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

New day...

What a wonderful, stupendous day! Last night, we went to CrossingBridge restaurant and had local Yunnan food. A big bowl of soup and add-ins and noodles for only 29 yuan! We got 3 bowls but could have got by with one really; very cheap place to eat! My Dad even ate a fried bumblebee! I wasn't that brave! We went to bed last night around 9pm, and finally got Judi settled. We also did the FIRST BATH! She absolutely loved it! For a girl who apparently has never seen anything modern, she is taking to all of it like she's been around it her whole life with a joy and bounce in her step that I still find amazing! I keep waiting to see if this is the calm before the storm; I can't help but think this is too good to be true.

She slept til about 7am, then we got up, with her not appearing to be feeling well. She coughed a lot last night. We debated about going to the Minority Park or not, but Jerry said if we went to the orphanage doctor we'd be there all day! So we decided to bundle her up in 4 layers of clothes and go. She never coughed once and loved it; she really loves the car rides! She's calling us Ma-Ma and Ba-Ba all the time now, and is also responding to Judi. She never really seemed to respond to anything, even WangRou, so we just dropped it and started with Judi. She is such a firecracker; did I say that before? Jerry is translating some for us, and the things she says are hysterical! We were in the car and wouldn't sit down, so Jr tapped her on the leg. She whirled around and rattled off some Chinese; Jerry said it was "What I doing??". Just too funny! Then we were at the Minority Park and a guy was in a swing going across the lake, again she rattled off; this time it was "If you fall in the lake, I will be happy!" Oh, boy!

The Minority Park was awesome and I loved, loved, loved the shopping stalls! Got two gorgeous outfits for the girls; they were originally 200 RMB apiece, but Jerry (the guide) and I got them down to 100 RMB for BOTH! I could have shopped all day, but would have needed an extra plane! I also recommend paying for the little bus, for 200 RMB per group, they take you around, you get off and see what you want, then get back on, and off to the next village. Wonderful and you don't get tired of walking that way! Then we went to a teahouse, which was way cool and very interesting. Jr bought some tea that's supposed to help with weight loss that's been aged 8 years.

Jazmin is experiencing a little jealousy and is making sure that whatever Judi gets, she gets, but she's not being bad about it, she's been so great about helping out. Most of the stuff Judi has let us do is because she saw us do it first with Jazmin. She even knew about brushing her teeth; so whereever Judi has been, I feel she was well taken care of. Her sense of humour for an almost 3-year old is really incredible; she gets it totally when Jr teases her and plays with her.

It's about 4pm here and we're off to Green Lake Park and then to eat again. Will post later with the juicy details!


Mom 2 Joe, LilyRose, Mason said...

Wow, both your girls are beautiful. I am glad that things are calming down now. So, is it safe to say that we should go to the minority village too?

Enjoy and I can't wait to hear about the oprhnage visit. I wonder if my Mason will be there?

Wll, keep the post coming, I really look forward to them.

Have fun!!!!

Lisa C

Aus said...

WOW - this is simply awesome - thank you so much for letting us into your lives. And please - give Jasmine a little hug and tell her its from one of the blog buddies - maybe it'll help her feel special too!

Great joy in cincy for you guys -

aus and co.

TheDideonGang said...

Enjoying your journey - we stayed in the same room in 2005 and it was great for us. Sounds like things are coming together and the lack of prep and all is so normal for Kunming. God Bless you and that the rest of the journey will be as great or better.
Lavonne D

Duchess of Lanier said...

What a wonderful time you all are having! Both of your China Cutie Pies look like they are having a blast. You've been so busy. The Monirity Village sounds fabulous. And you all are eating well. Food, fun, and laughter- all great things!
Wishing you another great day Wednesday!

Kimberly said...

Debbie -the joy in your posts makes me SO happy to read! I'm so happy for your family and for your girls. My two are similar in age. It sounds like you are all off to a wonderful start!!


Michele said...

The one thing we did not do in yunnan was the minority so so sorry about that. I so want to go back and get my girls traditional minority outfits. They are so unique to Yunnan.

Your girls are gorgeous!!

Michele, Mom to Emily and Alyssa