Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Today was the day that we went to the consulate as a family to take our oath. Our paperwork was prepared yesterday and in order so today was a breeze! Simon first took us to a restaurant where we had a huge delicious meal. We all shared many dishes and they were so good! At the consulate they just called us up indidvidually, we signed a paper, and then all of the families there took an oath together. I became teary as I held Cai and realized that we were finally at the end of this part of our journey to become family. It's a difficult, emotional road, but worth every tear shed. As I told Greg this morning, I already can't imagine our lives without Cai or hers without us. Today, she willingly went to all of the people in our group and gave me lots of kisses. Until now, when I kissed her, she would wipe mine off! I don't think she had ever been kissed before. Tomorrow will be our last day with the Pierce family since their flight leaves early Friday morning. We will really miss them. Pressley has made such good friends on our trip! He has loved our guides and really likes hanging out with them. He is also a real ladies man here! The women at McDonalds love him and every place we go shopping, we have to wait for him while he poses for pictures. He'll be in for a real reality check when we get home!
posted at 7:06 AM
Monday, June 7, 2010
Today we started by going to the medical examination building to have Cai's TB skin test read. It was negative thankfully. As soon as we walked into the building she started tensing up and by the time we reached the place where she had to have her shots and where they read the test, she was screaming and trying to get away. The entire, overly crowded clinic had their eyes on us. It didn't take long at all and we were out of there! She is one smart cookie. As soon as we left, with a little candy, she was fine. Then Simon took our crew to a shopping plaza right off of the island. First, we walked through an open market where they sold lots of unusual things- mostly for medicines and soups- dried lizards on sticks, turtles, dried sea horses, and scorpians ( alive). Then we did a little more shopping. The boys have has a fun time bartering and love using their chinese money. They think they're loaded! I gave them 100 yuan to spend which is $15 and they think their rich! We were able to find some really inexpensive DVD's that actually work! Pressley is feeling much better today and is watching one of his new DVD's now. Cai is still doing great- we have found that she absolutely LOVES candy and french fries. She just cracks our entire group up to hear her shouting for Pressley and Rion. They actually egg her on just for a laugh. She is so funny and so cute! As fiesty as she is, when it's time for bed or nap, she just lies down and goes to sleep! Another answered prayer!
For those are getting ready to travel and have asked, the Garden Hotel is wonderful! I would definitely recommend staying here. It's easy to get to the island when you need to, but also has plenty to do around here. We are in a suite and it is very spacious, which is so nice. The breakfast buffet is delicious and at least as good as the White Swan. There are lots of restaurants around and are easy to get to- The island is definitely torn up and almost impossible to get around with a stroller. Sadly too, many of the shops are closed. We were able to get to Jordan's and I know Jennifer's is still there too. Tomorrow we are going there by taxi and stay for a few hours, but I honestly think that's all we would need.Please let me know if you ahve any other questions!
posted at 4:12 AM
Sunday, June 6, 2010
Today we went to the Safari Park here in Guangzhou. It was a fun outing although very hot. Rion hasn't felt good the past 2 days and has been unable to eat anything. We are praying that tomorrow he will feel better. It's hard too, to feel bad so far away from home. Pressley has been such a trooper but had his first meltdown tonight. It started when he saw Coconut, our dog when we skyped, but then cried that he just wants to go home. We all do. Cai is doing great. I couldn't imagine her being any more perfect for us. It is so cute and funny how she calls after Rion and Pressley- she calls them by name, loud! She is also warming up to Mimi and loves to call Mimi too. We love the Pierce family and have spent lots of time with them. I can't say how much it helps having them here with us. We are so thankful. Tomorrow we will go back to the medical clinic to have Cai's TB skin test read and then we will be finished with that part. After that, I believe we will do a little shopping. Tuesday will be the day that our guide will take all of our paperwork to the Consulate- we need to stay in our room to be available foe any questions that may arise- hopefully there will be none! Then, on Wednesday, we go to the Consulate to take our oath. Ok, on to the pictures!
posted at 4:34 PM
Saturday, June 5, 2010
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
This morning, Grant took us to Yellow Crane Tower. The people of Wuhan are very proud of this historical landmark. It is a beautiful tower on top of Snake Hill. We walked up 5 stories and on each floor saw many sights of Wuhan and many beautiful murals. We were able to see The Social Welfare Institute that Cai is from. It is a huge white building and we were told that the city is very proud of it- they have their own doctors and nurses and a school that children outside of the social welfare institute attend. Grant said that it is one of the best in their country. We have no doubt that Cai was taken very good care of. Cai is doing great. She loves Rion and Pressley and wants to hold both of their hands. Unfortunately, she is not sure about Mimi. She is very sweet but can also be very fiesty! She loves sprite and french fries so I think she will do just fine! Speaking of french fries, we have Donalds here every day, and although the boys are fine with that, Mimi and I are not! After Grant drops us back at our hotel around lunchtime, we are on our own. Everything we do feels pretty hard. Even to get to the McDonalds across the street we have to go down stairs and under the street and then back up- with Cai and a stroller, it's just tough. We are ready for our next stop, GZ and of course, home!
posted at 5:05 AM
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
Well, we have officially adopted Cai. We spent the morning in the civil affairs office- after a few small hangups we were able to complete this part of the process. After we left, our guide, Grant, took us to a Carrefours store which is similar to our Wal Mart- there we bought Cai a stroller, Pringles for Pressley and candy for Rion. Cai is so heavy! She does not look like she would be and only wears a 3T but she is a lot heavier than Cate! She is a great napper and sleeper so far so that is really an answer to a prayer. Although Cai is definitely strong willed, she is also very sweet. She very willingly shares anything she has. It is funny because the only thing I understand that she says is Mama, and she says that quite frequently. She likes for me to be within eyesight and when I'm not, she starts to call- when she sees me again, she smiles. It is very sweet- I'm glad that she trusts me enough to call me Mama. She has the cutest little raspy voice. She also loves Rion and Pressley and loves to copy things that they say and do. She is obviously a quick learner. Our guide told her today that he was going to take us shopping and did she want to go- she said no-so he said that he was still going to go- and Cai told him to go ahead! We haven't seen much of Wuhan so far. What we have seen, we have decided is New York Times Square meets Harlem. We have walked around the corner from our hotel to eat but mostly we have spent our time here in our hotel when we weren't at the civil affairs office. Tomorrow we will visit Yellow Crane Tower which is a very popular landmark in Wuhan. We are ready to do a little exploring to get out of the hotel and hopefully it will make our days pass faster. The boys are hanging in there great. My mom and I miss home and I miss Greg and my girls so much that it hurts. Here are just a couple of pictures from today.
posted at 4:20 AM