Wednesday, August 27, 2008
We also have a fun day planned at a local park to reunite with fellow "Yihuang Friends"! (The Randles Family and the McRae/Luttman Family)
So please make sure you check back after the holiday weekend for lots and lots of photos!
message to our Yihuang Friends who are waiting for our arrival..."We can't begin to tell you guys what this weekend means to us! We here at the Leonard household are so looking forward to seeing you all and finally getting a chance to catch up...its been way too long...!"
(the photo posted above is from this past 4th of July celebration when Kate...along with her mom and dad...came to our house for a wonderful visit!)
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
(Francesca shaking up the bag!)
(picking the lucky winner...)
(still picking the lucky winner...)
And here it is!!!
Colleen from The Crazy Eight is the WINNER! CONGRATULATIONS!!!!
(and Colleen, I'll need your mailing address so I can send it out to you!)
a HUGE THANK YOU to everyone that supported us in this raffle for bringing our Annabelle home! I can't begin to tell you how much we appreciate all that you have done...It was a total success (so much better than I ever imagined) but we owe it all to you guys out there. Again, THANK YOU!!!!
Monday, August 25, 2008
(words can not even describe how we are feeling and what we are going through right now...we are so at our wits-end! I just PRAY that this gets corrected today and that the effects of his errors don't jeopardize where we are at for Annabelle's adoption... )
Friday, August 22, 2008
"Oh and look, Mommy...that's my name!"
"Your right Francesca, that is your name and the other one has Annabelle's name on it. Do you like them?"
"Yes Mommy, I love them. Can we wear them when we leave for China...tomorrow?"
(oh how I wish we were leaving for China tomorrow...)
***our SW called this morning to let me know that the home study update was sent to the USCIS office on Tuesday and the HS addendum will be sent to CCAI today. I can't begin to tell you what a relief it was to hear him finally say those words to me...***
We received copies today in the mail of our home study update and home study addendum from our social worker....With this news, we are going out to celebrate 'a little' tonight!!!!
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Yes...that's right! No books, crayons, plastic toys, or candy for this little girl! She wants Band-Aids, toothpaste, or a new toothbrush! While others may find these choices "odd"...if you truly knew my daughter, you would so know that these are exactly what she would be picking out!
***our home study update for USCIS needs to be at their office by the 22nd...which is tomorrow...last time we spoke to our SW...which was on Tuesday, he said that he was still working on it and it will be sent in. I again EXPLAINED to him that it NEEDS to be there by the 22nd and he really didn't have a reply for me...so we shall see what happens. I also requested copies be sent to me of the HS update and the HS addendum that needs to be completed...and so far we have not received anything in the mail. Our SW did call us this morning and left a message (of course, we were out) that the update was sent (not sure when) but he wasn't able to complete the addendum because he still needing some information from us. I called his office early this afternoon and left the information he was requesting with the office receptionist...hopefully that will also be completed soon. I just hope that our home study update arrives at the USCIS office in time... I so know this whole thing is totally out of my hands, but it is very upsetting to know that this whole HS update has been in process for over two months now...with no changes from our original HS that was completed for our dossier. UGH! (and that is so not the word I want to be using right now, but it is the only one that I can post!) Here's to praying that our HS update has been sent in... ***
And...as of today...we have been waiting for LOA - 50 days! If I am "calculating" correctly of when we might actually get our LOA...we still have another 25 days of waiting (thinking it is going to come around the 15th of September). This wait has been ever harder on us than waiting for our travel for Francesca (from referral to travel it was only 2 months and all the while, we were making travel plans and packing). My new official title is..."Internet Yahoo Board and Email Stocker"! It seems like every chance I get...every day, I stock the yahoo boards and check my emails to see if anything has come in and today there was a couple who were also waiting for LOA that posted a message that theirs arrived yesterday. Their dates are LID 11/28/07 LOI 6/17/08 PA 6/26/08 and LOA 8/20/08...that's only 64 days that they waited! Can we be next? I know, I know, we probably still have around 25 days of waiting, but can't a girl dream...
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
(this post is coming to you a little late for all this "puddle action" happened last Thursday morning while visiting my mom, my sister and my darling nephew, Scott Joe!)
"Hi Mommy...Look at me and Scott Joe!"
And again, they just had to go through the PUDDLE!
"My hands are all wet!"
Two Peas in a Pod!
(this was what happens when Francesca and Scott Joe get together while I am visiting with my mom and my sister Lisa...who lives next door to our mother...on a beautiful August morning after a week full of rain!)
Saturday, August 16, 2008
Francesca with her Vanilla Ice-Cream on a cone!
That's where we ate our ice-cream at...check out the size of that umbrella!
After the ice-cream, Francesca was so ready for a nap...
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
"That's my Mommy, Daddy, and my sister Francesca!"
"I got a backpack too...that my sister picked out just for me!" (I can't seem to put down the photo of my family...)
Monday, August 11, 2008
Friday, August 8, 2008
Thursday, August 7, 2008
a Vera Bradley Cargo Sling in fabric color, Puccini! (and I won it at a fraction of the retail price). The bag finally arrived and it is better than I imagined! I can't wait to try my new bag out! It is exactly what I was looking for....
(May sure you check out the double stroller we finally decided on in the post below. It is amazing how last time we needed "all this stuff"...crib and bedding, pack n' play, high chair, toys, clothes, shoes, feeding supplies, a car seat...and so much more and this time all we needed was a double stroller and a new travel/baby bag for me....oh ya...and I did purchased Annabelle a few new clothing items and a few new toys that I am sure she is just going to love!)
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
It is from One Step Ahead
...it is so easy to move...has a ton of sitting room...cup holders...plenty of room on the foot rest...5-point harness safety...great visor shade...not as big as you might think...and it was one that we all loved! (and at an amazing price too!)
We tried just about every double stroller out there...and let me tell you..it just seemed like we could not find one that fit all our needs, until this one! (I was so looking into getting one of those Sit N' Stand ones, but Francesca so disliked it - and that is saying it nicely - main reason for her was that if she was sitting, she was sitting backwards and she was so not going for that plus the area where she would stand didn't seem very wide...as for us there were a lot of things we didn't like about the Sit N' Stand...the basket area - that was way too small - was not easy to get at...the front seat was so small that I felt it was more for an infant rather than a toddler and if we are spending that kind of money on a stroller I don't want the kids to grow out of it too fast...the way it folded up...the lack of storage...and when the front seat was in the reclining position while Francesca was sitting down, the reclining seat back was actually resting on her head/shoulders/back area...) So like I said, after much research, test driving, and hearing what other BTDT moms had to say/suggest, this is the one we purchased...
We can't wait...and from what we were told, it should be here sometime next week!!!
(we also got this stroller brand new and at a rock-bottom price with free shipping...how could we pass up a deal like that!)
Sunday, August 3, 2008
We got a ton of questions answered that we had regarding our soon-to-be newest addition. We were also told to email a family photo so it can be printed out and show Annabelle and her nannies. It is truly a blessing to have this kind of support and communication ability with the very ones who are taking care of your daughter! (I am going to be posting a lot of the information that we received this past weekend on our babyjellybeans.com website within the next few days.)
Waiting for Annabelle...
(this is the family photo that I sent to Christina at New Hope)
"I love you so very much!"