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.

Monday, March 2, 2009


This morning, after we all slept til 7, we ate breakfast and met Jerry at 9. We went to the Civil Affairs office to do the paperwork, it was crazy! I was concerned Judi would think she would be going back to her Chinese ladies, and she did start to cry a bit at the end, but came to me willingly when it was all done and waved goodbye to them without a tear! We then went to the police station to apply for her passport and then back to the hotel. Lisa, Kunming is a beautiful city! Tremendous architectural masterpieces next to old, dilapidated apartment buildings. Even Jazmin has commented that there are so many "poor" people! Our room is great and plenty of space for the five of us (see my pictures below). The Bluebird Cafe is great; we had lunch there again today and after some explaining, you can do "take out". At 3pm, we are going to the bank, then to Wal-mart and then will eat at the CrossingBridge restaurant. Lisa, I will post how much it runs. At lunch, Jerry brought us a huge bag filled with bananas and oranges, so we have lots to snack on! Also, forgot to mention when Jerry met us at the airport, he gave my Dad and I a dozen roses each! Can't wait to see what a Chinese Wal-Mart looks like! Then tomorrow, we're doing the Minority Village. I still want to get out and just walk around, but am leery because of how Judi runs ahead of us; we've really got to work on that!
We also got Judi's care package back and from the expression on her face, I don't think she ever saw it, but at least we have it now.
The girls are sleeping now, thankfully! They are both bundles of energy, and Judi has to "encouraged" to stop and slow down; she's so funny, though, and all girly girl! Loves the purse and bag we brought and is a pro on the Leapster already! Remember, this child grew up in the countryside and never saw anything like this, but has it figured out already! Her facial expressions and looks she gives Jr just have me in hysterics; she's pegged him as a softie, so he realizes now he can't be the "fun and games" guy all the time. What I think is cool is that even when we tell her no or stop her from doing something, she'll pooch out those rosebud lips, but doesn't melt down, knock on wood! So far, today's been awesome!

This is Judi at breakfast this morning. She loved the buffet and would parade me around pointing at what she wanted. Both girls thought the hotel restuarant's play area was cool. Judi has the coolest laugh! Jazmin wants me to refer to them as my China Cutie Pies, so that's what they are!

On the playground!


Candace Nally said...

She is just so beautiful. You all look like a happy family. Keep posting about your trip and adding pictures! I love following your journey!

Julie said...

She is so beautiful. I know you must be on cloud nine right now.

Tina said...

oh my, she is beautiful!!! So precious to see both girls naping.

Mom 2 Joe, LilyRose, Mason said...

Thanks Debbie for all the info. I was not happy to hear that you think Judi never got her care package. I was holding out hope that they at least gave that to her. I love the room. I will be asking for that one for our trip, although I am trying to figure out how we will fit on the beds. lol

I can't wait to see some of the sites that we will be seeing soon. If you want just send me an email telling me things.

I am glad that Judi is trusting you more. That's a good sign. I hope things keep getting better with her. She really is a beautiful little girl.

Good Luck and sending you love and peace.

Lisa C.

Aus said...

Good morning Debbie - what an awesome couple posts - we'll keep you guys in our prayers that the bonding and peace continues! I'm sure there will be more ups and downs - but it sure sounds like you guys are doing GREAT! So glad that she was trusting you enough to have a tantrum - really good stuff there (OK - maybe not so much fun - but really good!!) Leave it to a Baba to get them laughing - nice work Dad! Did I mention that she is a true beauty? What a lovely pair you have there! Really love following your journey - hugs

aus and co.

Cupcakes and Hairbows said...

Guessing you are at the Grand Park Hotel - we loved it. Have you gone to the park yet? We went EVERY day! What cute girls!

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