Saturday, August 30, 2008

Juice up!

Yue Yue went with me to Hastings yesterday -- I'll be starting back there part time next week -- and had a few things to take care of, couldn't wait to see all my young poets (also had a little surprise for Ja'Nekia, check here to see), so this was a good time for Yue to meet new friends. She immediately began chatting away with Ms Brooks and loved watching the kids.

Above left, with Ms Brooks and Bryanna,
Left with Mr Mike and Tevin

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Thanks Riley!

Yue yue loves her new dress!
See you (and max and evie) at the Apple Fest.
aunt kim

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Vilano Beach was still a bit stormy yesterday afternoon, and Fay left a complete mess of our yard, but still there was time for a dip in the pool.

And, Xiao Yue meets Grandma. finally back from Illinois, at last!

Friday, August 22, 2008

Photographs posted from our agency -- La Vida International.

I'm working on a (rainy day) video clip of adoption day in Changsha.

Fay, by the way, has completely worn out her welcome....

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Hello Fay

Electricity out all day...windy, raindy, floody.

A few pictures....Isaac and Iain had a sleepover and Iain gives Yue Yue her bottle. They also helped out putting together some cool toys. In another pic, Yue and her dad check for Fay updates.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

My Chi is out of balance....

We arrived back in Florida Saturday afternoon after staying overnight in Atlanta because our connection was delayed four hours which would have put us arriving in Jax at a brutal 2 a.m. The luggage arrived yesterday -- better late than never -- as Continental said we abandoned our bags (despite the fact that they were a day late arriving at NJ) and Delta, who had nothing to do with all this mess, ended up sending them on to JIA. Instead of the homecoming we had planned, the baby and I have a nasty virus that has kept me in bed for most of the past three days. The baby has had a fever that spiked at 106, but fortunately we've been able to keep it out of the danger zone and she's mainly miserable with a head cold. We're hoping tomorrow is a much better day.....Fortunately Craig is well and keeping up with the laundry and attending to all our needs. I feel like a very sick, feverish dowager empress. We had to finally call in the support team (my parents) and Isaac is staying with them tonight -- I don't want anyone to get this evil virus!

Saturday, August 9, 2008

I hope Yue yue isn't thinking that her new life is rushing from one airplane to the next. Let me tell you this girl can roll with the punches. I really think we have the SWI to thank for raising such a sweet, well-adjusted little girl. We owe them a million thanks.

It's six a.m. by the way and I'm wide awake -- the first of a week or so of jet laggin'.

I've only just gotten to read the comments on the blog. Thanks for such kind words and nice thoughts. And we can't wait to see everyone! We're usually good travelers but after this little two or is it three day continuous plane jaunt, I don't plan to leave the house. You guys will know where to find me! The most adverturesome I'll get is to walk to St. George Street.

When I get some sleep and can think, I want to write a list of things for those about to travel. I had intended to flickr my pix -- what the heck was I thinking? I was lucky to get a shower some days.

I keep saying I miss China so much, but I mean it and hope that we can go back again soon -- we're hoping to work on some teaching/business ventures with our new guide friends. More on that later. Last night we walked into the hotel lobby here in Atlanta in time to see the opening ceremonies for the Olympics. It was awesome to see it -- as we were in Beijing as they were putting the finishing touches on the landscaping. I said to Yue yue --"There are your people!" The world feels a little smaller today, having taken this journey and met the people of China. We have this little person we want to make sure knows how wonderful her country is.

A few more pics I didn't post. I love the one of Julia hanging on to her buddies on the red couch and the one of the adoring parents and fans and grandparents taking their picture.

Friday, August 8, 2008

I knew we should have never left China......

After 30 something (who's counting?) hours of travel we have only made it as far as Atlanta Hilton Garden Inn. We survived Guangzhou to Hong Kong and then Hong Kong to Newark by the skin of our teeth as we only had 20 minutes to make the connection. In Newark we were greeted with awful surly people and unmarked lines of unhappy travelers and a mess caused by some weather or something. Anyway, at 11 p.m. we gave up, flew to Atlanta and are here till in the a.m. when we finally fly to Jax. Good grief. I won't say anything bad about COntinental until we get our luggage back. Oh, did I forget to mention that our luggage wasn't in Newark when we got there?

BUT we had an amazing journey before all that. Just a pic or two for now. Yue yue is talking herself to sleep right now and I'm dozing off. Pictures include a shot of one of our wonderful guides, Juntao, Yue yue and big bro in a bamboo thicket complete with chinese graffiti (look closely at the lettering) with the local paper -- as they run pics of residents posing with the mullet wrapper, and the famous red couch photo of the babies at the White Swan in Guangzhou.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

A picture of us from the Buddhist Temple

Top Left: Yue yue and her buddy Cecelia from Dao SWI play in Changsha. Yueyue and Big Brother play a hat game.

Just got a call from our facilitator Lucy here in Gz that our paperwork at the Consulate is fine and we are ready for our appt tomorrow. Thinking back to two weeks ago, that's quite a relief.

Wind and blustery weather from TS Kammuri. No different than Florida, right?

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Goodbye to Changsha

We're in Guangzhou but miss Changsha, Hunan already. Here are some scenes from our last days there when the four of us took a cab to the river and then walked through some wonderful streets where we felt like celebrities. People came running from their homes and shops to say hi and meet the baby. We got the thumbs up from folks and one "thank you." Seriously, it was as if we were rocker dudes. We made lots of new friends. On our last day, we visited the Changsha Buddhist temple.

Here in Gz, lots of paperwork, meetings, etc. I see my posts becoming few and far between. Walking through the park of Shamien Isle the first night, we heard, "Hey, we know you." Friends of friends and family in Alabama recognized us from the blog. My folks are out shopping with them right now. Everything is fine and baby Yue is doing great. Tomorrow is a free day, and then we're homeward bound Friday morning.

Friday, August 1, 2008

Embroidery Museum and Center

Hunan is known for the craft of embroidery that will blow your mind. Pieces that look like photographs. Next few days are busy, I may not post till MOnday night or Tuesday. Have a good weekend!

Oh, by the way, Craig went for a walk this afternoon and when he came back, his shirt was soaked from top to bottom. It's a tossup as to which city is more humid.... At home we have the advantage of driving around in AC vehicles. That may be the only difference.

Yue Yue is happier every day. Eating like a pig (year of the pig, of course), not a horse as that's me. Steamed egg and congee with scallions, rice and more rice. Waiters bring out the eggs for the babies at each meal. She likes spicy, not sweet stuff. We've added an extra bottle or two of rice formula and mike formula to fatten her up. She's swimming inside the six-month clothes. ANd, today is her ninth month.

A walk about Changsha and more happy baby pictures

Every morning in the courtyard across the street, there is Tai Chi. Man, we're going to miss it here. Tomorrow we visit the Hunan museum, and Sunday morning the local Buddist Temple. Right now, we're waiting on the babies' passports. If they arrive, we'll fly to Guangzhou on MOnday.