17 posts categorized "China 2006"

August 22, 2006

We made it!

It's 11:30 PM (Nanning, China time) and here's our mini update:

We left SFO and arrived in Nanning after nearly 24 hours of air travel and delays and layovers.  We had low expectations of a comfy flight with a 26 month old and it was a pretty tough flight.  The hardest part was Gwen's desire to socialize with the passengers around us.  She'd stand up and reach over the seats in front of us and pat the man and woman on the head as they tried to sleep or watch a movie.  Most of the time we caught her before she did this but many times she was too fast for us.  She also loved looking at the three sleeping teenage boys behind us and screaming "Hi!" at them until they opened their eyes. We really wished we had a carseat even if we ditched it at the airport when we arrived.  I'm sure she would have been more comfortable (and slept!) if she was restrained and everyone would have appreciated that! 

We'll have double the fun on the way home!  ::::cringe::::

We got Maddy's detailed report and she's so much like Gwen it's almost freaky.  I won't go into all of the details since I'm dead tired and tomorrow is our big day so I'll need my sleep!

Gwen_nanning_bouncerToday, we visited WalMart in Nanning and it was really interesting.  On the way there, we found a GIANT inflated bouncer thingy that cost 5 yuan for unlimited play.  Gwen's eyes lit up when she saw it and the weather was pretty pleasant so we let her run around in this thing for about 40 minutes.  We took lots of pictures and even a small movie and we want to share it but the internet connection is slow here at the hotel so one picture is all we can manage right now.  We'll be visiting this bouncy thing again with Maddy! 

We get Maddy at 3:00 PM tomorrow! 

August 20, 2006

China, here we come!

Air_china We're off!

We packed our three bags and weighed them again and again (shifting items from suitcase to suitcase to ensure nothing exceeded 44 pounds).  We also rented a minivan to drive to the airport since long term parking is pretty expensive and we needed more space than our Honda Accord afforded us.  Coming home, we'll have even less space because we'll have an extra person!

I created some "info cards" to hand to curious passers-by in China.  We did this last year when we adopted Gwen.  The card, essentially, said that we were adopting a Chinese baby and we would love and cherish her, etc.  They were very enthusiastically received so we're doing something similar this time too.   I used http://babelfish.altavista.com/ and translated a few sentences into simple Chinese then threw the translation back into babelfish and translated it into English to make sure it made sense.  After a few rounds, I found something workable so I added a couple of pictures and came up with this (click the image to see a larger view).


It's simple but, hopefully, sufficient to get the point across that our girls are adopted and very much wanted and loved by us.  We really are honored to be given the opportunity to be their family.  When you really think about it, you realize what an amazing gift we've been given.

It's midnight and we're wrapping it up and about to head to bed.  Our next post will come from China! 

Thanks to all of our wonderful friends in Bloggerville (many of whom graced us with their company in real life).  I can't imagine how hard these two journies would have been without all of you!  We feel like you're family!

Much love,

Donna & Andrew

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