Saturday, February 28, 2009
It took most of the day to get here, but we got to unpack finally, as we are here for 5 nights. YEAH! We got Chloe's visa picture done then we ate at a Thai place and Chloe ate the first real "meal" I have seen. She ate almost a whole plate of shrimp to herself, then went to the duck on a stick, then grabbed a few of Kat's fries and had 3 chicken wings. I was happy to see her get her fill of food. We went to Susan's place afterwards, she is a wonderful, friendly woman.
I got a few small things I wanted to get and ordered a necklace for Chloe she picked out with beads and a pig, she was born in the year of the Pig. Susan said she could not believe we would come here for an older child, I said "why not?" Chloe is perfect to us, just as she is. She said about her having memories, well, don't we all?
I saw some neat stuff I gotta go back for, it was getting late and we needed to go. We stopped off at Star b*cks, ooohhhhh, hot chocolate. We were trying to order looking the pictures, when Kelly yells out "iced latte coffee and the boy at the counter repeated it. I was so surprised, they laughed, since we are so used to no one speaking English or if they do, they do not admit it.
I need to buy more luggage, I didn't want to do it till we got here since we have been laughed at from Beijing- Zhengzhou, Wuhan, to Guangzhou, airports, hotels, van drivers, think we are nuts to have so much luggage. Men, what do they know about 5 girls traveling? We paid overweight charges ( for the bags not us) twice.
Tomorrow is a free day, we are going shopping. The dollar is dropping here, of course, now that we are here and want to shop:(
Kat seems to be better, no more vomiting, she ate a little supper and has kept it down. I think she is on the mend. Thanks for all the prayers and support, we are glad to be here and be able to finish the adoption paperwork and get our girl home. She is scared of the Skype, I think, so she will not spend any time talking to anyone. Either that or the shyness, she is quite shy with everyone, but she is getting closer and much more relaxed with me.
No pics today, using Victory Hotel computer, so no access to post pics, will catch up tomorrow, too tired tonight.
Friday, February 27, 2009
|Make a Smilebox scrapbook|
Well, we can't have too easy of a day, can we? Kat is now sick. We thought yesterday's adventurous ride was too much for her, she does not ride well, but today she started her day darting for the bathroom. Poor girl. She tried to eat breakfast and seemed to perk up a little.
We ventured out briefly to get strollers for the girls, a bit old for them, but they help keep them out of the line of traffic. We also stopped at a store another adoptive family found here, we met them in the hall, we got a ton of stuff for about $50, coats for both girls, outfits for all 3 girls and the cutest pink Hello K*tty shoes.
I have a TERRIBLE time getting Chloe to spend any money, she does not want to get anything for herself. I told the guide to tell her to get used to it, mom loves to shop:) Gotta get her in the swing of things quickly. Retail therapy. Did us wonders.
Back to the hotel as Kat was drooping, bad. She was sick again, feverish and went to bed. We are hanging out here to try and get her better before we leave, yes, off we go again, to GuangZhou.
Our guide spoke with Chloe some about things I wished to know, I waited since she was more comfortable with our guide now after a few days, but what she told me broke my heart. I cried. It's her story so I won't share out of respect for her but let me tell you, this is one incredibly brave and wonderful child that I get to love. I am sooo thankful for that blessing.
She is sleeping now, either emotionally exhausted or sick, I am not sure, but we are letting her rest to heal either way. She is moving forward and opening up, smiles and fun play from her. I also LOVE how she insists on lining up all our shoes, it's so cute to see, she is very helpful in any way she can help.
I feel such a deep love for her, she got close to the road yesterday and I said her name sharply and put myself between her and the car coming, it was just a natural reaction for me, to protect my child. And that she is, my child. A precious, precious gift. I cherish this daughter as I do the others, and all those boys too:) Can't forget them....... have they burned down the house yet Baba???
Thursday, February 26, 2009
|Make a Smilebox scrapbook|
Okay, here you go. Pictures. And lots of them:) Not so much of our girl but some mommas NEED these pictures so they get dibs on pictures today:) Enjoy! We made it to Wuhan. Not without incident, of course. Rain, all day, and flooding. Kat barfed on me as it took 3 1/2 hours to get here, a normal 2 hour drive. Yuck.
I have no coat till tomorrow, nor does she. It's okay though, we are considering vegging in the hotel as we are about bushed. I really need to go to GuangZhou and UNPACK- we haven't been anywhere longer than 3 days and I need to nest or something. I'm getting weird and burnt out. I hugged a dude in the lobby just 'cause he was an American. Thank God he took me in stride and didn't run. ( don't worry Baba he was elderly:)
Chloe is smiling more. She was clearly happy to leave the orphanage and when asked did not wish to visit her school. We stopped in for a short time this a.m. to get pictures and drop off things we donated. We went to the grocery store and bought 7 HUGE cans of formula, 3 packs of diapers, 5 bottles of vitamins, bananas, apples, oranges, nuts and a basketball for about $110. SOOOOO worth the $$$$
The orphanage city is poor, it's very obvious, but the orphanage is clean with a nice courtyard/play area for the children. The nannies love these kiddos, they cry when one got up and went to the other side of the room! They need cleft bottles and AC for the second floor. Cleft bottles can only come from the US, not be bought here. We saw about 25 kids, all SN except 2 girls. They said about 152 children total in this orphanage. All that I knew were getting parents soon got kisses from me, sent by their mommas.
I also got the name issues clarified, the last name of children here will change each new year, the old name, which all children were given, including Chloe, was a name that branded her an orphan, it is not a family name. The new names given are family names which benefits children that are not adopted, of course, and even older children being adopted but of school age.
As I said, Chloe is smiling more, she is doing great, tonight we had comfort food (MDonald) and she ate fries and liked her shake but the burger had some spicy sauce that I had to wipe off to eat, she wouldn't even eat it, and she likes the spicy stuff.
Gotta run and try to check mail, I miss everyone, I wish it would stop raining, I hope GuangZhou is sunny and nice, but even if it is not, we are doing well, hanging tough and making our way toward the downward stretch:)
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Monday, February 23, 2009
Her sister was acting like a nut in the Civil Affairs office and we caught the first Chloe smile, between Kat's hand and feet, but I got it on film. She has a precious smile. I told her I loved her and that she is beautiful, she just smiles, then hides her face, she is shy.
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Saturday, February 21, 2009
Friday, February 20, 2009
Here's the skinny.
Kat melted down in DULLES, before we even got on the plane. Yikes. Wanted to go home?
Sorry, not happening.We got on the plane, she was good. Met up with Miss Kelly and Caidi and got on the flight to Beijing. We had the last 5 seats in the back. Either word or their voices spread that 2 princesses were parked in the 2 last seats together as we had quite a few people come back to check them out.
We met one couple going to Henan for their son. Nice people.
They played, took short (very short) naps and played, ending the LONGGGGGGG flight with a tent created over their seats. Then they decided since they were Chinese and now in China they would sing the Two Tigers song they knew when we adopted them, loudly and badly as they have made it almost unrecognizable to the patient and unfortunate souls who booked seats near these 2:)
The 1 hour "not far to the GUIDE only" ride to the hotel we had the whole discussion on mothers last nerve about no seat belts (but WHY???) as the driver tried to kill us driving like a nut. After the dude with our luggage blasted us for having NO YUAN- Shame on me, I tried to give him US dollar.
We have met a group here, from another agency, and believe it or not, one couple is getting their son from Chloe's orphanage!! This made me quite happy as I pictured my girl looking out the bus window sad, as the miles pass, coming to us on Monday. Now I know she will probably be helping with the little guy to keep him occupied during the trip. Thank God for our meeting them!
We have found that last time we looked funny, people stared ( not rude to stare here) but this time we are getting huge stares! We get a look, then the girls get looked over, then back to us, back to girls and even turn around and stare some more. The girls have necklace badges I made them to explain why we are here, but most seem to think these two are twins and it seems to bring more stares. Today should be fun, they have the same outfits on:) Ha ha, we confuse people even more. I guess they can't figure out which girl belongs to whom and WHY.
We are off to the Great Wall probably, we are open to do what we want since I do not wish to have a crazy schedule and be exhausted to meet Chloe girl. I'll post pics of the girls later, I am not going to worry about pics a whole lot till we get Chloe, OF COURSE.
I can hardly stand it, now that I am in her country!
2 more sleeps till Chloe!!!!!
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Well.... our big surprise for YOU is that Caidi and her momma are coming to CHINA with Kat and I:)
We were THRILLED when Kelly offered to step in when my aunt was unable to go as planned and I really did not wish to go alone. SO when the phone call came with the offer of 2 travel mates for me and Kat, I cried.
Caidi and Kat are over the moon happy and counting down the days on their very own calendars with Kat understanding we leave home TOMORROW. Off to my cousin's, my aunt is driving, spend the night, then hop a flight to connect up with Kelly and Caidi and fly to China.
We are excited, happy, packed ( one suitcase is 49.6 lbs- phew) and ready to go.
I will blog, of course, if it does not work, go to http://www.journeytome.com/ adoption stories child's name- Kat & Chloe.
Next post will be from Beijing:) We meet Chloe around 4 pm, Monday Feb 23, this will about 3pm Sunday here if you all want to think of us :)
Say a prayer of safe travel for us and for Chloe's comfort in meeting us. Gosh, I can't wait to get my arms around that girl, I hope I don't scare her.
Chloe, my girl ......................... here we COME!
Saturday, February 14, 2009
|Make a Smilebox slideshow|
It's a good one. We got our visas and POA back. They are in hand. WHOOOOO HOOO.
Hubby got me my favorite all time treat for V-day- a cobblestone muffin. WOW. And a card that said something I can't write about as his mother reads this blog. Shame on him.
I got him a pair of lounge pants I will surely shrink to never fit him ( this happens no matter how big I buy them) and some of his fave candy. And a nice card about the kids always here and yet we still keep on going, mushy and all. We feel the love.
We had a surprise Birthday party for my mom, she was totally surprised. Had no idea. I took all the kids while Baba stayed home to sign for the visas. Lucky him. Actually they weren't too bad, they went for a walk and played with balloons. Her actual b-day is Feb 22 but I will be in China so we planned for an early surprise party.
I have some shopping to do and packing then I am all set to go. WOW. It's gonna happen. I'm meeting my daughter in a little over a week. Still pretty calm, hard to believe, but paranoid now to even open my e-mail, answer the phone for fear it will be something to hold us up from going.
Pray for our weather to hold for Wed, I leave a day early and stay at my cousin's (close to airport) so we are sure to be there on time. My aunt has graciously offered to drive us and pick us up, so we are grateful to have such great family support with our trip.
We're going to China, we're getting Chloe, it's gonna happen, YEAHHHHHH!!