Thursday, July 31, 2008

Presley is walking!

Presley started walking here in Sun Valley!! She is very proud of herself. It's time to buy her some new shoes, because she will be running soon!!

Kendall's 7th Birthday!!

Wednesday was Kendall's 7th birthday! We were able to celebrate it here in Sun Valley. She was born on her cousin Tanner's birthday so we got to celebrate together!! Happy Birthday my big girl!!

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Redfish Lake

Presley, Landon, and I went up to Redfish Lake for a day where the everyone else was camping. They were tired and cranky, but still had a good time! I didn't get many pictures of Presley because she was being carried on my back most of the time!!

Monday, July 28, 2008

Froot Loop Feeding

We're having fun hanging out here in Sun Valley!!

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Sun Valley

On Saturday we all drove up to Sun Valley. That night we went to the duck pond and fed the ducks and swans. Everyone went up to Redfish Lake today (Sunday) to camp for a couple of days. I am here in the condo with just the babies! I plan to get as much relaxation as the babies will let me!!

Cousin Jacob! Isn't he so cute!!

Together Forever!!

In our church we believe (as most churches do), that families are forever. When a biological child is born, that child automatically becomes a part of your forever family. When a child is adopted, we have a special ceremony in the temple where that child is sealed to us and becomes a part of our family forever. On Saturday, we were able to go to the Idaho Falls temple and have Presley sealed to us. It was such a wonderful day to have all of my children in the temple and to have Presley sealed to us forever. It was an incredibly special and spiritual experience that we will always treasure. We love our little girl!!

Fun at Grandma's

We are on vacation!! We left on Thursday from Phoenix and drove to Provo, Utah and stayed with Derek's sister Rachel and her family. The kids had a great time playing with their cousins. On Friday we drove to Grandma's house in Pocatello, Idaho. We had the afternoon to play in the sprinklers. Even Landon loved the sprinklers!! We got to introduce Presley to even more aunts, uncles and cousins!

Presley is happy just watching from a distance!!

Having fun together!!

Carson and Grandma

Sweet Sarah


Presley and Grandma

Trying to calm the masses!!

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Girls Gone Wild

Kendall is turning 7 soon and since we will be gone for her birthday, we had her party on Monday. We went to the mall to get their nails painted. There is this really cute shop in the mall that is just for little girls to do manicures, pedicures, do their hair etc. It is quite the girly place!! The girls were great, which was really good since I was the only adult there. We got home, had cake and ice cream and then things changed. I don't know if it was that it they had been "partying" for 3 hours, they had just had a bunch of sugar, or if it was that they recognized that I was the only adult there and they could really have some fun, but they went WILD!!! They ran around, screamed, danced, sang, and had a GREAT time!!

Presley's Adoption Timeline

  • 8/15/2007 - Received referral for Geneva!
  • 9/13/2007 - Sent LOI (letter of intent) to our agency
  • 9/29/2007 - LOI was sent to China!
  • 10/08/2007 - LOI was delivered to the CCAA in China
  • 10/29/2007 - PA (pre-approval) was issued!!
  • 1/15/2008 - DTC (dossier to China)
  • 1/18/2008 - Dossier delivered to CCAA
  • 1/25/2008 - LID (log-in date)
  • 4/1/2008 - LOA (letter of acceptance)
  • 4/25/2008 - CCAA issues TA (travel approval)
  • 5/22/2008 - Leave for China!!!
  • 5/25/2008 - Met our sweet Lexi!
  • 5/26/2008 - Discovered Lexi had brain damage
  • 5/30/2008 - Met precious Presley!
  • 6/7/2008 - Arrived home

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