Nicholas did well during Olivia's party, I even got him a special gluten free, lactose free cupcake from Whole Foods that he gobbled up. He got so worn out by the excitement, he crashed on the floor after his bath!
Olivia turned 8 on July 1st, time goes by so fast! We had her birthday party in June and it was decided she would have a Swim/Spa/Sleepover party with some of her friends. I wanted to keep it small so 5 of her friends were able to attend. Claire was allowed to invite a friend, too, to the party in the hopes they would occupy themselves. My thoughts were that the swimming would wear the girls out, the spa treatment would calm and soothe them, and they would fall asleep during the movie....WRONG! I guess they were so excited by everything, it was hard to settle them down. Everything went really well through the spa treatment (after pizza, cake and gifts), the girls just loved all the special treatment. I had a couple of young women home from college help out with the pedicure/manicure station. The girls were all a bit too tired which probably contributed to their mood as I was trying to settle them down. Fortunately no one ended up going home early and everyone woke up happy. If I did this again, I would send them home after the spa treatment!
May 2008 Decide to pursue an international adoption from Kazakhstan June 2008 Apply to homestudy agency in California October 2008 Work on homestudy and apply to International Placement agency November 2008 Finish completing homestudy December 24, 2008 Notarize our remaining documents for our dossier January 2, 2008 Hand carry our dossier to Sacramento for Apostilles (authenticating) January 2009 Submit our dossier to our agency for review and translation February 2009 Dossier is submitted to consulate March 2009 Dossier resubmitted to consulate April 6, 2009 Dossier cleared consulate! April 15, 2009 Dossier to Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Kazakhstan May 2009 Dossier to Ministry of Education in Almaty! May 23, 2009 Receive LOI (Letter Of Invitation) June 15, 2009 Travel to Kazakhstan to meet and bond with our child July 25, 2009 Trip #2 for court July 30, 2009 Court September 6, 2009 Trip #3 for custody September 12, 2009 Arrive in USA with our son!
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