Two China Dolls and a Prince!

This blog chronicles the story of 2 of our adoptions, both older children when they came home. It begins in 2008 and will continue in the hopes we can be of encouragement and information to anyone thinking of older child adoption.

Friday, February 27, 2009

Posting from Nanning, China!

Hi, once again! We made it to Guangzhou late Thursday evening and talk about wiped out! Our last flight was 4 hours of which Jaz slept the whole thing. I kept trying to wake her up so she'd sleep that night, to no avail. She went to sleep great, but was up at 3:30 raring to go. I tried to keep her quiet and she was really great about not making any noise. We got up at 6 for breakfast and scooted off to Nanning.
What memories when we landed! Nanning is where we got Jazmin, and the ride to the hotel was fascinating as always. We pulled up to the hotel and I saw Jazmin again as a sweet,scared 17 month old; now she is an energetic 5 year old coming back to see her country. The whole way to the hotel last night she kept saying "My China!". Today, she is just soaking it all in. She's finally getting a little more comfortable with all the people staring at her and us and trying to talk Chinese to her. She's saying "ni hao" and "zaijin" to everyone instead of being shy.
The "baby" restaurant is still there, right next to the Majestic hotel we're in; we ate lunch for 77 yuan or $11.50 US dollars that included spareribs, rice, fruit salad, and some yummy type of potato pancake. Then we walked behind the hotel to People's Park, a huge lake with walkways, statues, and places to stop and feed these HUGE koi fish; Jazzy loved that part. There's an amusment park I think we'll check out tomorrow. On the way back in to the hotel, we saw several adoptive families with their babies. Oh, so cute, and one of them, an 18-month old,w as absolutely breathtaking! It brought back such memories of our first days with Jazmin; I was even able to offer a little advice as they are experiencing a problem similar to one we had with Jazmin.
Haven't been able to phone the kids yet as it's only 2:48 am in Missouri, but Jessica passed her Constitution test! Yeahh for her! And we've been texting, they seem to be enjoying their time with their friends.
Will post again on our adventures tomorroow!


Mom 2 Joe, LilyRose, Mason said...

Glad to hear that you are having a good time. You were the first person I thought of this morning. Couldn't wait for the computer to boot up.

Enjoy the rest of your stay in Nanning and keep the info coming.

Lisa C.

Aus said...

Oh we envy you guys - we will go back to China one day of that you can be sure!

hugs - aus and co.

Sandi said...

Now you're bringing back memories for me!!!!!!! We were in Nanning for our 2nd china doll in Sept. '07, and boy did we LOVE the "baby" restaurant! Or I've also heard it called "Food street" (Makes sense if you know what it's like, huh?) Our first china doll was 4 at that time, and had been home for 2.5 yrs... I KNOW what you mean about Jazmine soaking it all up!!! Sabra was like that... it was like there was a neon light on inside of her the whole trip! Not that she's dull at home, mind you, but there was just "something"! LOVING your blog!!!!!!!

Sandi in FL
from CHI yahoo group

Sandi said...

OH, and try the pumpkin pancakes at the "baby" restaurant. YUMMMMMMMY!!!!!!!!

Tina said...

I'm so jealous you have a park to go to! I hope we can get out tomorrow and find places to go.
See you soon!!

Cupcakes and Hairbows said...

Can't wait to follow you to KUNMING!!! Yeah! Almost time

Duchess of Lanier said...

So nice to read that you all are safely there and exploring and having fun!
Counting *up* with you!
Thanks for letting us follow along!

H to B family
LOA for ChuWei 2/9/9

okya- too weird- word verification is rewened = "rewind"? as in your trip to Nanning?!?! ;)