Thursday, May 29, 2008
Today we went shopping for porcelain and then to a department store that would give Macy's a run for their money. We bought several porcelain items and now have to figure out how to get them on the our next destination. We may end up shipping them home depending on how much it costs.
Tomorrow we head to Guangzhou.
Annika is already making progress. She can sit up by herself for long periods of time now and has started to pick toys up by herself (it is still a happy accident when she actually gets ahold of them). We have decided that she really likes food and are not going to waste anymore formula trying to feed her all day. She got up this morning and ate a bottle and a good helping of vegetable cereal, then after a nap we went down for breakfast and she had congee and some banana bread. Then for lunch she had more vegetable cereal, steamed eggs, watermelon, and various pieces of white rice from David's plate. Last night she ate jarred food and loved it. We definitely have an eater on our hands (fits right in with the rest of the family, loves to sleep and eat!!!)
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
This is the Dragon apartment building I mentioned before. I think it is pretty cool.
Bird's Nest stadium, where the opening and closing ceremonies will be held.
Water cube, where swimming will be taking place
Torch Tower, self explanatory.
The next few are from the Great Wall.
This was a boat that was at the jade factory. It was incredible. There was carved chain on it where each link was individual.
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
I can't believe how much I already lover her. She's most definitely our girl.
After lunch we took a nap (Annika slept while we ate since we were in the room) and then we went to Wal-Mart. I have been looking forward to Wal-Mart and I wasn't disappointed. It is two stories, food on the first floor and everything else up stairs. We started on the second floor and then rode the escalator down stairs. There were soooooo many people there. One thing I have to say about the Chinese is that they are noisy. The music was blaring and everyone was talking. They always sound like they are arguing to me, even though I am sure they probably aren't. Alot of people gave us a double take and most were looking at Annika with some interest, one woman even stopped to ask David some questions about the adoption process (someone else asked about it in the elevator at the hotel too). Anyway, Wal-Mart in China is similar to Wal-Mart in America, the signs are similar (except for the language obviously) and some of the brands are the same. There is a live market in the Wal-Mart here though (snakes, fish, turtles) and they also have one are that is all dried sea creatures (different kinds of fish, shrimp, etc.). Kristin said she saw squid chips with the snack foods and they sold durian (the stinky fruit) in the produce section. They had several different types of prepared foods: salads, roast duck, chicken feet prepared a few different ways. At the checkout counter they sale gum and mentos right next to shrink wrapped (unrefrigerated) chicken wings (which our guide said are very good, but I'm not going to be the one to try them. She was very surprised we do not have them in America and said that we probably all have allergies because of the way we eat.)
So, at dinner we found out that most of the girls have or recently had scabies and that we need to treat all of them with the cream. Annika had some brown spots on her face, arms, and lower legs when we got her as did several of the other girls. The doctor who traveled with us just wants to make sure that everything is dead and that they don't have any further problems so we got to apply the cream tonight before bedtime.
Well, guess I should go so that I can get some rest. Tomorrow is a fun day with no big plans except to get measurements for dresses and to go see the nearby pavilion. Hopefully I can find some time to get some pictures on as well.
Monday, May 26, 2008
Tomorrow we are going to the consulate and then to Wal-Mart (YIPEE!!!!!) I will try to post more pictures tomorrow and tell you about the forbidden city.
I have to tell Big Brother Alex congratulations and that we love him. And that Annika loves the singing bug that he got for her.
Sunday, May 25, 2008
I will post about the Forbidden City (AMAZING) later. Gotta go finish getting ready so we can eat and go get that baby (YAHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!)
Saturday, May 24, 2008
We made one stop at a factory that does jade carvings. They told us about the different grades of jade and how to determine if jade is real or not. The most interesting thing that I learned is that Chinese cabbage is an important thing when it comes to fung shu (I think I totally spelled that wrong but you know what I mean). You are supposed to put it in your house to bring good luck. The leaves have to face the door and/or window and the roots should face in or all of your luck will leave (who knew?????). After a bit of browsing, it was back on the bus and off to THE wall.
It is pretty exciting to be able to see it as we drove up. I had every intention to climb a least a little way up, until I saw it. No on bothered to mention that is practically straight up in the spot where we were going. I am scared of heights and knew that if I went up I would not be coming back down again. Needless to say, David and I climbed the ramp up to the tower at the base of the section we visited. David took a bunch of pictures and I video taped a little. Then we found a couple of soda and enjoyed the shade until everyone else was finished. A few people from our group made it to the top (including a 4 and 5 year old, it was less scary for them because they are much closer to the ground). It looked like the view was great based on the pictures I have seen, but I am totally satisfied with having kept myself close to the bottom people watching. I can still say that I climbed the Great Wall, don’t have to tell anyone how far we went.
The food here is okay. Everyone is kind of scared to eat because we are afraid we will get sick. I have been trying things and feel fine so far. I was very excited when we had mini bean paste spring roll things at lunch (THEY ROCKED!!!!). We had Kung Po chicken for lunch and dinner and it was pretty tasty as well. I think that we will have more options once we are out of Beijing and can get out on our own a bit more. On a strange side note, there is a seal living in our hotel. He lives between the aquariums of living food (including one cute turtle) and the fancy restaurant where we ate dinner tonight. I felt sorry for him because he is in a little, tiled pool surrounded by glass that is about 3 or 4 feet tall. He kept giving everyone the stink eye when they were standing and looking at him.
After lunch we went to see an acrobat show. It was pretty good except we were all fighting to stay awake the entire time. If you have seen the Big Apple Circus or Cirque de Soliel it was similar to what they do in those shows. They did an amazing bicycle act where there were like 12 girls on one bicycle at the end and there were these amazingly flexible girls who had me wondering how they avoid serious neck injuries since they could lay on their chins with the butts on the top of their heads and their feet flapping around in the air.
I almost forgot that we drove through the Olympics park today. The Bird’s Nest is BEAUTIFUL!!! We also saw the Water Cube building and the tower where they will light the torch (It is outside of the main stadium which our guide that was very strange because it will make it awkward to light the torch.) There is a giant apartment complex across the street that is built like a dragon. It is three or four buildings in a row that are 10 or 15 stories high and then at the front of them is a very tall building that they have built so that it looks like it has a dragon’s head at the top (use your imagination).
Tomorrow we are going to the Forbidden City/Tiananmen Square and then flying off to Nanchang where we will meet Annika on Monday. We are going to meet the babies in the hotel at 9:30 Monday morning (China time).
Gotta go so that I can get some sleep.
Friday, May 23, 2008
- If you have to fly to any place that is more than about 6 hours from home I highly recommend world business class on Northwest airline. The seats lay flat, there is a huge selection of movies (watched Juno and 27 Dresses), they feed you good food constantly (ate 2 breakfasts and 2 dinners on the way over here. It was GOOD!!!!!). Also, numerous layovers aren't that bad of a deal.
- One thing that you always hear before you travel to China is that the beds are like sleeping on plywood. OMG, they are hard!!!!!! It is like a boxspring without a mattress. Let me tell you though if you are tired enough it doesn't really matter.
- We are going to be pros at brushing our teeth with bottled water. You can't put the tap water in your mouth because of all the little buggers that live in it.
- David just says "MMMMM Fresh Air" (see pictures above)
Well, gotta go. We are eating breakfast and then heading to the Great Wall. We are doing dinner and then heading to the acrobat show. I'll post more tonight when we are finished for the day.
Gotta tell Alex we love him!!!!!
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Thursday, May 22 Fly out 6 a.m.
Friday, May 23 Arrive at 9:40 p.m. (That's right 27 hours of travel, good thing I have LOTS of things to keep me busy on the plane, including the DS that I got for Mother's Day)
Saturday, May 24 Great Wall (SO EXCITED about this)
Sunday, May 25 Tienanmen Square/Forbidden City (SO EXCITED about this); leave for Annika's province
Monday, May 26 Meet Miss Annika Lin LuMu
Wednesday and Thursday, May 28-29 Sightseeing (check back for lots of pictures)
Friday, May 30 Head for Guangzhou
Sunday, June 1 Sightseeing (possible Converse factory tour, can't wait)
Tuesday, June 3 Take Oath (SHE'S STUCK WITH US NOW!!!!!!)
Wednesday, June 4 Hong Kong
Thursday, June 5 Fly Home at 8:50 am
Thursday, June 5 Arrive Home 5:10 pm (OH if only it just took around 7 hours to fly home)
Make sure you check here often to get the latest scoop, I will start posting here daily once we leave.