Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Adoption Update & Major Cuteness

First of all, I want to apologize for not being able to catch up with many of you lately. I have been feeling a bit overwhelmed and definitely lacking in time. I have been working so hard to set a world record on our home study so we can submit our I800-A. We told our agency on October 10 that we wanted to adopt Kara (we haven't decided on her name yet, but I'm just testing it out) and we should have our home study wrapped up and done by the end of next week! Whew!! I'm not sure if we'll have to do any revisions because of the strict Hague requirements, but at least draft #1 should be done in less than 30 days. I know most of it is out of my control, but I am on a mission to bring our girl home before she turns 11 in June. So... if I haven't stopped by for a while, please know it has been for a good reason. We have also been crazy busy around here, too.

This morning, we hosted a play date for Mia's FCC play group. There was some major cuteness going on in this house! And to top it off, I FINALLY got to meet one of my favorite people I met through this amazing blogosphere. She prefers to be "geographically mysterious", so I won't say who it was (no, I'm not telling!), but to you-know-who: It was AWESOME to finally meet you and your precious girl this morning!!

Our own red couch photo:

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One of the little girl's dad was the hit of the day. He gave rides on his knee, twirled them on the sit-n-spin and so much more. Thank you, Mark!!

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My attempt at personalizing a few gifts for the girls. We have become big Ni Hao Kai-Lan fans around here. I forgot how hard it was to draw on pumpkins. (Especially cold, wet pumpkins that have been sitting out in the 40 degree rain all day.)

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We just love these girls. Thank you for such a fun day!

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a Tonggu Momma said...

Wow, Michelle... the girls all look adorable, but it was your Kai-Lan rendition that truly impressed!

Tisha said...

Okay, if we get on a plane right now and get there before Halloween, will you make us a Ni Hao Kai Lan pumpkin too? Those are the cutest things I have ever seen! I am VERY challenged in the arts and crafts department, so I am green with envy right now. It looks like an absolutely fabulous day.

I pray your homestudy gets done quickly and without a single problem!


Half Gaelic, Half Garlic! said...

Oh my word girl....when you told me you made 10 Kai Lan pumpkins last night, I never in my wildest dreams imagined what I just saw....you are so talented!!!

Looks like everyone had a lot of fun....that is a lot of cuteness for one couch!!

It sounds like you are off to the races with your paperwork....good luck!


mommy24treasures said...

what a blessing to have these precious girls over! WOW.
ANd yes you continue to amaze us with your wonderful craftiness!
GREAT job on your pumpkins. So glad homestudy is wrapping up wow!
Thats faster than around here...

Jboo said...

Yes, you did have major cuteness going on! Looks like so much fun!


missy said...

Good grief sister! You weren't kidding about Kai Lan were you? These are just the most adorable Halloween favors EVER!!! What lucky little girls. Looks like you had a ball. And, yes, such cuteness all around!

Annette said...

Seriously cute! Did you make up the little pumpkin bags too? They all look like they were professionally done. You did an awesome job... I'm so impressed.

What a fun party!

Kelly Green said...

Oh do I LOVE the pumpkins. Maddie's going crazy as Kai Lan is huge here too. Your 2 pumpkins look at cute as can be.

I'm empathizing with the paperwork. All worth it when it's all said and done...but you'd think they could make it a tad easier. Best wishes with it!


Michelle said...

Major cuteness is an understatement.....oh, what beautiful little princesses!!!

You drew those Ni Hao Kai Lan faces on the pumpkins????? I am soooo impressed! Wow..you are one talented lady!

Joe and Jane said...

Kara is a terrific name! And your Kai-Lan pumpkins - what an excellent idea and what an amazing likeness! I'm sure the girls loved them.

Rebecca of "China, Baby!" said...

SHEESH woman. You are so crafty!! The pumpkins & little treat bags are fabulous!!! Looks like so much fun with all the girlies. :)


Sarah said...

LOVE the pumpkins! LOVE the photo artistry of the pumpkins!

Patty said...

How cute is that?! I love the personal touch! I can empathize with you one the craziness and homestudy paper chase...praying you will meet your timelines and "Kara" will be home by summer.

Marla said...

Good luck on setting a new record. I pray you will have her home by her next birthday.

Cute get together and I love the pumpkins. Send some of that talent south will ya?

Heather said...

Obviously, I am living in the WRONG place!!! Oh, the festivities look like such fun. Those pumpkins look amazing Michelle, girl you have creativity just oozing out of your being:) What a special day for you all.

Thank you so much for sharing.

Now, go get that paperwork chased, girlie!

Don and Lisa Osborn said...

Oh how I wish we lived close to partake in some lovely fun like you had with Mia and the girls. The pumpkins turned out awesome. I'm going to go have a little chat with God and ask Him if He'll consider sharing a little bit of talent and creativity with me...I think I missed that part of the lineup.

Am praying as you chase...

Lots of love~

Felicia said...

Major cuteness is an understatement! Between the girls and the cute pumpkins you decorated you've got major cuteness and then some.

BoufMom9 said...

Looks like a great day.
I am amazed how quickly your homestudy is going. Well done & so very exciting!!!!

Faye said...

Thanks again for an awesome day. All our girls are sooo cute together. I just love to see them playing and having fun. I can't wait for "Kara" (love it) and "Abby" to join in the fun. I love the picture of Alex and Mia. How did I miss that one?
See you soon.

Davisix said...

I am so sincerely jealous of your talent! :) LOVE all the pics!! Ang

Mom To Six said...


The girls are GORGEOUS! I love those pumpkins, too! What talent.

Praying hard that your paperwork all be completed in record time.

Big hugs,


sjh said...

Thanks again for such a great time. Good luck with all the paperwork and timelines. We'll be praying "Kara" comes home soon!


Aspiemom said...

Those girls looked like they were having so much fun! Great pictures.

You did a really fantastic job on those pumpkins!

Chris and Deb said...

These are such adorable pictures of the girls....but I have to say that your Kai-lan pumpkins were amazing Michelle! So adorable!! I am sure the girls just loved them!

JinXiu said...

what amazing pictures

the girls could not be cuter

Steffie B. said...

darling collages....how I am missing making then on flickr? Can you fill me in?