Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Posted by Karen at 8:35 PM
It's been reported on RQ that matching has begun. It's rumored that January 12th is in, but it's not sure if January 12th is the cutoff.
According to RQ's polls, January 12th is a heavy day in terms of how many families are logged in. But, when there was a teeny batch back in December, and the next month they came out with a really big batch. So, there's always hope! I'm predicting the CCAA to get through January 14th.
In other news, some agencies are reporting that there will be no travel approvals for August 8-24, 2008 (during the Olympics). I think we won't know until the Olympics get here what is going to happen to referrals and travel in August. It could delay us by a month, which might put us traveling in early 2009! Ugh! I just want my baby already!
I have some internet buddies that are LID 1/10/06 and I am so happy for them. You can see the links to the right to see some family's blogs who are expecting the stork to arrive this month!
Posted by Karen at 5:26 PM
Thursday, April 24, 2008
I haven't posted any pictures of my guys in a while, so here are a couple of cute ones...
Shelby and Jeremy are goofing off at Mellow Mushroom. I checked them out early from school for their yearly physicals, and we needed something to do while we waited for our pizza!
Here are Shelby, David, and Jeremy. The boys just adore their dad, and I can't wait to see David with his little girl in his arms!
Posted by Karen at 10:53 PM
This storage bench came from Lowe's. It was very easy to put together and cost $60. I plan on buying some Pottery Barn baskets (if I can find some the right size) to put in the empty spaces.
Here is the dresser! Though not a "perfect" job, I think it came out nicely. The drawer pulls came yesterday, and I'll add them this weekend. I was a fun project.
Now, here is what I'm planning on doing to the walls:
1. Good wishes quilt: I'm going to display it on a quilt rack above the storage bench.
2. Ladybug art: I am going to order a ladybug print from www. art.com and have it mounted on canvas. I'm going to hang it on the left side of the window behind the crib. Thinking about safety...there is a space between the wall and the crib.
3. I want to custom order the "Red Thread Proverb" from www.wallwords.com and mount it on the storage bench wall above the quilt.
4. A mirror will be hung above the left side of the dresser, and I will get a few little prints or maybe add some gallery frames above the changing pad.
SOOOOO, the main things are done and I can simply add to the nursery as we continue to wait and wait for Kaelie's referral.
Posted by Karen at 10:40 PM
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Here are a few pictures of Kaelie's nursery! Yeah! It is finally starting to come together. I have a lot left to do, but I'm glad that the furniture is in place and set up for the most part.
Wall lettering: I purchased these on the internet. They are so cute and very easy to put up.
Corner hutch. This came from Pottery Barn Kids. It was packed very well and was so easy to put together. I was very impressed. This should be a piece that will last for years. I still have to install the anti-tip kit. Kaelie will have her own small TV which will go on this piece.
To be continued....
Posted by Karen at 10:26 PM
Monday, April 14, 2008
Posted by Karen at 8:46 PM
Monday, April 7, 2008
from China Adoption Forecast:
-*"China has 39 days of dossiers to be processed before they get to your dossier. China currently processes about 5-7 days of dossiers each month.
If China did all future referrals at the exact same speed as they did this month: 2008-12-18
Our best guess - a weighted average of recent CCAA velocities, guessing that CCAA will perform about as well in the future as they are performing now, but might return to previous trends: 2008-08-12
That's our best guess for when you might receive your referral. Just at a guess, we can suppose that the CCAA either speeds up or slows down significantly, and show you those dates. If they speed up: 2008-06-09. And if they slow down: 2008-12-20.
Since China generally sends out referrals in a batch about once per month, your referral date could easily vary +/- one month depending on whether you just get included or just get missed in a particular batch."
Posted by Karen at 4:34 PM
Saturday, April 5, 2008
Well, my prediction for this month was off by one day. UGH! I'm still really hoping for a September referral. Here are my latest predictions based on an average between the number of days referred in the past twelve months (6.25 days) and number of poll families (about 100).
Credit: Rumor Queen
May Referrals - through January 14, 2006
June Referrals - through January 22, 2006
July Referrals - through January 27, 2006
August Referrals - through February 10, 2006 (the large gap accounts for Chinese New Year, 2006)
September Referrals - through February 17, 2006
I am hoping that RQ puts up a new daily poll this month which will help with making my predictions through the end of the year.
If we end up getting a September referral, I will travel in mid-November to complete the adoption. Which wouldn't be a bad thing necessarily....I could take three weeks of maternity leave before Christmas break, and three weeks after Christmas break, and return to work at the end of January, 2009.
Posted by Karen at 8:58 PM
Posted by Karen at 7:56 PM
Well, what can I say? The CCAA referred through January 9, 2006. Progress, yes, but how much? Considering that 2 of the days referred were a Saturday and Sunday, not very much.
I think a couple of things happened this month: first, April is traditionally a small month for referrals - it was this time last year that the CCAA issued out the infamous 2-day batch. Secondly, I think the powerful snow and ice storms affected how the SWI's were able to send out referrals.
I'm still thinking September/October for Kaelie's referral and November for travel.
Posted by Karen at 12:26 AM
Friday, April 4, 2008
One of the things I've wanted to do for a long time to the house is to reconfigure my closet. Our house is a 70's ranch style, and the closets are pretty small. I had two bars, one on each side, and a shelf. There was A LOT of extra space in the top of the closet and I just had stuff stacked on top of stuff! Anyway, with Kaelie's referral drawing near, I took the plunge and decided to go for it.
First, I took everything out of the closet! Then, I demolished the bars and shelves and started off with a blank slate. Now I have two bars on the left (one for David's clothes, the other for my shirts and sweaters), an armoire in the middle - giving me two more dresser drawers) and one bar on the right for dresses.
Posted by Karen at 10:10 AM