She loves noodles! Fresh fruits and veggies too! NO strawberries, thank you...
~She has the tiniest little hiney you've ever seen!
~She has all of her teeth.
~She's shy at first when meeting new people, but quickly warms up to just about anyone.
~She loves her Gramma/Grandpa Zuzak, Uncle Ray and Gramma/Grandpa Murphy!!!
~She LOVES helping to unload the dishwasher and loves to use the swiffer in the kitchen floor! Knock yourself Diva!
~She is intrigued by baking and cooking. She carefully watches my every move and picks up on little things so quick! My Mom and I joke around that she has an "old soul"ness about her. A true blessing in every way!
~She has the most caring heart you'll ever witness. When she hears a little one crying, she gets this look on her face that will melt your heart! She's so concerned...and wants to make them feel better.
~Her language is coming along very nicely! She's beginning to say lots of basic phrases and words and is attempting a few songs. She loves us to sing "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" before naps and at bedtime.
~She wants me to rock her to sleep after a bedtime story. And for the LONGEST time... her favorite book was "Little Blue Truck". I think I have all of the words memorized!
~She loves bath-time  She wants one as many times as she can get it! Bubbles... or no bubbles. Just as long as she has all of her bath toys ... she's completely happy.
~She loves swimming and we plan on taking her more frequently to our indoor neighborhood pool.
~She loves getting her hair done and wears a flower or bow everyday.
~She's enjoyed being in her car seat from day one. Never fussed once.
~She has the most contagious laugh, love tickle time and she absolutely loves all of her babies!

I hope you all enjoyed the MUCH needed update. Friend me on Facebook... I'm updating there almost everyday. I"ll be updating here more frequently... Promise!

I'll leave you all with this: ADOPTION R*O*C*K*S (PERIOD).

If you have ever thought to yourself "I think I would like to adopt" or "I wish I could do that"... DO IT. DO IT NOW.  There's nothing more worthwhile that you could do with your resources of time and money. There's nothing more rewarding than having a child call you Mama. This journey to Kaylah has been the absolutely BEST thing ever in my life.

This is a recent photo of our new family.....she's saying thank you... thank you for giving me a new life. Thank you for being my new Mama and Baba. Thank you for loving me unconditionally. Thank you for giving me the chance to grow up to become one amazing woman. She's saying that are others you know...can't you help them too? Do something amazing in your life, just jump in and do it. I promise, it's so worth it!







Saturday, August 4, 2012

Murphy's law rocks...

This post was from a few days ago... The day we left Zhengzhou...
The day that I had to remind myself why Murphy's law rocks...
The day where we had a little one battling a 101.6 fever and we had to take her on a two hour flight to Guangzhou.
The day where we spent over two hours on a hot muggy plane while a lady demanded to get off due to a flight and weather delay, which need up taking us even longer to get off the land.
The day where we witnessed ALOT of angry Chinese people yelling at the flight crew, and where we witnessed the flight crew yelling right back at them.
But we did get into the air. And we did get Kaylah to sleep.
And we made it to Guangzhou safely.
And Kaylah's temperature is back to normal.
And the moon came out and the sky was clear...
And Murphy's Law Rocks! Just in case you didn't know.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Photos

We drove by her finding spot in Nanyang City, which was at the main gate of the city hospital. We didn't get out to look closer, there were so many people everywhere and parking was insane.

So Far...

Life with little Kaylah has been wonderful! Until she developed a little fever yesterday.... Then the grumpies appeared and we saw a side we hadn't before. She's doing better now, and is sleeping hard. We are glad we brought along the children's Tylenol and Vivian, our guide, checked in with us yesterday when she brought by Kaylah's passport. She has been bonding with Mike and myself pretty good. She is slowly showing a return of affection and continues to call us Mama and Baba. She lets me rock her now when she's sleepy... Before I would just lay her on the bed on her belly and she would fall asleep. It may also be because she wasn't feeling too good, but I certainly loved holding her tight and hummed a lullaby...what a great mommy moment ;) !!
She also has an understanding a few words of english words and phrases and knows how to throw items away when we ask her too. Although she mostly loves giving trash to Baba, and runs and giggles when she has something in her hands that she shouldn't.
She had her first taste of pizza the other day... And loved every bite. When we feed her something she likes, she goes "mmmmmmmmmm" and shakes her head no when she doesn't. She also started to sign for food yesterday and smacked her lips together when she was hungry! Progress! And she has started to repeat some words after Mike and I have said. She's a smart little cookie!!
We leave this morning to travel to Guangzhou and will be there through aug 12, then it's off to Hong Kong for two days. We will be doing a lot of things in Guangzhou and will be posting more frequently. Getting our family on a semi decent schedule has proven to be more important than fighting with the Internet here. But we love you all and I will post a few more photos to keep your smiles going strong ;) !!
Huge hugs from China!!!

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

The Day Has FINALLY Come...

...and Krissie and Mike are having Internet issues.  :(  So, this is Katie here, and at the request of the Murphy's, we'll get some pictures and comments up on the blog for all to see until their technical difficulties are cleared up.  ENJOY!


From Krystal:

She's such a blessing! Even the officials said that she was destined to be with us! The couldn't believe how happy she was today and how she was asking us to pick her up! 
We can't stop looking at her, her little personality is shining through and she is such a little comedian!!!
Huge hugs!!!

 In the hotel lobby just minutes before we left to meet Kaylah.

Picture of the moment.  This is the orphanage director, she and another caretaker traveled
about 4 hours from Nanyang City to bring Kaylah to us.
Here, Kaylah was showing me her photo album of us, she knew we were Mama and Baba,
and whispered as I pointed out each of us in the book.
This girl loves her some goldfish crackers!!!!!! And she loves the butterfly finger puppet!
 
AND THAT SMILE!!!

Sunday, July 29, 2012

In Less than 6 hours...

We will meet our daughter!! We made it safely to the Henan province and this hotel is soooo much nicer than the last one!
Mike and I have been awake for hours... He's only awake because I've been rushing around gathering things to take with us when we leave the hotel at 10am to MEET our little girl!! Those wacky butterflies are back in my belly and I'm fighting back the happy tears! I need to post more photos but it's going to have to wait until after we meet our little one! And I'm thinking that Gotcha Day pictures may outweigh any other photos! ;) huge hugs from China!!!!

Friday, July 27, 2012

Photos ;)

Trying to figure out the best way to post photos... I'm just gonna slap them all up!!!! These were some of my favorites I took yesterday!

The Tourist Days...

It's been HOT and HUMID. I haven't been a "sweaty mess" (as Mike said yesterday) like this in a long time. The forbidden city was breathtaking! The amount of work that went into the construction of this amazing place is just unbelievable. And it was all designed for one person. Just plain wild! I need to upload some photos and will try that this evening, the jet lag has been kicking my butt! I slept yesterday afternoon and evening and now, wide awake at 2am. We got to ride on a traditional ricksha yesterday and we toured the older part of Shanghai. We were also welcomed to visit a nice gentleman who showed us around his house and garden. Our guide, George has been a lot of fun and he's very informative. You can tell that he loves his job and enjoys teaching us about his country and culture. We were able to connect with my Mom, Dad and little Ray thru Skype and we can't seem to connect to Facebook here in Shanghai no matter what we try to do.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

At Denver airport;)

We are at DIA and Mike takes a moment to ponder about the adventure we are about to begin. I actually slept in today longer than Mike.... A little known fact that I am an early bird, and he sleeps in like a grizzly bear! So many thoughts and feelings are running through my mind. Feels like we just can't get there fast enough, we have waited so long... Just a few days separates us from meeting our little Kaylah. Days. DAYS!! How freiken exciting is that!!!???

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Here we GO!

Well, tomorrow we board our planes to get to China. Amazing.
I just can't believe it's finally happening. Hold on little Kaylah, we are coming as fast as we can!
Most recent photo of Kaylah
Mike and I will be blogging as much as we possibly can throughout our trip! We will try to update through facebook as well. We are planning on using Skype and facetime as well ;)
MANY many MANY thanks for all of the amazing support and love and friendships!!! We couldn't have done this without you all!
Huge Hugs!
Krissie & Mike

TImeline of events while in China


7/25            Leave U.S. for Beijing.  Please check your tickets for specific information.
7/26            Arrive in Beijing 
7/27            Tour Beijing: Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Hutong Tour, and optional acrobatics show
7/28            Tour Beijing: Great Wall 
7/29            Depart Beijing for Zhengzhou 
7/30            Today you will receive your child!  Congratulations! Receive Kaylah in the morning at the registration office.
7/31            Take a bus to the registration office to complete the Adoption Registration in the morning. 
8/1            In the afternoon you will travel to Nanyang to apply for your child’s passport 
8/2            Rest or tour. Receive your notary documents in the afternoon.
8/3            Receive child passports. 
8/4            Leave Zhengzhou for Guangzhou 
8/5            Sunday.  Free day in Guangzhou.
8/6            Take bus to clinic to complete your child’s visa physical and visa photo taken this morning.
8/7            Meet with CCAI representatives to prepare paperwork for the Consulate appointment
8/8            If your child is over two you will meet with your CCAI representative to have the Tuberculosis test checked at the clinic. If necessary have the chest x-ray taken.  You will travel by bus or taxi to clinic to complete this test. 
8/9            Today is your Consulate appointment 
8/10           Receive your child’s visa packet 
8/11            Free day, on own. 
8/12            Depart Guangzhou for Hong Kong.           
8/13            Free day, on own.
8/14            Depart Hong Kong for US!!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Consulate Appointment and Gotcha Date!

Here we GO!
Consulate appointment scheduled for 8/9/12 and our Gotcha date is scheduled for Monday, July 30, 2012!!! So exciting!
SOOO many lists to start making!
SOOOOOO exciting!!!!!

Monday, July 9, 2012

TA!!!!!

Well, the time has COME! We received our Travel Approval from China today to go bring our little Kaylah home! We are waiting on our agency to get our Consulate appointment date but are hoping that we can leave on July 25th for Beijing :) We will be there for 3 days and will then travel to the Henan province to meet her!
Cannot believe that it's only TWO weeks and TWO days away! We will keep you all posted and Mike and I are so excited that we will be leaving soon to meet our little Diva!
Take one more thing off our checklist!

Friday, July 6, 2012

Happy Birthday Kaylah

Today is Kaylah's 3rd birthday in China. We may celebrate a little tomorrow with a small cake. And my heart has been aching for a new photo since April.
Got one today! Along with an update! And we now know that she got our care package, it's the blue box in the back! OOOH how happy that makes Mama and Baba!
We are patiently waiting for our official TA (Travel Approval) from China and hope that we will be traveling in a few weeks to bring her home!
Here's what the update said:

"ZiYue can say ‘it is my stuff or I want to sleep or I do not want to go’ etc, when she has new cloth on, she will ask ‘am I pretty?”. She loves to have her hair combed and likes to have many ponytails on her hair and then she looks very cute. She remembers to put her stuff back in place. After drink, she puts her cup or bottle into the kitchen. If she wants to use bathroom, she will call mom. When she sees other people’s chicks come to her yard, she will kick them out. After she wakes up, she can get off her bed and does not need any help. She watches door and will call mom if someone shows up. She is sweet and takes care of her younger foster sister and brother. When she sees cars, she will put brother or sister’s walker to a safe place; if they cry, she will ask mom to feed them or take one of them outside to play."

Friday, June 29, 2012

Article 5 notice!!!

Yeay!!! We received notice from our agency today that our Article 5 was picked up today! What great news!!! Now, we wait for our official Travel Approval from China. This should be roughly (I say this loosely)1-3 weeks, then our agency will give us a few dates for our consulate appointment to choose from and then we travel to bring Kaylah home a few weeks after we choose! I'm so excited and when I look over to the right at our milestones.... It's so hard to believe that there are sooo many things we've done and amazes me that there are only a few remaining! Needless to say, that those remaining are the best ones yet!!!!!!! We are hoping to travel the last week in July and that would give us a gotcha day on July 30th! But, we could also be traveling in the first week of August. WEEKS AWAY.... It's getting so close! I can't wait to hold that little Diva in my arms!!!!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Cabled! And waiting on Article 5!

We couldn't be happier! We were cabled and NVC (national visa center) approved! Now, we patiently wait for our Article 5 and our official travel dates to go bring our little Diva home! Things are moving so fast! We could very well be traveling in a few short weeks to bring Kaylah home!
Our Colorado shower went wonderful and I still need to upload some pictures! It was an amazing turnout and we loved seeing everyone who showed up for support! We got lots of great goodies for Kaylah and are sooo looking forward to bringing her home. We have so much AMAING suppoirt from family and friends, it really means the world to Mike and me!

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Kaylah's Room Progress

Nougat and Me.... he wanted to help put her bed together
Mike attaching wheels to the bed base.

Mike helping me hang her curtains.
These are blackout curtains from
Pottery Barn Kids. WELL worth the
investment!
The tree that I traced and painted onto her bedroom wall. This was a really fun project and we really like the way it turned out! It was a lot of fun to use an overhead projector, chalk and paints!

Look Ma- NO GREY hairs! Putting the bed together
was fun and easy with Mike!
Her quilt comforter ....still need pillows and wall art!
This bed ROCKS. It pulls out into a Queen for Kaylah
when she gets older! and the drawers GLIDE out.... sooo nice!
We love you IKEA!

i800 approval

Good GOOD news! Our immigration officer has processed our i800 paperwork. A HUGE milestone! Everyone has been asking... when will you guys be traveling???
Our agency has estimated it will be about 5-7 days for our NVC (National Visa Center) letter, 2 weeks for Article 5 and then about 2-4 for the travel approval.  Once we have travel approval in hand families typically leave for China about 10-21 days later.  Overall it seems we may be leaving for China sometime around the end of July up till the middle of August. Looks up to heaven, c'mon Gramma Shyler, start shuffling some paperwork up there! Last time my Mom asked for her help and we got our LOA in 19 days. ;) I know she's smiling down on us right now. I'd figure I'd ask, it can't hurt!
Our Colorado toddler shower is this Sunday and we are looking forward to seeing our friends and family out here! Such a great support system!

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Kaylah's East Coast Toddler Shower: We've Been Sprinkled!

Well, the trip was a success. It was a long day flying into Erie, Pa  and an even LONGER day flying home last Sunday. This is me... one ANXIOUS Mama who cannot wait to get her arms around her little Diva!

This is my Dad, Ray Sr. He's really anxious to be a Grandpa again! Kaylah is just gonna love him!














This is my little brother, Ray Jr. He's SO excited about being an Uncle again! 

 This is my Mom, Christine.... who is as OOOBER excited as me about bringing little Kaylah home as soon as we possibly can!


Carly, Cindy and Breanna.

 A CUTE little outfit for Kaylah.
Lots of fun goodies to open with everyone!

 LOVe this little purse from my friend, Melissa. It's SOOO going to China with us... I can't wait to see little Kaylah carrying it around filling it with goodies!
Another group shot. The Chinese restaurant was amazing! The food was spectacular and the company couldn't have been any better!  The staff was so friendly and were so excited that we were adopting a little one from China. They were teaching us Mandarin and were always saying, "OH she's such a lucky little girl!!"
All the loot we ended up with! And LOTS AND LOTS of squishes of fabric for Kaylah's Quilt! Working on taking pics of those! And we still need more! Please consider sending us some fabric and a good wish! We would love to include everyone and anyone who wants to participate!

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Call out for "SQUISHES"

Dear Family and Friends: While we are waiting for the arrival of our daughter, we are working on a project with which we need your assistance. We are creating a "100 Good Wishes Quilt." 

To welcome and celebrate a new life, there is a tradition in the northern part of China to make a Bai Jia Bei, or "100 Good Wishes Quilt." It is a custom to invite 100 people to contribute a single square patch of cloth. The 100 patches are sewn together into a quilt that contains the luck, energy, and good wishes from all the family and friends who contributed a piece of fabric. The quilt is then passed down from generation to generation. We ask that you please participate in this project. We love the idea of welcoming our daughter into our home with a quilt that represents the good wishes for her from our family and friends.

HERE IS WHAT WE WOULD LIKE YOU TO DO: 1. Choose any 100% cotton fabric that you like. It can be from a piece of clothing or from a fabric store. It just needs to have a design and color that you like. 2. Cut one (1) 9" square from the fabric. 3. On a sheet of paper or notecard, put a small piece of the fabric and include your "good wish note." Please include why you chose the fabric and your name and address. The fabric will be used to make a quilt, and the notes will be placed in a photo album which we will give to our daughter when she is older. 

IDEAS FOR SELECTING FABRIC SQUARES: * Select a fabric that is meaningful to you. * 100% cotton fabric is best, as it washes and wears better. * If there are several members in your family, please feel free to send more than one good wish note and pieces of fabric. In China, these quilts were originally made from the garments of family and friends surrounding the child with luck and good wishes. 

IDEAS FOR GOOD WISHES NOTE: What would you wish for an infant to have in her life? Some ideas are good health, perseverance, success, love, and a sense of humor. Use that as a guide for your good wish note. 

To see what we mean, please check out these websites with beautiful examples of these quilts: 

http://www.originalquilts.com/100_good_wishes_quilts.htm

Please take a few minutes from your busy schedules to help us create this very special keepsake. The miracle of this adoption has been helped and nurtured by so many of you and this will be so incredibly meaningful for us as well as our new arrival! 

If you would like to participate, please e-mail me at krissiem72@yahoo.com and I will send you our address. 

Thank you!

Krystal and Mike Murphy

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Sending out Visa application

Here we go! Sending out Kaylah's Visa application tomorrow to CCAI. Things are just trucking along! We hope to travel now by July to bring her home. I've been dreaming that we travel the last week in June.
I've never been a Mama before. And honestly, I'm a little freaked out. I know things will come "naturally" and that motherly instincts are supposably going to kick in while we are in China.
But she's going to be 3in July.
SO much to wonder about.
So much to WONDER about.
So MUCH to wonder about.

I got the tree done in Kaylah's room. And I'm pretty happy with how it turned out. It's not perfect. but it's certainly FUN! And a BIG TIME "YEAY" for Lowe's selling small jars of latex paint that you have have tinted into ANY color you want! I'm sure someday, she's going to want us to paint over this. But for the next few years, I hope she enjoys it as much as I do.
Bedroom furniture will be shopped for in about 3 weeks. I'm heading to Pennsylvania in a few weeks for Kaylah's East Coast Toddler Shower that's going to be held on May 19th. I can't wait to see my many friends and family members and enjoy the celebration of bringing her home.
We'll also be having a Toddler shower here in Colorado for friends and family here. That is scheduled for June 10th. Fun times!!!! WE are so excited!