Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Red Couch - Zhengzhou Kiddos

Taking pictures on the red couches at the White Swan hotel is an adoption tradition. We took our traditional red couch photos today. I love watching the progression of Parker as you scroll from the top.

Red Couch - All Kids

Here are the red couch photos of all the kids in our group. From left to right - Charlotte, Grayson, Lilianna, Gloriana & Parker.

Red Couch - The Laniers

Red Couch - Other Families

Red Couch with Siblings

Here are all the siblings with their new additions!

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Dec 28th

Today started out a bit like the movie, Groundhog Day - more french toast at the White Swan. After breakfast we had to wait in our room while Maggie went and handled our paperwork at the US Consulate. At 10:30 a.m. we got the call that our paperwork was ok at the Consulate and we could leave the room. Since Piper was not feeling well last night, she and Parker stayed home for a special day with Daddy and Harrison and I went with the group to the Pearl Market, Pet Market and Medicine Market.

I did not expect to buy anything at the Pearl Market - oops - instead I bought about 6 things at really great prices! Then we did our favorite thing - we walked through the markets. I have so many great pictures that I will have to update once we get home. Harrison and I loved the adventure and I am so glad we went. We saw puppies, kitties, turtles, hamsters, bunnies, fish, scorpions and sadly, tiger paws.

On our walk home we passed a man without any legs who was begging for money. I walked by and Harrison was so appalled that I just walked by that he stopped me and asked for money to go back. I dug around and found him some and back he went. That was the first time I almost cried. Then, we rounded the corner and time #2 hit.

As we finished crossing the bridge, there was a woman pushing a child in a wheelchair with a sign that the young boy was holding. I knew that it was a sign begging for money, but what got me is that when I looked at the little boy he had a serious case of hydrocephalus and he was probably 3. I knew that under other terms that could have been my babies. Parker has hydrocephalus and I just kept seeing his face in that little boys. It was very hard to walk past him, but I didn't want Harrison to notice.

We rushed back and loaded up for our visit to the US Consulate. It was all kids over 2 and there were TONS of amazing kids and their new families. LOVED seeing all of them.

Once back, we headed to the Japanese restaurant in our hotel. Our travel mates had raved about it, but we did not really like it. Now we are snug back in our hotel room - have I mentioned how great and worth the money the suite is? I am about to take a bath in our huge soaking tub with the bath salts and the candle, then I am going to snuggle in and read my book. I figure it may be the only peace that I have for a while. Stinker Butt - aka - Parker is into everything so I know going home is going to be tough. We are going to have to put Harrison's Legos under lock -n-key.

Oh, and its my birthday. Happy Birthday To Me!

Monday, December 27, 2010

Shamian Island

Sorry I have not updated. The internet at the White Swan has been going in and out. Also, now my pictures won't download from my Iphone - my only camera since the other one broke. Here is a little breakdown of what we have done.
1. Eaten way TOO MUCH french toast at the breakfast buffet.
2. Played and made way too much noise in our room.
3. Gone to Lucy's 2x - maybe that was 1x too much.
4. Walked the Island and shopped a bit.
5. Fallen for one little stinker butt.
Today, I spoiled myself and went to the Chinese Medical Massage place on the Island for a back and foot massage. Last time, two of my travel mates went with me, but this time no one would come so I went alone. It was wonderful. 70 minutes of massage for $16 US - including tip. I totally want to go back tomorrow!
Tomorrow we head to the US Consulate to take the citizenship oath for Parker. We also have an optional pearl market tour and Pearl River Boat dinner cruise. Plus its my b-day! Piper came down with a fever of 101.8 tonight. Our great guide walked off island to get children's Tylnol. It worked great and broke her fever. We also started her on antibiotics.