Monday, March 30, 2009
Friday, March 27, 2009
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Mostly I think of what I would miss, if we did not have this large and rambunctious crew. It's hard to imagine a day without Kat giggles, the wonder I feel when I see Cam looking at me with my face, S giving me the "look" that he learned from me, saying good morning to my Chloe and feeling the urge to just hug her and have her welcome me with open arms when asked for a hug (she did this morning!!!)
These fun things added with the daily dose of goofy kids are what keep me going. Some of the funnier things that everyone should enjoy in their lives-
Last week, served chicken and a bacon spinach salad, salad filled with yummy toppings. S took one look at that salad and said "UGHHH- WEEDS, me not eat WEEDS. You feed me WEEDS" and went on and on about the WEEDS for supper:)
Kat and H arguing over how many times H should ride Kat's pink frilly bike and Kat says 2, H comes of with "I think 24 is a good idea." Where did that come from?:)
Chloe watching mom do crossword puzzles and being smart enough to figure out the answers are in the back of the book so she picks a puzzle and copies answers into puzzle hoping to shock mom into thinking she is a genius :)
Mal grumping over her paycheck and hours going to someone else at her job, ohhh, we start so young and so jaded into real life:)
Donobin telling Chloe how to open the ketchup bottle flip lid when she unscrewed the top by mistake, he talked to her like she was deaf and dumb, but was so proud he had taught her something. Yeah Donobin:)
Cam being happy with a 75 cent (didn't they used to be 25 cent) toy from a machine that looks like a freak thing with goofy hair and zits. Grossing mom out, this is the key to boy happiness:)
Having my older kids complain about my cheery message on my answering machine, so I get them back by placing this message,
"my adult grown children have complained about my message so even though they do not HAVE to call here they OBVIOUSLY do- so I changed this just for them, so here you are guys, leave a message- why don't ya?" They quickly changed tunes to accept my cheery message with no gripes:)
Trying to get a nice family photo (what was I thinking??) since I have NONE with Chloe included, this is the best one we got, no laughing. It was a chore, I'm not trying again. Off to enjoy the fun of all these kids....... is it bedtime yet?
BTW, nothing wrong with Chloe's arm, I strained my wrist hauling giant loads of clothes from washer to dryer, SHE is fascinated with torture device mom is wearing to heal wrist, which is what she has on in picture. Guess I should have left it on my wrist, I didn't really want it in the picture:)
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Our college kiddos, Chinese friendship students came yesterday and helped us with some translation issues we needed to address. Will, Tony and Emily. They did a great job talking with our Chloe, it seems she needed to hear a few things. She very much does not want anything to do with Chinese but she was willing to talk with them. I wanted to be sure she is happy ( she is) I needed to see if she understood some things ( she does now) and if there was anything I should know.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
It's hard not to want it to happen overnight but for 10 days home, we are impressed with her. She is very easy going and is trying hard, that is very obvious. But she also know how to be a kid. That is so good to see.
Sunday, March 15, 2009
|Make a Smilebox scrapbook|
Yep, decided I'll make it. I know, everyone is glad. None more than Chloe, I think. She was eying me up a few days and I wondered if she thought she got a bum deal, sick and horrible sounding momma.
Guess not though, as she is now coughing. I pass muster 'cause I give out the yucky tasting medicine she shakes head "no" to and momma says " yes" till she takes them then she feels better:) Fun having a mom :)
We ventured out yesterday as I couldn't take one more day in the house. Couldn't. Not one. Actually went out to get asthma med there was some issue with filling med for me. It's sad when pharmacy dude says " call doctor on call" to get something right then and there. "Can't walk around like that"- hummm.... I beg to differ, had been doing it for days. Got me covered and breathing decent again, breathing is good:)
I was happy Chloe got to Skype with her friend and former roomie of 5 years, Lily has been a great help for Chloe and yesterday they spent over an hour chattering away. It was the most we have heard Chloe ever speak! Fun to hear her laughing and to have Lily say she is quite happy here, she likes her momma. YEAH- and I have even been laying down the law:) No standing on chairs, no eating in living rooms. It made me feel good to know she is happy, she refuses a translator, really wants to learn English and is trying.
Cam was happy to report he got her to say " yes, no and don't know", he still can't stand not being able to love on her, she pops him like a typical big sis whenever he tries that.
Birthday party for one of the kid's friends today, a basketball playing party. Chloe was a little lost at first, not sure what to do, but then an air hockey game with Kat and a scramble for pinata ( or "piano" per Kat) candy, and she fit right in. Candy need no translation.
Other misc. stuff I wanted to post before it's lost the muddle of my brain about my trip........
Tips- do take enough socks, forget the hair bows in a box to keep from crushing them- honestly, what was I thinking?
Also do not pack a ton of toiletries, no one cares if you have matching lotion and body spray.
Take the comfortable- but smelly shoes you always wear. Take Febr*eze spray if you must, but really the fur lined clogs I took?? They lost the fur on day 3, and I was stuck with too big shoes and sandals, no shoes to be found in my huge size in China.
Do NOT allow mother to give you undies to wear for trip. See old post. No more being said.
Do not lose sense of humor no matter what- it will get you far. I now own a pet "rock" also known as a breakfast roll from one hotel. We were served this treat already hardened to the brick form. We HOWLED over this, and I am now quite fond of the little guy. Not to mention, he bridged language barriers to make our Chloe laugh and continues to do so.
Never, never stay in hotel that sells men's undies on the "bar." Not saying anymore about that either.
Enjoy your guides, use them to go everywhere. We initially planned to do some stuff on our own, it's really not worth the aggravation, it's so much easier and not that expensive to use a guide. Also known as " child carriers" when needed:) Very helpful! But also know when to say " we do not wish to go there, or that's too much in one day." Pace yourself, you will not enjoy seeing 10 things in one day if you are wore out, if you see 3 and they are amazing, it is so much nicer. Pace is your option for the sightseeing, what you are up to, they will drag you all over if you don't speak up.
Take TRANSFORMER plug, not adapter and know difference.
Biggest tip- do not EVER go to NEW stylist and do anything with your hair before big trip to anywhere. China water is NOT perm friendly, very drying. Get pretty highlights, a trim, do not, I repeat, do not perm hair to shorten "getting ready time."
Take less pictures, and soak up the trip, I did this this time round and enjoyed SEEING much more this trip. Pictures can remind you but being there and missing it as the one always getting "shots" is not always fun.
Buy extra stuff, take a list, but buy extra little things and something I have done for the girls is buy them something small from China for each birthday till they reach 18. ( on # 18 they get their tea sets) but buy from one shop, many things, as the more you buy the more they discount:) And walk away if the price isn't right, they will come down.
Do not take shoes you "think" will fit child that she will LOVE and refuse to not wear when her feet are crammed into them.
Most of all be patient with child, enjoy the amazing fun they have over simple elevator doors, hotel key cards, etc. I let Chloe go wild with all that. Why NOT? She was as fun as a kid in a candy store. I can only imagine the freedom she feels knowing she can now be a kid and not be worried about what will happen to her when she is 14 and would not be able to ever have a family. And really, who's gonna remember she climbed out of a cab window like a monkey?
And finally speaking of cabs, place guide in front seat, do not look out toward front during any part of driving experience. Look out side window unless view is a tail light 2 inches from your window, then it's good time to need nap. Try not to scream, it scares driver, throwing off his super abilities to communicate with the other crazy people willing to drive on those roads, throwing the entire driving experience to a new level of " insanity.
At least I stayed where I belonged, in the BACK.......
Friday, March 13, 2009
Sunday, March 8, 2009
Saturday, March 7, 2009
Thursday, March 5, 2009
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Monday, March 2, 2009
I fell asleep waiting for the call that everything was good, couldn't believe it but our guide stopped by and rang the door, I didn't even hear it. Might have been that 1:45 am shower catching up with me? Not sure a digital would have even helped me, although great idea. Another note about Vict*ry Hotel, no clock in room. Bummer.
Got foot massage last night, WOW so worth it. Too bad Chloe was nervous and unsure, but she climbed all over chairs and foot stools so mom could practice her "bu yowl" (NO), we were messing around at Lucy's at supper, pointing to things and she would tell us Chinese word then laughing at me when I tried to pronounce it. I told her "momma - pointed to tongue, bu yowl Chinese" and she loved it.
We took pics with the "famous fluffy woman of China", outside Lucy's, I told Chloe "momma" and pointed as a I posed next to her, she laughed and agreed- I do not care that we fool around and poke fun at momma, if she sees we can do that and have fun, it allows her to open up it's totally worth it. We'll work on the hard core- you must respect momma and listen when we get home and no cabs at home so no worry there:) I did tell her I call Baba on her,she laughed as her and Kat goofed off.
Chloe eats MUCH more variety of things than Kat does to this day, Kat is a very picky eater, Chloe eats bread ( yeah!) and dairy. Yogurt drinks are very popular here. She also loves french fries and ketchup, Kat HATES ketchup, ranch dressing for that princess PLEASE.
The massage guys ( yeah we got guys) were amazed at the famous tattoo and shocked by my calluses, well, I do have lots of kids to run after- hello! They chattered till they figured out Chloe spoke Chinese then they told her a bunch of stuff about Momma and Baba and I have no idea what they said to her, I'd love to know, but darn it, they KNEW I did not know what they were saying. Guess I got a taste of how she feels when we chatter away :(
Got my 2 new suitcases, bargained down to $23 for 2 medium sized name brand ones :) As long as they make the trip home they are worth it:) Bought Kat the cutest little coat, I love her little coats and SHOES, Kelly said "no more shoes." Can a girl have too many??
Kat is very homesick, she has been really sad. I was really glad we convinced the massage guys to do her little feet. They didn't want to do her at first but we insisted. They massaged her for over an hour, we thought just a small massage but she got the full treatment and did she ever love it. She nearly zonked out right in the chair, but for the giggling. The guy was very gentle and I was right beside her so I could tell him if I thought it was too much on her.
Chloe is saying MANY more English words, we have heard counting up to 10, colors, go, stop, baby, thank you, yes, no, she is slipping up and even volunteering some words she knows, which is wonderful. I am glad to hear her trying the words out on us.
I will be relieved to do the oath ceremony and be done today, we have a small side trip to take tomorrow, then home we come:) Only 4 more days till we fly, 5 till we are HOME.
There's no place like home, there's no place like home.... isn't that in a movie???? Ha ha.
Sunday, March 1, 2009
Today is an early day with medical exam and visa application. I didn't want to be late and was wondering why we did not get our wake up call. Yeah, it'll come- in about 5 hours. AHHHH.
Other "funny happenings"
We have had at least 2 people say to the guides- those look like Chinese girls- about Kat and Caidi. hummmmmmm- 'cause they are? We thought this was obvious. Apparently they are dressed too nice, speak English very well and have long hair. SO sorry China to treat girls so well, but we LOVE them!!
Most people here assume we are here for the girls- hence they try to talk Chinese to the girls and figure Chloe speaks English. That's made for some fun! Kat and Caidi have various responses from "I am Chinese but I speak American" to " I don't know what you say" ( add drama queen- ahhhh's in here)
People here go NUTS over my tattoo, I told very few people but I tattooed CHLOE's Chinese name on my one ankle, Kat's is on the outside of the same foot and I have 10 Japanese dogwood flowers winding down from my lower leg to foot. BIG- beautiful tattoo- makes quite easy on time when Chinese shop keepers wish to make daughter's name for me into some beautiful art piece for free ( aka- you buy from me and I thank you!) COOL.
No so much fun to find out yesterday when all banks were closed and Vict*ry Hotel will not allow you to exchange more than $200 per adult and they rip you off of 27 yuan p 100 dollar. "Cause today is medical exam and the NEW (hateful) rules mean SHOTS for Chloe and as guide says " big bucks you pay"- ah yeah, like $600. SOOOOOO thanks to an American couple a the White Sw*n Hotel that we stopped in the lobby when we went there to see if we could get money exchanged (no- no room- no exchange) who went and exchanged my money under their room number. THANKS- forgot your name- but bless you.
Also do not ask for massage from our hotel. Kelly made this mistake and was sent to "second building" and when she asked they looked at her funny and said "massage- dirty massage for men>" well, not what she was looking for- so that was a "no thanks". Simple foot massage (non dirty please) not to be had here.
Everyone thinks Kelly and I are sisters, it's easier to say "yes" and let it go than to get into the whole " we met when we adopted girls #1 as they were fostered by sisters and grew up together and no, we did not know each other before that trip and yes, we keep the girls in touch as they are like sisters"- see what I mean?
I'm gonna go lay back down now, no pics, on computer in my room bugging my girls only, they hate my noisy typing and are groaning in sleep... such princesses:) Keep up my comments, I need 'em, you are my link to home, I miss everyone so much. Can't wait to get this girl home and share her:)