It’s Maggie Rose!

July 2, 2007 - 6 Responses

dsc09503.jpgdsc09537.jpg

dsc09523.jpg

dsc09544.jpg

dsc09546.jpg

mrpics-1.jpg

dsc09547.jpg

dsc09558.jpg

mrpics-3.jpg

mrpics-11.jpg

Water, water everywhere…

July 1, 2007 - 3 Responses

puddlesnor any drop to drink.  Well at least not in the bathroom and we are constantly reminding Mary Clare of this.  I’m surprised she doesn’t run shrieking from the tap with the emphasis we’ve put on how much your tummy will hurt, hurt, hurt if the water gets in your mouth.  But those of you who know her know she LOVES water- any kind, anywhere anyhow.  After going on about the dangers of the tub we found her stripping in the bathroom determined to get in the sink and splash in the “safe water” from the green water jug.  An astute local man observed her today and asked what province she was from.  We told him here in Guangdong and he said that surely she must have been born near the sea. 

We’ve had a good day and we are ready for tomorrow!  “Where is Maggie Rose?” MC asked after inquiring if she could please have chocolate for breakfast.  Maggie Rose will be here tomorrow and we ask your prayers for her that she not be afraid and for us that we can meet her needs and give her a happy, happy life. 

We miss our HFS 2005 travel group.  We both remarked today that we keep expecting to see you here.  So much of the setting  is the same and you all were such great travelling buddies!!  I love seeing all the tiny little babies with that “who are you people?” expression on their sweet faces.  I asked Lee if it made him want to come back again for a little one and he unequivocably said NO.  Oh well, guess I’ll have to live vicariously through you Stacy!

We walked around the island  between rain showers and enjoyed people watching and puddle splashing!  MC likes the puddles best that have the algae growing on the bottom so that you slide all over the place when you jump in.  Who needs a slip-n-slide when you can just have rain and spores??  She found the little amusement rides in the park near the hotel and had a fine time on the blue plane.  We got a taxi and shopped at Carrefore for strollers and other stuff and managed to get back without incident.  Our luggage finally arrived this evening and one of the suitcases is completely ripped down the back.  We were amazed that everything still seemed to be inside.  The baggage handlers had done a great job of tightly shrinkwrapping around it. 

 Mary Clare stayed up as long as she could and has finally just collapsed over the front of her stroller.   We are not far behind.  It is good to be sleeping under the same moon as our new Huazhou daughter.  When Mary Clare woke up this morning she did not have to send the moon to her as she has these last 6 months.  Goodnight sweet girls! Have a good sleep!

 Cooking Candy Soup White Swan Style

Candy Soup

ride701.jpg

ride701-7.jpg

Ni Hao Ya’ll!

July 1, 2007 - Leave a Response

Last good-byes from South Carolina!Well! This is not where we intended to document our journey to Maggie Rose but we can’t access our webpage from Guangzhou so it will have to do for now.  We had no problems with our blankenship-brown.com site on our last trip 2 years ago so we didn’t come with a backup plan.  Hope this bloghost works out.

The trip over was better than I expected.  Mary Clare had some bad moments but all in all did well for a moody 3 year old.  Thanks so much to our wonderful neighbor for ferrying us and all our stuff to the airport!  There were problems in Columbia with our paper tickets and things were tense for awhile but we did eventually get to the gate where Mary Clare got her first close-up look at a plane.  Of course we didn’t have a camera ready to record her excitement as she shrieked, “IT’S THE BABY PLANE!” and was pleased to find that the tail was blue just like she’d ordered.  There were problems keeping her seat belt on the flight because she wanted desperately to look out the window.  When we took off she laughed and laughed and repeatedly sang, “We’re up! We’re up!”   We had to run to catch the flight in Newark and there’s not much to report about it except that it was looooong and the flight attendants were wonderful.  Mary Clare had a few bad moments particularly when she was half asleep but it was nothing compared to the 13 hour nonstop howling of our flight home from China on her adoption trip.  I must report that our roller coaster baby was true to form and LOVED turbulence and hard landings. “Let’s bump some more!” was not what the queasy among us were thinking.  She was having a bad moment when we began that final descent into Hong Kong but when we told her she’d have to get in the seat and put her belt on before the plane could land she was immediately accomodating.  We figured she’d had enough of planes but told us, “Now we get on the mama airplane!” as we were running to get  off the “baba airplane”.  She likes things to come in families and there’s always a mama and a baba and a baby.

 We landed almost an hour late in Hong Kong but the very nice China Southern people were at the bottom of the jetway and ran us to our connecting flight.  Mary Clare provided the inflight entertainment with several choruses of “I’ve Been Working On the Railroad”.  The view out of the window on the runway was of several Dragonair planes and she was so excited to see all those dragons!  She’s told us for months that there’s a dragon in China and there they were – a whole big red family of them waiting just for her.  You’d think that we would have arrived on time in Guangzhou but we had to sit on the runway for about 40 minutes and then fill out lost (in our case we were on time for the plane but our stuff was not) luggage forms so poor Bob had to wait on us over an hour.

We took a van to the White Swan and checked in about 11:45.  Lee went to Lucy’s for grilled cheese sandwiches, we made some calls with Skype and then went to bed.  As eager as we are to meet our Maggie Rose we are glad that our family day is going to Monday and not Sunday as we thought.

And we said we were packing lite????

leavingforchina-6.jpg

 Watching the Sheep In the City cartoon

leavingforchina-16.jpg